Halloween Messy Play – Make Some Spooky Gloop

Some Halloween gloop in a bowl with toy spiders in.

I’ve been considering a range of Halloween messy play ideas and settled on making some Halloween gloop. I hadn’t made gloop before so wanted to give it a go.

This ended up being another great sensory activity that was way more simple than I thought it would be. I wish I’d tried making gloop (or oobleck as it’s also referred to) a long time ago – but better late than never right?

To make gloop you need:

  • 2 cups of cornflour
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food colouring (optional)

How to make Halloween gloop / oobleck

  • Add all the cornflour into a mixing bowl
  • Gradually add the water until you get the desired consistency, mix as you go. Just to warn you – it is very hard to mix to start with and this is expected.
  • Once you’re happy with it, add a few drops of food colouring if you want coloured gloop. I used a dash of blue to make a pale blue gloop.
  • And finally, to make it Halloween gloop simply add some spooky creatures or objects, suck as spiders or eyeballs.
Halloween oobleck in a bowl with small toy spiders in the oobleck and large toy spiders outside the bowl.

If you haven’t made gloop for messy play before, you may, like I did, find the feel and consistency of it quite surprising. It’s gloopy and slimy when you let it run off your hands, but when you apply pressure to it (if you squeeze it in your hands for example), it feels hard and almost dry. I can see why kids love it so much.

It’s good to add some bowls, spoons and other utensils to the activity so your little ones can scoop up the gloop and move it about. Pip enjoyed playing with the spooky spiders, but she also loved exploring the gloop with a range of pots and tools.

A children enjoying messy play with the Halloween gloop

If you’re not so keen on the “messy play” aspect – for a messy play activity this is really easy to clean up, the gloop wipes off of hands and surfaces really well. I would suggest a large tray or container to play with it in though, the tuff tray is always perfect for messy play activities! Set the activity up on a floor that can be wiped too, we always do stuff like this on the kitchen floor, or outside if the weather’s nice.

A child pouring the gloop on to her hands.

I loved making this Halloween gloop and it was lovely to watch Pip enjoying it too, she was really engaged and played with it all morning – what’s not to love about that?

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