Halloween Crafts for Kids: DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

halloween-crafts-for-kids-diy-popcorn-witch-hands-1Brew up some magic this season with creepy and cool Halloween crafts for kids! Using just plastic gloves (unpowdered), candy corn, and spider rings, we turned our original butter popcorn into a deliciously wicked Halloween snack – a craft that can be recreated by ghouls and goblins of all ages!

This DIY popcorn witch hands idea is perfect for family night, for festive classroom fun, or for a fun (and delicious) children’s Halloween party activity. You can even tie a nametag and use them as place cards or party favors – how bewitching!

Party planning tip: if you’re planning on turning this poppin’ Halloween craft into a children’s Halloween party activity, it is recommended that you first prepare a separate crafting area. Line the table with newspaper or disposable table cloth and provide several small bowls filled with scoopers and popcorn for less mess and more fun!

Supplies for DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

Popcorn
Plastic gloves (unpowdered)
Candy corn
Spider rings
Twist ties or ribbon

Directions for DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

halloween-crafts-for-kids-diy-popcorn-witch-handsFirst, slide 1 candy corn piece into each finger slot for the nails. Then, add your popcorn, leaving some room at the ends. Use a twist tie or ribbon to seal the ends.

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Slide a spider finger onto your witch’s hand and bubble, bubble toil and trouble – you’ve got a tasty Halloween treat that’s fun to eat!

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

We must be very POPular if we get our own month! October is National Popcorn Month and we couldn’t be happier. Why October you ask? For over 30 years (Hey, that’s how long we’ve been around!), October has taken the title of National Popcorn Month because of the fall harvest in the Midwest every year. It was given the official title in 1999, under then Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman. And now every year, we get an extra reason to celebrate the snack we love most: Popcorn!

 We’ve created a super-fun infographic with tons of little-known facts about popcorn. We’ll bet you had no idea that Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (it’s true!), or that The Popcorn Factory is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s biggest popcorn ball. And that’s just a bite-sized sampling of all the tidbits we have to share with you!

So sit back, grab a bucket of your favorite kernels and enjoy learning everything you need to know about popcorn. When you’re done, come back and tell us which fun fact was the most surprising to you!

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We may be biased, but we think everyone can agree that popcorn is the perfect snack to enjoy year long, with so many variations to choose from! Our all natural butter popcorn is a staple for any movie night; mix it up and add our real cheese popcorn for a popcorn purist’s dream mix! No one can resist our secret recipe caramel popcorn, sweet and buttery and always fresh. We’re also constantly coming up with new and unique flavors to try! Our s’mores corn is a new twist on the campfire classic. Our jalapeno popcorn can rope in anyone who tries it. For any Fall fans out there, our caramel apple popcorn is a must have!

Is your mouth watering yet? Head on over to our site and look at all the scrumptious selections we have to offer! Don’t forget to try our scary good Halloween Collection while it lasts; a wide assortment of savory and sweet popcorn as well as other delicious treats!

How to Make a Witch Hat With Halloween Popcorn

Popcorn Witch Hat

You don’t have to toil and trouble over your Halloween décor! With a few easy-to-find art supplies and some Halloween-themed snacks, you can brew up a wickedly cute witch hat that will spellbind your party guests (no potions necessary).

Popcorn Witch HatWhat You’ll Need

One pencil
One Styrofoam cone
Two 15-ounce canisters of Zombie Kettle Corn
One hot glue gun
One Halloween-themed wreath (handmade or store-bought)

Directions

  1. Using the pencil, draw the outline of any pattern of your choice on the surface of the Styrofoam cone. Here, we used a simple linear pattern to create bands across the base and the top of the cone.
  2. Separate the Zombie Kettle Corn by its four colors (orange, purple, green and black).
  3. With the hot glue gun, follow the pattern you drew and glue the popcorn onto the cone, piece by piece. (Watch out: Don’t burn yourself!)
  4. As you work your way up and around the cone, glue the kernels close together—like a mosaic—so the white cone doesn’t show through. Use small broken pieces of popcorn to fill any gaps between kernels.
  5. Top off the cone with the pointiest popcorn kernel you can find. When the popcorn is completely dry, spray it with glitter.
  6. To make the brim of the hat, lay the wreath face-up on a flat surface and place the cone in the center of the wreath.

Abracadabra, your witch hat is complete! Add a little extra charm by wrapping it with ribbon and embellishing it with feathers, spiders or owls. Show off your creation by resting it on your fireplace mantel, atop your kitchen counter or next to a cauldron-shaped punch bowl.

Now that our Halloween popcorn series is officially over, it’s time to put our readers to a vote! Which creepy craft was your favorite: the popcorn centerpiece, the popcorn pumpkin or the popcorn witch hat?

How to Decorate a Pumpkin With Halloween Popcorn

Popcorn Pumpkin
Two things usually come to mind when we think of October 31: Decorating pumpkins and eating Halloween treats! Why not combine the two and dress up a pumpkin with Halloween popcorn? If you’re on the hunt for some ghoulish Halloween party ideas, this craft is a hair-raising alternative to the ho-hum Jack-o-lantern.

Popcorn PumpkinWhat You’ll Need

One small or medium-sized pumpkin
One washable black marker
Two 15-ounce canisters of Zombie Kettle Corn
One hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Using the washable marker, draw the outline of a monster face (or any pattern of your choice) onto the surface of the pumpkin.
  1. Separate the Zombie Kettle Corn by its four colors (orange, purple, green and black).
  1. Following the pattern you drew, use the hot glue gun to glue the popcorn onto the surface of the pumpkin. (Be careful not to burn your fingers!) It’s easiest to start at the top of the pumpkin and work your way down.
  1. Make sure the kernels are glued close together in a mosaic-like pattern so the orange color of the pumpkin doesn’t show through. Use small broken pieces of popcorn to fill in any gaps between kernels.

