Friday, September 16, 2016

Discover goos, brews, potions, and other concoctions that you can whip up at home to get you and your kids in the mood for Halloween!

Amazing Halloween Chemistry for Parties or Play
This post was originally published in 2014, updated with new graphics and links.

1. Open-Ended Potion Making

You don’t need much for potion making – just a few containers (fancy containers work best), food coloring, vinegar, baking soda, and imagination. My daughter went wild making potions of her choice.

2. Accessorize Your Potions

Adding Halloween accessories (think Dollar store!) will make your potions appropriately spooky. Little Bins for Little Hands packs a lot of Halloween science fun in this guest post for B-Inspired Mama

3. Make Spooky Eruptions

Good old vinegar and baking soda again, but Blog Me Mom upgraded a “spookiness factor” by adding themed containers and black tempera paint to her spooky Halloween eruptions.

4. A “Must Have” Halloween Potion

Growing a Jeweled Rose is a queen of glow play. The “magic ingredient” in most of her mixtures is glow water, which looks amazing but surprisingly easy to make.
glow water from Growing a Jeweled Rose

5.Glowing Goop

Also from Growing a Jeweled Rose comes an extension of glow water – a mysterious goblin goop – perfect for Halloween!
The glowing goop from Growing a Jeweled Rose

6. Glow in the Dark Playdough

Regular play dough is too boring? Enchant your kids by this glow in the dark homemade playdough version from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots.
Glow in the dark playdough from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots

7. Make Use of Pumpkin Guts

Don’t throw out pumpkin guts! Make a pumpkin slime instead using this pumpkin slime recipe from Learn Play Imagine.
Pumpkin slime recipe

8. Pumpkin Oobleck

Another recipe for pumpkin guts comes from Inspiration Laboratories. This time they are mixed with water and cornstarch to make pleasantly smelling pumpkin oobleck.
Pumpkin Oobleck from Inspiration Laboratories

9. Pumpkin Puffy Paint

There is something magical in microwaveable puffy paint. Fun At Home With Kids shares a perfect fall scented puffy paint recipe for pumpkin and apple puffy paints.
Puffy Paint from Fun at Home With Kids

10. Gross Jell-O Play

Gross out your kids or party guests with this jelly messy play from Nurture Store.
Jelly Messy Play from Nurture Store

11. Dry Ice Magic

Dry ice bubbles create a proper atmosphere and infinitely fascinating for scientists big and small. This activity from Not Just Cute is definitely on our list of things to do!
Dry Ice from Not Just Cute

12. Fake Blood

Do not limit yourself to red paint! Steve Spangler Science offers proper fake blood recipes and discusses the differences between them. Let it flow!
Make Fake Blood from Steve Spangler Science


This jell-o blood worms from The Idea Room will be a cool addition to a Halloween party or to sensory play. Don’t they look disgustingly real? I am still undecided whether I want to try them or not!
Jell-O-Blood-Worms from The Idea Room

Your Turn

Amazing Halloween Chemistry for Parties or Play

Do you have a favorite Halloween concoction– edible or not? Share yours here or on my Facebook page.

More Halloween Fun?

Spooky Footprint Haunted House Craft from Play Dough & Popsicles
Halloween Number Game from Adventures of Adam
Halloween Board Books from The Jenny Evolution
Halloween Read and Play from My Storytime Corner
Halloween Preschool Printables from Living life and learning
Gruesome Nibbles from Tales of Education at Home
Halloween Phonics Worksheet -Color by Letter from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
Pumpkin fairy house from The Usual Mayhem

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tisonly143 said...

love all these ideas, this is going to be great for the halloween party next month.. thanks for sharing @tisonlyme143

Ticia said...

My brother used to obsessively make fake blood and then make movies using large amounts of that fake blood.

Anonymous said...

This couldn't have come at a more perfect time. My daughter has been on a major science experiment kick. Thank you!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Those dry ice bubbles are great!

Suzi said...

Get some round ice cube trays and freeze blueberries in water in them. Then float those eyeballs in Halloween punch.

Suzi said...

Buy some fresh carrots. Cut them into finger sizes. put peanut butter on the nail bed, and use the peanut butter to glue red apple peel cut into a fingernail. Eat that! People shudder, but they go for it.

Dayna Abraham said...

These are great! I can't wait to try some of them! I am featuring this post on Saturday Science!

Marcy said...

I love all of your ideas. They are so awesome and look so fun to do.

Jay said...

What great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

TrulyBlessed said...

I LOVE all these ideas, thank you so much!

~Sandy Gram

LEE HARDY said...

Great ideas.

Jay said...

Such cool ideas!

Colleen Boudreau said...

These are all awesome!

Crystal said...

Thanks for sharing @Saturday Science! Such a great round up of lots of fun ideas :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

These are all fun Halloween activities!