|Ghost Pop Candy Holder by Fran W.|
Small zip-top bags
|Ghost Pop Candy Holder by Fran W.|
|Monster Mash, by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers|
The ‘Monster Mash’ is a fun song co-written by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Leonard Capizzi, in 1962. After every major record label turned the song down, Gary S. Paxton’s, of Garpax Records, decided to produce it. The song reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20, 1962, remained #1 for two weeks, and sold a million copies that year!
In 1973 it hit #3 on the UK Singles Chart and sold a million copies again!
Not bad for a one-hit-wonder!
As a matter of fact, it has been considered a Halloween favorite every year since its release 50+ years ago.
Can you guess how the “Monster Mash” got its name?
A few dances were popular at the time of its release, the “Twist” and the “Mashed Potato” were two of them, and they inspired the name of the song.
If you would like to sing along to this song, you can find the lyrics here.
The video below is a fun, kid-friendly cartoon version of the song.
Wikipedia: Monster Mash
Wikipedia: Bobby Pickett
YouTube: Learn How To Do The Monster Mash 12:59
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|3-D Halloween Scene by Fran W.|
A 3-D scene, or a diorama, is a creative way to express an idea, thought, experience, or tell a story. They can be made very simply or very complicated and detailed. They can also be interactive, stationary, or somewhere in between! It’s all up to you.
Rip Van Winkle
Read Irving’s classic short story
Listen to this classic story on LibriVox: Rip Van Winkle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Download and read Irving’s classic short story of the Headless Horseman & Ichabod Crane (aka The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
Listen to one of these versions of the classic story on LibriVox: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Part 1 by Washington Irving, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Part 2 by Washington Irving
Old Christmas: From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving – This is a LibriVox recording.
Bram Stoker author of “Dracula“
Edgar Allan Poe author of “The Raven“, “Tell-Tale Heart” and others
Mary Shelley author of “Frankenstein“
This quick and easy recipe will not only make a fun bubble bath but it can be used as a body wash as well!
To make your own cocoa-scented bubble bath or body wash, you will need…
1c Unscented baby soap (liquid) or 1/2c liquid Castile soap
1/8c Cocoa power
1 Vitamin E capsule and a pin (optional)
1/2 – 3/4c Water
Bowl for mixing
A bottle that can hold 2 cups of liquid (a recycled shampoo bottle will work)
What to do…
Mix a 1/2 cup of water with cocoa powder, stir with a spoon until the powder dissolves, and set it aside.
Pour the Baby or Castile soap into a bottle, then add the glycerin and water/cocoa mixture. Remove the funnel, pop open the vitamin E capsule (you can use a pin to do this), and squeeze the contents into the bottle and discard capsule. Add the rest of the water to the bottle, close, and shake well.
How to use…
To use as a bubble bath, shake well then pour a couple of tablespoons or so of the mixture into running water.
To use as a body wash, shake well then put a small amount of liquid on a puff or sponge, squeeze until foamy and wash as usual.
Chocolate Covered Berry: Instead of using baby soap, use strawberry or raspberry shampoo as the main soap base.
Chocolate-Mint: Castile soap comes in peppermint and can be used as the soap base. Mint essential oil can also be added to unscented shampoo.
Chocolate-Coconut: Add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil or a few drops of essential oil to the mixture.
Try some other essential oils such as orange, vanilla, cherry, or another favorite scent.
Make a gift basket: An inexpensive gift basket can be made up for birthdays, holidays, or just because!
Check the dollar store for travel-size bottles, bath puffs, and baskets.
Label your creation: Think about making labels for your final product.
Homemade stamps can be made with inexpensive materials and offer hours of creative fun!
To make your own stamps, you will need:
Bottle caps, foam stickers, markers or stamp pads, and paper
Alternate method: Foam, scissors, and white glue
What to do.....
Using foam stickers:
Pull the backing off of the foam sticker, center it on the bottle cap, and press it down so it stays in place.
Stamps made this way can be used right away.
Any size foam sticker can be used if you have a cap that fits it.
Alternate method: Using foam, scissors, and white glue:
If you do not have foam stickers, shapes can be cut from foam and glued to a bottle cap. Once the glue has dried, the stamp is ready to go!
Note: When using words and letters, glue them on backward so that they stamp correctly.
Tip: Foam stickers can be purchased in a dollar or craft store, as can sheets of foam.
