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Halloween Safety Lantern

Encourage your preschooler to go full steam ahead with this safety light.

Make a lantern like the one Sir Topham Hatt uses to light the way. Take it out trick-or-treating so others can see you as you’re chugging along.

Time: 15 minutes


  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Wax paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Battery operated candle
  • Small jar
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn or string


Doing a small amount of prep work ahead a time will help your child complete this project independently.

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Prep the lantern (for parents):

  1. Cut construction paper into a 7 inch by 8 ½ inch rectangle.
  2. With the paper oriented in portrait position, measure two inches up from the bottom of the page and draw a line horizontally across the paper.
  3. Draw six lines from the horizontal line from Step 1 down to the base of the paper. These are the lines you and your child will cut to make the lantern base.
  4. Draw another horizontal line across the page, approximately seven inches from the bottom of the page.
  5. Use a small jar, lid, or, drinking glass to draw a circle for the light centered between the two horizontal lines. Cut it out.

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Build the lantern (for kids, with adult supervision):

  1. Using children’s scissors, cut a piece of wax paper large enough to cover the open circle.
  2. Tape wax paper in place.
  3. Cut the paper across the top horizontal line
  4. Follow the cut lines at base to create tabs.
  5. Roll paper into a cylinder with the wax paper on the inside. Tape it together.
  6. Fold tabs into cylinder. They should overlap to create a base. Tape them in place.
  7. Punch two holes on opposite sides in the upper section of the lantern.
  8. String a length of yarn or string through the holes and knot to secure in place, with the knots in the interior of the lantern.
  9. Insert a battery operated candle into the lantern.

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Take It Further:

Before you head out for trick-or-treating, set aside some time to go over safety rules with your child, like staying on paths and crossing the street with grown-ups.

Halloween night is also a great opportunity to practice good manners. Saying thank you and waiting patiently while trick-or-treating shows others you care.

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