You guessed it – toilet paper roll criminals. And they’re up to noooo good. Who’s in the line up? We’ve got Vincent “The Kid” Vampire who eats way too much candy, and his teeth are turning fifty shades of grey. Charlie “Pretty Boy” Pumpkin may look like a real charmer, but he gets his kicks spitting seeds at innocent bystanders. Wanda “Butterfingers” Witch? Couldn’t get a spell right if her life depended on it. Jimmy “Scarface” Skeleton? That’s right, the guy can’t take two steps without breaking a bone. Finally, there’s Cat Capone who keeps crossing people’s paths to bring them bad luck. What does she care? She’s got nine lives.
- toilet paper rolls
- glue stick, glue gun, tape, etc.
- assortment of craft materials eg. construction paper, felt, pipe cleaners, etc.
- paint (optional)
- faces – printed from internet, or drawn using markers and pencil crayons
- ruler and black marker
- white bristol board or similar
1. Plenty of imagination is required here. Kids get to come up with some baaad Halloween characters, give them names, and come up with a story they can even turn into a play. Once the characters have been developed, grab some toilet paper rolls and create these bad guys using an assortment of craft materials. We painted the rolls first and let them dry, before continuing to decorate. Faces were printed up from the internet, but drawings will also work really well. Faces can be attached to the rolls using tape on the back.
2. To make the line up background, cut a piece of bristol board that will be placed behind the TP roll characters. Using a ruler and black marker, draw as many horizontal lines as required across the board. At the beginning and end of each line, write down measurements to represent the height of the criminals eg. 3″, 4″, 5″, etc. Once finished, you can line up your bad guys and take a photo. If you want a more permanent home for them, you can glue the background in a box, and place your criminals inside.