Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Form A Circle - Happy Samhain!

* Hearken Now, The Darkness Comes! *
By Lark


Mists gather in the valleys and pour down the ancient riverbeds to the darkening sea. Gone the fires of autumn's glory, lost to the legions of cloud-swept days and chilling rains. Gone to wild geese flying southward, gone the last of summer's bounty. Mornings rimed with silver frost, evenings gathering gloom for sitting round the hearth fires glow. Hearken now, the darkness comes!

In the vale under the moor, the village speeds it's frantic pace. Thatcher's finish repairs on thick round roofs to hold out the snows of winter. Children bring in the last of the nuts and withered fruits from the woods. The wheat is threshed and winnowed on the chilly breeze. Wood smoke rises from the hearth fires and axes ring in the clear air. Down from the moors come the cattle and sheep to the winter fields, come too the pigs from the forest glades. The smell of blood is thick in upon the air as those animals chosen for the slaughter are slain and cured against the winter's needs. The planting begun at Beltane is now the harvest. Hearken now, the darkness comes!

In the great forests that lie across the land, the leaves form a thick carpet upon the ground, upon which treads the King Stag, velvet gone from his crown of horn, challenging all with his trumpeting cries. The bear and the fat squirrels seek their dens. The wolves stir in the cold, and their voices rise in songs to the moon. Now is the time of the Hunter. His shadow flies across the midnight sky, His horn sounds in the wind like thunder, His red-eyed hounds fly on before. Hearken now, the darkness comes!

She who stands guardian now is no longer the soft Maiden of spring, nor yet the fecund Mother full of the heat of summer. It is Cerridwen now, the Crone, the Hag, who stands without. In dreams and trance you see her, holding the cauldron into which all that live must go. Holding the cauldron that is Death. Gone too the young Lord of Spring, the Summer King. Now is the time of Herne the Hunter, wild master of the Winter's night. Harsh he is and full of fire, Lord of Death made manifest. Hearken now, the darkness comes!

And in the turning of the year, the walls of time and space become as air, until life and death are as one and departed souls walk again among the living. Here on this most sacred night, as the old year died and the new was born, around the fires the people gathered in celebration. There was wine and cider from the vines and groves, bread from the fields of winnowed wheat, and meat steaming from the slaughter. A great feast and celebration of life to take into the darkness. Hearken now, the darkness comes!

And as the earth moved onward into the darkness, the veil between the worlds grew thin, and strange beings walked upon the land. See now the pooka shake his tangled mane, the Sidhe come forth from out the hollow hills, listen as the bean sidhe sings forth her terrible cry. And against this army of eldritch power, men did wield a greater weapon as fires sprang forth upon the hilltops and lit the standing stones and village greens. Dancing, swirling, leaping past the fires, the people held back the powers of the night with light and music until the dawn came once more. Yet still the darkness comes!

Turn and turn again the Earth did in its endless dance among the stars. Gone now the villages that lay beneath the downs and among the woods. Gone the straight track and winding sheep path. Gone the King Stag and the shaggy bear. Yet still we hear an echo of that time and place as we sit to honor our blessed dead, as our children dress as monsters and play in the shadows. We hear the whisper of the Goddess in our hearts, and sometimes, late at night we hearken to the cry of the Hunt, high in our crowded skies. Hearken, for the darkness comes!

And we, the spirit children of that ancient age, we remember. Though we labor not in the fields of waving grain, yet do we too now bring in our harvest. We gather to ourselves the fruits of our projects begun in the spring of the year and ready ourselves for a time of rest and introspection. We unburden ourselves with that which is no longer needful for our survival through the winter of the year. We the children of this ancient age remember too our honored dead who speak to us again as the walls of this world grow thin. We pass the Cup of Remembrance as we think upon one who has gone before. We remember the good times and the bright things we treasure from their memories, and we allow them to fly free. We make our peace with She who waits for all. We remember the fears of the darkness, and in our masquerade and games, we come to terms with Death and with change. For such is the meaning at the heart of the feast. So prepare you now as the darkness comes. Ready the harvest of your hopes and dreams. Light the fires against ignorance and fear. For
remember also, that the darkness is but one turn upon the Wheel, it is the darkness of the womb. And the Death we all must face is merely the doorway to the Life to come.

* Lord Atmahka's Samhain Ritual *
by Lord Atmahka

Lord Atmahka offers his ritual for Samhain, observed at the full moon nearest Ancestor Night, also called Hallowe'en, and in 1998 was observed Nov. 4. While this ritual is more a Wiccan one than Druidic, it is of the nature of this one, and is gently offered, to be accepted in whatever way it will, by those spirits who are among us and in our hearts. It is traditional at Samhain to leave food outside in a special place for the souls of the dead. A small candle is placed in a window, to guide those souls. The food consists of a small piece of bread, and an apple, cut across horizontally, revealing the five-pointed star. There is also a small container of salt. Half of the apple will remain with the food, the other half consumed during the ritual. Wine is also left with the food, a portion of that which is used in the ritual. The remainder is left in a natural paper container, to return entirely to the earth. Also, the salt will remain.


An altar is set in a special place, obscure to the rest of the world, and safe from intrusion. It is made up of the elements of the outdoors. This year it was based on three large stump pieces from a mulberry tree cut a year ago, and left to mature among the living trees and grass. They are placed in a triangle shape, with a circle of stones round about the whole area. On the left side altar stump is placed the bread, the apple, a small chalice of white wine, and fall leaves, a simple display. A candle, lighted from the domicile and carried to the altar, is in a square glassed lantern and placed on the right stump piece representing bringing the individual  to a special place with his personal light shining. A small cauldron is in the middle of the natural circle described by the largest trunk piece. This circle is divided into 8 parts, spokes representing the wheel of the year and the cycle of the season - the beginning and end of creation. A candle is placed within the cauldron, as yet unlighted, as well as incense. A special small sword is placed next to the apple and bread. A black, hooded robe is worn, representing the idea of being one with the outside, bereft of finery, and in keeping with the solemnity of the occasion. Standing before the altar, thoughts flow through of friends and family who have passed before, in their transition to another form of their entity. It is known that they are merely in another stage of their being, so we are not sad. Rather, we allow memories of them to come into the lighted circle, and thereby they live in our hearts and continue to be with us. We do not wish for them to be unable to progress, so we allow their spirits to go on after a time. We know that they have incarnated into another form, and only this one aspect of their spirit remains. Also prepared before the journey to the altar: a piece of paper with any aspect of life that needs to be released: worry, disease, anger, want. We know that these are merely transient, so we identify them and place a word or two for them on the paper, which is carried to the altar. We speak a Blessing Chant:

"May the powers of the One,
the Source of all creation,
all inclusive, eternal;
may the Goddess of the Moon and the God,
hunter of the sun;
may the powers of the stones, rulers of the elemental realms,
may the powers of the stars above and the earth below ~
bless this place, and this time, and I who am with You."

