Looking for a fun and inexpensive Halloween gift? This DIY Halloween slime kit (with free printables!) is a perfect way to say “boo” to the neighbors or to send some last-minute love to any kids in your life–without adding to the crazy sugar rush of the season. Are you ready for Halloween? I’m knee deep in electrical tape and spray paint trying to create a proton pack for my four-year-old who is completely obsessed with Ghostbusters, even though he’s never seen it. He just loves the song (my 80s child at heart), and he thinks spooky things…like ghosts…are cool.
It’s been a lot of work to pull it together, but I’m super excited that he picked such a fun, unique costume. My six-year-old is dressing up as The Flash (thank you, Walmart for saving me from making TWO complex costumes). The baby…well, at this point he’s probably going to be whatever I can find at the thrift store in his size. Third child problems. Good thing he’s too young to care.
Anyhow, Halloween is a big deal around here (despite the fact that I don’t like scary things–at all), so we’ve been packing in all sorts of Halloween fun…pumpkin patch trips, corn mazes, Halloween crafts, and SLIME!
Are your kids as in love with slime as mine are?
Slime is a perfect Halloween activity for kids. It’s science (which I love). It’s messy (which they love). And it’s perfect for talking about all those slimy monsters and mad scientist experiments.
Last week, we got “Booed” by someone in our new neighborhood (fun!), and my boys were thrilled! We had fun shopping for some festive goodies to pass on the tradition, but I didn’t want to over do the sugar because…hello, trick-or-treating! The kids are going to get plenty of that next week.
I did put a small bag of candy in our “boo kit”, but I also included some fun Halloween stickers and pencils. I felt like it needed one more activity to round out the basket, and decided that slime would fit the bill perfectly.My boys LOVE making slime, so they were all about giving a Halloween slime kit to other kids (especially when I told them we could buy supplies for our own slime concoction as well).
It was super simple to pull together (even simpler for you since I’ve designed a FREE PRINTABLE tag and instruction sheet for you) and cost under five dollars.
Here’s how I made our Halloween Slime Kit
(Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to download the free printable gift tags!)
- 4 oz. bottle of glue
- 1 tsp. Borax (in a disposable container/baggie)
- plastic spoon
- printable gift tag (see below)
- Gift container
- Optional extra goodies: googly eyes; toy spiders, pumpkins, eyeballs; glitter
*Note: I put my slime kit in a simple cellophane treat bag with the tag stapled to the top. Alternatively, you could package everything in a mason jar (glue or tape the tag to the front of the jar and put the instructions inside), or in a cheap plastic tupperware container (Tie a cute ribbon around the container to dress it up and it will be adorable…plus the recipient can use the container to make the slime).
- Buy a bottle of glue. You can get white school glue and add food coloring to the bottle, or you can be fancy and get colored glitter glue.
- Measure one teaspoon of Borax into a small bag/disposable plastic container.
- Place all your kit items into your gift bag/container.
- Print out the tag & instructions. Cut and fold as needed.
- Attach tag to gift and your slime kit is ready to go!
A few tips…
Where is the best place to buy glue?
When I went shopping for glue to use in my kits, I was super annoyed that I could find every color of the rainbow except green or orange. Seriously??? Still, I ended up finding this awesome glow-in-the-dark glue and just colored it green myself. You can buy glue at tons of stores (Target, Walmart, grocery stores), but for the best selection of colors, go to your favorite craft store and use a coupon to get it 40-50% off.
What is Borax, and where can I buy it?
Borax is a laundry booster, among other things. As such, you can find it in the laundry aisle of your favorite grocery store.
How to package Borax:
You could totally just put Borax in a little plastic baggie and call it good. That’s totally acceptable. I used these cute little plastic containers with lids that I bought at Walmart a couple of years ago (next to the plastic cups and paper plates) to use for dips in school lunches. Just to be safe, I also wrote “BORAX: DO NOT EAT” on the container.