Printable Halloween Finger Puppet Theater

by Destri on October 13, 2011

Printable Halloween Finger Puppet Theater

Around my house we usually wait until the week before Halloween to really get in the spirit, but with all the Halloween decorations in my neighborhood, that’s all my kids talk about.  So you could say this little theater has been a hit.  They have played with it all day and it’s funny to hear the stories they come up.  All you need is the free printable, a cereal box or something similar, scissors and tape, and your kids have their own little Tabletop Halloween Theater.  You’ll be telling spooky stories in less than fifteen minutes!

How To Make A Tabletop Finger Puppet Theater

Supplies:

  • Printed theater template
  • Large cereal box
  • scissors
  • tape

Printable Halloween Theater

Start with printing off the theater template.  Just click on the image, save to your computer.  Open the file and print.  Choose the option scale to fit page.

Printable Halloween Theater

If you are worried about using too much color ink, I made this simple one that only uses a little :).  You can tell I have a husband that thinks about those kinds of things.  Anytime I print a recipe he tells me to quit printing the picture “uses too much ink!”

Now cut off the front or back of the cereal box, or any sturdy carboard.  Trim off any white that the theater has and tape to the cardboard piece you cut.  Then trim off any of the cereal box showing.

Cut out the black center within the frame.


Now cut a one inch slit on the bottom of the theater on both corners where shown in image.

Now cut off the tabs from the top of the cereal box to use  as the stands.  Cut a one inch slit on the tops of both.

Next just slide the stands over the slits you cut on the theater on each end and it should stand.  Easy!

For the stick puppets I used this Free Halloween Sticker Printable from Ziggity Zoom.  The colors match perfectly, and all the little characters allow for all sorts of stories.  I found this fun finger puppet printable that kids can color too, from Scholastic. Or you could just search for Halloween finger puppets and make some real felt ones if you’d like.

I cut out the graphics and taped them to sucker sticks.  Popsicle sticks would work great too.

That’s it!  I told the first story, and tried to incorporate as much of the “puppets” as possible to give the kids an idea, and then turned them loose.

So far we have married bats, kissing cats, and dueling frogs and witches..it’s been an eventful day :).

If you would like to make your own theater, I used picnik and one of their fancy collages.

Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you have a chance to try this with your kids!

~Destri

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kate October 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

you are an inspiration my dear. I am trying to pluck up the courage to make a batman costume for eldest…youngest happy to be ‘nothing’…..I expect he’ll use one of our costumes from downstairs. This will be our first year actually out trick or treating… I am having troubles with the whole sweetie/candy thing. They just don’t ever have them – or really even know they exist. One of those ‘you gotta let it go’ moments in my life. I am planning on making goodie bags with only a few sweets, but packing it out with the mini play-dohs, bouncy balls, stickers etc – there will be a few sweets… but heck it will be fun to get other stuff too. I just wish that we lived in a society that enabled children to eat spooky home made goodies. I am making a huge plate of cookies for my boys to share with our immediate neighbours.
spooky smiles
bah-hahaha

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Aubrey October 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Super cute idea Destri! How fun for the kiddos!

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Amy October 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

So cute! My daughter would love this!

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Lauren January 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hi i was wondering would i be able to download the finger puppet theater and would it let me print it out?

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Destri January 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Hi Lauren, you should be able to just right click on the image save to the computer and then print. Let me know if you have any problems!

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