Mad Science Lab Trunk or Treat

Adventures in creating a mad science laboratory for Halloween Trunk or Treat.

Have you ever participated in a Trunk or Treat event for Halloween? I participated in my first one this year. It was so much fun!

Of course, the big decision was, how am I going to decorate my trunk? How do you decorate a trunk? How do you fill a whole trunk with stuff and not go broke?

By now you probably know that I love science. I really wanted to make a science lab. I don’t have any official scientific equipment, though. I have a lab coat, safety glasses, and gloves to use for a costume, but nothing to fill a trunk.

I went shopping at Dollar Tree, hoping to find something there. I found some caution tape, creepy bugs, glow in the dark rats (lab rats!), plastic eyeballs, and nasty teeth. I even found some green candy fingers. A plan was beginning to form…

I’d set up some jars of disgusting stuff to look like a mad scientist’s storage room. I could use a few old peanut butter jars to hold my “specimens”.

Specimen_Jars

Every lab has liquids for experiments. I filled a few plastic orange juice containers with water, colored them with food coloring, and put “poison” and “acid” signs on them.

Poison_And_Acid_Bottles

I added mineral oil and colored water to small bottles for bubbly concoctions.

Oil_And_Water_Bottles

Then I made a batch of slime and added a few plastic baby spiders to it to make it look extra creepy.

Slime

Free scientific icons can be found on openclipart.org, like the Radioactive and Biohazard symbols, a skull and crossbones for Poison, and images of a beaker and flask.

Science_Signs

I made a sign for my laboratory: “Science Lab. Danger. Do Not Enter” using a neon green poster board and pasted the beakers and flasks on it.

Science_Lab_Sign

Although this sounds like a lot, it was definitely not going to fill up my trunk. It was just a couple of peanut butter jars and orange juice containers with a bowl of candy in the middle. I really had to think about how to make my idea work. I had to make my trunk smaller. It took a while, but I finally had an idea! I had a bunch of cardboard boxes sitting around. I used them to block off the deepest part of the trunk, and to fill up the sides, leaving a much smaller area in the center. I threw a black plastic table cloth on top of the boxes to clean it up. Then I stacked everything on top. It worked!

Mad_Science_Trunk

Now, I wouldn’t be Zinnia’s Closet without my goody bags. I made MINI bags for everyone. They were big enough to hold 3 Fun Size pieces of candy, just enough for a trick-or-treater.

Mini_Goody_Bag

Trunk or Treat was a success! Almost 100 kids came to the event, it was amazing!

Halloween_Goody_Bags

In case you are wondering, here’s how much it cost:

  • Eyeballs: $1
  • Teeth: $1
  • Bugs: $1
  • Rats: $1
  • Fingers: $1
  • Caution Tape: $1
  • Poster Board: $0.72
  • Mineral Oil: $1.98
  • Baby Spiders: $0.98
  • Glue for Slime: $1
  • Black Table Cloth: $0.94

Not even $12 in total! (I had borax for slime and food coloring already, that will add another $8.)

Happy Halloween!

Potions and Spells: Apothecary Bottles Fabric

Apothecary bottles Halloween fabric.

Apothecary Bottles

Fabric Name- Haunted House Apothecary Black by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs

Material- 100% cotton fabric

Background color- Black

Theme- Halloween

Description:

Colorful apothecary bottles on a black background. When I saw this fabric, I thought of a mad scientist in an underground lab, brewing up potions and spells for a frightful Halloween night.

Check out my Halloween goody bags made with this fabric here.

Halloween Monster Portraits Fabric

Classic Halloween characters have their pictures hanging on the wall in this adorable fabric.

Haunted House Monster Portraits

Riley Blake Haunted House Main Orange 2

Fabric Name- Haunted House Main Orange by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs

Material- 100% cotton fabric

Background color- Orange

Theme- Halloween

Description:

This Haunted House fabric features portraits of all your favorite Halloween characters! There’s a green-faced witch giving the stink eye to the portrait above her. A little monster wearing a monster mask. A side profile of an elderly witch. Also, there is Dracula’s face, a witch wearing large circular glasses, ghosts waving hello, and all of the feisty black cats in the family. Shown in the second picture is one of my favorite portraits- a beautiful young witch, but her shadow shows a woman with a big, ugly nose and crooked chin. Also shown here are Frankenstein and his bride.

This fabric is so much fun! I hope it gets you excited for Halloween!