Halloween can be fun and exciting for those who celebrate it. Common sense when trick or treating, eating candy a little at a time, and some environmentally friendly projects can make spooky times fun for all and easy on the planet. Here are some ideas to help.
Hand me some punch, please. If you’re making punch for a party, why not spook up the punch bowl with a hand of ice? You will need water, a freezer, and a clean rubber or surgical glove. Rinse out the glove well to get rid of any powder inside. Fill 2/3 full with water, seal the end with a bread tie, and place in the freezer. You may want to double over the open end to prevent leaking. When it’s time to serve the punch, peel back the glove for a hand of ice. You may need to dip the glove in warm water for a few seconds to loosen it. Make several and keep them “handy” for punch bowl refill time.
Pumpkin bottle cooler. This project is great for adult beverages. Select a very large round pumpkin. Cut in half horizontally and clean out thoroughly. You can line it with plastic or not. Half fill with ice. Then add bottles of your favorite witches’ brew: pumpkin ale, Octoberfest beer selections, apple harvest ale, or whatever you like. If you have a very large bowl, place the pumpkin inside to contain any spills. Change ice often to keep water melt from leaking.
Candy corn nail polish. Every woman who loves nail polish has tons of small left overs they can’t bear to discard. Halloween is a great time to be candy corny. Paint horizontal or vertical stripes on your nails to look like the traditional candy corn in yellow, orange, and white. If you feel less traditional, use colors that coordinate with your costume and be your own candy corn designer. Click here for step by step instructions.
Pumpkin face with no carving. Every tool box has handfuls of mismatched screws, washers, nuts and other hardware fasteners. Why not decorate your pumpkin with these leftovers. No dangerous cutting tools are needed, and kids will love it with a little parental help. Simply sketch out a happy, scary, mad, spooky or goofy face with felt tip pen dots on the pumpkin. Screw in a leftover bolt over each dot to make teeth, fangs, eyebrow lines, etc. eyes can be made from washers under the screw. More ideas here.
Button me up. Use the above method but instead of hardware, delve into the button jar. Mix and match colors, designs, shapes, size, etc. for another free craft. All you need is glue and a willing pumpkin.
Pumpkin diorama. Instead of carving a face or other traditional scene on the pumpkin, try cutting a rectangle from the side. Clean the inside thoroughly, then create a fall diorama scene in the interior. Kids can create twig figures, use acorns, pine cones, and leaves, or go modern and an add Lego figures and cars. Let their imaginations free.
After all is said and done, wash the toys, hardware, and buttons to use for other creative projects. Add the pumpkins to the compost pile to increase organic material in next year’s garden.