Harry Simmons (hsimmons@VNET.IBM.COM)
Mon, 15 Aug 1994 22:24:57 CDT
Ref: Append by Anne Riddick, Mon 15 Aug 1994 12:33:58
I'm Jan Simmons and I lead a U.S. Girl Scout troop in the same age
group as yours - AND - my birthday is on Halloween! (So was our
founder, Juliette Gordon Low.)
The following information may help with the haunted house.
* Gloop (can be used for a number of things) is a mixture of 2
parts corn starch and 1 part water. The stuff looks and feels
firm but will ooze through your fingers or if in a container
it will swallow items placed on top of it. It can be colored
with food coloring.
* Prepared rice pudding is good for ground "brains".
* Dry ice will give you great ground fog but care needs to be
taken in handling it as it can burn skin.
* A box made to look like a casket with a "body" that suddenly
sits up works well.
* Wispy fabric like chiffon in dark colors can act as streamers.
* Hanging spiders and bats are good.
* "Head" on a platter.
* Spooky noises playing on cassette tapes.
* Florescent paint in pale yellow can be effective.
* You must have a skeleton some where; dressed is a nice touch.
Games can include dunking for apples in a tub of water.
Pumpkin carving contests are fun but I don't know if you have
access to such a vegetable.
We have a product that makes great fake spider webs and if you
send me your snail-mail I'll send you some!
Costumes are a big part of Halloween here and can be anything
from spooky characters to the latest cartoon characters as well
as things like bunches of grapes, trees, etc.
One last BIG idea is a LARGE spider web (12 feet) across or so
over the entry with a VERY LARGE spider on it. We made the
last one with 2 black trash bags (30 gallon size) stuffed with
newspapers and taped together. The legs were several stands of
heaver wire bent and covered with trash bags that had been cut
open. Black electrical tape was used for tape.
Hope this helps in your planning,
Advisor Explorer Post 14 (all female)
Leader GSUSA Senior Troop 1440
Leader GSUSA Cadette Troop 144
Pines of Carolina GS Council Master Trainer
(and I used to be a "Bodacious" Bear)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City