Let's make "Fright Krispies."
3 T. butter or margarine in a saucepan over low heat.
one 10-oz. package of marshmallows (or 4 C. of minis). Stir 'til melted. Remove
in 6 cups of Rice Krispies.
out some waxed paper. Using a half-cup measuring cup pre-sprayed with cooking
spray, dip out warm cereal, and, using buttered hands, shape into a ghost
shape. Let cool.
coconut around the bottom for a ghostly "hem."
a little frosting or decorators' gel, add M&Ms for eyes and mouth.
Choose as many
costumes as you have time to make,
and give them a few
days in advance of Halloween to needy kids
zip-lock bags at a hardware store for storage
Labels or permanent
marker to label bags
At least a week before Halloween, you can do this
activity as a great service project. It will also teach you brainstorming
It helps to have your parent or after-school group leader
call preschools, schools or after-school programs that might have kids who need
costumes, to arrange this service project. If you have time, it's an
outstanding idea to go a week early, brainstorm costume ideas with the kids for
what they want to "be." You can also bring a couple of Halloween books to read
out loud together.
transportation isn't possible, that's OK. The main thing is to find out how
many costumes you need so that everybody will have a choice.
here's your project: brainstorm Halloween costumes to make and donate to kids
who might not otherwise have a costume.
a list of costume ideas, and select your favorites - making sure to stay within
your budget of time, resources and a few purchases if necessary.
can scrounge around your own home - be sure to ask parental permission before
you give anything away. Think of neighbors whose kids might have outgrown old
costumes, or snoop around in a junk store or garage sale for an inspiring find
that can be the focal point of a neat costume.
supplies, such as paint, glitter, cardboard, fabric and so forth. Collect or
make the parts of the costume to make each one complete. Be sure to fold it
neatly inside a zip-lock bag and label the bag clearly. You can take a picture
of someone wearing it, or draw a picture of what the costume is, and staple it
to the zip-lock bag containing the costume.
Deliver the costumes to a youth-serving organization, and
smile on Halloween night, knowing that you made it possible for some little
person to go trick or treating in style!
You can brainstorm your own costume ideas. Here's a long
list to help get you started:
Barbie Doll in a package:
Glow in the Dark Skeleton (also
can purchase a hanging, paper glow-in-the-dark skeleton decoration, take it
apart, and sew it to a black sweatsuit):
French fries (swimming
"noodles" would be cute painted yellow):
'50s Style Waitress: