Roo's Casa

Great Pumpkin
November 2, 2011, 12:44 am
Filed under: Allergies, Fall, Halloween, Kids

My sister gave me this great idea for Halloween candy.  Your kids pick a few pieces of candy that they would like to keep and then put the rest in their bag out for the Great Pumpkin to take.  In exchange for the candy, the Great Pumpkin leaves a small gift.  This year my kids got some alien Legos.  My sister started this tradition since her oldest has food allergies and couldn’t eat most of the candy.  


Preschool Clown Costume Craft
October 28, 2011, 12:52 am
Filed under: Crafts, Halloween, Kids

My preschooler came home with this cute clown costume today.  It is made out of a paper bag that has slits on the sides for the arms, a hole cut in the front for the face, and then construction paper pieces glued on for the details. The mustache was an added bonus from the teacher. 

Halloween Countdown Blocks
October 25, 2011, 2:30 am
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Traditions

I made these countdown blocks the same way that I made the Christmas ones.  

Ghost Cookies: Kids Cooking
June 23, 2011, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Halloween

This is an easy project for kids to make.  Dip graham sticks into melted white chocolate and then put mini chocolate chips on for the eyes.  My kids loved this!

Mini Pumpkin Pies
November 25, 2009, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Recipes, Thanksgiving

I loved the way these mini pumpkin pies looked on Bakerella’s website.  I made them using a Pillsbury crust and they were surprisingly easy.  I really don’t like to eat all of the chemicals in Pillsbury though so next time I need to make these with a homemade crust.  Check out her site to get the recipe.

Witches’ Brew Story
October 31, 2009, 3:17 am
Filed under: Fall, Halloween

*I did this with my kids last year and used vinegar in the pie pan and didn’t use an overhead.  They just sat and watched as I told the story.  Then I used baking soda instead of Eno.  I think this story scared them so I will wait until they are a little older to tell them again. I got this story from my supervising teacher. 

Need: Overhead, red, yellow, green, blue food coloring, cooking oil, 1 tsp. powdered seltzer (Eno), glass pie tin filled half way with water, black witch silhouettes to lay on projector

Boys and girls, when summer is over and you are getting ready to go back to school, the Halloween witches are also very busy making plans for Halloween. they gather from all over the world, big witches, little witches, fat witches, skinny witches, ugly witches, silly witches, and old witches will hop on their broomsticks and fly far, far away to the cave of the oldest, meanest, and ugliest witch of all. Each one will bring with her a secret ingredient to be put into the pot of brew.  

The old witch is ready and waiting for them. Her lazy black cat is asleep by the fire and a large pot is filled with water and hanging over the fire. Would you like to take a look inside the pot?  

(remove the witch silhouettes from the overhead and place the glass pie plate with the water on it)

Watch it carefully. The ugly old witch is saying, “Fellow witches let’s begin our brew. What have you brought with you to make it more horrible than last year? I am putting some green slime from the darkest corner of my cave into it.”

(drop two drops of green food color into water)

” I will add some juice from a very evil curse,” said another

(add 3 drops of blue)

“He, he, wait till you see what I brought! It is the eyes of two dead fish,” said another.

(add 4 drops of cooking oil)

“Let me add the bile from the liver of a bat killed at midnight, ” screamed the old witch from Skimbodia.

(add 3 drops of yellow)

“I will fool everyone with a few drops of ketchup,” said another.

(add 3 drops of red)

“Here are a couple of snack eyes,” yelled another.

(add 2 drops of cooking oil)

“I risked my life getting some rattlesnake poison,” shouted one.

(add 2 drops of yellow)

And so one by one the witches added their secret ingredients to the brew. The mean old witch carefully stirred it.

(slowly stir it to swirl colors)

The fire became hotter and hotter, and soon the brew began to bubble and boil. If you listen carefully you can even hear it.

(spread a teaspoon of Eno on the brew. It will fizz and bubble for a minute and turn the mixture black)

Now the witches have made their brew for Halloween and each one will take a cup full of it and fly their broomsticks home.

Bat Craft
October 28, 2009, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Fall, Halloween

IMG_8147IMG_8148Last night we did this little bat craft that came from No Time for Flashcards.   I just love this site.  We read Stellaluna first and then did the craft. Tomorrow we are going to read some nonfiction books on bats and make a little booklet with bat facts.