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Halloween Recipes

Ingredients for... A MAD Halloween!

Fake Blood:

Warning: This will stain fabric and furniture - Use with Care! (Will wash off of glass and ceramic.)

  • 1 bottle Red Food Coloring
  • 1 c. Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Stir the ingredients together until completely mixed. Your mixture creates the illusion of real blood, and is one way of making fake blood used as a special effect in movies!

The Floating Fingertip:

  1. Stretch your arms out in front of you and touch your index fingers together at their fingertips.
  2. Keep both eyes open while you focus on a point that is far away. You will be looking in the direction of your index fingers, but at a point past them.
  3. While you keep your eyes focused on the far away point, slowly bring your index fingers that are touching, closer towards your nose.
  4. Before you actually touch your nose, you will see an extra piece of "finger" in between your two index fingers!

In this activity, you focused your eyes on a point far away, but your eyes still saw objects that were closer. Our brains try to follow what would appear to be a logical conclusion. The image perceived by each eye has to correspond. Our visual system tries to do the best it can, but it is not always correct!

Witch’s Brew with Hand Ice Mold:

  • Rubber glove
  • 1 pound coffee can
  • Water
  • 2 parts purple grape juice
  • 2 parts club soda
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  1. Fill a new rubber glove with water. Tie at the wrist and freeze one or two days. Unmold. To make the base for the hand, fill a one-pound coffee can about 1/3 full with water. Insert the hand and freeze until firm. For an added effect, place a few drops of red food coloring on the tips of the fingers just before serving.
  2. Mix the grape juice and soda in a pitcher. Halve the grapes and take out the seeds. Cut the apple into small chunks. Float the fruit in the brew just before serving.
  3. Place your Ice Hand in the punch bowl.

The grapes and apples will give the illusion of eyes and teeth. Many movies use illusions to make us think something is happening. The hand ice mold adds to this scary illusion!

Haunting Masks & Jack-O-Lanterns

To make glowing and haunting masks and Jack-O-Lanterns use a red "glow stick" and place inside the Jack-O-Lantern or behind a mask. Many movies and T.V shows have used simple candles and lightsticks to make a mask’s eyes glow.

Monster Mucus

  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Measuring Cup
  • Water

Heat 1/2 cup water until it boils and remove from heat. Pour in 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin, wait a few minutes until it softens and stir with a fork. Add corn syrup to make 1 cup. Stir with fork and lift out long strands of mucus. (You will need to add a spoonful of water as it cools.) The monster mucus you just made is protein (gelatin) and sugars (corn syrup) - the same primary ingredients that real mucus is made from. The long strands that you lift out with your fork are strands of protein - this helps to make it sticky, too.

Halloween Face Paint

  • 1 tsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Cold Cream
  • 2 drops Food Coloring

Mix all ingredients and apply to skin. Mixtures similar to these are used in movies and T.V. for special effects. Makes face paint for 1 child.

NEED MORE MAD SCIENCE? 

We have Birthday Parties down to a science!

Mad Science parties entertain children of all ages with exciting, high-energy, interactive shows that come to you. Our no-mess, hassle-free parties typically last one hour, with the option of special add-ons like cotton candy-making, bubbling potions and rocket launches!

Every child at your Mad Science party will make a fun, hands-on item to take home. Options include slippery slime or fantastic Mad Science putty!

Click here for more information! 

http://triangle.madscience.org/birthday-parties.aspx

 

Also check out our Spooky Science themed parties, shows, in class field trips and stations!

http://triangle.madscience.org/spooky-science.aspx

 


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