Growing up my family had many traditions…things we we looked forward to doing over and over again. It is the same with my kids now.
Halloween included—most years. This started when Jake was 4. He had a Halloween party for several of his preschool friends and it sort of became an annual thing for us. But because now we always travel in October, it is hard to fit in our family Halloween party every year. We always manage a night of pumpkin carving and seed roasting and some years we include a few games and surprises!
This year we had a few of our traditional games we play:
Bobbing for apples
Catching a doughnut on a string
But this year we added something new!
Dry ice and homemade root beer. I found this idea in The Hungry Scientist. They don’t call it witches brew–they call it Uber-Bubbly Root Beer –I had to make it a little more festive! They have a recipe for lemonade too. As well as a good scientific explanation of what is happening.
1 gallon of hot water and a bucket or pitcher to put it in–note glass or plastic bottles can break from the stress of extreme temp changes–so no shaking or using irreplaceable containers. That’s why we used the popcorn bucket!
2 cups sugar
2 Tbs root beer extract (ours came from The Winemakers Shop up the street)
1 to 2 lbs dry ice (we got our at Grater’s Ice Cream)
Add sugar to the hot water and stir to dissolve. Add the root beer extract—stir
Using a long handled wooden spoon–to avoid frostbite- stir in 1 to 2 lbs of dry ice —–oooooooohhhhhhhh and prepare to be amazed!!
A thick cloud of water vapor will form over the bucket
You will need to stir it every once in a while to keep it from freezing
The majority of the fog will stop after about 15 minutes and then you can drink it!
If you dare!
Success!! It tasted good!
************** This was super fun and a little dangerous! So SAFETY DISCLAIMER INCLUDED!!!! *************************
Don’t touch the dry ice with your bare hands–watch your eyes if you chip it up—-don’t eat or drink any dry ice even if it is a small chip!! These are just a few good ideas—I am sure this doesn’t cover all the mishaps that could happen–Don’t say I didn’t warn you–be careful!
Or 50 slaps by the bloody hand!
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