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Frighteningly Frugal Halloween Fun!

The average American family spends over $100 per year on Halloween goodies.

As your kids drag you through aisles full of ghosts and goblins, the scariest thing about Halloween is threatening to leave bite marks in your pocketbook.

No wonder so many moms flee screaming from the store... It can be much less expensive and a lot more fun to devise your own chilling creations.

Here are a few tips that you can use to stave off the greenback gremlins and exercise your creative muscle. It won't hurt a bit!

Face Paint

1 tsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. cold cream

1/2 tsp. water

food coloring

Mix all ingredients together in an old muffin pan and you are ready to paint. This amount is for each color.

Fake blood- mix 2/3 cup white corn syrup, 1 tsp. red food coloring, 2-3 drops blue food coloring to darken and 1 squirt dish soap (helps blood to run well).

Halloween Party Treats

Deviled Eyeballs - Make deviled eggs. Then add a green olive with pimento in the center for an "eyeball".

Radioactive Juice- mix equal parts Mountain Dew and blue Kool-Aid

Toxic Juice- Add some green food coloring to lemonade for a spooky color!

Bloody eyeballs- Boil cherry tomatoes 30 seconds. Allow to cool; then peel skin.

Brains- scramble eggs with some green, yellow and blue food coloring

Bloody Popcorn- Add red food color to melted butter and pour over popcorn.


Use the tape from old cassettes or black yarn to make spider webs.

Find more free Halloween make-up and food recipes at

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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