orange tabby cat hissing
Yellow pumpkins are not as popular as orange ones, but they do exist. In fact, most giant pumpkins start out bright yellow, eventually turning pale yellow and then some shade of orange.  The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 2009 pounds by Ron Wallace of Rhode Island!
From Creative Guide to Pumpkins by P. Casso

Pumpkin Seed Growth Experiment

  1. Put one cup of soil--dry (dried out over a couple of days in sunlight or with a heater),  moist (plain potting soil), and wet in three separate zip-lock baggies labeled "dry", "moist," and "wet" (for the wet sample add 1/4 cup of water to the potting soil in the bag)
  2. Place 3-4 pumpkin seeds in each bag and seal tightly
  3. Place all three bags  near  a window but not in direct sunlight, guessing which will grow the fastest
  4. Do not water the plants for 4 days.  Check growth by carefully opening the bags and peeking in.  Wait 2-3 more days if needed
 ** You can add variety to the experiment by placing a "wet soil" bag in a dark, or low-light  area

Frame it!

This is a generic frame for a poem from a Teacher Created Materials, Halloween Thematic Unit. The noun is the subject and  is repeated throughout. It's easy and fun!! (try pumpkins or witches as examples)

Noun, noun, noun

Adjective, noun,

Adjective, noun,

Adjective, adjective, adjective noun,

Adjective, adjective, adjective, noun,

These  are just a few.

Adjective, noun,

Adjective, noun,

Adjective, adjective, adjective, noun,

Adjective, adjective, adjective, noun

Adjective, noun too.

Adjective, noun,

Adjective, noun,

Don't forget adjective, noun.

Last of all, best of all,

I like adjective, noun.

Make Goblin Face Paint

Ingredients:  1 tsp cornstarch; 1/2 tsp cold cream; 1/2 tsp water; food coloring; sponge

1. Mix the cornstarch, cold cream, and water
2. Add one or two drops of food coloring to get the color you want
3. Use a sponge to paint the makeup on each other's faces and create gruesome goblin faces--the  uglier the better.


cartoon goblin

Lots of fun craft ideas here--mostly for grade school-aged kids  ---see Balloon Ghost craft at right

cartoon of ghost craft