Fun ’n Friendsy

by Marion M. Miner

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    Make Your Own Goblins

    You will need: light-colored construction paper; paint, ink, or food coloring; eyedropper or paintbrush; crayons or felt-tipped pens.

    Fold a piece of construction paper in half the long way. Open paper and drop paint, ink or food coloring on the fold (use an eyedropper or paintbrush). Refold the paper and press upward, outward, and downward so that the paint spreads. If you want to use two or three differenct colors, let each color dry before adding another color.

    You may want to mix and blend wet colors for a different look.

    When dry, take crayons or felt-tipped pens and add faces and shapes to make goblins.

    Fun Food

    Treats to Make

    Buy or bake cupcakes using directions on the package.

    Top with orange frosting made from white frosting to which equal parts of red and yellow food coloring have been added.

    Make funny faces on top of cupcakes with raisins, candy corn, whole cloves, and chocolate bits.

    Serve cupcakes with cider that has a scoop of orange sherbet and a licorice strip stirrer. Apple juice and ginger ale with orange slices floating on top would be good too.

    Goblin Pie

    3/4 cup water

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 tablespoon butter

    1/4 cup milk

    1 1/2 cups potato flakes

    1 egg, lightly beaten

    1 can cheese soup

    1 can Spam (7 oz.)

    Heat water, salt, and butter until boiling. Remove from stove. Add milk, potato flakes, egg, and undiluted soup. Fill the center of pie pan with this mixture.

    Cut the Spam into six square slices. Then cut five slices diagonally in half and stand them around the edge of the pan. Cut the remaining slice to make a goblin face (as shown).

    Bake 20 minutes at 350º. Serves 4.

    Halloween Place Cards

    You will need: paste, black construction paper, scissors, yarn, sequins, small artificial berries, pins, toothpicks, raisins, and small styrofoam balls.

    Cut a circle 4 inches in diameter out of black construction paper. Cut a slit in the circle from the edge to the center. Overlap the cut edges and paste them together. This forms a cone shape for the dress.

    Put one end of the toothpick into the styrofoam ball and the other through the point on the dress. Be sure the toothpick is pushed in far enough so the ball is on top of the dress. To prevent the toothpick from falling out of the dress, stick a raisin on the toothpick under the cone and push raisin up as far as possible.

    Using straight pins, stick two sequins to the styrofoam ball for eyes. Paste a berry onto the ball as a nose.

    Cut several strands of yarn 5 inches long and paste the center of each to the top of the ball, letting the ends hang down.

    Cut a 2 1/2-inch circle for the brim of the hat. Cut a 2-inch circle and slit and paste the same as for the dress.

    Paste small cone to brim to finish hat.

    Paste hat onto head and letter a guest’s name on the dress (see illustration). Make a place card for each guest.

    A Clever Cat

    You will need: paste, scissors, and colored construction paper.

    Cut out the shape of the cat’s face from a piece of black construction paper 5″ by 6″.

    Cut one strip of black paper 12″ by 2 1/2″; cut two more strips 12″ by 2″. Pleat the 12″ by 2 1/2″ strip in folds 1/2″ wide, folding one way and then the other.

    Cut round corners on the other two strips and roll the ends around a pencil so both ends are turned in toward the center (see illustration).

    Paste one of the two curled paper strips to each end of the pleated paper strip, making sure both curled pieces are attached the same way.

    Paste the face of the cat at one end of the pleated strip so that curled strips are turned inward (see illustration).

    Cut out eyes, nose, mouth, whiskers, and tail from construction paper and paste in place. You may wish to curl the tail by rolling it around a pencil.

    Animal Crossword

    Fill in the names of the animals in the squares from the clues that tell what sound each one makes.


    3. Cock-a-doodle-do

    7. Neigh

    8. Who! Who!

    9. Oink

    10. Meow


    1. Moo

    2. Buzz

    4. Baa

    5. Blaat

    6. Bow-wow


    Across—(3) rooster, (7) horse, (8) owl, (9) pig, (10) cat. Down—(1) cow, (2) bee, (4) sheep, (5) goat, (6) dog.

    What’s in a Name?

    Is your name Bryan? The name Bryan means “having a thundering voice.”

    Is your name Linda? The name Linda means “pretty.”