You can’t have a spooky Halloween display without some special effects.
A cauldron, plus dry ice and hot water equals a fog effect that will have those trick-or-treaters hightailing it off your porch before they become an ingredient in the witch’s brew!
Continental Carbonic, a manufacturer of dry ice with 39 branches in the eastern two-thirds of the United States, gave me 50 pounds of dry ice to use in my Halloween decorating and entertaining.
Beyond the spooky ways to use dry ice, there are some great recipes and dry ice experiments to try after Halloween.
The first thing you need to know about dry ice is that it can burn you. Or freeze you, resulting in an injury very similar to a burn. So have fun, but be safe and smart about it.
Dry ice is carbon dioxide in its solid form, and it’s a frigid -109 degrees Fahrenheit. You should always wear gloves and goggles when handling it, and you should never ingest dry ice.
If you follow the safety precautions, you can have a lot of fun with dry ice.
Just ask my little mad scientist.
Halloween Dry Ice Experiments
Let’s start with Halloween since it is that time of the year.
Spiked Halloween Pumpkin Punch from Honestly Yum
Brew Ha-Ha Punch from Southern Living
Halloween Party Fog Drinks from Kids Activities Blog
Black Magic Martini from Babble
Witch’s Brew from Martha Stewart
For more Halloween dry ice fun, check out these ideas from Dr. Diana.
Dry Ice Science Experiments
A few years ago for Jackson’s birthday, our friend created this awesome volcano, complete with lights and sound and smoke.
Dry Ice Science Experiments from Upstate Ramblings
Colorful Dry Ice Bubbles from TinkerLab
Boo Bubbles from Steve Spangler Science
Dry Ice Science from What the Teacher Wants
Dancing Quarter and other dry ice experiments from Crafting in the Rain
Dry Ice Smoke Ring Launcher from Steve Spangler Science
Dry Ice Volcano from Catch My Party
Dry Ice Experiments in the Kitchen
Homemade Root Beer with dry ice from Continental Carbonic
Dry Ice Ice Cream from Baking Bites
Disclosure: Continental Carbonic provided me with free dry ice for this post, but all opinions are honest and my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.
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