Holding the chalice of wine toward the sky, we speak:

"Gracious Goddess of Abundance,
bless this wine and instill it with Your love."

Taking the knife and cutting the apple horizontally to reveal the five-pointed star, and cutting the bread also in half, both are then held up, and say:

"Bless this food of the harvest and fill them with Your love."

Finally, these thoughts, in the following vein:

"The veil is lifted tonight, we open the gates
between this world and the next,
and honor ancestors and others who have gone on before.
You are not forgotten;
remember me and all who wish me well are welcome in this circle."

Lifting the bread and salt over the altar:

"I ask all who have gathered here to join me in this feast."

I dip a piece of the bread in the salt and eat. Then, half the apple is eaten, remembering its symbolism. Likewise then, the wine, first placing it on the circle, it is lifted:

"May I always be strong in body, mind and spirit."

Drinking some of the wine, the rest is placed back on the altar. The candle within the cauldron as well as the incense both are lighted. The paper with those things to be released, is placed in the cauldron, to be burned and banished from our being. The balance of this time is spent in meditation, going within to consider all matters that appear, then allowing all the spirits to depart to the four points. When meditation is completed, then the circle is released. The food is left, the candle and incense are gently diminished, and we return to our domicile, to start a new year.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday This Is Your Spell - Charge of the Dark Goddess

Samhain approaches quickly. This is the dark of the year, when the veils thin, and the dead rejoin us for one night. When the dark aspect of our Goddess is foremost. In honor of that I am presenting several versions of "The Charge of The Dark Goddess"...

* The Charge of the Dark Goddess * 
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Wisdom and empowerment are the gifts of the Dark Goddess of Transformation. She is known to us as Kali, Hecate, Cerridwen, Lilith, Persephone, Fata, Morgana, Ereshkigal, Arianhrod, Durga, Inanna, Tiamat, and by a million, million other names:

Hear me child, and know Me for who I am.
I have been with you since you were born,
and I will stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk.
I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream.
I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey.
After the day is done, My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.
I am the womb from which all things are born.
I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me
and bare their
breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.
I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled,
the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries.
I snip the threads that bring my children home to me.
I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless.
Swallow your fear and come to me,
and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.
I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice.
I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power.
Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.
I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm.
I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself
merge together in a rainbow of union.
I am the velvet depths of the night sky,
the swirling mists of midnight,
shrouded in mystery.
I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you
and from
which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed.
Seek me at the
crossroads, and you shall be transformed,
for once you look upon my face,
there is no return.
I am the fire that kisses the shackles away.
I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth.
I am the web which connects all things.
I am the Healer of all wounds, the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time.
I make the weak strong.
I make the arrogant humble.
I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised.
I am Justice tempered with Mercy.
Most importantly, child, I am you.
I am part of you, and I am within you.
Seek me within and without, and you will be strong.
Know me.
Venture into the dark
so that you may awaken to Balance, Illumination, and
Take my Love with you everywhere
and find the Power within to be
who you wish.

* Charge of the Dark Goddess *
by Morwynn

Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, Banba, Erda, Macha, MotherNight, Sekhmet, and many other names:

Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon,
come together in love and trust and learn of Me,
who is the Wisest of Crones...

Ye who search the mysteries of the Earth, the secrets of Air and Darkness,
of Blood and Fire, the silence of the uttermost stars,
come unto me,
and I
shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.

Ye shall approach Me in silence,
and as a sign that ye are free from fear,
your breast you shall bare to My blade...
for fear has no place in My
and that which you seek of me will destroy you
if you fear it.

For I am the dolmen arch beyond which stretch the mysteries of infinity.
I am the silence before birth and after death.
I am the clouded mirror in which you scry your own soul.
I am mist in the twilight, the vast and starry sky of midnight,
shadows on
the Moon.
All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all.

I meet you at the crossroads, I lead you through the darkness,
My hand you
grasp in the passage between the worlds.
To those that toy with Me am I an instrument of self-destruction.
Yet to the
true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.
Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are,
and in return
shall I give you all that you may be,
all that I am.

For My wisdom is beyond the Ages,
and knowledge of My Secrets is power over
over fear, over death.

Nor do I demand aught of you which you cannot give.
For I am the Mother of Mysteries,
and as you know Me,
so shall you learn to
know yourself.

* Charge of the Dark Goddess *
by Shayla

The Dark Goddess speaks to us, Through the mouths of Lilith, Kali, Tiamet, Hekate, Nix, the Black Madonna, Nemesis and Morgaine.

I am the Darkness behind and beneath the shadows.
I am the absence of air that awaits
at the bottom of every breath.

I am the Ending before Life begins again,
The Decay that fertilizes the Living.
I am the Bottomless Pit,
The never-ending struggle
to reclaim that which is denied.

I am the Key that unlocks every Door.
I am the Glory of Discovery,
For I am that which is hidden, secluded and forbidden

Come to me at the Dark Moon
and see that which can not be seen,
Face the terror that is yours alone.
Swim to me through the blackest oceans
To the center of your greatest fears--

The Dark God and I will keep you safe.
Scream to us in terror,
and yours will be the Power to Forbear.
Think of me when you feel pleasure,
and I will intensify it,
Until the time when I may have the greatest pleasure
Of meeting you
at the Crossroads Between the Worlds.

