Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pumpkin Smashing

The kids are always sad when it comes time to throw out their wonderful pumpkin creations. 

We came up with a fun family activity to ease their sadness.

I don't know what they like better, carving the pumpkin or smashing it up.

We always carve our pumpkins the week of Halloween, so they are usually mold free and still firm when we smash them up.
*Do Not Smash Moldy or Rotten Pumpkins. 
You could get sick from the bacteria and mold growing on your pumpkin.

Take all safety precautions. 
Eye protection is suggested.
Adult Supervision.
And any other special needs for your surroundings and participating group.

We smash ours on the grass, so the kids don't chip the concrete.

We did have a seed or two sprout in the grass in the spring when we smashed painted Pumpkins.

Have fun, but be SAFE!
Smash Pumpkins at your own risk!
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to Glue Eyes on a Halloween Mask

The number one question everyone keeps asking me when they see my Halloween decorations,  is how I got the ping pong eyeballs to glue to the Halloween masks.

People have tried duct tape, hot glue, rubber cement, and super glue.  One person said they even tried gum.

Loctite Vinyl, Fabric, & Plastic is the only thing I've gotten to work.
Don't even bother with the other stuff.

These masks are suppose to look like severed  heads  on a spike  

My girls keep saying I need to add eyeballs to them.

Make sure your mask is good and clean.
Wait for it to completely dry.

  Put the eye inside your mask to get a good idea where it will fit, and where to put the glue.

I got these ping pong balls at my local dollar store, but I've seen them on Amazon if you can't find them anywhere.

Put the glue directly on the eyeball where it will adhere to the mask.  Be careful the glue will take the paint off if you rub it. Follow all safety precautions on the label.

Blow on it just a little to help dry it.
Then, set the eye in place and hold it at least a minute, maybe longer.

I think it kind of looks awesome with only one eye

I got out voted, and repeated the steps for the other side.
Pretty creepy if I do say so myself.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Yard Statues

We wanted to make some life size Monster Statues for Halloween.  We bought some costumes on clearance after Halloween last year for 75%-90% off.  Making them $5.00 or less each.

We used PVC pipe to make the bones, pool noodles to add body mass, and case lot card board boxes covered in plastic for the body.

We used an old plant holder to give the head shape. 
You can also use PVC pipe to make a form.

Cut the pipe to size of the costume.

We used safety pins to hold the costume in place.

Repeat steps for all your monsters.

We used dowels in the ground to keep them standing.
One in the pole and one outside the pole and zip tied them together.

We didn't want them to become projectiles in the wind.
If the wind is strong enough the possibly could break in half.
Take all safety precautions when installing your monsters.

For the scarecrow Scream costume, we made a cross out of PVC pipe to replicate a real scarecrow.

For this phantom costume, we wanted it flowy and ghost like.
We only made shoulders out of PVC pipe and stuffed the head.

 It blows in the wind like a sock kite.

We put some yard lights to light up the monsters.
You can see the cool shadows the project on a house.

We'd love to hear about how your monsters turned out, leave us a comment.

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