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Paper Mache Pumpkins
Materials Instructions

Paper Mache Recipe
1 balloon for each child
Orange and green paint
Other paints and/or decorations
Paper towel roll

Paper Mache Recipe 1 balloon for each child Orange and green paint Other paints and/or decorations Paper towel roll Instructions Using paper mache recipe, cover inflated, fat, balloon with paper mache and newspaper. Allow to dry over night. When covering balloon - cut a 2-inch piece from the paper towel roll. Place on top of balloon and paper mache over top to form stem. Sit balloon with stem side up to dry so that the bottom remains partially flat. The next day when dry, paint orange with paint. Paint stem green. Once dry, paint in eyes and other details. Flower vines can be purchased at craft stores if you wish. These make nice window ornaments instead of real pumpkins, however, do not use a candle inside.
Paper Bag Pumpkins
Paper bag (lunch or grocery)
String or green yarn Markers, crayons or paints
Newspaper
For smaller pumpkins use lunch bags with flat bottoms, for larger pumpkins use grocery bags. Stuff the bag 3/4 full with scrunched up newspaper. Gather top of bag and tie with string or yarn to form stem of pumpkin. Shape bag to look like pumpkin using your hands. Decorate pumpkin with paints, markers or crayons as you desire.
Mini Pumpkin
Mini Pumpkins
Permanent markers
Paint (optional)
Get small pumpkins (you can purchase these at pumpkin patches, farmers markets and at most markets) to make this great easy craft project. Simply outline a face on the small pumpkin with a black permanent marker. Have kids either paint inside outline or use colored markers to add color to the little pumpkins. Make lots, these make great decorations!!
Great Ghosts

Newspaper
Wallpaper paste Balloon Paint (optional) String for hanging
Drop cloth, bowl, scissors


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Substitute Paper Mache
Paper Mache Recipe Balloon Paint (optional) String for hanging Drop cloth, bowl, scissors

Take strips of newspaper and soak in wallpaper paste. Use to cover top half or so of blown up balloon. Do just a few layers and let dry over night. Then add more layers. Let dry. Remove balloon (burst if necessary) and get BIG sheets of paper (whole sheets from a newspaper work). Soak the whole sheet and drape over the shell you have made, letting it fall in folds. You will have to have the shell you made held off the surface you are working on by putting something like a 2-litre soda bottle under it. Let the sheet dry and maybe add another top. Paint the finished work white or with luminous paints and cut out or paint eyes - - there, a ghost!!
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Take strips of newspaper and soak in paper mache. Cover entire balloon and allow to dry over night. You may do as in the Great Ghost idea and cover entire balloon in large sheets of paper or instead hang white streamers from the underside of the balloon.

 

Cheesecloth Ghost

Cheesecloth
White sugar
Warm water Bowl Black and white felt for eyes
Scissors, aluminum foil, small jar or bottle

Make a mixture of about 2 cups warm water with 1 cup white sugar. Stir to dissolve. While sugar is dissolving make a form to make your ghost. I used a small jar covered with aluminum foil in the shape of a ghost. Once sugar has completely dissolved soak pieces of cheesecloth in mixture. Remove and drape over "ghost form". Keep layering until you have about 3-4 layers of cheesecloth over the entire form. Allow to dry a minimum of overnight. May take longer. Once dry remove form from underneath. Your ghost should be quite firm. Decorate with eyes, nose, a hat or whatever you choose. These make great Halloween decorations for dinner tables, at your doorway or on your office desk.
Simple Tissue Ghosts - Great craft for the little ones
Tissue paper or Kleenex tissues String or thread Black marker Have kids wad up balls of tissue to form a ball. Form a full piece of tissue around the wadded up ball. Tie off with a string or thread. Draw on eyes with the marker. Voila!! Hang from ceiling fans and watch
Pom Pom Spider
Black yarn
Small square of cardboard
Black pipe cleaners Googly eyes
Red construction paper
Glue
Wind yard around and around cardboard square until heavily covered. Using a small piece of yarn tie securely at the centre, cut edges and remove the cardboard. Insert three pipe cleaners into the knotted centre and bend to form legs. Glue on eyes if desired, or cut out eyes from red paper. Use thread or yarn to hang spider.
Egg Carton Spider  
Cardboard egg carton Black pipe cleaners Black tempera paint, marker or crayon
Red construction paper
Glue
Thread or yarn
Using paint, marker or crayons, colour the cup sections of the egg carton. Cut each egg cup apart. Push pipe cleaner legs into egg cup and bend to shape legs. Cut red paper and glue on for eyes. Use thread or yarn to hang.
Ghost Puppet
Tissue paper
Cotton ball
Rubber band
String
Place tissue paper over a cotton ball and secure under ball with rubber band. Draw eyes on with marker. Tie a string around neck and hang or use as a finger puppet by hooking over a finger with rubber band.
Craft Recipes paint, paper mache, silly putty, clay, paste, glue and more

