In 2020, EAC’s KinderArts program created a free video workshop series, Craft along with Nia. The series’ opening craft—a four-part Halloween activity—is too fun not to share again. Please join Nia in making these seasonal characters at home, and if you’d like, send an image along to nicole@eastportartscenter.org to be shared in a festive post!

The crafts—a pumpkin, Frankenstein’s monster, a witch and a ghost scene—are designed for children ages 3-8 (with an adult helper participating as needed), but crafters of ALL ages are sure to enjoy completing the projects with Nia. 

Please note: this series was originally presented with materials kits available for pickup at EAC. Nia refers to these kits in the videos. However, using the list below, participants may enjoy these activities without a pre-made kit.

Funding for this series was provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Contributing musicians to the Spooky & Sweet series were Giles Gordon , Rafi Hopkins, Noel Brennan and Mark Macey. Read all about the Craft along series, and find more video links, here.

Here are the items to gather before viewing Nia’s videos:

Participants will need to gather the following supplies: a pen and pencil, scissors, Elmers or craft glue, newspaper or protective cloth for your work surface and old clothes or smock.
Crafters will need one paper plate for each character, or cut paper or cardboard circles. In addition, you’ll need:
Pumpkin – orange and black paint, precut paper green stem.
Frankenstein’s Monster – green and black paint, precut black paper hair and bolts, googly eyes or make paper eyes.
Witch – green and black paint, precut black paper hat, orange paper for crafter to cut out hair shapes, googly eyes or make paper eyes.
Ghost Scene – black paint, precut paper yellow moon and blank precut pumpkins, white paper for crafter to create ghosts.

Tips for using these videos:
Pause as needed: Please note—each of the 4 project videos is about 10 minutes long, though you may want to pause the video to allow your child to finish the steps in their own time.
Pre-cut paper parts: For younger crafters, an adult helper can do all of the scissors tasks ahead.
Drying time hack: You may find it helpful to paint the paper plate ahead to allow for drying time before the gluing steps. (Or do all four if you plan to complete all four characters in one session).

Use what you’ve got: These crafts can be easily adapted to any color paper or supplies you have on hand. Perhaps your child has some special ideas of their own? Have fun!!

Craft along with Nia: a pumpkin!
Cute or creepy? It’s Frankenstein’s monster!
Let your creativity fly with this witch design!
Series finale (and Nia’s favorite) is this ghost scene.

Participate socially
We’d love to see what you make! Drop us a line and let us know where in the world you’re ‘crafting along’ from. We encourage you to send a photo of your project or of crafters at work to alison@eastportartscenter.org. We’ll share a selection of these images on our site!

Please consider helping to sustain our efforts by donating to the EAC
where creativity and community meet.