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Mommy on a Shoestring: Halloween 2013: Terror-ific treats and bootiful eats

Halloween-themed glow-in-the-dark duct tape turns ordinary slap band bracelets into something spooktacular.
Strawberry Men, Date Bugs and Cyclops are Halloween treats that are fun to make.
The Wicked Web is a great craft for small children.

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Get in the Halloween spirit with frightfully fun activities that put the eek in chic!

DE-LIGHTFUL SLAP BAND BRACELETS

Forget diamonds, these glow-in-the-dark bracelets are a ghoul’s best friend. They’re easy to make, budget-friendly, and are a great activity for classroom parties.

You need:

Slap band bracelets (available at most party supply stores)

Glow-in-the-dark duct tape

Scissors

Directions:

Remove outside layer of slap band so you are left with a thin metal strip.

Measure and cut duct tape so that it’s about ½ inch longer than slap band (on both ends). Lay slap band, rounded side up, on duct tape.

Wrap duct tape around bracelet, then place a second strip of duct tape on top of the bottom piece to ensure you don’t have overlapping sticky edges.

Slap bracelet on wrist and enjoy.

Thank you to Kristen Stephens and Vikram Goyal at www.craftgossip.com for sharing this “bright” idea.

CREEPY CRAWLY PLATTER

I love this activity because it’s open-ended, creative and incorporates healthy ingredients such as dates and strawberries.

You need:

Dates

Strawberries

Black candy melts (available at craft stores and in the baking aisle at most grocery stores)

Chow mein noodles

Candy eyes (available at craft stores and in the baking aisle at most grocery stores)

Candy mustaches (available at craft stores and in the baking aisle at most grocery stores)

Almond slivers

Licorice rope

Red hots

Cream cheese

Waxed paper

Directions:

Place candy melts in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until melted.

Prepare Strawberry Men and Date Bugs by dipping the tops of some strawberries and dates in the melted candy and then placing them on waxed paper until cool.

Prepare Cyclops by cover the remaining dates with melted candy and placing them on waxed paper until cool.

Place cream cheese, chow mein noodles, red hots, licorice ropes, candy eyes and mustaches in separate bowls. Encourage kids to use the cream cheese as glue as they add eyes, legs, arms, ears and mustaches to the dates and strawberries. Boo-tiful!

WICKED WEB

Admittedly there’s nothing wicked about this web other than the name. In fact, this “old school” craft is actually a fun and festive way to help little ones work on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

You need:

Paper plates

Scissors or hole punch

Yarn

Plastic spiders (optional)

Directions:

Punch holes around the perimeter of the paper plate with scissors or a hole punch.

Tie a knot at the end of a long piece of yarn.

Have kids create a web by threading the yarn through the holes of the plate. Keep going until all of the yarn is used.

If desired, add plastic spiders.

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Sweet Support for the Troops
 
Once again Operation Gratitude is organizing a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program. Click here to learn how your kids can donate their Halloween candy to our troops overseas.
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