Kid's Theme Party: Mad Scientist Halloween Party

Children will enjoy this mad scientist halloween party when you invite them to join you in the lab.

Decorate your home as if it were a mad scientist's lab. A great place to hold this party is in a garage or basement-- the danker and darker, the better. Get a number of jars to decorate the area, such as baby food jars and mason jars. Fill them with water and add some glycerin (available at drug stores) to make it thick and add a few drops of food coloring. Then, put some things to float in them. Use your imagination. Old doll heads, rubber body parts, fake eyeballs, plastic bugs and worms, alien dolls, and whatever other strange items you come across in your local party store, thrift shop, or attic.

Cover things with a light sprinkling of talcum powder and fake spider webs for an old, dusty look. Use green or black light bulbs in the room to create weird lighting. Fog machines are safe and relatively inexpensive these days, and a heavy mist blanketing the floor reflecting a greenish glow makes for great atmosphere.

Set a table like an operating slab, draped with white sheets (perhaps stained with blood, or fake blood, if you think your guests will have the stomach for it). Serve guests a lime green sports drink in a clear punch bowl, set on top of a green glow stick for a toxic looking beverage. Serve the punch in science experiment beakers, if you can come by some. Put out a big bowl of "blood pudding," easily made by mixing red food coloring with a vanilla pudding mix. Make lady finger sandwiches that look like real fingers-- cut light wheat bread sandwiches into strips (crust off), and, while wearing plastic gloves, mold the soft bread to look like a finger with knuckles. Top it off with a piece of red pepper cut into the shape of a fingernail. Put out a platter of "eyeballs." Slice some hard boiled eggs in half and remove the yolk. Fill the egg cup with cream cheese and place a green olive with a pimento facing up into the filling. Use some red and blue food coloring and a toothpick to make blood vessels. Make a brain cake.

Take your favorite cake mix (yellow works well for the full effect, but any type will do). Pour the batter into a round, stainless steel bowl that has been greased and floured well. When the cake is done, turn it out onto a plate, round side up. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to some creamy white frosting (not a lot-- you just want an off-white color, not bright like a lemon). Put the frosting into a baker's bag with a large, round opening. Begin squeezing the icing on the cake in thick lines, going back and forth to make it look like a brain. Using a brand new clean paint brush, dip it in some red food coloring and dab some red "blood" around some of the lines.

One great party game is to have several small boxes with small holes on the top (just wide enough to fit a hand into). Label the boxes and fill them with their contents: eyeballs (peeled grapes), brains (steamed chilled cauliflower), worms (spaghetti), nails (nutshells), teeth (small bits of chalk), bones (boiled cleaned chicken bones), hearts (latex, fingers pushed on the inside, filled with pudding and tied off at the end), and toes (large carrot ends). Have the children take turns putting their hands in the boxes to feel the contents. After the game, they have to guess what they were actually touching.

For goody bags, give your guests a plastic cauldron filled with gummy worms, a cans of slime and silly string, plastic bugs and skeleton "bone" candy.

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