Happy Halloween! Get Scary!

October 30, 2013

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Tomorrow is Halloween! Do you have your costume yet? Here are some last-minute ideas from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 4! For the latest edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, click here!

Happy Halloween! Get Scary!

Paint Your Face

For each paint color, you will need:

  • 1 paper cup
  • 1 teaspoon cold cream
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 1 to 2 drops food coloring
  • small paintbrush or cotton swab

Put the cornstarch and cold cream into a paper cup and mix until blended. Add the water and food coloring, then stir. Use a paintbrush or swab to apply the paint to your face. Remove with soap and water.

Bleed With Fake Blood

You will need:

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir to blend. Add water, a few drops at a time, if the mixture is too thick, then stir. Apply the “blood” to your clothes and body. (Food coloring can stain fabric permanently, so wear old clothing.)

Do a Monster Makeover

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 paper cups
  • 3 food colorings
  • tissue paper, torn lengthwise into 2-inch strips
  • puffed wheat cereal

In a bowl, mix together the cornstarch and flour. Add the corn syrup and water and stir until smooth. Divide the mixture into four paper cups. Add one food coloring to each of three cups. Stir each one. Keep the fourth mixture untinted.

For “skin”: Paint some untinted mixture onto a section of your face. Place strips of tissue paper over it. Cover with more untinted mixture. Continue covering your face, one area at a time.

For “warts”: Stick puffed wheat to the untinted mixture on your face and cover with tissue paper.

For fun: When the mixture on your face is dry, use the colored mixtures to paint your face. To remove, wet your face and peel the tissue away. Wash your face with soap and water.

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