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7 Kid-Friendly Halloween Decorations

We’ve got seven spooky ideas for family-friendly Halloween decorations — with directions that won’t scare you.
 
 
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Mark Lund
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Eye Scream

Gelatin eyeballs will keep the spook meter high. Watch them jiggle, wobble, and get eaten by those brave enough.
 
How-to:
 
1. Mix up a packet of gelatin, but use only 1/4 of the water suggested on the box.
 
2. Separate this mixture into 4 plastic containers, pouring a thin film into the bottom of each.
 
3. Add food coloring to each container, making 1 black (you can mix red and green for this), 1 blue, 1 green, 1 red (or yellow). Set in the freezer for 5 minutes.
 
4. Scavenge your medicine chest for round caps to use in a cookie cutter fashion. You need 1 for the iris and 1 for the pupil of your eyes.
 
5. Remove the colored gelatin from the freezer and with your smaller cap, cut out tiny circles (pupils) from the black gelatin. Create as many pupils as you want eyes. Next, use the larger cap to make colored irises (cut out 2 for each eye).
 
6. Place 1 iris in 1 well of a round ice-cube tray. On top of that, place 1 black pupil. Next, place another iris—the same color as the first one. Repeat this for the rest of the wells and put tray back in the freezer.
 
7. Mix up 2 new packets of gelatin. You will still use only 1/4 of the liquid recommended but instead of water for this batch, use milk.
 
8. Remove your tray from the freezer and spoon the milky gelatin over your pupils and irises. Put the tray back in the freezer for 5 minutes.
 
9. Remove the tray once more and now snap on the top section. Funnel the rest of the white gelatin into each hole, filling it up to make round eyeballs.
 
10. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and then remove. Open the tray up and run a toothpick around the edges of the eyeballs to remove them.
 

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