Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Special

Well everyone is gearing up for Halloween this week, if not done so already!  It happens to be on a Friday, which is going to be extra fun for all the sugar wired kids .... and some parents. :)

In the meantime, I have had my nose to the grindstone so I barely had time to decorate and my place quaintly decorated with some fall and working on Halloween, but I like to save money and also make things myself.  I will be glass painting some clear generic candle holders into Halloween them, and make them cool and creepy ones!  Perhaps, when I have them complete and lit up this week, I will post the pics on the IAJLGOM's Facebook group or here.

Until then, I have some Halloween safety tips and then some really cool things you can make for Halloween with you kids. Perhaps you can go over these Halloween safety tips with the kids, and make it a safe and fun night for all!

Remember, all regular pedestrian rules are going to apply.  Be sure to cross the road at marked cross walks, or well lit corners only. It is safest to work your way up one side of the street, and then cross once to the other side, not zigzagging.  Also, consider sending your children with a flashlight for additional safety and to increase visibility.

Kids, let you parents know where you are going to be at all times and advise them if you will be returning late, or if you are a young trick-or-treater be sure to be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-determine the boundaries to trick-or-treat within, and establish a firm time to return home.

Advise your children not to eat anything until they return home, where you can view the candy in the light and dispose of any items that appear to have been tampered with, or not properly wrapped. 

When you are buying or making costumes, look for materials and accessories that are labelled flame-resistant.  Ensure your child is wearing adequate foot wear that takes into consideration weather conditions and lots of walking.  You know they don't want to go home with only a little bit of candy!
And choose bright coloured costumes that are highly visible.  Add reflective tape to costumers that need further increases visibility.

Now that we have went over the safety stuff, we can get into how to make some creepy Halloween masks!


Papier Mache Faces
For ages 8 to 12+.

You can decorate these papier mache faces with any colors or ghoulish looks you want, or you can make them into a masquerade mask, but it can be messy to work with Papier Mache so be sure to cover your work surface with lots of newspaper, and here' s how to make the papier mache face mask.

What You Will Need:
Flour                                                                               Sale
Newsprint (newspaper)                                                  Balloon
Water                                                                              Tempura Paint

Mix two parts water to one part flour to form a thick paste.  Mix well to remove lump.  Add some salt to the mix to discourage mold.

Blow up your balloon- this forms the base for your mask.  Tear newspaper into strips about 3 cm wide and 15 cm long.  Dip each strip of newsprint into the Papier Mache paste, and smooth off excess paste with your fingers.  Drape across the balloon pressing gently to remove air bubbles.

Continue to add strips of Papier Mache to your balloon until the front is completely covered with four or five layers.  **For a mask, leave the back of the balloon uncovered.

Add some features to your mask.  Dip a strip of newsprint into the paste and crumple it up.  Shape that like a nose.  Press against the your mask.  Add more strips of Papier Mache across the mask and over the nose to secure.

Add other features, like a mouth, ears and eyebrows the same way.  Make sure you let the Papier Mache dry between layers.  Once it's dry, paint your mask in any style with tempura paint.  You can make your mask look like a green goblin or monster, or like Jack Skeleton, a witch or even Frankenstein! I hope it turns out scary anyways!

 Now to make some cool slime for your Haunted House. It is slippery and fun to make slime but maybe not fun to get slimed!  Scroll down for my Slime recipe, but also be sure to keep slime away from clothing, furniture and carpets!


What You Will Need:
 1/2 Cup of Wood Glue (Or white glue)
1/2 Cup Liquid Laundry Starch
1/2Cup Water
Food Colouring

Put the glue and water into a cup and stir well to dissolve.  Add a few drops of food colouring for colourful slime.  Add liquid laundry starch and continue to mix.
As the new material starts to form, remove it from the cup and knead it well.  If the mixture is too sticky, add more starch.
 Store slime in a zip lock bag so it does not dry out or make this Glow in the Dark Slime Recipe

Have fun!  Scroll down for some links to more fun and easy Halloween crafts, including 19 printable Halloween decorations and ways to have fun and save money!


Easy Halloween Crafts

Free Printables for Halloween

DIY Cardboard and Paper Halloween Masks

Halloween Treat Bag Stencils

Cheap & Tasty HalloweenTreats for Under $1

Free Halloween Pictures to Print & Color

10 Halloween Facts

Halloween Movies for Kids and The Family

13 Halloween Movies to Scare You Senseless

3 Simples Way to Save on Halloween Candy

20 Sexiest Star Halloween Costumes of All Time
       Have a Great Week & Happy Halloween~!

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