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Halloween Craft: Salt Dough Ghosts

Halloween Craft: Salt Dough Ghosts

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Your kids will quickly get into the spirit with this craft project: shaping a batch of mini sprites to use as party decorations or favors. For an even spookier effect, add these easy-to-make Paper Bag Trees.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine-point permanent black marker


1. Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Salt Dough Ghosts - Step 2

2. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a ghost, flattening the base so it will stand up.

3. Microwave the ghosts on a plate one or two at a time for 20- to 30-second intervals until the dough is fairly firm (about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in total). Let the ghosts cool (they can get quite hot).

4. Use a fine-point permanent black marker to draw on eyes and a mouth.