Are you new to the Idea Room? Check out some of these past Halloween Craft and Halloween Recipes…A collection of our past Halloween Ideas you might have missed out on!
Need a non-candy small gift item for your kids friends and classrooms this Halloween? Or a fun Halloween Craft? Why not make some of these mini Halloween Play Dough Characters.
Fill them with some easy to make Play Dough. I love making this Play Dough and shared it with my readers a couple of years ago. It is so soft and smells so good. And you can customize it by just using different packs and flavors of Kool-Aid or any powdered drink mix packet.
To make the Play Dough you will need just a few simple ingredients.
Homemade Play Dough Recipe
(I did not add the Kool-Aid mix to this batch because I wanted to make several different colors of Play Dough)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.
2. Add water and oil.
3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.
4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
5. Knead until smooth.
I simply took the ball of white Play Dough and separated into four different equal pieces and then colored each section a different color with a couple of drops of food coloring. Then drop some play dough into some small containers. I found mine at my local craft store for really inexpensive, but you could also repurpose some small baby food jars if you have some of laying around too.
Then I simply decorated each little container to represent some sort of Halloween character with google eyes, pom poms and construction paper.
The possibilities are endless! And you can have a fun little take home goody for a lot of different activities.
Wouldn’t these be fun to give to your kids classrooms for the Halloween class party? Or as a small party favor? Or give to your kids in your church group? Or if you are feeling extra motivated…make them to give to the Trick-Or-Treaters?
And…because everything is cuter with a label…I have provided a free printable label that can be used to hang on the side of your Halloween Play Dough container or put on the top of it. Click here for the Halloween Playdough Tags.
Apparently I have a sickness and an obsession…
and I can’t stop!
I lay awake at night, when I should be sleeping…
Dreaming up different ways to decorate Oreo’s on a Stick…
Check out the latest version of Oreo Pops…another idea to add to your collection of Halloween Snacks and Treats…
Take some Double Stuff Oreos and put them on a popsicle stick.
Find some “Spooky Green” candy melts and melt a few in the microwave in 20 second intervals.
Dip the Oreos in the green candy and set to dry on parchment paper.
Add two eyes and his head screws which are simply mini chocolate chips.
Then I pop mine into the freezer because I have no patience for things like that.
Remove from the freezer after about 20 minutes and melt some regular milk chocolate,
in the microwave in 20 second intervals.
Chocolate chips seem to work great.
Take a spoon and drizzle it on the top of the Oreo to make
Frank some hair!
Take an Edible Marker (Wilton sells them) and give him a mouth.
What did one of Frankenstein’s ears say to the other?
I didn’t know we lived on the same block.
What does Frankenstein’s monster call a screwdriver?
Need some cute bags for your Trick-or-Treater and all their loot? I whipped up some really easy bags for my goblins using some eco-friendly reusable tote bags that you can get at your local grocery stores for an inexpensive price. I actually used bags that we already had. I had gotten them from Target and these specific ones are reusable lunch bags. They come in a bundle of three for about $5 if I remember correctly.
**Click here for Frankenstein Trick-or-Treat Bag pattern download!
All I did was draw out an image of Frankenstein and a Skeleton and then trace it onto some colored felt. Then after cutting out each shape, I glued them onto the bags with hot glue. It really couldn’t be any simpler. If you use a reusable bag that has a logo on it, just try to figure out a way to creatively cover the logo with your felt decoration.
**Click here for Skeleton Trick-or-Treat Bag pattern download!
The kinds of bags you can make are endless. Some other characters you could make really easily would be a cat, bat, pumpkin, ghost, monster, or mummy! Get creative. Another thing that helped me to come up with an idea of how to draw my character was to google images. Then if you see something you like you can freehand it with something to help inspire you.
So go ahead and make your own Trick-or-Treat bags. Feel free to use the free downloads I have provided, or create your own versions. As always I would love to see your photos if you end up making one yourselves!
These edible Jell0 Worms are a BIG hit for our Halloween Dinner. The first time I served these up the kids really freaked out. My daughter couldn’t even look at them at first, but after some coaxing and a little good natured teasing, she ate one. Then much too her surprise, she liked them.
They take a little effort to make, but I think they are worth it. Plan to make these at least a day ahead of time.
Jell-O Blood Worms
100 flexible plastic straws
(The straws with a bendable neck make the most realistic worms by adding ridges to the worm. Place bendable necks of straws at the bottom of the container).
an empty, cleaned 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to hold straws.
(The straws will fill up to the height of the container, the taller the better.)
1 package (6 ounces) raspberry or grape flavor gelatin
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 cups boiling water
3/4 cup whipping cream
12 to 15 drops green food coloring
1. Combine gelatins in a bowl and add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 min.
2. Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in tall container. Wrap together with a loose rubber band to hold straws together.
3. Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Carefully pour into container, filling straws.
4. Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.
5. Pull straws from container or, if you’re using a carton, simply tear the carton away from the filled straws. Pull straws apart. Run hot tap water for about 2 seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time. Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling pin, or use your fingers.
6. Lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Worms will hold at room temperature for about 2 hours.
I recently volunteered to help in my daughter’s classroom for her Halloween party. I was asked to come up with the Halloween Crafts the kids could make in about 10 minutes. After seeing a bunch of well used ideas on the internet, we came across an idea to make “bendable mummy dolls.”
You will need (per mummy):
2 pipe cleaners
1 cotton ball
3 12 inch strips of white cloth
2 google eyes
First take two pipe cleaners (any color will do since they will be covered). We picked white to represent the bones of the skeleton. We twisted two together to come up with the basic shape of a stick figure. We started with the head and then worked our way around. Stick the cottonball into a circle made out of the pipe cleaners. (Sorry about the red food coloring stained fingers…that was from some other project).
Then we took strips of an old sheet and tore it into a LOT of tiny strips. Then we just started wrapping the mummy up. I started on the neck and went up around the head and then around each body part. It takes a little practice to figure out how to wrap it for the best look. We then tied knots and tucked the ends of the strips into the cloth to start the next strip. Each mummy took about three 12 inch strips of material.
Then I helped each of the kids hot glue some “google eyes” on their mummies.
They were a hit. Some kids had a hard time with the wrapping. But most really enjoyed coming up with their individual creations. I did it by myself with about 7-8 kids in each station. A helper would have been nice. But all in all it worked out pretty well. I premade all the skeletons because I didn’t think all the kids would be able to do that part. I would not recommend this for classes younger than 2nd grade.