* Charge of the Dark Goddess in Tribute to Hecate * 
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Hear now, the words of Hecate, who comes forth
from her cavern of trickling
waters and baying hounds.
I am the eternal soul, the dark maiden,
the mother of night, and the patron
of witches.
Fear not my power, for I am justice, the keeper of the keys,
and the bearer
of ancient wisdom.
I come to you during the dark of the moon,
that I may lead you as your
soul's mirror.
My vision spans all directions,
as I walk the endless crossed
roads in darkness.
I travel between the worlds, yours and mine, my children,
that I may guide
you through the shadows of the Underworld.
As I stand on the edge of sanity, cloaked, veiled,
with glowing eyes and a
blazing torch,
my appearance is intense,
but you shall learn, my fearful
that it is I who brings you fairness and resolution.
It is I who protects you, my suffered children of the earth.
It is I who heals your wounds and makes you strong.
It is I, Hecate, Queen of the Underworld,
who charges thee by the light of
my love,
and harkens to your call in the winter
when the night is still.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday What Herb Is This - Calendula

Calendula is known to affect the menstrual cycle and should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Theoretically, calendula may affect conception when taken by a man or woman, so couples trying to get pregnant should not use calendula.

Other names for calendula are marigold, summer's bride, bride of the sun, sun's gold, ruddes, ruddles holigold, pot marigold, drunkard, goldes, husbandman's dial, marybud, marygold, mary gowles, and oculis chrisi, Historically, calendula was known as “poor man’s saffron” as it was used to color and flavor foods, specifically butter, cheese, custard, bread, cookies, soups, and rice dishes. Calendula petals are also added to salads. Calendula is generally recognized as safe for food use. 

It is primarily a local (topical) remedy. Applying the petals to insect stings will reduce pain and swelling. A lotion made of the flowers is recommended for sprains and wounds and a water distillation of the flowers for sore and inflamed eyes. While the flowers are the part most often used medicinally, the juice from the leaves is said to remove warts. The flower petals of the calendula plant, or marigold, have been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Folk medicine healers in Europe prepared infusions, extracts, and ointments with the petals to induce menstrual flow, to produce sweat during fevers, and to cure jaundice. In 19th century America, the Eclectic physicians used calendula internally to treat liver problems, stomach ulcers, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids, (commonly called pink eye), and externally for superficial burns, bruises, and wounds. Tinctures, ointments, and washes are commonly used to speed the healing of these, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula cream is also used to treat hemorrhoids. Animal studies show that calendula does appear to speed wound healing, possibly by increasing blood flow to the wounded area and by helping the body produce collagen proteins, which are used to heal skin and connective tissue. Traditionally, the flower was also used externally as an antiseptic and to help stop bleeding. Calendula flowers demonstrate both astringent and anti-inflammatory activity, and these preparations are used for skin and mucous membrane inflammations, such as pharyngitis (inflammation of the throat), leg ulcers, boils, bed sores, gum inflammation, and rashes. Some herbalists recommend the plant’s essential oil for treating vaginal yeast infections. Currently, the pigment of the bright orange calendula is used in the pharmaceutical industry to give a pleasant color to some medicinal preparations.

Calendula has a long history in magical lore.  It is bound to Sun and Fire.  It is believed to be useful for prophetic dreams, protection, respect, and psychic powers, and to be of benefit when legal matters arise.  It should be picked at noon for comfort and strength. One should place garlands of calendula at doors to prevent evil from entering, and scatter it under the bed for protection and to make dreams come true. In legal matters, carry calendula  to help justice favor you in court. Another belief is that if you touch the flowers with bare feet it will aid in better understanding of  birds. It's said that if you put a mesh bag of Calendula petals under the faucet when running bath water,  you will win the respect and admiration of everyone you encounter after bathing in it ( also highlights the hair.)  There is also an old recipe that calls for mixing dried Calendula flowers, Marjoram, Thyme, and Wormwood and grinding them into a powder.  Simmer in honey and white wine, and then rub over the body to induce prophetic dreams about your future husband or wife while chanting your wishes.  If the candidate is good to you in the dreams, they will make a loving spouse, but if they treat you badly in the dream, they will be disloyal and uncaring.


University of Maryland Medical Center

American Botanical Council

The Magickal Cat

Gardens Ablaze


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Try A New Taste - Samhain/Halloween Party Dippers

Pumpkin Fluff Dip
Submitted by: Tiera Lesley

This is a very creamy and yummy vanilla pumpkin dip that is served with graham crackers.  I like the cinnamon graham crackers best, but you can  decide for yourself. This is my personal favorite and has always been a big hit at my parties...
Servings: 32


  • 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

* Kerry's Gingersnap Dip *
posted by Nemesys


  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
  • 1 regular size (8 oz?) Cool Whip (fat free is okay)
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding (you can also use fat free here)
  • pumpkin pie spice

Combine can of pumpkin with Cool Whip. Mix tiny amount of pudding just to sweeten mixture. Add spice just to taste/preference. To serve (here's the best part) cut the cap off and hollow out a small pumpkin. Pour the dip into the pumpkin and place the cap in a tipsy manner on the top and secure with toothpicks. Sprinkle just a little spice on top for color. Serve with gingersnap cookies.

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  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 small Serrano peppers
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 small purple onion, diced small
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped small

Stir together the thyme, marjoram, basil, and olive oil. Stir in the lemon and lime juice. Remove the seeds from the Serranos, and mince the remainder. Stir in the minced Serranos, purple onion, red pepper, and cilantro. Allow to sit for at least half an hour before serving to blend flavors.

Apple Spread


  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • dash of sugar
  • 1 c. chopped apple with peel
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans

Mix together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables.

Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball


  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. solid pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 pretzel rod, broken in half


  • Dark rye bread
  • red pepper
  • black olive slices
  • parsley sprigs
  • Assorted crackers

Beat cheeses, pumpkin, preserves and spices in a medium bowl until smooth. Cover; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until cheese is firm enough to shape. Shape mixture into a round pumpkin; place on serving plate. Using knife, score vertical lines down pumpkin. Place pretzel rod in top for stem. Cut 2 small triangles for the eyes. Small triangle of red pepper for nose. Slice olives slices in half for the mouth. Cover loosely; refrigerate until serving time. Serve with crackers.

*Gooey Green Swamp Slime*


  • 1 box vanilla pudding
  • 1/3 cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • Food Coloring

Prepare pudding according to packaging directions using the skim milk  Stir sour cream into thickened pudding. Add food coloring. Serve with apple slices or graham crackers

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday Make A - Several Samhain/Halloween Crafts

* Goblin lights *
from: Source no longer available

This is a neat idea for your decorations.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 5 or 6 glow sticks
  • Helium balloons (preferably in a dark color) as many as you have glow sticks
  • Ball of string
  • Bricks to weight the balloons

Tie the balloon on a really long piece of string, about 5 feet under the balloon tie on a glow stick then let the balloon carry the stick high in to the air (DO NOT LET GO OF THE STRING). When you think it is high enough, tie the string to a brick. The Lights float in the breeze and will glow for about 3 hours. The kids really love them and ask what they are...and you tell them they are Goblin Lights!



  • Rice
  • Woolite Laundry Liquid
  • Paper Towels
  • Black Light Bulb that fits your porch.

Cook rice. Lay cooked rice out on towels to dry in a thin layer (you get chunkier maggots this way <ewwww>). When rice is dry, put rice in a bowl a bit at a time, pour a little woolite laundry soap over the rice and mix. Be gentle so you don't squash or smush the rice. Spread the rice out on a towel in a thin layer and dry again. On the night of your party, sprinkle the rice maggots around on the lawn or on the porch. Put the black light bulb in your porch light and turn the light on. The rice maggots will now glow under the black light. You could also take old stuffed animals, rip holes in them and put the maggots on I am sure that if you use yourimagination, you can think of other gross things to do with the woolite maggots....

* Turnip Jack O' Lantern *
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Ever get tired of those bright orange pumpkins and want something different to carve for Samhain? If you do, then you should consider the turnip! Why the turnip? The turnip is associated with Jack o' the  hadows, or Death Itself. This association is through the legends of Jack O'Lantern. In this legend a man named Jack can neither be let into heaven or hell so instead hollows out a turnip or gourd and makes a lantern out of it. From that day on he wanders the face of the world carrying his lantern, trying to find somewhere he can stay. The turnip is also associated with two Pagan Sabbats: Lughnassadh/Lammas and of course, Samhain.


  • A large turnip (you could also use a rutabaga if you want). Try to find one with the proper skull shape - (slightly tapered toward the chin) & the larger the better.
  • One sharp knife and teaspoon.
  • Newspaper
  • Container for the turnip shavings.
  • Candle
  • Sturdy wire - about 12 inches


Cut the top off the turnip - not too far down. Using the knife carve out a hole into the top of the turnip. Once there is enough room use the teaspoon to hollow out the turnip so that the turnip is  translucent - that is, when you hold it up to the light you can see it glow. Using a sharp knife carve  a Celtic face into the turnip shell. Flatten out the inside of the base making a slight depression to hold the candle. Light candle and drip wax into depression in the center. Stick candle upright in the wax. Pierce a hole in each side of the top of the turnip. Insert the wire for a handle. Use the resulting grated turnip for dinner! Very Healthy Actually......You can even squeeze it and make turnip juice! Now you are ready to bring the Celtic Spirit to your celebrations and hauntings. A line of people with lit turnip heads walking up a field at night is quite scary! Once they are carved and lit up with a candle carved turnips glow with an eerie yellow-ivory, in fact, you might say skull-like quality! When they are suspended they look just like skulls floating in the night! Their shape is much more skull-like than any pumpkin could ever be!



These pumpkins are made out of plastic clothes dryer hose. They turn out real cute.

Supplies needed:

  • Dryer hose
  • Orange spray paint
  • Green felt
  • Fake fall leaves
  • Tacky Glue
  • Green spray paint
  • Cone shaped Styrofoam
  • Small wiggly eyes
  • Small black pompoms
  • Green pipe cleaners

Cut off section of dryer vent and make into a circle gluing the two ends together. (So you have a nice size pumpkin). Spray paint the dryer vent orange (let dry). Spray paint the Styrofoam green for the stem (let dry). Curl the green pipe cleaner around your finger. Put a little glue on the pipe cleaner and place on top in center hole of pumpkin. Place glue on Styrofoam stem and press down into center on top of pumpkin. Cut two green leaves out of felt and place on top of pumpkin. Glue additional fake fall leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin (it then looks like it's sitting in a pile of leaves.) Glue wiggly eyes to the black pompoms and glue on green leaf on top of pumpkin. That's it! You now have a real neat looking centerpiece. With the ruffled dryer vent it really looks like a pumpkin.



Materials needed:

  • One empty 2 lt.. bottle
  • two pieces of PVC pipe in 12 to 13 inch lengths masking tape.
  • one 6" Styrofoam ball
  • Pair of toddler shoes
  • Pair of toddler pants
  • Square of white fabric roughly 24" x 24"
  • Black felt for eyes
  • Small plastic pumpkin basket with handle

Holding the two liter bottle upside down, securely tape the PVC pipe to form legs. Wrap the tape around several times. Pull the pants of the legs and body securing with rubber bands at the "waist". Hot glue the inside of the shoes and insert the PVC pipe. Hot glue the Styrofoam head to the flat side of the upside down bottle. Hold in place until glue dries. The doll should be able to stand. If not, adjust the tape. Drape the square white cloth over the "head". Cut eyes from black felt and glue on. Sew the plastic pumpkin basket to the front of the "ghost".



Taken from the Magickal Crafts Newsletter by ScryeWulf

Tis the season to pick up some kewl leaves outside! Colorful fall leaves are abundant at this time of the year in the Midwest and other areas. But for this project your leaves do not have to be pretty colors...they just need to be interesting shapes, and leaves with thick veining or interesting edges work best.

