DIY: Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Effects

Halloween’s already over, but here’s some decoration ideas for next year!

My Pumpkin Carving:

My Jigsaw carving (from the thriller movie Saw)

As you can see in my Jigsaw pumpkin carving, it is has a foggy smoke around it. I created this effect using dry ice!

Dry Ice Effects:

Dry Ice Pellets

Dry ice with hot water

I bought around 15 pounds worth of dry ice from Continental Carbonic Products Inc. for around $18 – $19.

Halloween Effects using Dry Ice:

Fog Effect: Fill a metal/plastic container 1/2 full with hot water. Add a few pieces of dry ice every 5 – 10 minutes. **Note: As the water cools, it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect.

Witches Brew: Place a smaller metal/plastic container 1/2 full with hot water and a few pieces of dry ice into a larger punch bowl. Then, add punch to the punch bowl, making sure that the dry ice DOES NOT come into contact with the punch. **Note: As the water cools, it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect.

Jack O’ Lantern: Choose a pumpkin large enough to hold a large can inside. Clean out the pumpkin and carve anything you choose. Fill the can about 1/2 full of hot water and mix in a cup of salt. Place the can inside the pumpkin. Wearing gloves, drop two or three large pieces of dry ice into the can of water. **Note: As the water cools, it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect.

CAUTION!: 

  • Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide
  • Avoid contact with skin, eyes, mouth and clothing. It may cause cold burns.
  • Asphyxiant – liberates heavy gas which may cause suffocation.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not eat or put into drinks.
  • Do not seal in glass or other closed containers
  • Make sure area is properly ventilated before using.
  • Use heavy gloves when handling, as dry ice may cause cold burns.

Trick or treating with my nephews!

Does my nephew’s Halloween costume look familiar?

Mini Darth Vader + Darth Vader 🙂

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