Halloween is just around the corner and despite it not really being a big holiday over here in the UK, it’s a holiday that I enjoy. Every year I always make Pumpkin soup to celebrate, and this year I thought I’d hide a couple of spooky caches. Even though it’s not all that big here there are still plenty of halloween goodies in the shops. Now, of course, you can buy your halloween caches, however in my opinion they are a bit pricey (The most expensive I’ve seen being a skull for £15!) For me, “creative containers” are pointless if you don’t make them yourself. For the massive sum of 38p I am now the proud owner of a Skull cache. So here’s how you can make one too…
The 38p skull I purchased was from ‘Wilkinsons‘. I couldn’t believe my luck when I picked it up and it was hollow. Perfect for a cache. I’ve also seen some hollow pumpkins, squeaky rats, spiders, or bats. Any of these are potential caches, you just need a container and a drill. I also used some ‘Gorilla Filler’.
Step 1: Make a hole with a drill bit as big as you possibly can. Stick the skull in a vice (The safest way) or get someone to hold it, however be sure that they have some protection (i.e. a towel) to ensure that the drill doesn’t slip and hurt their hands. You can then wiggle the drill bit around the hole to slowly make it big enough for your chosen container.
My plan was to hang the skull from a tree at head height to give the finder a bit of a scare, so at this point I spiked two holes, about 1cm apart and threaded some garden wire through the holes to make a bit of a hook.
Step 2: ‘Gorilla Filler’ is a brand of expanding foam. This step is optional, but necessary to stop the container being loose in the skull. Next, we put a few good squirts of the foam in to the skull and wait for the magic to happen.
Step 3: Before the foam expands too much, pop your container in the hole and hold. Do as I say, not as I do and wear gloves for this… You will need to hold the container in place for a few minutes and then wipe the excess foam away.
Step 4: You can then remove the container. It’s going to take a while for the foam to dry and the foam will probably continue to expand. After this you may end up with too much foam or not enough. If there isn’t enough room, the foam is quite easy to drill or cut away. If there isn’t enough give it a few squirts more and leave to dry.
Step 5: When all of the foam is fully dry and you have a hole to place the cache, stick some strong glue (e.g. Araldite) around the container and stick it in the hole. I’d recommend leaving the cache sticking out a little way so it’s easy for the finder to remove the lid.
Step 6: After the glue is all dry it’s time to hide it. Find an appropriate place. If you have a great custom container and hide it in a totally inappropriate place then the magic is spoilt. I placed the skull head height in an ivy covered tree. The finder will have to move the ivy to uncover the cache. Mwahahaha!
The Treat (and another trick!)
As I’m a big kid, I thought it wouldn’t be right to hide a Halloween cache without filling one with swag. There’s so much cheap spooky swag available at this time of the year, so you have a real choice.
This cache I constructed was in an old Whey protein powder tub. The height of the tub meant that I had a nice lot of room, and enough to hang a skeleton decoration from the lid for a little scare for the finder. I’d found a cache similar to this recently so thought I’d give it a go myself! I spray-painted the cache black (After a coat of Xylene of course!) and glued a glow-in-the-dark skeleton to the outside. The bend in the container meant that the skeleton wasn’t completely flush with the container, however I think he will hold ok.
I was then ready to pack it full of swag. The cache is jam packed! There is an inflatable cat, inflatable pumpkin, lots of fangs, witch fingers, many varieties of spiders, glow sticks, light up decorations… GREAT FUN!
I’m really proud of my final containers, and although it took a bit of time to set up (and a bit of money to get all of the swag) I know that I have put something out that I think that others would enjoy, as it’s definitely something I’d love to find. And you know that spookiest thing? After hiding the caches I looked at an OS map and realised the area it’s near is known as “Burnt Women Plantation” Woooooo! Very appropriate, especially for the light-up witch inside!
Happy Halloween hiding! :D