Halloween Essentials for Mad Scientist Types

by Ann Douglas

cute ghostsSo you're looking for ways to help the kids run off some of the pre-Halloween adrenaline and the post-Halloween sugar. Look no further. These activity sites deliver the goods year-round and they go totally over-the-top at Halloween.

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

You may forget to take the kids out trick-or-treating once you start hacking LEDs into LEGO minifigures for Halloween. The technique is explained on the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories website. I almost feel guilty passing along this idea -- except that it's too fabulous not to share.

Instructables.com

Instructables.com and Make Magazine have been hosting a Halloween Projects Contest and Instructables.com is positively oozing with projects for Halloween right now. (When I say oozing, I mean oozing. You may want to do a pre-surf if your child has a queasy stomach. Some of these projects are designed to thrill and chill and gross out.)

Origami

If you're wowed by origami, like I am, you'll be impressed by the paper ghost, bat, dracula, and other Halloween fold-a-bles to be found in the Halloween area at Origami Club website. The projects are rated from one-star (easy) to five-stars (very difficult), so you'll have a sense of which ones to tackle when you've had half a bag of candy and which ones to tackle when you're a little less strung out.

Happy Halloween!

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.

Copyright © Ann Douglas. Permission to publish granted to Pregnancy.org.