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How To Make Spooky Ghost Lollipops For Halloween

Ghost lollipops are fun for the kids, nostalgic for you, and really easy to make for everybody! This Halloween craft also pulls double-duty as a decoration and treat.

Get excited for spooky season with these cute coffee filter ghost lollipops!

GHOST LOLLIPOPS: A PERFECT HALLOWEEN CRAFT

Ghost lollipops are such a fun and easy Halloween craft. You won’t need many supplies to be ready to make these guys!

All you need are some lollipops, coffee filters, twine or ribbon, and a marker.

Supplies needed to make ghost lollipops: Tootsie Pops, coffee filters, twine and black marker.

The process of making ghost lollipops is so simple. Any kid who’s old enough to eat lollipops can make them! There’s also room to get creative for ambitious crafters. I’ve included some ideas later on in this post to spark your imagination.

These cute little lollipop ghosts remind me of my school days. I remember how my excitement would build as Halloween drew closer!

The Best Lollipops To Use To Make Ghost Lollipops

Tootsie Pops work well because of their round shape.

Did you love Tootsie Pops as a kid? If you aren’t familiar, Tootsie Pops are hard candy lollipops with soft and chewy chocolate Tootsie Roll centers.

Originally, Tootsie Pops came in chocolate, raspberry, cherry, orange and grape. Over the years, various flavors and assortments have been added to the rotation, including a seasonal Halloween caramel flavor.

My personal favorite lollipop, Caramel Apple Pops, is actually manufactured by Tootsie Roll Industries! These would also make great ghost lollipops; the ghosts would just have flatter heads.

You can also use Blow Pops!

Ghost lollipops made from Tootsie Pops, coffee filters and twine against a Halloween polka dot color scheme.

HOW TO MAKE GHOST LOLLIPOPS

Ghost lollipops are perfect for handing out to Trick or Treaters, for a class Halloween party or a small group Halloween craft project.

In this post, I’ll walk you through everything you need to make these spooky ghost lollipops.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Supplies needed to make ghost lollipops: Tootsie Pops, coffee filters, twine and black marker.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Flatten two coffee filters and wrap them around the top of the lollipop.

Flatten a coffee filter to make ghost lollipops.
Wrap a coffee filter around a Tootsie Pop to make a ghost lollipop.

2. Secure the coffee filters to the lollipop with bakers twine or ribbon. If needed, you can trim the ends for a perfect-looking bow.

Secure the coffee filter with twine to make a ghost lollipop.
Secure the coffee filter with twine to make a ghost lollipop.

3. Draw a face on the ghost lollipop using a black marker. This is where kids can get creative. Make your ghost happy, spooky, sad or scared!

A finished ghost lollipop made from coffee filters, Tootsie pops and twine.

Frequently Asked Questions About GHOST LOLLIPOPS

Here are a couple of questions that came up when making these fun ghost lollipops!

Will other materials work in place of coffee filters?

I love using coffee filters, because they’re the perfect shape and size. It saves me the time and effort of having to cut material down to size.

However, just about any material will work:

  • Fabric
  • Tissue paper
  • Cheesecloth
  • Dinner napkins
  • Paper towels

I’ve also seen this made using facial tissue. You’re only limited by your imagination! 

Can I use a rubber band instead of twine or ribbon?

Absolutely! You can fasten your coffee filter with just about anything.

I personally love the polished look of bakers twine or ribbon, but a rubber band will hold your lollipop ghosts together just as well. You can also try pipe cleaners or glue on a little craft bow.

What a dapper little ghost!

How can I display my ghost lollipops?

I love a styled party display! Here are a few ideas for displaying your lollipop ghosts:

  • Try arranging your ghost lollipops in a decorative pail or jack o’ lantern. Pro-tip: Bunch up some tissue paper or fabric and place inside the receptacle to help anchor your ghosts. This also makes your display look more polished.
  • Score some blocks of styrofoam from the craft store. Bonus: See if you can find them in Halloweeny colors like black or orange. If you can’t find a color you like, you can paint them. Then, simply poke the sticks of your lollipop ghosts right into the styrofoam!
  • Snag a cake pop stand, like this one from Amazon, or this one from Etsy!
Ghost lollipops made from Tootsie Pops, coffee filters and twine against a Halloween polka dot color scheme.

CREATIVE IDEAS TO JAZZ UP YOUR GHOST LOLLIPOPS:

  • Glue on googly eyes (available in craft stores).
  • Glue craft bows to dress up your ghost with a dapper bow tie.
  • Use glitter glue to add some sparkle.
  • Use colored tissue paper in place of coffee filters for a variety of colors.
  • Get creative and make different kinds of spooky creatures, like Jack O’ Lanterns, aliens, spiders, or vampires! 

I can’t think of a quicker or easier Halloween craft than these ghost lollipops. It’s certainly possible to throw these together in a pinch (hello, last minute Halloween party)!

It’s simple enough for the little ones to participate, and they’ll feel so proud seeing their creations. 

Ghost lollipops made from Tootsie Pops, coffee filters and twine against a Halloween polka dot color scheme.

Now, how long the ghost lollipops will last before being gobbled up is an entirely different story! Although dressing up your ghosts may help delay the Halloween sugar rush even by a little bit. 

Did you make ghost lollipops when you were younger? Let me know if your kids love this Halloween craft!

More Fun Halloween Crafts to Try:

Spooky Ghost Lollipops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Tags: 5 minute projects, craft projects for kids, ghost lollipops, halloween

Supplies

Instructions

  • Flatten two coffee filters and wrap them around the top of the lollipop.
  • Secure the coffee filters to the lollipop with bakers twine or ribbon. If needed, you can trim the ends for a perfect-looking bow.
  • Draw a face on the ghost lollipop using a black marker. This is where kids can get creative. Make your ghost happy, spooky, sad or scared!
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