Any kind of cap or lid can be used:
Water bottle caps, juice bottle caps, milk caps, caps from jars and plastic lids
How to use:
Once the stamps are ready to use, ink the foam with a marker, then press the stamp onto paper. If you huff on the stamp, you will reactivate the ink and stamp with it again, although the stamp mark will be lighter.
Clean stamps with a damp sponge or paper towel and a little soap.
Stamps can be used on fabric if fabric paint or fabric markers are used.
Suggestions for use:
Make cards: Greeting, thank you, birthday, holiday: Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Christmas and any other special day!
Stamp stories: Make custom stamps that fit the theme of the story or poem that you want to create.
Play games: Tic-tac-toe, guess my word, *code breaker and anything else you can think of!
*Set-up for Code-Breaker:
Make six different stamps by using small water bottle/soda tops and foam sticker.
How to play:
You will need: Paper cut into 4" x 11" wide strips, makers, stamps, damp paper towel or sponge
1. Decide if you are going to use one type of stamp and four colors or four different stamps and one color before you begin.
2. On a piece of paper cut into 4" x 11" strips, have one player stamp their code any they want with the stamps and colors and fold it over so that the other player can not see it.
3. The other player will then try to guess what the code is by inking the stamps and putting them in the correct sequence. If any of the stamps are correct, the code maker wi ll let the player know one of two ways: 1) Underline the correct stamp or 2) Put dots on the side of the line to indicate that there are stamps/colors in the correct place but you are not saying exactly what or where they are.
4. Once the correct code has been found, switch roles so that the other player can create a code while the other guesses.
When the players get good at the game, opponents can challenge each other to guess the code in any color/stamp combination desired and agreed upon! Change the rules to fit your needs.
Tip: Use a little soap and a damp towel or sponge to clean stamps between colors.
Enjoy being creative!
|Photo by Jackins|
Did you know…
Before coming to America, the Irish carved lanterns out of turnips and potatoes. When they figured out that pumpkins were easier to carve, they switched!
Play a game of Pumpkin Face
Are you planning to carve some real pumpkins of your own? Before you do, have fun practicing making pumpkin faces with this game!
The homemade version requires:
Construction paper (orange, green, brown, yellow and black), scissors, and 1 die per player
The template version requires:
*DLTK: Jack-o’-Lantern Faces, crayons, markers or paint, scissors, 1 die
*Scroll down to the templates on the bottom of the page.
What to do:
Cut out pumpkin shapes for your game: Make long and short bodies, eyes, nose, mouth and a curvy stem. (If you make eyebrows use straight lines, wavy lines and other fun types of lines.) Be creative by using triangles, circles, squares and other shapes for the pumpkin’s face. Make a flower for the nose or oval eyes if you want!
Template version: Color the template pieces and cut them out.
How to play…..Pumpkin Face:
Object: To give your pumpkin a fun face and to be as creative as possible.
Each number on the die represents a pumpkin part, you can make up your own number-to-body part or use the following suggestions. With the homemade version, anything goes! Make your body parts any way you want. With the template version, just add the parts you have. You are welcome to mix the two versions too!
For example: Use template bodies and homemade parts.
1 Pumpkin Body – Before you can decorate a pumpkin body, you need to get one! Roll a 1 to get your body.
2 Eyes – Place one eye on your pumpkin at a time.
5 Stem – Curved, straight, short or long, each player gets to decide.
6 Anything goes! – This is where you get to give your pumpkin a little something extra, here are some suggestions: Eyebrows, hair, a leaf, cheeks, hat, hands, feet
Note: Be creative by making any shape or style eyes, nose, and mouth you want.
Allow the youngest player to start the game. You can use the suggested rules or make up your own.
Playing with additional pieces: If you would like to add other fun decorations to your pumpkin consider: a leaf, cheeks, hat, hands, feet and hair! Don’t forget to use different types of eyes, noses, mouths and stems to keep it interesting.
Question of the day:
Do you know the legend of the jack-o-lantern?
The origins of Jack O’ Lantern
Read the legend of the jack-o-lantern
History of the Jack O Lantern
Article and video available.
Carve a virtual pumpkin on line
When you get to the site, click on the word, “start” to begin carving.
Printable pumpkin carving patterns
Print simple and advanced patterns
3D Pumpkin Carving
Look through the awesome picture gallery of Scott Cummings a 3-D pumpkin carver!
