Halloween Stories and Science Fun!

I think I have one of the best hobbies in the world!  Every Halloween, I become a mad scientist, doing science demonstrations at Fort Edmonton Park’s Spooktacular event.

 One of the things I love about this is that I get to create a character and a story to act out around the science experiments I’m doing.  It changes a little with every show, but that’s part of the fun!

This Halloween, as you get to act out a character that’s different from your everyday life, why not add some cool science activities to the mix?  Here are a few easy ones you could try!

Bone Growing Formula (A.K.A. Goop)

You need:

  • Deep pan or bowl
  • Cornstarch
  • Water

What to do:

Mix the cornstarch and the water until everything is wet, but there is no water sitting on top.  To mix it, you have to move slowly and gently.  This neat goop gets hard when squeezed or hit, but oozes when let go (it’s called a non-newtonian fluid for anyone who wants to look that up).  It’s entertaining for all ages – trust me, I had more trouble getting the adults out of it then the kids!

Fake Blood

You need:

  • 1 cup Corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Red food colouring
  • 2 tbsp Water

What to do:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix it up.  Add more red or chocolate syrup to get the colour you want, but it works out pretty well.  Want to really gross people out?  Taste the fake blood in a way that makes them think it’s real – it actually doesn’t taste bad!

For more great science experiments to do as a family, my favourite site right now is http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/.  They have great videos and all the instructions you need to have a great time this Halloween!!

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