Remember when I asked you what you thought I was making in the last picture of this post? Megan guessed right... it was a witch's cauldron! We made it as a prop for our church's Trunk or Treat/Chili Cook-Off event last Saturday night.
Here's the 3 foot balloon we used to paper-mache the cauldron...
And here it is all papered up...
Here it is in action...
What a fun event this was to help be in charge of! We knew we wanted the witch and cauldron to be the focal point of the room, so we put her in the middle of the tables with the different crocks of chili.
If you are ever wanting to make a similar cauldron, do it! It takes a little time to make it, but was so much fun. After the paper-mache dries, cut the rim so it's nice and round, paint the cauldron black and allow time to dry. We set the cauldron on top of a the base of a round plastic laundry basket (I cut the top off, leaving about 6 inches of the bottom of the basket). After setting the cauldron on the basket, use flickering flame lights (we found ours at Lowes with the Christmas lights) to surround the basket, along with some sticks/brush. A big metal pot was put inside the cauldron with dry ice and water, along with some flourescent lights off to the side. At this point I should add that the cauldron/basket/wood was all set on top of a small tabled covered with black cloth. For the final effect, Aaron downloaded a Witches Brew bubbling sound effect that we played on a cd player, placed beneath the table so as people came around to serve themselves the chili, they could hear the bubbling cauldron. The witch would stir the "brew" and let out occasional cackles, then pretend to taste test the brew, and add a few plastic spiders/mice to the brew thoughout the night. Needless to say, she was a hit. Make one next year!
Each table had either a witch boot or hat as a centerpiece with flickering battery-operated candles.
Since Mr. Owl didn't want to be left out of this event, we brought him along as well.
Before Trunk or Treating in the parking lot, the kidlets paraded across the stage to show off their costumes. Can you spy my little witch in this picture?
A few of my friends helped cut out pumpkins... I love how this owl turned out!
Here's my cute friend and her family...
And check out this couples' costume! Very cool.
Yes, a fun night was had by all.
Now it's time to get all dressed up again for some Trick or Treating... it looks like the Portland rain might stay away this evening--too early to tell just yet. But here's a Happy Halloween to each and every one of you! Be safe and have fun!