You will need:

  • kewl leaves
  • cheap white printer/typing paper
  • fabric crayons (regular crayons may also work, I'm not sure)
  • scissors
  • iron
  • something you'd like to transfer your leaf iron-on to (t-shirt, tote bag, etc.)

How to do it:

Put your leaf on a hard surface, veined side up, and place a sheet of paper on top of it. Choose three different colors of crayons, be creative! Peel some of the wrap off the crayons and hold them sort of sideways, now scribble patches of color on the paper over your leaf. Let some of the colors blend....if you begin with your darkest color and end with your lightest, the effect is nice (this is backwards from most art instruction :-). As you scribble on the color, the leaf vein patterns and edges should begin to show on your paper. Use quite a bit of color and don't worry about scribbling outside the edge of the leaf. Now cut the leaf shape out of the paper (don't get too worried about exact cutting, it's not important.) Place your leaf print crayon side down on top of your t-shirt, tote bag, etc., and place another piece of paper on top of it to protect your iron from the wax in the crayons (it's a good idea to use an old iron for craft projects like this, but if you only have one iron just be careful not to damage it). Press with the iron (pressing is stationary, not moving the iron back and forth) for about 30 seconds, then lift an edge to check your transfer. If it is not done continue pressing for 20 seconds more. Not all of the crayon will transfer, but the effect is really kewl! You can use this transfer idea to make an altar cloth for Samhain...or perhaps a ritual scarf? or a portable altar? This technique can also be used to make a stationary & envelopes set, wrapping paper, and more!'s not just limited to transfer onto fabric :-)


* Pumpkin Pie Playdough *
Idea provided by Lennis G.


  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 8 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 container (1 1/12 ounces) pumpkin pie spice
  • orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
  • 4 cups water

Mix all of the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container. This smells really remind little ones that it is not for eating!


* Monster Slime *
(From Spooky Party Ideas by
Nancy Blakey

Monster Slime, known commercially as Gak, makes a terrific party favor. It is easy to make, simple to clean up (warm water and a sponge is all it takes) and, best of all, will keep the kids entertained.

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 cup borax dissolved in 1 quart of water (Borax is available at your grocer in the laundry detergent section.)
  • 1 cup Elmer's Glue (It contains polyvinyl acetate which reacts with the borax)
  • 1 cup water
  • Orange and/or green food coloring
  • Large jar with lid to mix the glue and water
  • Paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks to stir
  • Zipper-type sandwich bags

Pour the glue, water and a few drops of the food coloring together in the jar, replace the lid, and shake hard. You now have two jars of solution: a Borax solution and a glue solution. To make the Monster Slime, pour 2 tablespoons of Borax solution into a paper cup. Stir in 6 tablespoons of glue solution with a Popsicle stick. Watch! The mixture suddenly becomes thick and slimy. Stir hard, then pour off any extra liquid. Knead the Slime with your hands. It is ready to play with! When finished, the kids can take it home in a zipper-type plastic bag.


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Surprise - I Walk The Path Alone - A DreamDancer Creation

I become awake and aware at the dawn of my life's day. A path stretches out before me, far away into the distance, disappearing into the future's horizon. What should I do? Should I follow this path? I'm not prepared. I'm all alone, with no one to keep me company, or to tell me what I must do. I set out along the path.

I meet a beautiful giant woman, who seems to radiate sunshine with her smile at me. In her company is a big strong giant man. He looks at me with pride gleaming in his eyes. I don't know why. And they both walk beside me for a while. The woman draws me close to her chest, feeds me, nurtures me. The man brings me food to eat, and he throws a ball with me. When I stumble on my new feet and fall, one of them seems always there to pick me back up and set me on my feet again. They teach me things which they say will help me find my way up this path. As I grow, my steps become larger and faster, and soon the man and woman can't seem to keep up. They start to fall farther and farther behind me. I walk this path alone.

I come across a group pf people in the afternoon, and they seem to be about like me, in age and size. They tell tales and share their life's stories with me. I laugh with them and I cry for them. Many miles, I travel this path alone, seemingly a path with no end. It grows wearying at times, but one of these people always seems to be there to lend their arm to steady me, or their shoulders to support me. They say that I'm special to them. They help to guide me up the path. It's such a shame, how lonely and uncared for I am, as I walk the path alone.

The sun shines upon my upturned face. The wind gently ruffles my hair and cools the afternoon. making it pleasant and bearable. The water I drink is so refreshing and cool, tasty to my mouth. Birds serenade me from the trees, the brook to my side burbles and bubbles happily. A dog barks, wagging it's tail and happy to see me, adding its own chord to the melody which seems to be playing around me. I travel on, sad and weary, for I walk this path alone.

Evening comes, and the light of day starts to fade. I grow cold and I start to grow fearful of the dark. I have been walking this path alone all this day of my life, and now it seems that darkness may hide this path from me. I feel that it's time to lay down and rest, to let the darkness take this path from me, but I can't. I have traveled too long and too far. I must find the end of the path, the place it leads to. But it grows so dark, I can't see where to place my feet. Will I now be forced to stop my trek? To stand here alone in the dark, after walking this path alone for so long?

A candle appears to my left, a lantern to my right. They are held by a man and a women, much like those who I came across earlier this day. They each take one of my arms with their free hands, and steer me around the final bend, to the end of this path I have walked alone. Before me stretches out yet another path, How could this be? I'd walked my path, and walked it alone. Would this be all that is in store for me?

I stopped dead in my tracks, and the man and woman stopped as well. I took a step back so that I could face them both, and I asked them then, if this were to be my fate. To continually walk along paths, all sad and alone. The woman smiled at me, then held me close and comforted me. The man laid a strong hand upon my shoulder, and just by his touch, I felt reassured. "My son," he said, "you have never been alone. We have always been with you, and many others have come into your life as you walked your path. Yes, it is your path to walk. Only you can make the journey, but those others you will meet along the way will travel by your side for a time, helping you along as you help them, and keeping you company."

