Freaky Science Games and Activities for Halloween

If your child doesn’t respond too well to conventional science teaching, it’s time to make the subject more fun and relevant. Luckily, All Saints’ Eve is round the corner and it’s time for some science games! Get your little ghouls and ghosties excited about science as they prepare for the Halloween festivities. Here are some fun kids’ activities that double as super freaky science games for Halloween.

“Tonic” by Todd Huffman licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tonic” by Todd Huffman licensed under CC BY 2.0

Make a Glowing Drink

If you think gory is gorgeous, here’s a drinkable beverage you can proudly serve your trick-or-treaters. It’s a cool drink that glows when you shine a black light on it.

You will need

  • Tonic water
  • Drinking glass
  • Sprite OR any light-colored citrus drink

How to make it

  • Pour tonic water into the ice cube tray and freeze.
  • Pour the ice cubes into a glass of Sprite.
  • Shine the black light on it and voila!

How does it happen?

Tonic water contains quinine that glows blue when exposed to the ultraviolet rays emitted by black lights.

Foaming Pumpkin

Give your standard Jack-O-Lantern a miss this year and try these ghastly foaming-at-the-mouth pumpkins. Soooo sick!!

You will need

  • Carved pumpkin
  • Hydrogen peroxide (12%)
  • Food coloring
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Dry yeast
  • Small cup that fits inside the pumpkin
  • Small plastic cup
  • Warm water

How to make it

  • Fill the cup with 30 ml. hydrogen peroxide
  • Squirt some dish washing soap into it.
  • Add some food coloring for extra effect
  • Open the top of the carved pumpkin and lower the cup into it. (Make sure you don’t spill the contents inside!)
  • Now, pour an entire package of dry yeast into the plastic cup and mix it with warm water. Blend it until it reaches an even consistency – one that is neither too thick nor too thin.
  • Pour this yeast and warm water solution into the cup inside the pumpkin and replace the top quickly.
  • Your Jack-O-Lantern will start foaming at the mouth in a few moments!

How does it happen?

Hydrogen peroxide contains oxygen molecules that are released when you add the yeast solution to it. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water (H2O) and oxygen (O2) and the oxygen turns into tiny bubbles as it passes through the liquid soap.

DIY Slime

Disgusting but fun, slime is easy to make and easy to wash off once you’re done playing. Now it’s time to make your own!

Ingredients

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring (any color)
  • 2 disposable plastic cups
  • Borax powder
  • Water
  • Plastic spoon
  • Tablespoon

How to make it

  • Fill one of the disposable cups with water, add a tablespoon of Borax powder to it and mix well.
  • Fill the other cup with an inch of Elmer’s glue, add 3 tablespoons of water and a few drops of food coloring to it and mix well.
  • Take one tablespoon of the Borax solution and pour it into the glue solution.
  • Your slime is ready for the fun!

What’s happening?

When you mix Borax with Elmer’s glue and water, you produce a putty-like substance that is known as a polymer. But unlike other polymers, this has the qualities of both a liquid and a solid – you can hold it in your hand like a solid but it can take the shape of its container like a liquid.

Freaky science can add a unique touch to your Halloween. Hope you have fun playing your science games!

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