Mason Jar Luminaries – Halloween Activity

Creative Arts

4–6 years

Spook-tacular! Spook up your house this Halloween with some festive ‘Mason Jar Luminaries’. This activity helps develop fine-motor and problem-solving skills and is great for promoting imaginative play. 


  • Mason Jars 
  • Battery-operated twinkle lights or tea lights (for safety, DO NOT use real candles) 
  • Coloured tissue paper 
  • Black construction paper 
  • Children’s glue 
  • Black marker 
  • Non-toxic paint 
  • Paint brushes 
  • Scissors 

Other optional materials

  • gauze bandage roll 
  • Googly eye 

This activity is open to your child’s creativity and imagination. Some ideas include: Frankenstein, mummies, ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns and vampires…be adventurous and experiment with different colour combinations!

Assembling your Luminary

  1. Start by cutting out facial features, i.e. eyes, mouth, fangs, etc. from black construction paper. 
  2. Style your mason jar by painting the jar, and/or
  3. Brush the exterior of the jar with a thin layer of glue and cover with strips of coloured tissue paper (or other translucent materials). For example, when creating a ‘Frankenstein Luminaire’, use strips of green tissue paper.
  4. After the paint has dried and the materials have set, glue the facial features to your luminaire.
  5. Use a marker to draw facial expressions to give your luminary more character.
  6. Place a battery-operated twinkle lights or tea light inside to give it an eerie glow!


    At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

    Conversations with your child

    • What kind of luminaire are you going to make? 
    • Would you prefer using tissue paper or paint to decorate? 
    • Can you cut out fangs/eyes to stick on your luminaire 
    • What do you like about Halloween?

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