I wanted to do something for the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, but for kids. That turned into a Halloween, cartoon-y version. Here's how we advertised:
Celebrate Frankenstein's 200th birthday with a monster party at the Floyd County Public Library! Come Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:30 for games, crafts, treats, and Halloween fun. Costumes encouraged!
At the event, kids could play cornhole, make a Frankenstein action figure, pick Frankenstein's nose, watch Mad Monster Party, roll a Frankenstein, bowl over some monster heads, make a Frankenstein crown, and eat some cake.
Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey and Julia Sarda is SUCH a great children's biography. I didn't end up using it for the event, but I had it on display. We also had Mad Monster Party playing in the background.
I used our Frank's Nose Pick carnival game we made last year for one game. The kids could stick their hand in the nose and fish around in some snot for a prize.
It's Metamucil and water, cooked until thick, with green food coloring added. Pretty gross.
Frankenstein's nose is full of spiders and bats, in case anyone was wondering.
Also from last year's Halloween Carnival was the Zombie Head Bowling, which in this case, was a variety of Frankenstein heads.
I had it in front of our screen playing Mad Monster Party.
I used our poster printer to cover our cornhole boards with pictures of Frankenstein and his bride from the 1930s films. I found the images online through Google.
I also found this Frankenstein maze online to print out and slap on the wall.
I cut green construction paper in half, then uploaded my stencil for the individual pieces to our Cricut to cut out about 3 dozen of each from black construction paper.
Roll the dice to see which piece to add. You can arrange the face lots of different ways.
The table. I ended up adding another set of instructions on the table so everyone could see them.
Examples of some possibilities.
A close up of the pieces.
All you need is black construction paper cut into thirds, a sheet of green construction paper with a third taken off the bottom, some glue, scissors, a stapler, and the Crayola Construction Paper Crayons that I love so much.
Frankenstein Crown Tutorial
I got the green tablecloths from Dollar General and the black and white striped tablecloths from Amazon.
Our third craft was Make Your Own Frankenstein, or Frankenstein Action Figures.
You'll need beads (pony beads, or really any bead will fit on a pipe cleaner), large round wooden beads, paper straws, pipe cleaners, markers, and scissors.
We have made these pipe cleaner action figures before, and I thought they'd fit nicely with the Frankenstein theme. So we did a Halloween version, using appropriately colored pipe cleaners, straws, and beads.
This table was a hot mess by the end of the night. But the kids did great on their little action figures. They were so cute!
I downloaded this cute Frankenstein mini bunting from One Creative Mommy to hang above the entrance.
I made a lot of Halloween silhouettes a year (or two??) ago for the windows in the children's room, so I already had these Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein cut outs to put on the wall.
I also printed out this fun pop art Frankenstein.
We also had a Frankenstein cake (birthday cake?!) from Food City, chips, and lemonade.
And I dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein. I actually wanted to be Frankenstein himself, but I couldn't figure out how to do it without having to do a ton of makeup (not enough time) or a mask (too scary, too obstructive). So the Bride it was.