3 quick and simple Halloween crafts with a vampire twist for kids

A child dressed up as a vampire for Halloween, with cape in front of face


Vlad The World’s Worst Vampire by Anna Wilson is one of our favourite Halloween reads for kids aged 5 to 8. This fun chapter book, complete with lovely illustrations, is about a little vampire who wants to go to school though he knows his spooky family will disapprove.

We sent the book to our Parakeet subscribers back in 2019 and had so much fun creating spooky activities for the pack that accompanied it. Here we share instructions for one of the activities that we sent subscribers - a hanging bat!

As a little bonus, we’ve also linked to two craft videos which we put on our YouTube channel and which you might also enjoy having a go at!


Make your own hanging bat from a toilet roll tube


Hanging toilet roll bat

You will need:

  • A toilet roll
  • Black paint, pens or crayons
  • A piece of card (from recycling is ideal)
  • Sticky tape
  • A sharp pencil
  • Sticky tack
  • A pipe cleaner
  • Eye stickers
  • A scrap of white paper


  1. Take your toilet roll and push opposite sides of the top inwards to create the shape of your bat’s ears.

Shaping the bat's ears

  1. Colour the whole tube black with paint, pen or crayon.

  2. Take your card, lay your bat’s body in the middle and then draw out the shape of your bat’s wings (you may want to ask an adult for some help). Cut them out and then colour them in black too.

Creating the wings

  1. Stick your wings to the back of the toilet roll tube with a loop of sticky tape.

  2. Use your pencil to mark two dots on the front of the tube, where the bat’s legs will go.

  3. To make the holes for the legs, place the sticky tack over one of the dots, turn it down onto the table and use the sharp pencil to push a hole into the cardboard and through to the sticky tack. Repeat with the other hole.

  4. Thread your pipe cleaner through the holes to make the legs – you will be able to twist the ends around a branch or handle to allow your bat to rest upside down.

Threading on the legs

  1. To finish your bat add eyes and some small white fangs, cut from the scrap of paper.

We would love to see your creations! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

You may also enjoy having a go at these spooky makes from our YouTube channel:

Make a Dracula Hand Puppet 

Make a Vampire Corner Bookmark

A selection of book covers from Halloween Collection

More Halloween fun

Why not also check out our guide to having Halloween fun at home?

For some brilliant Halloween book recommendations head to our Halloween Bookshop Collection

You may also like to check out: 

6 of the best new Halloween books for kids in 2023

7 spooky Halloween books for 8-year-olds and up 

7 fang-tastic Halloween books for kids aged 5-8.

Parrot Street Book Club is a monthly book subscription for kids aged 5 to 12. Each monthly parcel includes a new chapter book to keep and a fun-filled activity pack created to accompany it. Find out more and subscribe here.


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