Spookley the Square Pumpkin Craft

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Craft

Whether I was teaching my 7–8-year-old students or reading to my 4-year-old, “Spookley the Square” Pumpkin” written by Joe Trioano is always a favorite Halloween book.

Below is a fun and easy craft that helps young children strengthen fine motor skills and create their very own paper, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”.

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  • square pumpkin pattern (click for free printable)
  • paper (green, orange)   
  • glue stick or liquid glue
  • googly eyes             
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin book written by Joe Troiano


  • Follow directions
  • Tearing Paper
  • Use a glue 
  • Discussion focused on kindness & how to treat others even when different
  1. Begin by reading the book, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”, written by Joe Troiano.


2. Depending the age of the child, you can talk about the moral of the story. 

Discuss how Spookley is different, how we should treat others with kindness even if they may be different? etc.

3. The first step of the craft -take a half sheet of orange construction paper and show your child how to rip or tear the paper into small pieces.

This is beneficial for younger children to help strengthen fine motor skills.

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4. Next, place the square pumpkin printable in front of you and your child. 


Model how to start gluing the orange pieces of paper on the square part of the pumpkin pattern.

5. Once the square portion is covered with orange pieces allow that section dry.

  Take a small piece of green paper and tear into small pieces just as you did with the orange paper.


6.       Glue the green pieces on top of the square pumpkin to look like a stem.

       If you wanted more detail, you could have your little one create arms and hands too.

7.       If you have googly eyes have your child glue them onto the square pumpkin. 

      If you do not have googly eyes you can just create eyes with green pieces of paper.

8. The last step is to create a smile on “Spookley” using small pieces of green paper.

9. Always keep in mind the end result can vary based on the age of the child and that is perfectly fine!

10. After creating the art project, a fun closing activity would be to watch, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” movie.

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