Good evening my lovelies,
From the title, I probably know what you’re thinking: How on earth can she be serious, right? Well, have no fear, we aren’t going to be eating anything to do with bodily functions today. What we are going to do, however, is have some harmless, slimy fun!
When I was young, we used to make up Snot Pots and Sick Pits every Halloween. As gross as they sound, these cauldrons of slime were the piece de resistance of our Halloween paties. The trick or treaters would knock on our door and expect free candy. and those in attendance would scuffle in the doorway for the best views in the house, usually much to our visitors’ confusion. Trick or treat indeed, dear children, but first, you must find your reward..
As you present your cauldron of slime ‘n’ treats, the horror in their faces is obvious. I’m going to talk you through two different ideas today, plus a few more devious ideas at the end. Do be ready to make this slime often too, as once you’re known for these gross tricks, the kids will come back time after time, year after year!
Effectively speaking, all we’re working with is gluten. Coloured, cooled and presented on an eerie night, it’s amazing how gross it can become. Regardless of which slime you choose, you need only a few simple ingredients:
- All-purpose flour
- Gel food colouring in green, yellow and red
- A red pepper
- Two small potatoes
- The seeds and flesh from your carving pumpkin (optional, of course,. Pumpkin pie is also good!)
- Wrapped candy or other waterproof treats or toys
A Basic Slime Recipe
To get the slime right, I found a measure of 50g flower to 1 litre water to be about right. You don’t want a thick slime, you just want a slime that sticks to hands and feels completely disgusting and wrong. Also, the thicker your slime is, the more the kids can remove it accidentally and the less time your slime will last.
Add your ingredients to a large pan and stir on a COLD STOVE and stir until there are no large lumps left. Once you have no large lumps of flour (a few small ones are okay, it adds texture!), you can add heat. Bring the slime to a rolling boil over a medium-high heat, stirring gently as you do. Once your slime reaches a thick, custard-like consistency, it’s ready.
Unless you have a very large pot (like a stewpot), you may find it better to work in batches. As long as you know how much colour you’re adding to keep the batches fairly consistent, you can’t really go wrong.
To Make A “Snot Pot”
Once your slime is ready, reduce to a low heat and add 6-8 drops of green gel food colouring. Stir it through and add a few more drops if desired. If the green is too dark and not the colour of “snot”, try adding a few drops of yellow. You want a bright, light green colour.
Once you’re happy, remove from the heat and allow your slime to cool completely. Once cooled, your slime will have formed a “skin” on top, just like custard does. Carefully remove the skin with a large spoon or a spatula and pour your cooled slime into your chosen container. Submerge some of your treats to the bottom of the slime (keep some back to top up as you go), your Snot Pot is ready.
To Make A “Sick Pit”
Okay, so the Sick Pit requires a few extra steps, but the pay-off is ultimately worth it. Instead of adding green food colouring, add red and yellow gel food colouring at a ratio of 1:3 drops per litre of slime. It will give you a nice pinkish “vomit”, which, you know, is pretty gross. Once you’re satisfied, remove the slime from the heat and cool. Remove the skin and pour the slime into your chosen vessel, as above.
While you’re waiting for it to cool, pith and dice the red pepper and peel the potatoes into thin slices, using a potato peeler. Pat the potato slices and pepper cubes with some kitchen towel to remove surplus water. Once the slime has cooled completely, stir them in, along with your pumpkin flesh, if you’re using it. Sink in your treats, and lie in wait. For demonstrative purposes, I bought these sour tongue painter lollipops that I love for Halloween. By the time the kids realise that these treats are sour, the trick has already been played 😉
The Grim Reaper’s Grip
Okay, so this addition is a little wasteful, but it’s fun for creating some screams. Half-fill some rabbet kitchen gloves with cold water, twist and knot the wrists and arrange them over a rolling pin in the freezer. When your Trick Or Treaters knock. Remove a glove from the freezer, split it open with a knife and pop the frozen “hand” into your slime. Feeling something cold, slimy and with fingers can make even the brashest kid squeal!
Sliming Your Visitors
When Trick Or Treaters knock on your door, it’s really important to be observant of the crowd. Not all Trick Or Treaters are your loud, pushy kids, and some children (young girls in particular) can get quite emotional at the idea of taking part in the slime, we also gave kids under the age of 4 a discretionary opt-out too (though a vast majority wanted in!). Keep some candy on the side for the ones who don’t want (or are too young) to take part so that nobody goes without. Remember, Halloween is supposed to be fun!
Last but not least, have a bowl of water for hand rinsing. There’s no need to provide soap and a towel unless you want to. If you do, opt for handing out paper towel, which can be used individually and is biodegradable.
The Mystery Ladle
It was seldom that we ran into any trouble, but just occasionally, some little devil found our slime pot so weird that they would decide to egg our house. When that happens, it’s time to get even and for that reason, we always kept a long-handled ladle by the front door. With a ladleful of your goop, take aim at your enemy and with a quick flick, rain down your revenge. Hopefully, you’ll succeed and leave their budget costumes covered in slime, but even if you miss, the fact that you returned fire can sometimes make those little beasties think twice. You only have to embarrass them in front of their friends once to win and sliming them seems a pretty great way to go! If you’re worried about using up too much slime, you can always make up a spare litre or two ahead of time. Yeah, sure, sliming the neighbourhood brats is a little immature but hey, they shouldn’t egg your house!
Some Other Fun Slime Games
The Trick IS A Treat..
One year, we presented our visitors with two identical cauldrons. In one, was our Sick Pit. In the other, was simple sawdust. The choice, of course, was all up to them. Those who were brave enough to dare the slime were rewarded with candy and those not brave enough, who opted for the sawdust, found only a dog biscuit. One-up to us, we think!
On another year, we decided to switch the cauldrons over. After years and years of being slimed, most kids were confident that they knew where the candy was at. You dunk your hand in the slime, feel around for candy and whip it out. Easy as pie, right? Well, not quite. You see, we knew what they were coming for, so we switched it up. Now, it was the slime dunkers who got the dog biscuits, and those timid sawdust souls who were ultimately rewarded. Again, of course, we always did a dog biscuit-for-candy trade-off at the end, it’s only right you do!
Sliming In Lockdown
Unfortunately, this Halloween is going to be not like anything we’ve seen in a long time and many of us will be celebrating Halloween at home. If that applies to you, consider how you can make your own slimy games instead. Maybe you want to opt for a “guess the object” in a bucket of slime or a race to see who can find the most marbles in the slime? Just because you can’t have Trick Or Treaters doesn’t mean that you can’t have slime!
Disposing Of Your Slime
To get rid of your slime, fish out any leftover candy and simply pour the slime into a food waste bin or onto a compost heap. You could throw it down the toilet if you really wanted to, but at the risk of blocking up your pipework, it hardly seems worth it. Remember, this is ultimately just flour and veggies and it can be disposed of accordingly. Once your container is empty, you can wash it up with warm water and dish soap.
Alright my lovelies, that concludes my Halloween countdown. It’s been fun, it’s been an adventure and at times, it’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. There was one man who loved Halloween, one man who loved pranking the neighbourhood boys and girls and one man who taught me the art of chaos and mischief, Three guesses who that is?
Which activity has been your favourite? What are your plans for Saturday? I’m really hoping that I can find Beetlejuice on one of the TV channels. It just wouldn’t be Halloween without that Michael Keaton classic!
Enjoy you evening and Happy Halloween!
Until next time,
Stay safe & have fun,