Halloween Party Madness!

I have always dreamed of a crazy Halloween party with activities and a scary walk and a scavenger hunt and scary treats and the list goes on in my head. My kids are still too young for really scary stuff and too be honest I am not into the really scary stuff anyway. But when a friend suggested we do a joint ‘make and take’ party; I quickly said yes.

Here is a low down on our three hour make and take party:

Craft Activities: 

Monster Ring

A variety of monster rings were made with poms poms, a chenille stem and googly eyes. This lovely monster has a lot of glue still drying but you get the idea.

Ghost Scene

This is from the TV show Mr Maker.

  1. draw a black line and smudge down
  2. draw a red line and smudge up
  3. add a tree
  4. draw and then rip a ghost from waxed paper
  5. add features to the ghost and stick him down

 

Spider webThis fun craft was inspired by Teach Preschool’s study of “The Very Busy Spider”.

Slime Lab

I loved the idea of playing with slime but know the mess usually entailed (see my goop and gak post) so I grabbed a Discovery Lab from work. I have been eyeing these for weeks and had not decided what to do with it. Perfect time to try it out and use goop.

I added some plastic toys and the kids had fun trying to figure out what was in there. The reaction were fabulous! Adults were disappointed they could not get their hand in too.

Ghost footprints were also done with white paint on black card. With googly eyes added, the upside down print becomes a lovely ghost keepsake for parents.

Food Activites

Bones Pretzils and mini marshmallows dipped in white chocolate make great bones.

This ghost is popcorn mixed with melted marshmallow and butter. We tried getting the kids to roll it into a ball with their hands but even after oiling thier hands it was still a sticky mess. After washing their hands we found that rolling it in the waxed paper made life much easier. A black marker added eyes and mouth.

Adult Made food

Vegetable Skeleton/Man

The vegetable platter was designed into a skeleton. Yes he is a fat skeleton- it looked better in my head!

These cute spiders were made by a guest’s mom. The filling was peanut butter and they were gorgeous. Not so great for a school party but perfect for a kids party with no allergies. This would make a great kids activity too.

Mummies

Wrapped wieners were mummies. Ketchup eyes should have been added to complete the look but we were all too hungry by then.

Eyeballs

Deviled eggs were eyeballs. We used a pickle instead of an olive for the kids.

Ghost Jell-O Treats

Can you find the ghost? These were a little harder to make than they looked but the kids had fun finding the ghosts in their fruit and jello cups. Check out Modern Parents Messy Kids for the low down on how to make them.

A great time was had by all. What are you planning or doing for Halloween?

Goop and Gak

Goop and Gak; what a fun morning. The goop we used is a product I have being longing to try for quite a while.

GobbledyGoop is a polymer and makes a slimy, stringy texture. It makes me think of Slimer from Ghostbusters. The big bonus for using with small children is that this product is safe and non-toxic.

Goop and Gak

We poured 1/2 cup of water into a cup and added 5 drops of blue food colouring.

Goop and Gak

The instructions said to slowly sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of powder while stirring briskly with a spoon. As you can imagine asking a four year old to sprinkle, let along sprinkle and stir is a challenge. We ended up with a couple of little lumps but they added to the experience.

Goop and Gak

We added another cup of water while stirring and then another teaspoon of powder. I found stirring with a fork mixed better. It thickened when left for 10 minutes.

Goop and Gak

Adding more water makes a thinner, smoother slime and less water makes a thicker, clumpier slime. Daisy’s face was a picture when she first shoved her hands into the GobbledyGoop but I was too busy watching and forgot to take a picture.

Rose had a mixed reaction and seemed a little disturbed by the feel of the goop.

She loved watching me make strings by dropping it slowly from a height. We added some farm animals. Knowing it was non-toxic made me feel better about her playing but I did have to watch carefully to ensure it did not get eaten! I had a whale of a time playing but getting it off your hands and everything else is quite a challenge. I recommend lots of hot soapy water and supervised use, to keep the GobbledyGoop contained.

Moving onto the gak. We made this while the GobbledyGoop was setting. The recipe is from Kid Activites and I always have Borax on hand for dirty diapers. It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.

1/2 cup of Glue

1-1/2 cups of water

1tsp Borax

We mixed 1 cup of water with the borax and added 5 drops of red food colouring.

In a separate bowl we mixed the glue with 1/2 cup of water. Then we added the borax solution to the glue, lumps formed immediately.

A sieve sorted out the issue and a quick knead made the gak come together.

Playdough toys worked well with the gak and it cleaned up easily. The borax did make me rethink giving it to Rose but daisy had a ball playing.

I think Goop and Gak have their place. Gak is easy to make but the borax makes it not a favourable substance for children who are still likely to try eating things. The goop although non-toxic is difficult to clean up. I can imagine using it with upper elementary children during science. Example experiments are provided in the GobbledyGoop tub and it would be perfect to use when teaching solids, liquids and gasses. It will definitely make children think about substance properties.

How would you use GobbledyGoop?