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Halloween Costume Giveaway


            Today's Snack: Let's make "Fright Krispies."

Melt 3 T. butter or margarine in a saucepan over low heat.

Add one 10-oz. package of marshmallows (or 4 C. of minis). Stir 'til melted. Remove from heat.

Stir in 6 cups of Rice Krispies.

Stretch 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.

Sprinkle coconut around the bottom for a ghostly "hem."

Using 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

Purchase giant 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 skills!


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.


If 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.


Now here's your project: brainstorm Halloween costumes to make and donate to kids who might not otherwise have a costume.


Make 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.


You 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.


Bring 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:




Rock Star:


Barbie Doll in a package:


Bubble Bath:






Traffic Cone:






Headless Horseman:


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):


Rodeo Clown:


Blue Man:


The Champ:








Coca-cola can:


French fries (swimming "noodles" would be cute painted yellow):








Black Cat:








'50s Style Waitress:







By Susan Darst Williams Service Projects 2010



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