Amy Clark

Happy Halloween: Homemade Face Paints & Kookie Creatures

Fall has got to be my favorite season of all. There is just something about the crisp leaves, the cool air and the changing colors that make me really happy. As soon as fall approaches, I whip out our fall linens and blankets and run out to buy all of the fall foods that I find so comforting. Apples are piled into baskets on the table and jugs of apple cider are waiting to be warmed to go along with my evening snack. A pot of soup, chili, or beef stew is bubbling on the stove to be enjoyed throughout the week and hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream are waiting for a special treat.

I also love Halloween and the opportunity to dress our little ones in those sweet little outfits. This year our son is going to be a lion and our daughter is going to be a monkey. Fortunately, they do not make those paper thin costumes for little ones anymore and I know that they will be bundled up and kept snuggly warm as we go from house to house. I have jack-o-lantern pails sitting in the basement, waiting to be overloaded with candy that I purchase at the end of the fall season at our local thrift store.

This year, no make-up is required with the costumes, but I know that some mom out there has to benefit from my handy homemade recipe for face & body paint. This is a recipe for a wonderful face and body paint that is very similar to store-bought grease paint make-up that you purchase in the stores. The great part about this is that it is made with all of the ingredients you already have on hand- no need to run out to get one thing for this recipe. I hope you will find this recipe beneficial!

Homemade Face & Body Paint

2 tablespoons solid shortening
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4-5 drops food coloring
Small make-up sponges

Mix shortening and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth. Add four to six drops of food coloring. Mix until the color is evenly blended. Apply face & body paint to arms, legs, and face using a small make-up sponge. Remove paint with soap & water.

Children can use face & body paint to transform themselves into green spacemen, yellow goblins, or even circus clowns.
Add one teaspoon of glitter to face and body paint to create sparkle make-up

For a fun little Halloween craft, why not make some Kookie Creepies? This is a no-bake concoction very similar to an expensive toy store solution used to create rubber-like creatures.

Kookie Creepies

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons white glue
½ tablespoons liquid tempera paint
Assorted candy molds

Mix liquid tempera paint and white glue together in a small bowl.
In another small bowl mix gelatin and hot water together until gelatin is completely dissolved.
Add the gelatin/water mixture to the glue/paint mixture.
Stir until the concoction begins to thicken. This can take as long as six to seven minutes.
When the mixture thickens, quickly pour it into a candy mold or cookie cutter.
Place the mold in the freezer for five minutes or until firm.
Carefully remove Kookie Creepies from the candy molds or cookie cutters and allow them to dry for one hour on each side. Store in an airtight plastic zip bag.

Play with Kookie Creepies just as you would any other kind of rubber-type creature.
Allow Kookie Creepies to air dry for two to three days and they will transform into hard plastic-like creatures.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Published October 12, 2006 by:

Amy Clark

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