Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween
By Mike Petrik
White Chocolate ‘Mummy’ Truffles
Get busy in the kitchen with your little ones this Halloween and create some White Chocolate ‘Mummy’ Truffles! Not only are they on theme, but they’re a delicious treat!
- Place chocolate and cream in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir through vanilla and coconut. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
- With damp hands, roll teaspoon-size balls of truffle mixture and place on a tray. Freeze for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt white chocolate melts in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
- Remove truffle balls from freezer. One at a time, dip balls in melted chocolate to coat, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper. When you have coated all of the balls and the chocolate coating has set, spoon remaining melted chocolate into a zip-lock bag. Snip a tiny corner off the end and drizzle over truffles to create ‘bandages’. Usewriting icing to dot on eyes.
More Halloween Activities!
Halloween Ghost Craft
For ages 2-5 years
- Ghost Template (provided or drawn)
- Scissors (completed by an adult or with supervision )
- Cotton Balls
- Black paper (or a black pen)
Halloween Sensory Bin
For all Ages
- Thongs, Scooping Utensils or Playdough Scissors
- Liquid Watercolors
- Glow in the Dark Eyeballs (dollar store)
- Colorful Spider Rings (dollar store)
- Spaghetti Noodles
- Olive Oil
- Large Plastic Zip Top Bags
- Download the puffy ghost template. You can also draw your own ghost!
- Cut out the ghost(s). If your child is the one doing the cutting, remember it doesn’t have to be perfect. The ghost will be covered up by cotton balls anyway!
- Glue the cotton balls on the ghost. Try to leave very little space between the cotton balls so your ghost looks nice and fluffy.
- Cut out eyes and mouth for the ghost from the black construction paper.
- Be creative and cut out different expressions! This Halloween ghost craft is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the different emotions and what facial expressions match the emotions.
- And if you want to take it one step farther, ask your kids why the ghost feels that way! Let your kids use their imagination to create a story about why the ghost is feeling happy, sad, surprised, etc. You can even write it down and paste the story on the back of the ghost craft for a sweet keepsake.
- Glue the eyes and mouth on the ghost.
We ended up with one spooked ghost:
It’s really easy to make Halloween sensory spaghetti, as long as you have noodles and coloring, the rest of the supplies are all optional.
How to Make Halloween Sensory Spaghetti
To make your sensory spaghetti, start by boiling water in a pot on the stove just like you would if you making spaghetti for dinner.
When the water comes to a boil, add your spaghetti noodles to the pot.
Cook the noodles until they bend well in the pot, but don’t cook them as much as you would if you were going to eat them. The noodles need to be firm to withstand handling in your sensory bin.
Coloring Sensory Spaghetti
After you have cooked the noodles, drain and pour cold water over the top.
Then, add a few splashes of olive oil to your noodles and toss to prevent them from sticking together.
Now comes the fun part! Place your pasta in a plastic zip top bag and add your liquid watercolor of choice. Seal the bag and shake until the noodles are completely coated with color.
If you’re making more than one color for your sensory bin, repeat the process with another bag and color.
After your noodles are colored, place them in a pan or tray to dry.
You’re probably wondering if the watercolors will stain the children’s hands, am I right? The answer is no! If you allow your noodles to sit out for a bit after you add the color (I left mine out for about 45 minutes) then you don’t need to worry about color transfer!
This Frankenstein Halloween Scissor Skills Haircut Activity is a fabulous way for children to enjoy some cutting practice this scary season.
Scissor Skills help us practice our fine motor skills!
Add the slime to a witch’s cauldron for children to use whilst dressing up.
If you find the mixture is a little too watery and not forming into a solid when you pull it out of your bowl then add more cornstarch. If you find the mixture is not dripping like a liquid, add a little more water. Just keep experimenting until you get the correct consistency of cornflour slime.
- Take a potato masher or spoon and hit the top of the oobleck quickly. You’ll notice the spoon or utensil will bounce off, giving the appearance that the slime is solid. This is because the pressure forces the cornstarch particles together increasing the viscosity of the slime. Then move slowly into the slime with your spoon and this will allow the particles time to move out of the way which will let you dip it into the slime.
- Pick up the slime with your hands and form a ball. Then let go of the ball and watch it melt into your hands like magic!
- Add some small spiders and eyes into the slime cauldron. Make it green or purple to look like a Witch’s brew!