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Halloween Party Idea: Spooky Ice Hands

Halloween Party Idea: Spooky Ice Hands hand lead 1024x768 Use household gloves to make some ghostly hands to add to Halloween party games and decor!

You’ll need

  • disposable gloves (use something flexible that you’re comfortable using around kids – if you’re not interested in using latex, consider using some kitchen gloves)
  • food dye (green seemed the spookiest!)
  • freezer, butcher, wax, or parchment paper 

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The night (or week!) before: fill your glove of choice with water, and add food dye to desired color. We added a lot of green because we wanted the “hands” to really stand out!  Next time, we’ll experiment with lots more colors.

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Tie up the ends of the gloves.  If you’re using a thicker kitchen glove, you may have to twist the end and secure (tight!) with a rubberband.

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Put the gloves in the freezer.  Because the wet gloves might freeze to the sides of the freezer, consider setting the gloves on a sheet of freezer paper to ensure you can easily remove them later.

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On the day of: take your gloves out of the freezer.  Keep them on ice until you’re really ready to use them!  We ran them under a lukewarm tap for a few seconds to “loosen the skin”.  

Then carefully peel back the gloves, taking extra care not to break off any fingers!  Add your icy hands to a bucket of apples and for some spooky bobbing-for-apples action, or use in a a cooler at a party.  Imagine going to grab a drink and having this ghoulish green hand grabbing you!

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Make a few extras…we learned the hard way that the “fingers” are very fragile!

 

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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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