May 7, 2010Frighteningly Frugal Fun!
Frighteningly Frugal Fun!
By Tawra Kellam
The average American family spends over $100 per year on Halloween goodies. As your kids drag you through aisles full of ghosts and goblins, the scariest thing about Halloween is threatening to leave bite marks in your pocketbook. No wonder so many moms flee screaming from the store... It can be much less expensive and a lot more fun to devise your own chilling creations. Here are a few tips that you can use to stave off the greenback gremlins and exercise your creative muscle. It won#146;t hurt a bit! These and other free frugal tips are available at
1 tsp. corn starch
frac12; tsp. water
frac12; tsp. cold cream
Mix all ingredients together in an old muffin pan and you
are ready to paint. This amount makes one color.
1 Tbsp Vaseline
2-3 drops red food coloring
Place Vaseline in a bowl. Add food coloring. Blend with a
toothpick. Stir in a pinch of cocoa to make a darker
blood color. Separate tissue. Using 1 layer,
tear a 2x3 inch piece and place at wound site. Cover with
petroleum jelly and mold into the shape of a
wound. The center should be lower than the sides. Fill the
center with the red petroleum jelly mixture. Sprinkle
center with some cocoa. Sprinkle a little
around the edges of the wound to make darker.
Mix 2/3 cup white corn syrup, 1 tsp. red food coloring, 2-3
drops blue food coloring to darken and 1 squirt dish
soap (helps blood to run well).
Abrasions -Dab brown, red and black eye shadow on
area. Apply blood over area with cotton balls. Use
comb to gently scratch area in one direction. Apply
cocoa or dirt over wound with cotton balls.
Black Eye -Apply red and blue eye shadow to
depressions around eyes.
Bruises-Rub red and blue shadow over bony area to
simulate recent bruises.
Blue and yellow eye shadow to create older bruises.
Look Old - Cover face with baby powder. Draw dark
lines on your skin for wrinkles. Smooth edges to
blend. Cover again with baby powder. Add baby powder
to your hair to create gray hair.
Deviled Eyeballs-Make deviled eggs. Add a green
olive with pimento in the center for an "eyeball".
Radioactive Juice- Mix equal parts Mountain Dew and
Toxic Juice- Add some green food coloring to
lemonade for a spooky color!
Brains- Scramble eggs with some green, yellow and
blue food coloring
Bloody Eyeballs- Boil cherry tomatoes 30 seconds.
Allow to cool; then peel skin.
Goblin Hand- Freeze green Kool-Aid in a rubber or
latex glove, float in punch.
Use the tape from old cassettes or black yarn to make
Use cotton balls stretched out for small spider webs.
Glass Jack-o-Lantern- Outline a pumpkin face on a
spaghetti or pickle jar with black paint. The paint
around the outside of it with orange paint. Place a
candle inside for a jack-o-lantern.
Halloween Guess It Game
In this game, you challenge the participants to reach into mystery boxes filled with creepy things and try to guess what each item is. The person with the most correct answers wins the game. An example is if you want them to guess "grapes", you might try to confuse them by saying, "I think it#146;s eyeballs..."
Cut a hole in the top of a shoe box or laundry box for each item to be used. Cover the box with black spray paint. Decorate each box with pumpkins or spiders for a more festive flavor. Place the following items inside, one per box. Be sure to place enough of each item so the guests can adequately "feel" the guts:
Eyeballs - grapes or peeled cherry tomatoes
Intestines- Cooked Spaghetti
Skin- oil a piece of plastic bag
Brains- scrambled eggs
Hair- an old clown wig
Bones- thoroughly washed chicken bones placed in
Fingers-hot dogs cut into finger sized pieces
Teeth- corn nuts, pine nuts or popcorn
Have a Pumpkin Hunt
Hide mini pumpkins like you would Easter Eggs. Let the kids
find and decorate them. For small children use
glue sticks with construction paper cut-outs for decorations.
Pour lime gelatin into a glass bowl. After it is partially
set, add gummy worms. Chill until lightly
set. Then serve slopped all over the plate.
Bloody Popcorn- Add red food color to melted butter and
pour over popcorn.
Freeze gummy worms in ice cubes and add them to drinks.
Cut gummy worms in half if needed.
Tawra Kellam is the author of the frugal cookbook Not Just Beans: 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites. Not Just Beans is a frugal cookbook which has over 540 recipes and 400 tips. For more free tips and recipes visit our website at
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