Super Easy Tootsie Pop Ghosts

October 5, 2012
Can you tie a shoelace?  Then you can make these super easy Tootsie Pop ghosts!  Great as fun & simple Halloween treats, favors, and decorations.  And a great Halloween craft for the little ones.

To be honest ... I'm not a Halloween fan.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that I broke my nose on Halloween when I was five years old.  Falling down the stairs wearing my costume we'd made in Kindergarten class.  'Cause I couldn't see the steps over the top of the costume.  'Cause the costume was made out a big cardboard box. 

Yep, missed the top step. ...

Tumbled down the flight of stairs.  Smashed my face into the door at the bottom on the landing.  Ouch.  Spent the evening in the emergency room.  (Oh, have I mentioned that my Mom calls me Miss Grace?  Mmmm, hmmm ... for my utter and complete lack of it.)

Ever since then, hmmmmm, I just haven't loved Halloween.

But as you know, I'm a 1st grade teacher.  And the kids looooooovvvvvvve Halloween.  Like, some of them love it almost as much as they love Christmas.  So ...  I feel compelled to engage in the Halloween spirit at least a teeny bit for the kids' sake.

Enter these super easy Tootsie Pop ghosts.

I usually make these for my students each year as a little treat on Halloween day.  Sometimes we make them together as a project in class, and sometimes I just whip them up at home and give the ghosts to my students at the end of the day.  They think they are so cool!  You gotta love 1st graders ... they truly are so easy to please!

Want to see just how super easy these ghosts are?  Okay.  Here we go!

 Here's what you need: ... Tootsie Pops, white yarn, a black marker, and white paper towels.  That's it.

Tear off a paper towel ... I've found the select-a-size type work really well 'cause you don't really need a full paper towel, it's more like half a paper towel.  Wrap the paper towel around a Tootsie Pop, and place a piece of yarn under the wrapped Tootsie Pop, right under the 'Pop' part.

Tie the yarn in a bow and trim the 'tails' to your liking.

Then draw a little ghost face with the black marker.  That's it.  You're done!

I told you they were super easy. 

A few gathered together in a drinking glass or small vase make for really cute table decorations.  It's a little ghost bouquet!

So, if you're looking for a super easy Halloween treat or favor, here's one quick idea for you.

Now, just be careful in your costume!!  The emergency room on Halloween is not a fun place to be.  Trust me on that one.  Okay?


  1. These are adorable and I love that they are so easy and don't take a lot of time, but will make kids happy! Thanks for sharing this one!

    1. Thank you, Anita! I LOVE when cute stuff is soooooooo super quick and easy. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love these. Never thought to use paper towels, great idea! I do the same thing but with large styro balls and torn white sheets. Use white thick string for tying and I hang them from a tree in the yard. Doesn't matter if they get wet, they just dry and they are good to use again next year. TFS. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
    Hugs, Gayle.

  3. p.s. forgot to add to my post that I just glue on those plastic craft eyes with the wiggly black eyeball in them, but no other facial features. Hugs, Gayle.

  4. Ahhh....those bring back memories. I remember my mom always making those for my school classes. And, they're still as cute as ever. I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share some of your great ideas at the link party, going on right now (every Sat-Tues). Hope to see you there!

  5. Thanks for sharing your great Halloween idea with the 'Or so she says...' readers! The newest link party just kicked off today (every Sat. - Tues), I would love to have you back!

  6. These are so cute! I remember making them for Halloween when I was a kid. I would love to invite you to link up to Fall Into the Holidays-

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  7. I was trying to figure out something to send home in my son's friends bags from school. These might be the best idea!!

  8. These are so cute and a perfect Halloween 'trick or treat'. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday Halloween Party.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  9. I love these. These are going to look really nice in our candy dishes

  10. Tracey,

    Ouch, what a memory you have of Halloween! The little ghost Tootsie Pops are adorable and is a perfect idea for our granddaughter. I think I'll make her some. I'm sure she'll get a kick out of them. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! ;)


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