It's that spooktacular time of year again when ghosts and goblins go door to door in search of sugary sweets. It's also a great time to invite those little costumed creatures into your home for a frightful Halloween with a mad scientist theme!

Here's what you'll need to pull off a wacky, mad scientist Halloween.

Decorations

A little preparation will make a big impact on your guests. A few well-placed items can be the touch you'll need to inspire a hauntingly imaginative party and lead guests into your creepy world.

  • Skeletons make an eerie first impression and can be placed on the food table and on the floor as a pile of bones. Add a skeleton puzzle to the party and make your little goblins win prizes.
  • Stretch spider webs across doorways and cover dried up candles to give the impression that only ghosts live in the house.
  • Change incandescent lights to black light lamps with a simple switch of the bulbs.
  • Test tubes, beakers and needle-less syringes add a nice touch to your ‘mad’ theme.

Greeting

Greet kids at the door with your mad scientist garb and direct them to the changing room to prepare for potion-mixing and ghoul-making fun. There they'll don rubber gloves, a homemade security clearance nametag, and mad scientist lab goggles. For an all-out transformation, provide lab coats - cloth or disposable - to change any guest into a most convincing mad scientist.

Activities

Have 3 or 4 stations for a 2-hour party. That'll give you plenty of time for guests to cycle through each one. Divide the kids into groups to make it easy to move through each activity.

  1. Build a Ghoulish Mascot
    Have each group build their own ghoulish mascot and give it a name and special power. Let kids plow through piles of recyclable materials, like egg cartons, paper towel tubes and paper bags, along with crafts like googly eyes, yarn, and markers. Give awards for the spookiest, beastliest mascot!
  2. Become a Master Monster Mixologist
    Fill test tubes, beakers and glasses of all sizes with different drinks, like bubbly soda, food-colored water, fruit punch and tomato juice. Let the kids create concoctions mixing and measuring using measuring spoons, eye droppers and cups. Put labels on the different liquids, like truth serum, bat blood, and spider juice, so the kids know what they're mixing. Add pop rocks for added fizzy, popping appeal. (goggles are necessary here!)
  3. Join a Brain Dig
    Have kids dig through gray matter to find lost marbles! Fill a large plastic container (the bigger the better) with cooked spaghetti. (Add a few drops of food coloring and cooking oil to the cooked noodles and stir. They’ll be bright colors and won't stick.) Then hide small spider rings, plastic worms or other trinkets in the brain matter and have kids squish and slime their way through to find the lost treasures. Give kids a list of things to find or blindfold them to make the task more challenging.
  4. Make Monster Mucus
    Cornstarch, water, and optional food coloring makes for a sensational slimy time. Mix approximately 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water. Once mixed, you can pick the slime up and roll it or mold it, but as soon as you stop, it converts back into a liquid and oozes out of your hand.

Food

Serve drinks in lab flasks rather than ordinary cups. Serve Jell-O® in Petri dishes with carefully placed gummy worms. Name menu items to incorporate your theme:

Mad Scientist Food

  • Eyeballs
  • Worms
  • Brains
  • Severed fingers
  • Bat wings

Common Name

  • Grapes
  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken wings

Party Favors

Let the kids take their mad scientist goggles home along with a jumbo test tube full of goodies - like candies or trinkets. (These have been food safety tested.)

Parties are full of memory-building fun. Let your Mad Scientist party be one the kids will remember each Halloween for years to come.

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