5 Awesome Things to do on Halloween (or any day)

With this much fiber, you know It's going to be a GREAT day!

With this much fiber, you know it’s going to be a GREAT day!

1.  What’s better than Gak and Oobleck?  Edible slime!  Make it.  Eat it!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 teaspoon soluble fiber (i.e. Metamucil)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • flavoring (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • microwavable bowl
  • An adult.  This slime gets really, really hot.  Only an adult should mix and remove from microwave.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Metamucil with 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl.

If you wish (my kids ALWAYS wish) add a drop or two of food coloring or flavoring.

Heat the bowl in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.  When it starts to bubble vigorously, stop the microwave and stir the mixture. Careful, it will be VERY HOT!

Cook for another 2-3 more minutes and then stir again.  HOT AGAIN!

Repeat 3 to 4 times.  HOT, HOT, HOT!

Remove the bowl from the microwave and pour the VERY HOT mixture onto a plate with a spoon.

Let cool completely.

Have Fun!

Here’s a great video explaining polymers and the chemistry of this edible slime.

2.  I’ve said it before, baking is the perfect school subject.  So, bake these awesome banana crumb muffins.  Seriously.  They have 5 stars with almost 8,000 reviews.  They are so good, we made them two days in a row. 

3.  Dress up.

If Darth Vader lived in New England.

4.  Eat candy.

Molly made me add that.

If you love you’re scared of sugar like I am, but also try to use evidence in your parenting, cite this review of 12 separate research studies concluding that there was no evidence that eating sugar makes kids hyper.  Or read this great piece from Mind the Science Gap.  And then eat that candy!

5.  Just in case sugar does make your kids hyper, fake pro-wrestle to this video à la Just Dance 4 :


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