I love candy. I love to eat candy. I love to give candy. I love to take candy...except from babies, cause that's not cool. It is safe to say, that I would kill, for candy. Muahahaha.
No, but really, as good as candy is, it also makes your insides rot. Sort of a catch 22: eat it, love it, die. Zinc trisodium aspartate, bisulfate oxide, malto-dextrin alkalide, dehydrated calceinate, artificial barley malt, and the list goes on. This can't be good for you. But will it stop us? Never. Will it stop our children? Nope. Will it make for a fun Halloween project? Damn skippy!
With some paper, blacklight paint, and LEDs, you can make a super sweet Halloween treat AND a profound statement about healthy living. Pffft!
The beauty of this project is that it's prety versatile. So let's get started.
Step 1: Materials you will need
Candy - have someone else watch over this...I depleted my supply twice before finishing
Small Biohazard Bags - available @ med supply stores. If you have a friend who works in a hospital, have them grab a few.
Few sheets of paper - optional
Few sheets of paper towels
Multicolored LED's (blue and green work best)
UV paint (glow in the dark paint) got mine @ http://www.maxmax.com/
3 - 3.5V batteries
Blacklight - optional
Step 2: Create the glowing bio bits
Blacklights are cool. (Yes, I said it...what are you gonna do about it) Aside from making things look trippy and fun, they can also make them look toxic and gross. SO, brush a generous amount of UV paint onto the paper. Don't get all frugal and artsy with it. Soak it well as the paint is alcohol based and will dry nicely onto the paper.
Once dry, rip the paper into as many tiny pieces as you can. This way, it will look like glowing toxic bits with the candy. Use as much paper as you have paint for. The more the deadlier. Have fun with it. You can try different kinds of colors too.
Place in a bowl. Move on to next step.
Step 3: Create the portable glowing bio bits
Ok, so the paper gets the point across under a blacklight, but you will not be giving away the blacklight with the candy. OR, you might not even have a blacklight and are skipping the first step. NO PROBLEM!
Grab your wire cutters, LED's, tape and paper towel, cause we're making LED throwies! Ok, sort of. Take an LED, and test it on a battery. Figure out which lead needs to go on the + and - side of the battery to make the LED glow.
Take the wire cutters, and trim the LED leads to fit the battery so you don't have pointy ends sticking out...we ARE dealing with children here and you don't want actual blood spilled. Cut a strip of tape, and tape the LED to the battery so it holds tight and glows continuously.
Cut a square piece of paper towel and wrap it loosely around the LED. The idea is to get a nice diffusion dome going around the light. Tape it with another strip of tape.
Make a few of these using different colored LEDs. Place into a bowl with the paper bits.
Step 4: Put it all together
Have your friend bring you the candy they've been watching over this entire time. Toss the candy into the bowl. Mix it it up with the paper bits and the LEDs until you get a decent consistency.
Take a HazMat baggie and fill it up with the mixture. Seal the baggie.
Turn out the lights and watch your toxic candy glow!!! Yeah!
Step 5: Execution
Ok, so this is the most important part.
If you're using the blacklight method, place the blacklight in a key position in the exchange area. The exchange area is where the baggies of candy will be transfered from you to the trick-or-treater via any method. For maximum exposure, use a small area with very little incident lighting (aside from blacklight), a stale foul smell, and creepy sounds. Maybe some barrels of toxic ooze or some such thing. Anyway, the exchange should be slow as the paper will only glow under the blacklight, after which the LEDs will take over.
If you are just using LEDs, do same exact thing! Creep 'em out. Scare their parents and get them to call HAZMAT. LOL. No, but really, because these are larger candy gifts, save them for the good costumes...otherwise it might get a little pricey.