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Halloween Project: The Flying Broomstick

We're heading into one of the strangest Halloweens ever! Here's a project to get the whole family in the spirit.

It's getting colder, the leaves are turning yellow, and the wind is starting to howl! You know what that means! Halloween is just around the corner, and we have a spooky nature craft to get your little ones in the Halloween spirit.


  • Stick

  • Pine Needle Clusters

  • Masking Tape or Duct Tape

  • Yarn

  • Wide burlap ribbon (optional)

Step 1: Find the perfect broomstick and gather your bristles Take a walk around your neighborhood, or along a trail, and pick out the perfect broomstick. You want something sturdy, but not too large, and it's best if it is not taller than the witch or warlock that plans to use it. Once you have your perfect broomstick, you need to gather a few pine clusters from a Ponderosa for the bristles of your broom.  You could also use a bundle of skinny twigs.  

Step 2: Secure your bristles to your broomstick

Using duct tape, masking tape, or strong twine, secure the bristles you collected to the end of your broomstick.  

Step 3: Decorate!  

Using burlap ribbon and/or yarn, cover the tape by wrapping the yarn or burlap repeatedly around it.  Use your favorite Halloween colors!  You can also use yarn to make a handle on your broom, so it is easy to hold as you woosh around the yard.  You can even add some extra magic with paint and even the sprig of some wild sage!

Step 4: Happy flying, my Pretties!

Looking for outdoor nature programs for your preschooler (ages 3-6)? Check out our Sunshine & Storytime programs that engage little ones with the natural world through seasonal themes! For more information, click here!


Tara is an Environmental Education Coordinator with the Backcountry Wilderness Area. She was born and raised in both North Carolina and Colorado where she spent a lot of her childhood outside, and now as an “adult” she strives to provide opportunities for today’s kids to do the same!  When she’s not finding new adventures and trails to explore with her husband, two little ones, and friends, she’s probably taking pictures of her cat, (Chicken) Nugget Warrior Princess.

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