How to Make a Halloween Pinata

Your kids will love to make (and break) this eerie glow-in-the-dark pinata full of treats.

skull pinata


  • Flour 
  • Water 
  • Large bowl 
  • Salt 
  • Balloon
  • 2 newspapers 
  • Ribbon 
  • Scissors 
  • Masking tape 
  • Candy
  • Paintbrush 
  • White glow-in-the-dark paint 
  • Black marker
  1. To make papier-mâché, mix 1 part flour with 2 parts water in a large bowl (for example, if you’re using 3 cups flour, use 6 cups water). Add a pinch of salt to prevent mold.
  2. Blow up balloon and set aside.
  3. Tear one newspaper into approximately 1" x 8" strips. Working over second newspaper (or a disposable tablecloth), dip strips into papier-mâché; run strips through fingers so excess drips back into bowl.
  4. Lay strips on balloon and smooth down. Cover balloon with strips, leaving a small hole at bottom (where balloon is tied) so balloon can be removed later and piñata can be filled. Let dry.
  5. Run ribbon vertically around piñata. Loop ribbon at top, cut off excess; secure with tape. This will be your hanger.
  6. Add two more layers of papier-mâché over balloon and ribbon ends. Allow each layer to dry fully before putting on next layer. Once final layer is dry, use scissors to pop balloon, then carefully remove it through opening.
  7. Fill piñata with candy. Cover opening with tape, then cover tape with papier-mâché. Let dry.
  8. Brush balloon with glow-in-the-dark paint; let dry. Use marker to draw skull eyes, teeth, nostrils and fake cracks. Hang piñata from ribbon loop.