Wednesday, September 17, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Explorit: Use chemistry to create creepy looks for Halloween

By
From page A4 | October 25, 2013 |

For a little chemistry fun, try making an all-natural face paint for your Halloween festivities this year with simple materials you probably have in your kitchen right now. You will need: 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 5 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon flour and 3-5 drops glycerin. You can find liquid glycerin at most drug stores.

Glycerin absorbs moisture from the air, so it helps keep your face paint moist so it doesn’t dry out. The cornstarch will help hold all the ingredients together. Plus, if you don’t want to look shiny, you can dust on some extra cornstarch like powder.

This recipe will make a basic white face paint. Then you can add fruit juice, powdered spices or food coloring to make any color you want. Just be careful to avoid pigments that can dye your skin.

Start by mixing the cornstarch and flour together, then use a fork to blend in the shortening. You should have a lumpy paste. Slowly add a couple of drops of glycerin and mix until you have a creamy, blended face paint that will be easy to spread on your skin.

If you want to make different colors, separate your paint into different bowls and make as many colors as you like. Use a brush or sponge or your fingers to paint your face, but be careful not to get the paint in your eyes. When you’re ready to take off your face paint, wipe it off with a paper towel and then wash your face with soap and water.

If you want to add some special effects like blood for a scarier look, try this recipe as an addition to your face paint. You’ll need: ½ cup white corn syrup, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, a small amount of water and a few drops of food coloring. Combine the corn syrup and cornstarch, then slowly add a little water until it’s the consistency you want.

Then experiment with food coloring. Green with a little blue can make an awesome slime. Or red with a drop of blue or green can look like dried blood.

Once you’ve perfected the perfect Halloween look with your all-natural, home-made face paint, come show it off at Explorit’s Spooky Science Nights! And you don’t even have to wait until Halloween. Spooky Science Nights will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Halloween night. Explorit is at 3141 Fifth St.

Your ghastly good looks could even win a prize at our costume contest on Halloween night! Bring the whole family for a night of gooey, creepy fun. Spooky Science Nights are appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $7 per person and free for kids 2 and under. They’re available at www.explorit.org/csp/spooky or by calling Explorit at 530-756-0191.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Rainbow City revival plans, one meeting at a time

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Learn about youth leadership program on Sept. 28

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Sign up now for free Community Yard Sale

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
AAUW hosts conversation with Gilardi

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Master Gardeners will answer questions Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Storyteller will draw on music, dance

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Show off your electric vehicles on Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sign up soon for a new year of Writing Buddies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Register to vote by Oct. 20

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Free introductory yoga, chanting workshop offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Saylor meets constituents at Peet’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Rotary seeks project requests

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

.

Forum

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
Mental-health treatment lacking

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Braly’s column lightens the heart

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Bicycle bells needed for safety

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Are we going to wait until someone here dies?

By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6

 
Firefighters went above, beyond

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Grocery bags are biohazards

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Can’t we work collaboratively?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Please vaccinate your children

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

Devils go the distance to triumph at Chico

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD women take third at elite golf event

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Aggie men stay in 10th to finish St. Mary’s Invite

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Formidable UCD defense melts Hornets

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Sounders win U.S. Open Cup in overtime

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B2

 
AYSO roundup: Ultra Violet illuminates a victory

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Diamondbacks slam Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Baseball roundup: Peavy, Posey lead Giants past Arizona

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Legacy roundup: Gunners get a win over Woodland

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Alliance roundup: Soccer success comes on the road and at home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Features

Name Droppers: Bamforth leads international brewing institute

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Name Droppers: UC Davis announces eight new fellows

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Just desserts? A sweet treat is worth the effort

By Julie Cross | From Page: A10

 
.

Arts

Apply now for Davis Community Idol

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Nine Davis artists chosen to show in KVIE Art Auction

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Sacred Harp singers will gather

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Classic ‘Hello, Dolly!’ wows at Woodland Opera House

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Davis students prepare dishes for Empty Bowls fundraiser

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics