Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Bats, brains, and larva snacks

Tis the season for costumes and pumpkins, carmel apples and witches, tricks and treats...and some of the coolest science!

Get in the mood by reading some real life spooky stories, such as Bats: Do they really suck blood , Secrets of the Mummy, or any of the stories linked to things that go bump in the night - all from the Why Files (a great science site).

Then check out Steve Spangler Science: Halloween Science Recipes for great ideas on how to make your own halloween props while learning all about the science behind slime, dry ice, and make-your-own quicksand. Be sure to watch his exploding pumpkin video - though note that he doesn't tell you how to do it yourself :(

And my guess is that nothing will get you in the mood for trick or treating like a big bowl of crunchy larva snacks (they come in BBQ, cheddar cheese or Mexican spice) or chocolate covered insects. Or a nice dish of jello shaped like a brain or an anatomical heart.

Tired of giving out the same kinds of candy every year? This year do something different - hand out scorpion, cricket, or larva lollipops. They're even sugar free!

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