5 Amazing Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Activities

Do your kids love things that glow in the dark?

Want to astonish your neighbors and trick-or-treaters?

How about serving some spooky shimmering refreshments at your next Halloween party or haunted house?

With a black light and just a few ingredients that make things glow, you can have the creepiest crypt on the block.

In this article, you’ll learn how to produce my five favorite glow-in-the-dark science projects, perfect for making a ghoulish impression this Halloween.

Glow-in-the-dark science projects: let your kids astonish your neighbors and astound trick-or-treaters with glowing activities that are perfect for entertaining.

Why Should I Make Glowing Concoctions?

Halloween, more than any other time of year, is the season to explore nighttime frights, conduct spooky experiments and investigate unexplained phenomena. Halloween is dark and disguised and mysterious. It’s the perfect backdrop for things that glow and gush after the lights go out.

The five glow-in-the-dark projects below are a fun way for you and your kids to get into the spirit of this eerie, ominous time of year and add your own bit of creepy cheer to parties or your own family adventure on a chilling October afternoon.

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How to Create Black Light Halloween Messages With Your Kids

Do your kids like to send secret messages to their friends?

Want a cool way to explore science while playing in the dark?

Your family will be wowed by this fun and easy project that teaches the properties of fluorescent light.

In this article, I’ll show your budding scientists how to design their own secret messages and reveal them when the lights go out.

Black light Halloween science project: let kids design their own secret messages and reveal them when the lights go out.

Why Create Black Light Secret Images?

Black light secret images incorporate a whole lot of things that are awesome to kids (and maybe to you big kids, too!).

They appear to float in mid-air. They glow in the dark.

And not only do your kids get to create messages themselves, but they also control when the secret codes are revealed with a special, magical black light.

This is a fun and simple activity for a Halloween party, sleepover or anytime.

Use the image viewers as Halloween lanterns to add a spooky element to trick-or-treating and an extra way for you to see the kids in the dark. (Be sure to bring along a flashlight too.)

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Leaf Science: How to Find the Hidden Colors in Leaves

Do your kids wonder why the leaves change colors?

Do you have a future scientist in your household?

Help your kids discover the science behind nature’s beauty with this fun family experiment.

In this article I’ll show you how to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography.

Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s a super-simple science experiment done with items you probably already have around the house.

And it’s a great way to help your kids learn more about the world around us.

How to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography. A simple science experiment done with items you have around the house.

Imagine this…

It starts out as a nature walk where the kids have a mission—finding different kinds of leaves—so parents can relax and enjoy the lovely fall colors.

Then there’s pounding and noise and actually trying to stain things green. How often are kids allowed, much less encouraged, to do that?

Finally, there’s a science experiment involving chemicals and mysterious migrating colors that appear from nowhere. You’ll see a scientific phenomenon occur right before your eyes!

And it’s all to answer an age-old question that your kids have undoubtedly asked: How do the leaves change color?

Wow! Where do I sign up?

Right here.

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3 Spooky Ways to Use Dry Ice This Halloween

Do your kids love things that bubble, sputter and smoke?

Looking for some spooky scientific fun this Halloween?

Get some chills and thrills with the coolest substance known to kids: dry ice.

In this article I’ll share three of my favorite bubbling and oozing potions that will light up your Halloween party or fall festival.

Plus you’ll get hours of enchanting science discovery for your family.

Three dry ice science projects that are bubbling, boiling and oozing potions to light up your Halloween party or fall festival.

What’s So Cool About Dry Ice?

Dry ice and Halloween go hand in hand. Imagine a bubbling witch’s potion, a hazy specter of a ghost, a mad scientist’s lab lined with beakers full of colorful chemicals, a foggy mist masking the full moon in an inky black sky…

These mysterious images and more can all be created with dry ice.

Dropping a few pieces of dry ice in warm water creates a fascinating sensory experience for kids and adults alike—bubbling sounds; smoke that pours from every cylinder and cauldron; and bubbles you can touch, bounce and squeeze.

There’s so much to discover and explore when performing dry ice science.

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How to Make Slime: 5 Easy Recipes for Halloween Fun

Do your kids love things that squish and ooze?

Want to surprise them with an afternoon of messy learning and fun?

Ever wondered what the secret is to making great slime?

In this article you’ll learn how to make my favorite Halloween slime recipes for haunted houses, classroom parties, Halloween parties or just an ooey-gooey good time.

Halloween slime recipes for haunted houses, classroom parties, Halloween parties or just an ooey-gooey good time.

Why Make Your Own Slime?

There’s nothing better than a hands-on project that will let kids make a mess and keep them engaged while they experiment with different textures and colors.

Halloween and slime go hand in hand, so my kids and I spent an afternoon creating fun, slimy, new recipes. Just in time for Halloween.

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Edible DNA: A Fun Twist to Science Your Kids Can Swallow

Are your kids curious?

Do they like to eat?

How about creating a fun activity that shows your kids why we are all different yet very much the same.

The project is creating edible DNA.

In this article, I’ll help you explain the molecule of life that is DNA in kid-friendly terms, show you how you and your family can discover some of your unique genetic traits and teach you to make a delicious model of the DNA strand that your kids will love.

Add a fun twist to science with an edible DNA project and explore genetics to understand the molecule of life and discover your own family's genetic traits.

Why Should We Learn About DNA?

Has your daughter ever wondered why she can roll her tongue but her best friend can’t, no matter how hard she tries?

Or why you’re left-handed but everyone else in your family is right-handed?

Maybe your son wishes his curly hair was straight like his sister’s?

What causes all these differences, even between siblings who have the same parents?

The answer lies in our DNA, a special kind of molecule that holds the code—the instructions—for every cell in our bodies.

We all like to remind our children that they are unique and special: “There is only one You,” we tell them. “There can never be another You!” DNA is what makes this true. DNA determines the characteristics that make each of us different from anyone else in the world. What a sweet concept.

It’s also a very important scientific concept, which may open your children’s eyes—whether they’re blue, brown, hazel or green—to the discovery of their own special traits such as blonde hair or large feet or brown skin.

Learning about DNA in the sweet, kid-friendly activity you’ll find below is a great way to teach kids some science in a fun way and encourage them to celebrate our differences.

It’s also a tasty sculpture you can eat for dessert.

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How to Walk on Eggs: Fun Physics for Kids

Do you ever feel like your kids are “walking on eggshells”?

Now you can show your kids how to literally walk on raw eggshells and do something that seems impossible.

That’s right, eggs—those delicate things you have to check at the supermarket to make sure they’re not broken.

In this article, I’ll show you a fun way to find out whether eggs are truly fragile or are actually incredibly architected pieces of nature, built for both strength and weakness.

Walking on eggs: find out whether eggs are truly fragile or are actually incredibly architected pieces of nature, built for both strength and weakness.

Why Take the Eggshells Challenge?

In our house, we aren’t concerned about walking on eggshells or treading lightly around sensitive topics. We lay it all out, grab a carton-full of eggs and walk all over them. Saturday afternoons around the Spangler household includes a truckload of eggs and a lot of laughter.

Why not bring this laughter, this sense of wonder and fascination, to your family too?

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