I thought back over the long day of my walk, realizing only then that I hadn't always been alone as I thought. I smiled at the man and woman, thanked them for their comfort and company, and raised my foot to set out along this new  path. The new day dawned, and I could clearly see the path laid out ahead of me. I started the new day of my life along the path with a jaunty step. I came upon a couple, a giant man and a  giant woman. As my mother draws me close to her chest, the sun seems to shine from her smile. My father looks down at me with pride gleaming in his eyes. We set out upon the path, these people to help get me started and pointed in the right way and others to meet later, to help me on my way...

March 2002

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday Special Stones - has been interrupted to bring you upcoming sabbat information...

* Samhain October 31st *
Posted by Galen

One of the Major Sabbats for Wicca/Pagan. The eve of lst November, when Celtic winter begins, is the dark counterpart of May Eve which greets the Summer. More than that, lst November for the Celts was the beginning of the year itself, and the feast of Samhain was their New Years Eve, the mysterious moment which belonged to neither past nor present, to neither this world or the Other.

Samhain is a time of divination, and communion with the dead, and on the other an  uninhibited feast of eating, drinking and defiant affirmation of life and fertility in the very face of the closing dark. Ireland's bonfire and firework night is still Hallowe'en. In Scotland and Wales, individual family Samhain fires used to be lit, they were called Samhnagan in Scotland and Coel Coeth in Wales and were built for days ahead on the highest ground near the house. This is still a thriving custom. Now it has become more a children's celebration.

The divination aspect of Samhain is understandable for two reasons. First, the psychic climate of the season favors it, and second, the anxiety about the coming winter demands it. The women back then use to seek to identify the husband to be, on Samhain, by conjuring up his image in a mirror. In County Donegal (it is beautiful there!) a girl would wash her nightdress three times in running water and hang it in front of the kitchen fire to dry at midnight on Samhain Eve, leaving the door open; her future husband would be drawn to enter and turn it over.

Samhain is a pagan ritual very deeply rooted in popular tradition that Christianity had to try to take over. The aspect of communion with the dead, and with other spirits, was Christianized as All Hallows, moved from its original date on 13th May to 1st November, and extended to the whole Church by Pope Gregory IV in 834. But its pagan overtones remained uncomfortably alive, and in England the Reformation abolished All Hallows. It was not formally restored by the Church of England until 1928, "on the assumption that the old pagan associations of Hallowe'en were at last really dead and forgotten...(a supposition that was certainly premature).

* Samhain Candle Superstitions *
-author unknown

A burning candle placed inside a hollowed out pumpkin or jack-o-lantern on Samhain works to keep evil spirits and demons at bay.
For good luck, burn black and orange candles on Samhain. Black and Orange are the traditional colors of Samhain and Halloween. On this day their magical vibrations are at their peak.
If a candle should suddenly go out by itself on Samhain, as if it  had been blown out by wind or by breath, this is said to be a sign that a ghost has come to call.
Always burn new candles at Samhain to ensure the best of luck.
Likewise, it's not a good idea to burn Samhain candles at any other time of the year. To do so may cause you to experience bad luck and/or strange happenings over which you will have no control.
Gazing into the flame of a candle on Samhain will enable you to peer into the future. Many witches traditionally scry candle flames on Samhain to receive clairvoyant visions.
It is believed that if a person lights a new orange-colored candle at midnight on Samhain and lets it burn until the sun rises, he or she will be the recipient of good luck.
However, according to an old legend from Europe, any person who bakes bread or journeys after sunset on Samhain (Halloween) runs the risk of conjuring forth bad luck in great abundance.

* Miscellaneous Samhain Superstitions *
-author unknown

Apples - Whoever eats an apple on Samhain eve will have good luck in the coming year. If you sleep with an apple under your pillow on Samhain eve, you will dream of your future mate. If you peel an apple on Samhain in one continuous peel, and throw the peel over your shoulder, it will land in the initial of your future spouse.
Bats - If a bat flies around a house three times, it is a death omen. When bats flit around playfully it is a sign of good weather approaching.
Bells - Bells rung at Samhain chase away evil spirits.
Cats - When cats wash their ears on Samhain, rain is coming.
Crows - Crows flying over head on Samhain is unlucky, unless there are three crows in a group, then that is lucky.
Fey - Never sit in a faery ring on Samhain.
Frogs and Toads - Don't kill a frog or toad on Samhain, it may be a Witch. Witches often take the shape of a frog or toad on Samhain.
Hawthorne - It is extremely unwise to sit under a Hawthorne tree at Samhain - since the fey might whisk the sitter away, never to be heard from again.
Spiders - A spider in a house on Samhain was a lucky omen.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Form A Circle - Solo Samhain Ritual

* Solo Samhain Ritual *
c 2001 Erica Frank

Samhain Ritual, short version, suitable for solitaires; based on the Mystic Spiral ritual style.

Items needed:

  • A knife (must be sharp)
  • Apples or Grapes (preferably room temperature or warm) Pomegranate (preferably chilled)
  • Standard ritual gear (candles, incense, altar, etc.)

Items you might want:

  • Leafy garland or panpipes
  • Two (greek-style) torches or dark robe
  • Small serving dish(es)
  • Small towel (pomegranates can be messy)

Call elements, Cast circle Invoke deities: (face main altar), and say:

"Gaia, who nurtures all life,
send your son Pan, Lord of the fields and
May he join me in celebration and revelry."

(Light God candle):

"Pan, master of beasts and rough, primal forces
-enter this circle; share
your wild abandon
!Bring joys and lusts; bring the last kiss of summer
before the cold of winter. Join me, Pan! IO EVOE!"

[may add longer invocation to Pan]

(if in group, HP takes on the aspect of Pan, puts on a garland or plays pipes, etc.)

(face main altar), say:

"Ouranous, who rules the heavens,
send your daughter Hecate,
She who
guards against the terrors of the night.
May she join me in celebration and

(Light Goddess candle):

"Hecate, queen of night and the restless spirits
enter this circle, share your peace and wisdom.
Bring calm and endurance; bring guidance 
through the winter until the days grow warm.
Join me, Hecate! IO EVOE!"

