Halloween is just a few days away. I was thinking about some of the ways we’ve used dry ice for fog effects in the past. I thought I’d share a little… just in case some of you may want to up the fun and spooky factor at your front door for Halloween.
Using dry ice is an inexpensive alternative to purchasing or renting a fog machine. We’ve used both many times for parties we’ve hosted. One benefit of using dry ice is there isn’t a chemical smell like there is when using a fog machine. It’s also cheaper depending on how big of a creepy effect you’re trying to make. Here’s a few ideas you might try using dry ice for fog effects this Halloween.
Place a container of water and dry ice inside your pumpkin for a new twist.
Place dry ice in a beverage or punch bowl. Colored water in glasses are an easy and thrifty way to add table decorations.
Place dry ice in a bowl or large container for a creeping effect on the ground. Place a small fan behind the fog to spread out the ground fog. Create a scary graveyard in the fog by adding a few bones tossed near tombstones on the walk to your front door.
What exactly is dry ice? It’s CO2 (carbon dioxide) in solid form. Dry ice is sold at our local grocery store and it may be sold at yours too this time of year. Below is a guide for quantities of dry ice to use and an estimated amount of time it will last when your using dry ice for fog effects.
Beverages: use a 2 x 2 inch cube – it will last up 15 -20 minutes. This was listed in the Penguin Ice brochure. But, my recommendation is to use “fake or display drinks next to a punch bowl with dry ice and a ladle to prevent accidentally getting a piece of dry ice in your mouth.
Pumpkin: 3-5 lbs will last up to 30 minutes
Small Room with 2 pots: 15 – 30 lbs will last up to an hour
Large Room 3-4 pots: 50 lbs will last up to an hour
Swimming Pool: 50 lbs will last from 1 – 2 hours
Porch Fog Effects: 5-10 lbs of dry ice mixed in 4 – 8 gallons of hot water will last about 1 hour
Shipping: 5-7 lbs of dry ice will keep 2 lbs of frozen food cold for 24 hours
In a Cooler: 5-7 lbs per day will cool for about 18-24 hours
Emergency Use: 1.5 lbs per cubic ft of refrigerator space will keep items cool
CAUTION: Don’t eat or drink dry ice, don’t touch it with bare hands or skin and don’t put it in an unventilated container.
For more ideas and information on dry ice go to dryiceideas.com
What ghoulish plans do you have for Halloween this year? Do they include dry ice?