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Halloween Candy Science Experiments

Halloween Candy Science Experiments from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Halloween has come and gone. Like many of you, we have more candy than we should ever eat! So why not use some of it for some science experiment fun? Not only can you eat some of the candy but you can learn some cool things too! It is a win win in my homeschool book!

Halloween Candy Science Experiments

Acidic or Not?

The word “acid” comes from “acidus,” the Latin word for sour or tart.

If something’s acidic, it will produce carbon dioxide bubbles when combined with baking soda. Carbon dioxide is the same gas you breathe out when you exhale.

Is sour candy acidic? Let’s find out!

Supplies:

  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Fruit-flavored or sour candy (Pixy Stix, LemonHeads, Nerds, WARHEADS)
  • Spoon
  • Baking soda

Directions:

  1. Dissolve the candy in a half-cup of water. (Pixy Stix will dissolve easily. Other candies will take longer. If the candy can be easily crushed, try that to make it dissolve more quickly.)
  2. Sprinkle a spoonful of baking soda into the candy-water mixture.
  3. Watch for bubbles.
  4. If you see bubbles, the candy is acidic.

Candy Rainbow
Candy makers turn candy into a rainbow of colors using dyes. Just like when you’re mixing paints , it’s takes a combination of dyes to create certain colors. Colors get mixed up. Did you know you can separate them again?

In this experiment, water and coffee filter paper will separate a drop of candy dye back into different colors. Brown candies work well. Why? Because they use a variety of colors together to make brown dye.

Supplies:

  • A white paper coffee filter
  • Dyed candy such as M&Ms, Skittles, or Reese’s Pieces (brown pieces work well)
  • A glass filled with a half-inch of water

What to do:

  1. Place a drop of water on a plate.
  2. Place a candy piece on the water and let color dissolve.
  3. Cut a rectangle out of the coffee filter. Use the flat part, not the sides.
  4. Fold the coffee filter paper rectangle vertically (long-ways). This will help it stand up in the glass of water.
  5. Measure up about an inch from the bottom and dab a drop of candy-colored water onto the paper.
  6. Fill a narrow glass with a half-inch of water.
  7. Place the filter paper rectangle in the glass of water so that the water line is below the colored drop of candy dye.
  8. Watch the water move up to the top edge of the paper.
  9. Check the paper at 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 1 hour. You should see the different colors emerge on the filter.

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10 Halloween Math Problems

10 Halloween Math Problems from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Making math fun can really go a long way to helping kids learn it. Using holidays as a stemming point for interesting math problems can be a great way to work on math and have it seem less like work.

Halloween Math Problems

I have given a few examples of some math problems you can easily create to get your kids going. You can easily adapt these to create more problems to work with! You can even have them try to create some on their own.

Addition/Subtraction

1. Chloe and Megan went on a haunted hayride. They got scared by 5 monsters and 8 zombies. How many times get they get scared?

2. Connor and Nick went to a pumpkin patch over the weekend. Connor picked 3 pumpkins and Nick picked 4. How many pumpkins did they pick all together?

3. John’s mom made 25 Halloween cookies. John had his friend Joe over to play. John ate 2 Halloween cookies and Joey ate 4 Halloween cookies. How many cookies were left?

4. Cindy and Cathy are trick or treating. If Cindy has 15 treats in her bag and Cathy only has 8, how many more treats does Cathy need to have the same number as Cindy?

Multiplication

5. There are 26 children in Mrs. Jones classroom. Mrs. Jones gave each child 1 cupcake, 2 cookies, and  6 candy corns. How many Halloween treats did Mrs. Jones give out all together?

6. 8 children went trick or treating. Each child got 18 pieces of candy. How many pieces did they get all together?

7. As the witch was flying around on her broomstick she saw 12 different bats. She went out 4 times and saw the same number of bats each time. How many bats did she all together?

8. There are 10 pumpkins in the row you are in at the pumpkin patch. If there are 50 rows of pumpkins each with 10 pumpkins in it, how many pumpkins are at the pumpkin patch?

Pre-Algebra/Algebra

9. After trick or treating, Wendy’s dad told her to save 25 pieces of candy, consisting of chocolate, hard candy, and suckers. She saves 7 suckers and 10 hard candies.  How many pieces of chocolate does she save?

10. You have 15 candy bars. If you started with 5 candy bars, how many did you have to trade for to get a total of 15?

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5 Halloween Paper Plate Crafts

5 Halloween Paper Plate Crafts from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Plain old white paper plates can be turned into the most fun and creative things! Whether you choose to make a decoration or a mask you can make these simple and easy Halloween Paper Plate Crafts.

Halloween Paper Plate Crafts

Supplies:

  • plain white paper plates (The really thin cheap ones. We actually keep a stack in our craft supplies at all times because they can be used for so many different things!)
  • construction paper in various colors (black, white, purple, orange, green, red)
  • paint in various colors (black, white, purple, orange, green)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yarn (This can be used to turn any paper plate creation into a mask to be worn for Halloween!)
  • black Sharpie
  • toilet paper

5 Halloween Paper Plate Ideas

1. Ghost

  1. To create a ghost you will need one paper plate, black and white construction paper, toilet paper and if you have it glitter.
  2. On the back of the plate glue on two large black eyes cut from the black construction paper as well as a large oval shaped mouth in a vertical direction.
  3. You can use glitter at this point on the eyes and mouth.
  4. Using 3 strips of toilet paper taped to the other side of the paper place, cut them down the middle to make smaller strips.
  5. Cut two arms out of white construction paper and glue to the backside of the ghost.

2. Vampire

To create a vampire you will need tan and black paint (we mixed white with brown and a little red to make a lighter skin tone), black, red, and white construction paper.

Start by drawing the outline if the vampire’s hair line and painting it black. Paint the rest with the tan colored paint.

Use the construction paper to cut out eyes, eyebrows, a mouth, teeth and a nose. You could also use paint for the facial features.

Cut out black pointy ears and a collar from black construction paper and glue on to the back, as well as a large red bow tie for the front.

3. Witch

  1. To create a witch you will need one paper plate, green paint, purple black orange and white construction paper, and a black Sharpie.
  2. Paint the paper plate green and set it aside.
  3. To create the hair you will trace your child’s hand on top of two pieces of orange construction paper folded so you will end up with 4 hands.
  4. Using black construction paper cut out the share of a witches hat and add a purple strip.
  5. Use white construction to cut out two eyeballs.
  6. Glue the hat on the paper plate with 2 hands on either side for hair.
  7. Use the Sharpie for pupils and to draw a nose and mouth.

4. Bat

  1. To create a bat you will need two paper plates, black paint, red and white construction paper and 2 brads.
  2. On the back of one plate draw two triangular shaped ears in the ribbing of the plate and cut around them to create ears on the top.
  3. Cut plate number 2 in half to look like bat wings.
  4. Paint all three pieces black and let it dry.
  5. Use the white construction paper to create eyes and teeth, and red to create a thin mouth and glue them on.
  6. Punch a whole in one corner of each of the half plates (wings) in such a way that one will attach to the left side and one to the right.
  7. Insert the brads in the holes to create moving wings!

5. Pumpkin

  1. To create a pumpkin you will need orange paint and black and green construction paper (you can even use a green or brown pipe cleaner if you have one).
  2. Paint the pumpkin orange and let dry.
  3. Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth in black construction paper and glue them on.
  4. Use green construction paper for stem and leaves at the top. This is were you could also add pipe cleaners as little curly cues from the top.

You can easily make these Halloween Paper Plate Crafts into masks but cutting out the eyes and adding yarn to either side to tie it onto your child’s head.

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