We are busy planning our upcoming Halloween events and found these pics from last year’s festivities.
We always have so much fun decorating and planning games and crafts, so we wanted to share some ideas with you for your next spooky celebration!
Witch finger pens
These pens were a big hit! To make them, you will need
- air dry clay or Model Magic
- an acrylic nail
- nail polish
- a pen
You start by rolling some clay or Model Magic into a snake shape the length of the pen. Then flatten the clay and begin gently wrapping it around the pen. Once the pen is covered, you can mold the knuckles and carve lines, making it look like a real finger. Once that is complete, press the nail into the end of the pen and let it dry overnight. You could also paint the finger nail green for a more witchy effect!
This blog does a great job of illustrating process https://www.theidearoom.net/severed-witch-finger-pens
Candy corn man
This adorable candy corn dude was so much fun to make!
All you need for this craft is
- orange, yellow, black and white construction paper
- googly eyes
- glue stick
- a marker
Start by cutting out a white piece of paper for the body. Then you will cut out a yellow strip for the midsection and an orange strip to fit the bottom. You can also cut out boots and gloves from the colored construction paper. Cut 4 black strips and crimp them for the arms and legs. Glue the pieces together as shown above, put on your eyes and draw a smile!
Here is a link to a similar design that includes a free template https://www.bloghoppin.com/2014/10/candy-corn-guy-free-download-craft.html
Paper plate ghosties
These paper plate ghosts were fun and simple.
You will need
- paper plates
- black and white construction paper
- white streamers
Begin by tracing and cutting out the mouth and eyes on black paper and arms on white paper. We cut our streamers 12 inches long and then down the center lengthwise. Glue the pieces on the paper plate as shown above. Finally, punch a hole in the top and attach yarn so you can hang your ghost.
Here is a blog that contains more detailed instructions and a free template for the mouth and arms – https://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-ghost/
Hand print scanner
During the Ghostly Night, we set up a mad scientist lab. The kids had to scan their handprints to enter the lab using this squishy scanner. It would be really fun for a spy themed party too!
To make one, you will need
- a gallon-sized zipper bag
- neon paint
- baking soda
- contact solution
Start by adding glue to the bag. Then add the paint until it is the desired color. Put about a teaspoon of baking soda. Squirt some contact solution in, seal the bag, and knead the slime until it is holds its shape. You may need to add more contact solution if it is too sticky. Once the slime is set, tape the bag to a wall and scan your hand!
Once inside the lab, the mad scientists experimented with more slime, building molecules, and making a Frankenstein hand by mixing baking soda and vinegar.
This super easy experiment uses
- baking soda
- a plastic cup
- a latex glove
Start by adding 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a plastic cup and 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the glove. Then carefully attach the top of the glove to the opening of the cup without mixing the baking soda and vinegar. When the glove is securely attached, begin tipping it up to slowly add the baking soda from the glove fingers into the cup. Frankenstein’s monster’s hand will come alive!
Spiders in the pumpkin patch
In place of our usual blue blocks, we had a pumpkin patch where the kiddos could hunt for spiders.
If you are feeling particularly brave and would like to try this at home, you can use
- shredded paper
- leaf cutouts or artificial leaves
- plastic pumpkins or stuffed pumpkin bags like we used
- plastic spiders or spider rings
Taping a tarp down first makes for much easier clean up. Spread out the leaves, shredded paper, and pumpkins. Mix in your spiders and watch your guests have fun hunting for them!
This would also make a great sensory tub activity if you wanted to do something similar on a smaller scale.
See you soon at Ghostly Night Tuesday October 22 from 6-7:30pm and PreK Halloween Wednesday October 23 at 6pm or Thursday October 24 at 10am!