Welcome your Halloween guests by propping up your little monster on a windowsill, a staircase or your doorstep.

Now it’s your turn to tell us: What kinds of unusual materials have you used to decorate a pumpkin?

How to Make a Halloween Centerpiece With Popcorn

Halloween CenterpieceLooking for some simple Halloween party ideas that will send shivers down your guests’ spines? Here’s a tip: Halloween treats aren’t just for eating; you can decorate with them too! Spook-ify your dinner table with this centerpiece made from Halloween popcorn and autumn leaves. It’s a fun, super-easy craft, plus you can reuse it for your Thanksgiving spread!

Halloween CenterpieceWhat You’ll Need

One 15-ounce canister of Zombie Kettle Corn
One tall, clear vase
One branch of faux fall leaves
Halloween ribbon

Directions

  1. Separate the Zombie Kettle Corn by its four colors (orange, purple, green and black).
  2. Start layering the popcorn in the vase, one color at a time, in any order you like.
  3. After you’ve finished the second layer, place the leaves into the vase.
  4. Hold the branch straight up in the vase and continue with the third and fourth layers of popcorn, placing the popcorn around the branch. Pack the popcorn tightly all the way to the top of the vase so that it holds the branch up.
  5. Tie a cute Halloween ribbon of your choice around the top of the vase.

You’re done! Display your popcorn arrangement at the center of the dinner table, or place it on a coffee table to accent your Halloween décor.

How do you like to decorate with healthy Halloween snacks? Tell us your ideas!

Halloween Treats and Gifts Preview!

halloween treats and candyWelcome back Popcorn Fans!

The combination crisp air, changing of the leaves and an abundance of sweaters everywhere signifies the end of the summer and our anxious countdown to our favorite holidays! We know it’s early, but we just couldn’t wait to share all of our hard (yet fun!) work with all of our loyal customers and fans. Today is the start of our Halloween treats and gifts preview! It’s your chance to order these festively fun, scrumptious Halloween candy and popcorn before the rush and share the excitement with us! halloween tin owl

Get started on the Halloween spirit with these scary good gifts! Our newNight Owl design is terrifyingly festive and gives any gift that ghostly touch. Our Happy Halloween and Gimme Popcorn designs are whimsical, fun, and in the spirit of the haunting season! Kids will love the ghoulish cartoons and playful lettering just as much as the gourmet popcorn and candy awaiting them inside. The Gimme Candy tote bag is great for enjoying our premium popcorn and snacks, and then reusing the tote for trick-or-treating. There’s a design in our new Halloween collection for everyone! halloween candy bag gifts

Back by popular demand are our Mr. Bone Jangles and Boo Bats designed Halloween gifts! Take your pick with colorful gift towers and hauntingly delicious popcorn tins. Get set for Halloween night with our Boo Bats Backpack gift, filled with Halloween candy, popcorn and ready to reuse for a secure night of trick-or-treating.

halloween boo mini tins Making their debut are some frightfully delicious new gourmet popcorn flavors like sour green apple, zombie kettle, skinny sea salt, and more! We’re also welcoming back our favorite chocolate popcorn flavors like dark chocolate and sea salt, chocolate drizzle, and s’mores.

When the goodies inside the tins and gift towers are done, reuse this spooktacular gifts as Halloween decoration around the house! The popcorn tins would make the perfect candy bowl for Halloween, too.

Check out our whole collection here and order before they creep back into hiding!

Happy Hauntings!

National Popcorn Month – Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Cookie (3 winners!)

Drizzled Caramel Popcorn
Drizzled Caramel Popcorn

It’s National Popcorn Month, and The Popcorn Factory® is celebrating by sharing some of our best kept popcorn party planning secrets with you each week in October!  Popcorn has long been a staple for all celebrations – from sporting events to gift-giving and movie watching, but popcorn is also a great way to spice up your cooking.

As part of the celebration for National Popcorn Month, we are giving away 3 of the The Popcorn Factory® Drizzled Caramel Clear Favorites (Item# S3551CD) that are featured in the special recipe below! Just post about a paragraph or so below telling us some of your favorite memories with  popcorn at Halloween time. We’ll pick 3 random people (using random.org) and send them a box of the  The Popcorn Factory® Drizzled Caramel Clear Favorites.

 

Current Party Status:  
Winner #1) #27  Sara Lambert on October 12th, 2010 @ 9:52 p.m
Winner  #2) #12 Written By Barbara on October 11th, 2010 @ 7:28 p.m
Winner #3) #6 Written By Anne M. on October 11th, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m 
 
Don’t forget to try out the Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Cookie recipe below! 
 

Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Cookie

3 eggs

1 c. sugar

½ tsp. vanilla

1 c. flour

¼ tsp. salt

6 tbs. unsalted butter

5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate

23 oz. The Popcorn Factory® Drizzled Caramel Clear Favorites (Item# S3551CD)

 

1)      Beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour and salt in large mixing bowl.

2)      Melt semi-sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate and unsalted butter in a double boiler, stirring consistently, until smooth.  Remove from heat.

3)      Pour melted chocolate mixture into dry ingredients mixture in large bowl.

4)      Using an electric or hand mixer, beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.

5)      Stir in popcorn until well distributed in batter.

6)      Drop in 1 ½” balls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

7)      Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

8)   Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

 

Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.