Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to Make a Zombie Pinata

First of all I'd just like to say, I'm not an expert on making pinatas.
Second, give yourself at least 4 days, I made mine in 3 and it was cutting it close.  
Third, this was just about the funnest pinata to make EVER!!!

Ok to get started, I  taped a balloon to the top of a cereal box to get the basic shape of a head and torso.
I wish I would have chosen a more "head like" shaped balloon.
One that isn't so round.  If that makes sense.

Second mix up some paper mache paste.  
1 Part Flour to 2 Parts water
so 1 cup flour 
2 cups water
I also added some salt maybe a teaspoon, I heard it helps keep it from mold.
I just added it for good luck!
Mix it up with a whisk or fork.
Rip up newspaper into strips and dip them in the paper mache paste and lay them on the balloon and box until there is maybe 2 layers and then let it dry.  
Takes about 24 hours.

Next I came in an layered on another layer of newspaper, this time make eye nose, mouth and ears.
I just took my strip of newspaper and ripped a hole in each piece and when I laid it down, I shaped it to look like an eye hole.
The nose I just kind of bunched up the newspaper and the mouth I did the same way as the eyes.
Ears the same as the nose, just kind of bunched up the newspaper and place it in a "c" shape and then covered it with a flat strip of newspaper so the "bunchiness" wasn't as noticeable.
This doesn't have to be perfect, it's a zombie for goodness sake, the weirder the better right?

Let this dry.
Repeat a third time.

The last layers I added a ton of newspaper around its neck.  At  one point I took a wad of newspaper, dipped it in the paste and wrapped it around its neck like a....neck brace!! Then added a flat piece over the neck and up onto the face and down onto the body to "hide" the bunched up newspaper.

Lastly paint it. 

Place your candy or goodies inside the box, fold in the flaps and tape it up.
This would have looked better with a black duct tape or something not so noticeable.

Once the head came off we tied it up by its torso and the fun continued.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Zombie Costume Party

 The night before Max's birthday Jarrett was at work late and I was up until 1am getting ready for the next day.  Thank goodness I had a texting partner that night.  Thanks Rachel :)

Max was up at the bright and early hour of 6:30am the next day.

Max loves plain old Hershey candy bars best.  So we bought him a bunch.


Max loves Gir so much that he wore him to take Lilly to school that day.  With his vampire costume of course.

This game of course had to be exchanged because everything I touch is cursed.
It is really fun though.

I love his cute little face here.

All the loot

It started raining and being nasty around 4pm.  It let up about an hour before the party but was still windy and cold.  We picked all our pumpkins and Max set them around the back yard.

Close up on the Zombie fingers made from fondant with food coloring gel painted on with a paint brush.

Brain made from a cupcake and fondant painted in the same manner as the fingers

Appetizing fingers, frogs, brains, teeth and skulls.

Max will only allow us to get Halloween books from the Library.
In almost every Halloween book that has a Halloween party, they bob for apples. 
His party would not be complete without bobbing for apples.

Cake time.  We had to put up lots of wind blocks.

Some unflattering pictures of everyone freezing while eating cake and ice cream.

Here is Jennifer humpback.

 Max's party was also a...... 
 Costume Party
Thanks everyone for dressing up :)

With  a Zombie pinata of course.  (post tomorrow about how I made it)  Who doesn't love smashing a Zombie??

Lilly broke off the head, but the candy was in the torso so we had to tie the torso up and the kids whacked the torso till finally Max broke it open.

There was no light left by the time he opened his presents so not any pictures.
He got lots of Halloween stuff and a monster truck crush cars game.
Max said he lots of fun.  Thanks everyone for helping to make his birthday fun and special.