Spooky Dry Ice Projects

How To...

BUY Check the "Ice" listings in the phone book for dry ice carriers; some grocery stores even sell it. It is typically sold in 10-pound blocks or bags of pellets and costs about $1 per pound.

HANDLE Do not touch dry ice with your bare hands or ingest it. To break it up into manageable chunks, drop the bag on the floor or take a hammer to it. Wear thick gloves or use kitchen tongs to handle the pieces. Be sure to use dry ice in a well-ventilated room.

STORE You can keep bags of dry ice in a cooler for up to one day; don’t store in a freezer or refrigerator.

TIP Adding water to dry ice makes it smoke. Warm water will generate more smoke, but your block of dry ice will disappear faster.

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Cauldron o' Candy

Use our step-by-step instructions to make a spooky candy holder.

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Smoldering Jack-o'-Lantern

Hide a shallow plastic bowl filled with dry ice chunks inside your carved pumpkin; add water. Smoke will come pouring out of your jack-o'-lantern’s gaping mouth. Freshen up the bowl with more dry ice and water every 30 minutes.

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Simmering Sodas

Fill the bottom of a 17-gallon tub with 10 pounds of dry ice chunks. Cover the dry ice with a layer of Styrofoam plates. Add 10 pounds of regular ice on top of the plates, then add drinks. Pour a cup of water into the tub.