Halloween makes fall official! It’s a preamble to the holidays ahead and a great excuse to eat candy, celebrate pretense and have a spooky good time! Here’s a fun party favor idea that doesn’t promote tooth decay and might even inspire some creative writing. Check out my Valentine’s Day version of these favors, too!
Six 2″ Smoothfoam balls (skeleton/Frankenstein)
Three 2-1/2″ Smoothfoam eggs (witch)
12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Krylon Dual-Purpose Superbond Paints – Classic Gray, Ivy Leaf, White Gloss
Ink pens (Bic- style with a clear or black cap)
Washi tapes – Green Numbers, Silver, Black Dot
Cardstock – Dark Brown, Black, Purple, Orange
Halloween-themed rubber stamp sentiments (I used Close To My Heart “Spellbound”)
Inkpads – white & black
Wiggle eyes, glitter tape
Purple sparkle yarn, black tulle net
6 wood button plugs
Stickles Glitter Glue: Silver
Circle paper punches or dies – 1/2″, 1-1/4″, 2-1/4″, 1-3/4″, 2″, 3-1/4″. 3-1/2″
Fine-point permanent black marker
Scissors, paper trimmer
Low-melt glue gun
Wood chopsticks and skewers
Basic instructions for each character:
1. Leave the pen cap on and wrap the pen with washi tape, stop wrapping at the top of the cap above the pen tip. Choose the appropriate color of tape for each character.
2. For a head, make a hole in the bottom of a 2″ ball with the chopstick so it’s large enough for the top of the ink pen.
3. Remove the chopstick and poke a skewer into each ball as a handle and spray paint them following the manufacturer’s instructions (kids should have adult supervision). Spray into a cardboard box in a well-ventilated area or outside. Allow to dry thoroughly. Paint the witch and Frankenstein in Ivy Leaf; the skeleton in White Gloss; the centerpiece monster in Classic Gray.
4. For the tag/banner, cut a 3/4″ x 6″ piece of cardstock in the desired color. Glue the middle around the top of the pen, below the character’s chin. Match and cut a V in the ends. Cut out and adhere a rubber-stamped sentiment to the banner.
5. Insert the top of the pen into the Smoothfoam head. Apply a bead of glue to secure.
Special instructions for each character:
For the witch hair, wrap sparkle yarn around your hand twenty times. Remove and cut one end of the loop. Lay the yarn flat and tie an extra piece around the middle of the shank and knot to secure. Adhere to the top of the witch’s head and trim the ends.
For the witch hat, cut two black circles from cardstock – 3-1/4″ and 3-1/2″. Cut the 3-1/2″ circle in half and make a cone out of one half, overlap the ends and adhere. Adhere the cone to the middle of the 3-1/4″ circle. Embellish with glitter tape and a 2″ tulle bow. Adhere to the top of the witch’s head. For her face, adhere wiggle eyes and draw her nose with the marker. Glue half of a 1/2″ circle for her mouth. Adhere a piece of glitter tape and a tulle bow to the base of her chin.
For Frankenstein’s hair, cut a 1-1/4″ x 6″ strip and a 2″ circle from black cardstock. Cut a jagged edge into one long side of the 6″ piece and wrap it around the top of his head, overlap the ends and adhere. Make sure the jagged edge is facing down toward the face. Glue the circle to the top of the hair.
For Frankenstein’s face: Adhere wiggle eyes. Cut a sliver of black cardstock and glue on for eyebrows. Glue a wood button plug to each side of his head and draw the nose, mouth and scar with the marker. Adhere a piece of glitter tape below his chin.
For the skeleton’s face, glue two 1/2″ black circles for the eyes and a tiny jagged scrap of black cardstock for the mouth. For his hat, cut a 2-1/4″ circle (brim), a 2-1/2″ x 5″ strip, and a 1-1/4″ circle (top) from brown cardstock and glue together as shown. Adhere a black tulle bow tie beneath his chin.
For the centerpiece monster’s face, cut and glue on a 1″ x 6″ jagged mouth, wiggle eyes and two 1/2″ circles for the nose. Outline the mouth with Stickles Glitter Glue. Poke holes evenly spaced in the top the sphere with the chopstick, then poke the pens into the holes to display.