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My best friend, Bonnye, and I are always trying to come up with different things to do with our kids other than our usual pizza nights. Not that we don’t love our pizza nights, but sometimes you gotta mix things up! Luke has been really into science & potions for about a year, so the thought came to me that it would be fun to do some Halloween themed science once afternoon.
In a joint effort, I coordinated the science and Bonnye covered the snacks! We used Prime Fresh for most of our food & science supplies! We love how easy it is to order whatever grocery supplies we need!
With our little Halloween Scientists getting set up, Bonnye started prepping lunch. We had a great spread of veggies, punch, pizza pockets, hot dogs, and Monster-Krispie treats. The Monster-Krispie treats were made by our sweet babysitter’s sister and we do not know what she does to them, but she makes the BEST treats. Must be a secret recipe!
The Mummy-Dogs were made with Ball Park Franks and Grands Rolls sliced up to look like mummy wrappings! They were super yummy and very easy to make!
Between the grape soda and the Monster-Krispie treats as well as some Ghost Pretzel sticks I forgot to photograph, the kids had more than their fair share of sugar! We definitely needed the super cool pizza pockets to balance it out.
Bonnye found this great pan that she doubled as an ice tray for the (what I called) Alien punch! By the time the ice hit the liquid, it looked more like Aliens than skulls but still totally fit for our theme. The pizza pockets were super quick and easy to make and so much healthier than ordering a pizza! And they turned out so cute!
A spooky Halloween treat for any pizza lover!
Pre-heat your oven to 375 deg and spray the skull pan with cooking spray. Unroll pizza dough and cut into strips to drape over the skull cavities with enough hanging over to fold over the top. Spoon 1 tbs of pizza sauce into each skull then sprinkle in cheese & toppings. Fold the dough back over the top of the pizza toppings. Bake 18-20 min. Enjoy!
Luke was so excited to be making slime and potions with his BFF! He helped me pick out 3 great activities that were fun, and educational (sneaky)!
First up was our Apple Volcanoes! I don’t have an apple corer, which honestly wouldn’t have cut out enough anyway. I “picked” some apples out of the fridge that should have been eaten a few weeks ago (oops); it actually made them a little easier to scoop out. I used a knife to cut a hole around the top, then my grapefruit spoon to scoop the middles out, just like you would a pumpkin. For an added touch, I sprinkled in some apple pie spice, making them smell yummy and not just like vinegar.
At the last minute, I decided this experiment would be best conducted on the floor! Each kiddo took a half tsp and added baking soda to their apples. They took this job very seriously!
We filled dixie cups with vinegar and food coloring, with each kid picking their color. I was hoping they would go for Halloween colors but I was out of luck! Landry chose red, Ellie chose purple (that didn’t really come out purple), and Luke & Micah went for blue.
We learned that when you mix baking soda with vinegar, the liquid changes forms and makes a new chemical called carbonic acid!
Continuing with our baking soda & vinegar experiment, we wanted to see what else happened with our chemical reaction. This experiment made use of all those old water bottles on the floor of my car, and called for white balloons and googly eyes! ***Side Note: you don’t really need 1000 googly eyes! But if you buy them like I did, then you’ll have plenty for those random school projects your kids forget about down the road!
You will need someone with stronger fingers (we used Landry) to hold open the balloons while you spoon baking soda into it. Do NOT forget which balloons you put the baking soda into, then just put baking soda into other balloons, then go blow up the leftover balloons up later. You will wind up with a mouth full of baking soda. Yep…speaking from experience!
Once we propped up our balloons and let the baking soda sprinkle out, they started blowing up just like magic! We learned that the carbonic acid turns into carbon dioxide gas! So cool!
Luke LOVES slime! He loves the glow in the dark slime, extra slimy slime, glitter slime, magnet slime…. you name it! For this activity, we decided to make Fluffy Sime! Landry pretends he doesn’t love this stuff but as you can see, he’s pretty front and center in the mixing!
Making Fluffy Sime is really easy! You just add a 1/2 cup of Elmer’s Glue (one of the many items I buy in bulk so I can have it on hand when the school needs extra), 4 cups of generic shave foam, 1 tbs of Saline Solution, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
A couple turns of the spoon and this stuff turns to fluffy slime fast! I had visions of making it “Pumpkin Spice Slime” so I’d thrown in a bunch of Pumpkin Pie Spice for the smell, then planned to dye it orange but, I was once again ruled out on the food coloring! So much for the Halloween theme! LOL!
I gave each kid a bowl and let them pick their colors to mix into their slime. Within seconds, my little Spirit Animal, Miss Ellie Jaye, was COVERED in purple fluffy slime! Look at Luke’s face! This stuff was in the girl’s boots, and mashed into her pants! We had to change her into one of Luke’s outfits for the rest of the afternoon! Luckily it’s mostly shaving cream, so washes out fairly easily.
All in all, we had a super fun, technology-free afternoon! We are already brainstorming for a Thanksgiving-themed day. What are some of your favorite Halloween themed activities? What do you think we should try? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to sign up for our emails where I’ll share other fun family activities from time to time!Follow Our Story