Technology Integration ToSA

Spooky Halloween Silhouette Scenes

Lesson Plan Published 10/5/12 Last updated on 3/2/20
Here's a fun and easy art project just in time for Halloween! Make a spooky Halloween silhouette scene using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Create a gradient using Halloween themed colors as a background. Then, draw Halloween themed shapes/elements in black to create a silhouette effect. For beginners, consider using the polygonal lasso tool for cut-out effects, or use a black brush. For more advanced users, use the pen tool. You can also add ghostly white effects, or reduce the opacity to create more depth. For more advanced kids, consider adding simple animation. If you have Photoshop CS6 (or video software) you can also add audio easily to make mini-videos. Have students use only original artwork, but you can get free spooky sound effects from sites like "Soungle." You can have them Google search Halloween silhouettes for more inspiration, or just see my samples here.

Also consider adding children's voice overs of spooky Halloween stories!

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Photoshop Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your photos.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Content Standards
Custom Standards

Creative Expression 2.0

ISTE Standards
Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

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Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/2/18 5:41:27 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Mary Malinconico

Posted on 7/11/13 7:29:06 PM Permalink

The link to the video is broken ;-(

John Doherty

Posted on 10/26/12 9:00:20 AM Permalink

Just another thought. Kids could easily add a title and write a poem about halloween, witches, ghouls etc in the space to the right of the tree.

John Doherty

Posted on 10/26/12 8:58:12 AM Permalink

Another great idea Nicole. Thanks also for the advice re spooky sounds.

Kris Fontes

Posted on 10/22/12 2:43:56 PM Permalink

Thanks Nicole, you always post such fun things!