Find more Halloween activities here.
|Image by digitalart
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Begin by thinking of as many spooky sounds as you can. If you need help, here are some suggestions:
A ghost moaning, bat screeching, wolf or coyote howling, door creaking, howling wind, hissing cat, screeching owl, squeaking mouse, creaking tree, scream, weird laugh, thunder, groan, roar, tree scraping the window, door slamming, leaves swirling in the breeze, crow cawing, a rodent scurrying, owl hooting, water dripping, rain falling, and anything else you can think of!
Create your sentence or story…..
– Think of a sentence or a story that has sound-words in it.
– Write, draw, or record it so that you can remember it for later.
Here’s one example of a spooky sentence:
One dark windy night, an owl swooped down and caught a mouse.
Sound-Words add description…
Sound-words add descriptive detail to a sentence or story. This allows the reader or listener to become more involved in what is being said, and it makes what you are saying much more interesting!
How to add sound effects to your sentence or story…..
Professional sound effect artists make sounds by using everyday objects and noises and so can you!
Here are a few of the things you can use to make sound effects:
Kitchen utensils, doors, leaves, gravel, sand, chairs, your hands, mouth, rubber band, bowls, cups, garbage can, scissors, ruler, plastic, fan, fruits and veggies, balloons, and anything else you can think of!
Here is an example of how these objects can be used:
Horse walking – clap clean coconut halves together
Howling wind – release air slowly from a zip-top bag
Fire crackling – crumple a piece of cellophane
Animal screeching – let air out of a balloon
Thunder – wiggle a metal cookie sheet
Swooping sound – whip a piece of rope through the air
Squeak – a toy that squeaks or a mouth noise
Scream – balloon with a hexnut inside
Our example above would look like this….
One dark windy night (wind howling), an owl (screeching sound) swooped down (swooping sound) and caught a mouse (squeak).
When you’re ready to retell it:
– Have someone in the background making the sounds on cue.
– Record sounds in sequence so that they go off when they are supposed to, while the story is being told.
– Pre-record your sentence or story complete with sounds and play it back for others to hear.
Note: If you decide to use a computer to create your story, there are websites that offer downloadable sound effects. You can also use a movie maker program to help you create your story.
Warning: Parental supervision is advised when downloading anything off the Internet.
Sound Effects Information:
Partners in Rhyme
Downloadable sound effects; some are free, some are not.
Offers an A-W list of sounds and how they are made.
Let’s Get Creative
Tips for making sound effects
More information about “Sound Effects” can be found on the Fran’s World Yahoo! Group, it’s free to join and open to everyone!
The image used was from: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
|Black Cat photo from Wikipedia|
In some countries, black cats are considered bad luck, while in others they are a symbol of good luck!
To learn more about the history of black cats, and how and why they have a good or bad reputation, read: Wikipedia: Black Cat
During the Middle Ages, cats effected the start and outcome of the Black Plague. Cats: Heroes During the Black Plague explains how this happened.
Cats have an interesting history dating back to Ancient Egyptian times! Read, A Short History of the Domestication of the Cat to learn why cats were highly regarded some of the time, and treated unfairly at other times.
Cats in general are well known for their great sense of balance. See how well you can balance with these activities!
Masking tape, an unsharpened pencil, a small flat object, bean bag, rolled up sock, a book
Optional: A stop watch, a friend, paper and pencil
Warning: When you try these activities, have something to grab on to or a safe place to fall so that you don’t get hurt.
– Stand on one foot for as long as you can, switch sides after a couple of minutes, then close your eyes and try it again.
How long can you stand on one foot with your eyes open?
How long can you do it with your eyes closed?
– Put a line of masking tape on the floor and walk the line without falling off. Close your eyes and try again.
– Balance an unsharpened pencil: on your fingers, on one finger, in your hand, on your nose, and on your forehead. Try this activity with the pencil standing up, or laying flat, whenever possible.
How long can you do this?
– Put a book, a rolled up sock, or a bean bag, on top of your head and walk around with it. For an extra challenge, hop or stand on one foot while balancing something on top of your head.
– Put a bean bag or a rolled up sock on your foot. Raise your foot, keeping the item in place, try to flip the item up and catch it. Switch feet. Then kick the object around, keeping one foot off the ground at all times. Flip it to your hands and back down.
How many times can you juggle the object this way?
More black cat resources…
CSI: Superstition Bash: Black Cats – This article gives some of the reasons black cats were considered good and bad luck.
Today I Found Out: Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck – Find out how black cat got a bad reputation.
PoeStories: Edgar Allan Poe’s: Black Cat – A short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1845.
I have a Housecats Research and Activity Guide and Resource page available for anyone interested.
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