Oct. 29, 2009
By Ginger Isham
I miss the 30-plus trick or treaters we used to get when our children were small. I had fun setting up the step ladder with a sheet over it that had black eyes for a ghost-like look and a circulating fan under the stepladder to make the sheet move.
One time I cooked spaghetti and strung it on baling twine that I had threaded through two sides of an upside down cardboard box. The little goblins had to put their hands in an opening in the box to get a bag of candy. The cold spaghetti felt like worms.
Another time, our son sat in a rocking chair with a large pumpkin basket on his head, wearing old coveralls, a flannel shirt, big gloves and boots. He did not look real. We tied a string onto the rocking chair and around the corner into the dining room. Someone hid there and pulled on the string to make the chair rock. The pumpkin man even changed his position or moved an arm or leg.
If you can find a head form of styrofoam used to display wigs you can make the eyes, nose and mouth shapes black with magic marker. Place a black hood or scarf around the head and add a black shirt with collar tight around neck. Display this on your stairs with shirt arms spread out to look as though it has half a body. It’s one of my old time favorites!
Here are some other ideas:
> Carve a jack-o-lantern and then slice off one side. Put treats or veggies in the side you cut off, which serves as a dish. It looks like the pumpkin was hit on the side of the head. You can serve dip with the veggies.
> Cut boiled eggs in half. Place a thin slice of tomato between each egg and hold it together with toothpick. Put slices of green olives on for eyes.
> Spray small pumpkins with silver or gold paint. When dry, print names on the pumpkin with a black marker or make a face. These make good decorations for place settings for dinner.
> Make a batch of popcorn. Take clear plastic gloves and place a candy corn in the bottom of each finger to look like a fingernail. Fill the rest of fingers with popcorn and tie with a twist.
> Make your own face make-up. Mix 2 teaspoons Crisco, 3 to 4 drops glycerin (buy at a drugstore) and food coloring until you have a smooth paste. Add 5 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 teaspoon flour. Mix well.
To remove the make-up, use cold cream or baby oil.
> Make a batch of meatballs and slice each one in half. Place the cut side down on top of a tablespoon of ketchup. Arrange cooked spaghetti around the meatball to look like hair.
> For a Witches Brew, place a scoop of orange sherbet in a clear glass and slowly fill the glass with ginger ale. Add a straw, to which you have attached a large black or orange gumdrop to one end for a broom.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.