[may add longer invocation to Hecate]

(if in group, HPS takes on the aspect of Hecate, puts on dark robe, lights two torches, etc.)

Cycling of the year

Take the blade, and grapes [or apple]. Cuts into fruit (apples or grapes); serve them.

"I eat this last fruit of summer.
I am filled with the warmth
that has
ripened this fruit on the vine [or tree].
I taste the Sweetness of life in
the sun."

(Everyone eats, and pauses to think about the end of summer.) Place knife on altar. (If in group, Pan hands knife to Hecate. If solo, put down garland, take up torches or put on dark robe.) Say:

"Summer ends. Winter begins.
The fields lie fallow,
and the beasts sleep in their homes.
The Lord passes the mantle of guidance to the Lady
as the
nights grow cold and long."

Take blade & pomegranate. Cuts into it, serve it on plate. say:

"I eat this first fruit of winter.
I feel the chill that ripened this
fruit in the rind.
I taste the richness of life hidden away."

(Everyone eats, and pauses to think of what winter will bring.)

Worship & prayers

"Hekate Apotropaios, averter of evil--control the wrath of the dead, whose spirits cry out for vengeance, and who may lash out at anyone they can reach. Protect the living from their rage. Hecate Chthonia, lady of the underworld--you have dominion over the hostile spirits who wander; guide them to their resting places, and seal the gates between the worlds.

Hecate Phosphoros, light-bringer--bring us light and guidance as we stand in this doorway, this transition between peace and war. Let your torches show us the truths hidden in the shadows; lead us out of this darkness."

Remembrance & contemplation

"We now remember and honor those who have died this past year." Each person in circle goes to altar, and mentions someone who has passed in the last year that they will miss. If you have incense, each person lights a stick, or puts another pinch on the charcoal. (Or lights a candle.) If you have a token of the person (an item of theirs, or a photo), place it on the altar. (Doesn't have to be someone known personally.) Since last Samhain, I  mourn the passing of the following people:

George Harrison, musician
Peggy Lee, singer
Thor Heyerdahl, explorer
Ann Landers, advice columnist
Chuck Jones, animator.)

Continue until everyone in circle has had the chance to remember people.
Simple Feast

Cakes & wine, bread and juice, or whatever your group uses. Thank the Gods. Say:

"Pan, lord of the fields in summer,
thank you for your presence,
sharing your joy in life.
Before you depart to your winter realms,
we drink
deep in your honor

[raise cup, drink, spill some in libation bowl, pass it to next person if any]...

Hail Pan! Hail & farewell!"

"Hecate, lady of night & magic,
we thank you for your presence,
extending your protection to us.
Before you depart to take up your winter
we drink deep in your honor

[raise cup, drink, spill some in libation bowl, pass it to next person]

Hail Hecate! Hail & farewell!"

Dismiss the elements, Open the circle.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday This Is Your Spell - More Love Type (sorta) Spells

And Yes yes yes, we all know the drill. Love spells are bad. Love spells are evil. Yada yada yada. They harmmmmmmmmmm people. They interfere with free will. Yada yada yada yada. My best advice: Grow a brain and make up your own mind about love spells, don't let a poem written in faux old English prose make your brain quit working. Become responsible for your own morality. You evolved with a brain, now use it. Don't like love spells? Don't do one. Want to play with love spells? Be my guest, but be sure that you are ready to assume the responsibility for your actions. ;-P

Found at
Lady of The Earth

Cast the circle in the usual way, invoke the Watchtowers and Gods, purify. Go into the center of the circle and get into the most comfortable position, a position where you can remain motionless and completely relaxed for a period of 10 to 15 minutes. Have with you either a picture of the person that you are trying to fetch or the mental picture if you don't have an ordinary one. With the ordinary picture, concentrate in your mind the mental image of the person. Hold the mental image in your mind and dictate to this person what it is you will for them to do.

The Hyacinth Love Spell
posted by
Sarah the Swamp Witch


To return a loved one or gain the affections of a love interest. This spell may be performed with any type of bulb from a tulip to an onion, although the sweeter smelling ones seem to have more success. Plant the bulb in a new flower pot naming it your loved one as you do. If possible tape a picture of the desired one to the bottom of the pot out of the view of others. Every morning and evening when you water it chant these words:

"As this root grows
and this blossom blows,
may (name loved one) heart be turned to me.
As my will, so mote it be!"

Apple Binding Love Spell
From Lyz;

Upon the night of Full Moon, go outside with a red apple and a small knife. Carve the name of the person you want to love you and the word "loves" and then your name. Example: "Jon loves Sue". Bury the apple as close to your home as you can. As the New Moon turns to Full Moon, the love of that person will grow for you


Sweet Spell to make him/her yours
From Leia

Make a mixture of orange water, rose water, and honey. Add to this nine lumps of sugar on each of which you have written his/her name first and then yours. Burn a pink candle in this mixture every day for nine days.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Try A New Taste - Samhain Breads

* Witch Bread & Spell *
Author Unknown

The Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teas. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teas. baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 teas. melted shortening

Mix first five ingredients, add cornmeal. Combine eggs and buttermilk, then stir into dry ingredients. Stir shortening into mixture. Then pour into a heated greased pan, skillet, or mold. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 - 25minutes.

The Spell:

This spell is best worked during the waxing moon, or during the full moon, or during a Sabbat. Cast a circle in your kitchen, or around a campfire if cooking outdoors. If possible, build your fire elements altar on your stove, and your water elements altar at the sink. Call the elements. On you main altar, triple, and then mix the ingredients of the recipe. Any rhyme you feel comfortable with, or chant can be used.

