Help me brainstorm a witch's apothecary worth of Halloween props
August 20, 2008 1:33 PM Subscribe
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Halloween is fast approaching and I need help creating some apothecary style props from the Bard's well known witches chant based on the introduction to That Scottish Play
. Most of my audience isn't going to remember much past "eye of newt and toe of frog" but being a geek about details I'd like to try to create a tableaux of the entire contents of that cauldron.
posted by rosebengal to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Here are my constraints. I'm crafty but sorely lacking in free time this year (and I've already vowed to make a full sized papier mache cauldron...). I'm not looking for authenticity, e.g. I don't have any desire to know where I can purchase a goat gall bladder or baboon blood. Items that can handle at least a week of non-refrigerated display are desirable. Easy to find re-purposed household items a plus.
Here's the list (and my ideas).
poisoned entrails (Shakespeare was nonspecific as to whose)
toad venom -- corn starch slurry dyed maroon, or glowy...
fen snake -- rubber snake
eye of newt -- bubble tea tapioca pearls
toe of frog
wool of bat -- cotton wool, dyed black
tongue of dog
blind worm's sting
owlet wing -- raid flytying supplies for feathers
witches mummy (powder) -- talcum powder
hemlock root -- errant walnut tree sprout from yard
gall bladder of a goat -- silly putty
baboon's blood -- corn syrup and red food coloring