5 Not-So-Scary Creations for Halloween
Cupcake Liner Monster Puppets
Flatten out a cupcake liner and glue it to a piece of cardstock to give it additional heft, then trim out the circular cupcake liner. Cut details (mouth, arms, legs, horns, teeth, etc.) from colored construction paper and glue them onto the liner to make a face and body (accordion folds work well on the arms and legs). Use varying numbers of googly eyes to make your monster unique. Add some glue to the top of your craft stick and glue it to the back of your creation. The blogger suggests coupling these puppets with a non-scary monster children’s book and letting the kids act out the story.
Full instructions at: iheartcraftythings.com
Glitter Glue and Liquid Starch (available in the laundry section of most grocers) are the main ingredients to this sparkly slime that gets packaged in a baby food jar. You can make different colored slime, depending on the color of glitter glue you use, or feel free to add food coloring to the mix. The website features printable labels for the lids, and the toy monster finger puppets you hide inside are available at amazon.com. Full instructions and related links at: theidearoom.net
Monster Rice Krispie Treats
These colorful and cute (not creepy), treats are super easy to make. Start with a basic Rice Krispie Treat Recipe (this blogger links to her favorite on her website, theidearoom.net). You can make them in a 9×13 pan or a 16×20 jelly roll pan if you like them a little thinner. Once the treats cool, cut them into rectangles then insert a wooden stick in the bottom. Melt different colors of Wilton Candy Melts and dip the treats in the melted candy. Put your monsters on parchment paper to harden, but while the coating is still wet, add some Wilton Candy Eyeballs … one, three or more! (Just not two … that’s too human.)
Full instructions at: theidearoom.net
Jack-o-lanterns are so last year. These fun and fanciful decorations make a statement. Some of the websites feature instructions on how to make your own, or simply let these inspire your creativity. Either way, the neighborhood ghouls and goblins will be racing to your front door for more than just the goodies. Get inspiration at eastcoastcreativeblog.com, homejelly.com and homemadeheather.com.
Witch’s Brew Halloween Drink
Eye-spy a delicious drink! In a large bowl, mix together 12 oz. of lime concentrate, 1 quart vanilla ice cream and 1 liter Sprite. For the sprinkle cup rims, melt green chocolate melts in a microwave for 1 minute and dip the rim of the glass into the chocolate. Roll in a bowl full of rainbow sprinkles, and stick it in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened. For the eyeball drink stirrers, take a candy eyeball and put a little bit of the chocolate from the chocolate melts on the back. Stick it to the middle of the donut and allow to dry. Pierce the donut through the middle of a straw or drink stirrer and place in the drink.
Full instructions at: awwsam.com.