Shadow Puppet Theatre for Halloween

Shadow puppet of a witch on a broomstick

The shadow of a witch on a broomstick behind a wide white screen, with a haunted house and spooky tree in front of the screen. The house and the tree are both painted black, but lit with battery operated lights. Three orange pumpkins rest at the base of the tree and three big bats decorate the top of the screen.
Look up into the moonlit sky
Can you see a witch on high?
Swooping over fields and trees,
Clasping her broom between her knees.

We had a lot of fun putting this Halloween scene together and think it is possibly the first project where we have used all three of our materials, i.e. Lutradur, Evolon and Zeelon.

Evolon provided the perfect screen, which we stapled as taut as possible to the sides of a large sturdy box.  The clouds of cobwebs around the house and pumpkins were formed by teasing apart the fibres of some Zeelon Light. Everything else was made with Lutradur.

Here’s a brief description of each item –

  1. Haunted House and Spooky Tree
    Both made from two layers of Lutradur XL (the thickest and most rigid weight), coloured with grey and black acrylic paint with battery operated lights sandwiched in between.
  2. Large Bats
    Cut from Lutradur 70gsm Black with machine stitching and eyes made out of Evolon.
  3. Pumpkins
    Lutradur 70gsm coloured with orange transfer paint, decorated with green transfer painted Evolon leaves and stalks.
  4. Witch and Little Bats (behind the screen)
    Cut from Lutradur XL, painted with black acrylic paint and fixed to thin dowelling rods to allow them to be operated like puppets.

We closed the blinds and put a light behind the screen to create the desired shadow effect and hey presto we had our very own shadow theatre!

If you would like to know more about this, or any of our other projects, please do not hesitate to contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

by Ruth Morgan | October 10, 2019 | Posted in Evolon, Lutradur, Zeelon
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