 

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Pumpkin Carving Tips

1. Pick Your Pattern Select a pattern that you would like to carve. There are many free patterns to choose from here or you can buy a pattern book, many come with the carving tools. If this is your first time select a pattern that is fairly simple. You can always get fancier with the second pumpkin.
2. Pick Your Pumpkin Keep your selected pattern in mind when you shop for your pumpkin. You want to think about the pattern when you select the size of your pumpkin. When selecting your pumpkin, do not select one that has soft spots or browning spots, or dents. Try to get one that stands up straight and small pumpkins will be too difficult to carve.
3. Carving Tools If your pumpkin pattern is a fairly common rectangular design, you can probably use an ordinary kitchen knife. However, with little effort and the right tools fantastic things that can be done with pumpkin carving. I recommend you purchase one of the inexpensive pumpkin carving kits that are sold all over the place during the Halloween season. If you already have a nice assortment of fine saws for woodworking or something, then use them.
4. Cut and Clean the Pumpkin Cut the the lid first, a hexagonal cut rather than circular cut helps keep the lid from falling into the pumpkin as the pumpkin lid begins to dry out and shrink. Always draw the shape of your lid very lightly with a water based marker (so you can wash it off later). Begin cutting the lid at a slight angle with the saw or knife handle titled slightly toward you as you are cutting to help prevent the lid from falling in. Cut a piece out of the lid as a chimney if you are planning to use a candle. Once the top has been cut off you can begin cleaning out the pumkin with a large metal spoon or one of the scaping tools supplied with the carving kits. Clean the pumpkin until the wall thickness is about 1" all the way around.
5. Apply and Mark the Pattern Check the pattern size against the your pumpkin. If it seems too large or small, try reducing it on a photocopier. Once you have the correct size for the pattern, trim away all of the excess paper leaving about a 1" border on the paper. Once the pattern fits, tape the pattern to the pumpkin using any tape. Be sure the pattern is flush against the surface of the pumpkin and you don't have any creases. Next take a pointed object such as a pen, poker, tip of a knife, or even a drill bit and begin to poke holes along the lines of your pattern, spacing them about a 1/4" to 1/2" apart depending on the number of curves in your pattern. Once you have completed punching the holes as guides for the pattern you may pull the pattern off the pumpkin.
6. Carving the Pumpkin To begin carving your pumpkin, just follow the pattern of dots that you layed out your pattern. Begin in the middle of the design and work your way out. This will allow you to maintain the best strength possible in the walls of the pumpkin at all times to avoid breaks. It is generally easiest to sit in a straight backed chair and hold the pumpkin face up in your lap while you work. To do the actual cutting VERY CAREFULLY and slowly connect the dots in short up and down strokes being careful not to pull the saw or knife too far out or put it too far in. If you take your time, generally about a half an hour to 1 hour per pumpkin, you will end up with a fine looking pumpkin in really no time at all.
7. Insert the Candle Carve out a area in the base of the pumpkin to insert the candle. Use a votive size candle. You might want to use some aluminum foil underneath the candle as added protection. Always use caution and do not leave lit pumpkins unattended or easily accessable to children. An alternative is to use a small flashlight. Be Safe and have a happy halloween!
 

FREE Pumpkin Patterns

Pumpkin face 1

Pumpkin face 2

Pumpkin face 3

Witch Pumpkin

Pumpkin Clown face

Pumpkin Spider

 

The Classic Apple Dunking
Apples
Water
A deep pan or a half barrel
Lots of people
You can blindfold the players or not. Put the water and apples in the barrel. Without using hands the players must pick up an apple with their teeth! (If you wear glasses then don't forget to take them off.)

 
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