When mixing the sugar and salt, use this procedure: Measure the sugar by sight (no measuring spoon) onto your left palm and add to the mixing bowl counter clockwise. Then, measure the salt by sight into your right hand palm, and add clockwise. Meditate on the duality of life: the sweet, the bitter, your personal joy and sadness. When all the ingredients are together, put your hands over the bowl, and inhale deeply. Here is where you focus your spell on the bread itself. Imagine a bright white light enveloping you and your circle. Say chants at this time over the bread. I ask for healing, but spells can also be done for scrying, for love, for power, or whatever. Put the bread into the oven, and meditate on the cauldron.

At this point in the spell until the bread comes out of the oven, I work on personal healing work (forgiveness, insight etc) I make a list of things that have made me angry lately. I acknowledge my anger, trying to open those feelings, and finally let them go. (If I can.) I write the names of people I forgive for different things, and lastly I work to forgive myself for not being perfect. I write down specifics, things I screwed up, mistakes, and betrayals. Then, when bread comes out of the over, I say more chants of Thanksgiving to the Goddess, and open the circle.

* Pumpkin Bread in a Jar *
by Ann Austin


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans or nuts of choice
  • 8 wide mouth canning jars (pint size)

Wash jars, lids and rings. Dry rings and then let jars air dry. Take lids and put them in a pan with water and place on stove. (Once the bread starts to bake you will turn the heat on to sterilize the lids.) Read directions that came with lids. Mix the ingredients listed above and pour about one cup of batter into a jar that has been sprayed with Pam on the inside. Wipe off any batter that has dripped or is around the mouth of the jar. Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. When baking is finished be sure the bread does not stick up above the top of the jar. (If so, cut it off.) Place the lid and ring on each jar. Let the jar seal, you will hear a pop sound. When you hear this, place each jar upside down and wait for it to cool. Bread will come loose from sides and bottom. Turn jars right side up and tighten rings, but not too tight. Then cut circles of fabric and tie over the lid of the jars with ribbon or yarn. You can add the recipe if you like, on a ribbon. Happy baking!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Make A - EDIBLE MAKE-UP


The Basics: Foundation
Regardless of the colors you need for the costume, a basic foundation is in order. Then, you can apply any color you want over the basic foundation and achieve brighter, richer results. For example: If you are painting a clown face, you'll probably need white, red, yellow and black colors in addition to the basic foundation. Below is an all-purpose make up recipe that can be used to make a basic foundation or colored creams. Feel free to experiment with fruit juices and extracts to add color to the basic recipe. Make as many different colored creamy bases as necessary to transform your little munchkins' faces into angels, clowns, werewolves or whatever it is the wish to become. And when the party's over simply wash the makeup off with mild soap and warm water.

Basic Foundation

  • 10 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon white flour
  • 5 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/8 teaspoon food coloring or fresh juices
  • 1/4 teaspoon glycerin

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and flour. Using a spoon, stir vegetable shortening into the mixture. At this point add any food coloring you would like. Stir in the glycerin; mixing until well-combined. Use your fingers or a make up sponge to apply large amounts. Small brushes and fingertips will be the instruments of choice when making detailed designs.

The Fun Stuff: Warts, Scabs and Road Rash

Want to cover yourself with moles, scars or blisters? Experimenting with gory make up is the most excellent aspect of Halloween - especially when you've made the make up from scratch! Gelatin is the substance of choice for disgusting make up creations. To make convincing scars, moles, boogers, algae (and more) a wide array of colored gelatin is imperative. In effect, it is necessary to make a complete color palate of gelatin in various stages of setting to create the results desired.

Flavor of Gelatin Uses

skin growths, foundation for scabs, blisters, scars

  • Peach
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Grape

blood, veins, moles, road rash

  • Black Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • with a teaspoon of Grape mixed in

boogers, pus, various marine life (algae, seaweed)

  • Lime:

foundation for scars, scabs and other creations

  • Plain

dribble colored gelatin over the clear, shaped foundation.

The Basic Goop Recipe

  • 1 ounce gelatin (plain or flavored depending on desired effect)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • mix ins as needed:
    • couscous
    • hairs
    • paprika
    • colored sugar
  • 4 tablespoons corn syrup

A basic how-to:

First thing first, make the gelatin! In a small bowl or cup combine gelatin and water. Mix and let set 3 minutes. It's now time to begin experimenting with the gelatin. There are a variety of techniques that can be used to create special make up effects, we've laid out our very favorite and most successful tricks.

Special Effect How To Make it Happen:

Create the shapes of moles, blisters, and general skin growths. Before the gelatin sets completely make moles, blisters, and some other skin growths by dripping the liquid gelatin onto a ceramic plate and letting it set completely. When set use a sharp object to carefully peel the formations off of the plate. Stick them onto your child's body and face by using a drop of corn syrup as adhesive.

Apply color to the previously made growths, make additional growths and make convincing looking blood.

Use a spoon, popsicle stick, or other make up applicators (including your hands) to apply the partially set gelatin to your child's body and face. The gelatin will drip or clot depending on the degree of set it has reached. If the gelatin sets before you've used it as needed, reheat it briefly in the top of a double-boiler or in a microwave for approximately 10 seconds on HIGH until it thins out and the setting process begins again. Use a spoon to drip semi-liquid red gelatin over scars, scabs or out of wounds. Once gelatin reaches the ideal setting point for blood (about 3 to 5 minutes) it will set completely while dripping, forming very convincing looking drips. If the gelatin doesn't set while running, let it sit another minute and try again.

Make algae, boogers, or other gooey, slimy, stretchy effects.

Let the gelatin set about 5 minutes. Stretch or grab gobs of the almost-set gelatin and string it or clop it as you desire. Attach to skin with corn syrup.

Add texture to the makeup.

Stirring in mix-ins adds texture to the effects. Sprinkling colored sugar into the unset gelatin will make grainy textured effects, while sprinkling couscous or paprika on top of the globs once they've begun to set will make some scab wounds look scabbed over. Don't be shy with the gelatin. Layering and dripping multiple colors and set-levels onto each other creates excellent effects!

** Before diving into the make up application process, be sure to test for allergic reactions by placing a small amount of the make up on a patch of clean, dry skin. Cover loosely and leave the make up on for 24 hours. Watch for allergic reactions, if none result feel free to use the make up liberally.


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