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How To Create Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Fog / Bubbly Fog

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How to create the Fog Effect!

Creating a creepy and spooky graveyard effect for Halloween is one of the most fun things to do for this Holiday! Have you ever thought about having a cloud of fog coming out of your personalized and carved Jack-O-Lantern to set the scene? There is an easy way of creating this fog effect and turning just about anything into a smoky work of art. Be creative this Halloween and let the spookyness begin!



Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Fog

The first step would be choosing a large pumpkin to be carved. It should be big enough to at least hold a large candle. Carefully carve your pumpkin and create an either scary or funny face, just as you prefer.

Please keep in mind that carbon dioxide fog sinks, so you might want to think about not carving the mouth of the Jack-O-Lantern too small since most of the fog will most likely come out of it and not out of its eyes

So here is what you will need to create your fog:

Hot Water

A large Glass


Dry Ice

Please always make sure to wear gloves while handling dry ice, it will give you an instant frostbite!

1. Fill a large glass about half full with hot water. It would be ideal for the glass to be taller than the Jack-O-Lanterns eyes to be able to get the full-fog effect.

2. Mix in 1 cup of salt.

3. Now place the glass inside of your pumpkin.

4. Carefully, and wearing gloves, drop 2-3 large pieces of dry ice into the glass of water.

5. Place the lid on the top of the pumpkin and make sure that it fits tight, so no fog can escape from there.

You will need to repeat these steps as the water cools and the effect will slow down.



Spooky Crawling Bubble Fog

For this effect you will need:

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Warm Water

A Tall and Clear Plastic Cylinder-Shaped Vase

Liquid Washing Detergent

Food Coloring

Dry Ice

1. First, fill the vase with warm water.

2. Add a few drops of detergent and food coloring.

3. Using tongs or wearing gloves, carefully drop a piece of dry ice into the water.

The dry ice will actually turn into a gas under water and make colorful bubbles that will crawl up out of the vase and "pop" with a little cloud of carbon dioxide fog as they climb out of the vase.

Place some pumpkins with spooky lights around the vase to enhance the effect!



Dry Ice Safety

Always use dry ice in a ventilated area! (Dry ice gives off CO2 into the air, so if dry ice has been in a closed car, van, or room for more than 10 minutes, open the doors and windows before entering. Otherwise, you will experience difficulty breathing. Leave the area immediately if you start to breathe quickly or have any difficulty breathing).

Supervise children closely!

Always use tongs, gloves, pot holders or towels to move the ice!



Dry Ice Storage

Store the dry ice in an insulated container.

Make sure, that it is not airtight, the ice will turn into carbon dioxide gas and will cause an airtight container to expand and possibly explode!


Glynis on October 11, 2014:

What is dry ice and where will I buy it?

Mickie Gee on February 13, 2013:

My family has a pumpkin carving contest every Halloween. I just might try to wow them with fog in 2013!

dressygirlkouture on September 09, 2012:

awesome - cannot wait to try :) thanks

The Falcon Press from Los Angeles, California on September 06, 2012:

cool idea!

brilliantfireworks on October 23, 2011:

incredable idea!

food monkey on October 22, 2011:

great idea!

OctavioMelesio on October 22, 2011:

its nice... success and blessings always

WorldVisionary on October 22, 2011:

Very neat idea, and it looks pretty simple! Thumbs up and a spooooky Angel blessing for you!

sweetstickyrainbo on October 22, 2011:

Very cute idea!

dogface lm on October 21, 2011:

Looks ridiculously good!

MintySea on October 21, 2011:

Cool :-)

justin42 on October 20, 2011:

Great idea. But where can I purchase dry ice? Thanks for the awesome lens.

jpastor on October 20, 2011:

Great Idea, at lease this time I don't have to get a giant pumpkin to stuff a fog machine inside. thanks

AnnArborRealEstate on October 20, 2011:

Thanks! Everyone will love it :)

Infact (author) on October 20, 2011:

Thank you so much for everybody's comments! Have a Happy Halloween!

Obscure_Treasures on October 19, 2011:

I love Halloween and I love your lens How To Create Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Fog / Bubbly Fog . Great work and idea. as well.

lasertek lm on October 19, 2011:

Thanks for sharing.

JeremyAce on October 19, 2011:

Great lens, the adding of food coloring was something I never thought of!

justholidays on October 19, 2011:

Excellent and interesting. Thanks for the tips on how to create fog in your Jack-o-Lantern!

WildWilliams on October 19, 2011:

Coool.. Thanks for sharing!

RaverGoat on October 18, 2011:

supercool lens! what a great idea! :D

heehaw lm on October 18, 2011:

why i did not think of that. Thanks for the tips, great lens.

fiercerulingdiva on October 18, 2011:

Great idea, nice lens

TheGourmetCoffe on October 17, 2011:

Very fun idea and one my family has used for the "erupting volcano cake" that delighted every child in the room at a birthday party! Never tried a jack-o-lantern Halloween fog but definitely tempting...thanks for sharing.

ErHawkns7100 on October 17, 2011:

Great ideas. Putting it on my Halloween to do list.

anonymous on October 17, 2011:

great idear.

anonymous on October 17, 2011:

cool indeed, 'thumbs up' to you from me, happy halloween!

ananimoss2 on October 17, 2011:

This is an awesome idea. We will have to try it!

Kim from Yonkers, NY on October 17, 2011:

LOVE the lens.. i love dry ice, my dad brough some home once when I was a kid & put his ring on it & it was sparking up a storm. (there's another effect for you it was his Gold wedding band that did that)

I added this lens to the featured lenses on my HORRIFICALLY EVERYTHING HALLOWEEN lens

elyria on October 17, 2011:

Looks spooktacular! I am definitely going to try it and I think I will be the only one in my neighborhood as I haven't seen anyone ever doing it.

bead at home mom on October 01, 2011:

Great idea for some cool Halloween effects. like it!

Karen Kay from Jackson, MS on October 01, 2011:

Unique idea! I have not seen this before. Well done~ Blessed!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 01, 2011:

Thanks for the great idea. Who doesn't like a fog effect? Very cool. Appreciate the tips.

Brandi from Maryland on September 30, 2011:

Great idea!

scross849 on September 19, 2011:

nice!!! i will try it.

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