Halloween Activities

Colored Face Powder

Colored Face Powder Halloween Activity
Colored Face Powder Halloween Activity

With colored face powder you can make your own costume from scratch or add a little something extra to one you already have. Originally, the Celts wore costumes on All Hallows Eve to scare away the spirits. You'll be sure to scare a few, too, when you add this makeup to your garb.

What You'll Need:

Colored nontoxic chalk

Plastic bags

Rolling pin

2 nesting metal bowls


Measuring cup

Talcum powder


Food coloring


Cotton balls

How to make Colored Face Powder (version 1):

  1. To make face powder, wrap a piece of colored chalk in a plastic bag. Pound it with a rolling pin. Be careful that you do not break the plastic bag.
  2. When you have broken the chalk into small pieces, pour it into the larger of two nesting metal bowls.
  3. Put the smaller bowl inside the larger one and move it around in circles to grind the chalk into a fine powder. You will need to press fairly hard to do this.
  4. After the chalk is ground into an even powder, mix in 1/2 cup of cornstarch. You can experiment with different amounts of chalk and cornstarch to see which feels best on your skin.

How to make Colored Face Powder (version 2):

  1. You can make another kind of powder by putting 1 tablespoon of talcum powder into a cup and mixing in 5 or 6 drops of food coloring.
  2. Mix the food coloring well, so that it is spread evenly in the powder.
  3. Use the cotton balls to apply your ghoulish powders -- look great from head to toe in your Halloween costume!

Jack-o-lanterns are another Halloween tradition originally meant to keep bad spirits from coming in the house. Create a dancing jack-o'-lantern for your house. Keep reading to learn more.

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