If you are planning a Halloween party, you want to ensure the decorations make people take notice. You can use several simple special-effects tricks to create a memorable mood for your party. Use dry-ice fog to create a creepy atmosphere. Modify cheap foam skulls to glow and seem to float. A quick trip to a dollar store will provide you with what you need to make a creepy "ghost."
Items you will need
- Black spray paint (optional)
- Hot water
- Dry ice
- Glow-in-the-dark paint
- Foam skulls
- Two clothes hangers
- Fishing line
- Ceiling hooks
- Black light
- Foam head
- Gauzy fabric
Dry Ice FogStep 1
Spray-paint a bucket black, or use one that is already that color. Fill it with hot water. The hotter the water, the more fog it will create.
Set the bucket in an out-of-the-way corner.
Drop in a piece of dry ice. The water will cause the dry ice to sublimate, turning it directly from a solid into a cold misty gas that creeps along the floor.
Floating Spectral SkullsStep 1
Load a paintbrush with glow-in-the-dark paint, then wipe most of it back off on a newspaper. Dry-brush what is left onto foam skulls, giving only the higher surfaces a light coat.
Open a clothes hanger and use it to punch a hole through each skull, going from the top of the head to the area behind the jaw.
Thread a strong piece of fishing line through each hole and hang the skulls from hooks in the ceiling.
Turn off the surrounding lights and aim a black light at the skulls for a creepy glow.
Scary GhostStep 1
Open and straighten two clothes hangers.
Stick the clothes hangers into the right and left sides of a foam head's base.
Bend the hangers into the shape of shoulders, arms and hands.
Tear the edges of several pieces of white gauzy fabric into tatters. The finer the fabric, the better; you want it to move very easily.
Drape the tattered layers of fabric over the foam head and wire arms and shoulders. Adjust them as needed to create a flowing body for the "ghost."
Hang the ghost from hooks in the ceiling with fishing line.
Aim a fan at the ghost to cause the fabric to move and sway.
Turn off the surrounding lights and aim a black light at the ghost to make it glow.
Tips & Warnings
- Find foam skulls in the Halloween aisle of your local superstore.
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