Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Be Afraid October 6, 2008

Filed under: halloween — twlowenstein @ 12:02 pm
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Things are on the mend here, I promise this will be a Negative Nellie-free post!

We dug out the Halloween box from the basement and are going to start making the “graveyard” this afternoon. The whole “graveyard” in the special project of my oldest, he has mapped the layout and is itching to set up up (and rearrange endlessly thereafter).  We have drawn up plans for the Haunted Dollhouse and are planning our attack, I have a feeling this will be my baby project of the holiday.

We made these laboratory specimen jars (please say with La-bore-a-toreeeee with a creepy voice, we always do).  I saw the idea right after Halloween last year and we’ve been collecting bits all year in anticipation.  I found the canning jars at Charlie and Pats (world’s best thrift store) and since I couldn’t can my own can if I had to, it’s a perfect use for them.  My son just mixed food coloring and water for the mad scientist colors and added bugs, rats, skulls, eyeballs and the like.  We had planned to try some jars filled with hair gel but we had the creamy kind not the gel. Suspended gross stuff!

What are you doing for Halloween if anything?  We’re always looking for spooky fun tips and tricks.

And treats, always treats!


27 Responses to “Be Afraid”

  1. melissa s. Says:

    LOVE the specimen jars, esp the creepy eyeballs. i’m going to try this, but ours will probably be filled with not-so-creepy dinosaurs. where’d you get the eyeballs?

  2. The eyeballs are from target! Rats from scary as all get out Seasonal Halloween store, and random bugs from our private collection.

    Looking forward to your kinder, gentler jars Mel!

  3. Complete Stranger Says:

    GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY- HALLOWEEN STYLE! Love your family project, and want to be there and celebrate with you!!! Will surely be lots of fun! Glad that all are well and life is colorful and Kinder today!

  4. Lisa Says:

    What a perfect project for little boys – my 6 year old nephew would love this. Halloween isn’t celebrated very widely in our part of the world, but we really enjoyed all the fun when we lived in Tx.

  5. caroline Says:

    Oh, we are so totally making the specimen jars!!! I’m hoping I can find some fingers or toes, or something else equally as creepy!

    Tomorrow is my date with Dr. Hawass. I’ll kiss and tell later.

  6. lauren Says:

    a little tip: at the christmas tree shop they have a BIG selection of Halloweeny things… and they are super cheap (just don’t think for too long about why)

  7. You went to the Christmas Tree shop without me?

  8. Paige Says:

    Oooo, I love the specimen jars – must do with children soon! And I can’t wait to see your graveyard, too. Thanks for the ideas! (Laahhh-boor-uh-toree. There, I said it good and creepy-like!)

  9. Tami Says:

    I love these! I can’t wait to show these to my kids! 🙂

  10. these are so awesome…my boys would love these! we just might have to give them a try!

  11. I wonder if it would work to use jello in them as well?

  12. Anne Says:

    I love these, but I think my kids would enjoy them more!

  13. missllona Says:

    wow, that’s interesting tirck this coming halloween!

  14. Oh, this is fantastic. My son will love making these!

  15. Shelly Says:

    What about using jello for the jars? That would be fun too!

  16. emiliem Says:

    Thanks for the idea! My kids thought it was really cool.


  17. Kate Says:

    A friend sent me this link. I love the speciman jars. My 6 year old son will REALLY love it. He is a mad scientist this year and has been into Halloween since last Halloween. I don’t know why I had not thought of using canning jars before! Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Love It- What a great idea~

  19. Fernanda Says:

    Hi there,

    I got here through the Crafty crow, admiring your Halloween stuff.
    Am a Portuguese blogger and on the 30th October I will be participating in a Portuguese language group post about Halloween.
    On my survey about the issue, I would like to ask you this simple question: – Why do you like Halloween so much?

    Would you be that kind to email me your answer to this email:
    Or simply leave a comment on my blog:

    Thank you very much and have a fun Halloween!

  20. НОА Says:

    а чё все на английском Английский ГОВНО!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Ruth Says:

    I think you have just created a specimen juncky Thanks.

  24. Thanks for the idea! My kids thought it was really cool.

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