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Simple Glow in the dark and black light tricks for Halloween

Updated on January 22, 2015

Simple glow in the dark and black light tricks for Halloween

Here are several glow in the dark and black light affects that can be made with common household items. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so I tend to go a little crazy on decorating and the Halloween Party.

Tonic Water Ice Cubes

Its amazing what tonic water looks like under a black light. Just make sure that tonic water includes the ingredient quinine. This is the ingredient that makes it glow. It gives off an eerie blue/white glow that will add spook to the simplest of things.


Dilute the tonic water at a ratio of 2 parts tonic water and 1 part water. Place in ice trays and freeze. Add these cubes to your favorite drinks at halloween and turn on the black light. You guests will be amazed.

Tonic Water Jello


Another great party recipe - edible fluorescent jello. Here is how to use tonic water with a few tricks to make it glow and taste good.

1 pkg Jello mixture for 4 cups of Jello

1 1/2 cups of sugar (or to taste)

1 cup water

3 cups tonic water

Bring two cups of tonic water to a boil.

Add in the jello powder from the box.

Add in the sugar 1/2 cup at a time, stirring it in completely each time.

One everything is stirred completely and boiling again, remove it from heat.

Stir in 1 cup of cold tonic water and 1 cup of regular water.

Pour into mold.

Set aside in a refrigerator and don’t disturb for about 6 hours.

You may also choose to leave out the water and sugar and just use tonic water, this has a somewhat bitter flavor though.

Tonic Water and Body Parts

Since we now know that tonic water emits an eerie blue glow under a black light, lets make it scary. You can fill a large glass jar, such as a pickled bologna jar, with tonic water and add a number of different things for that super scary Halloween prop. You may want to add severed body parts, a small doll, a small skeleton, eyeballs or anything else you can think of.

Glowing Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly also emits an eerie glow under a black light. You can dip your finger into the jelly and right messages on such things as windows, shower curtains, the refrigerator or sheets of paper. The jelly is pretty much invisible until the black light comes on. Once the black light is on, the message glows, making a very scary Halloween decoration. You can write things like "GET OUT", "REDRUM", "HELP ME" or any other scary message you can think of. This little trick is a real attention getter.

Another scary use for petroleum jelly is glow in the dark hands. You will need to put laytex gloves on your hands first, dip your hands into the petroleum jelly and cover your entire hands. Now, turn off all the lights and turn the black light on. This is the perfect prop for telling scary Halloween ghost stories.

Glowing Laundry Detergent

A lot of laundry detergent on the market today will glow under a black light. The brands that have "bleach added" are the ones that give the best effects. Like the petroleum jelly, use a paintbrush to paint scary messages on things like the porch, house, windows, front walk or anywhere else you can think of. Once again write things like "get out", "help me", "murder", or dip your hands into the laundry detergent and place handprints on the scene. You can do the same with footprints. It is definitely safe to use on clothes, draperies and furniture. You can also paint it on your halloween dummies and props for a glowing affect. Once the black light is turned on, be prepared to be amazed. This is nearly invisible in regular light, so imagine the shock of your guests when the message magically appears.

Highlighter glowing water

This is one of my favorite Halloween props. THE GLOWING FOUNTAIN, but we will get to that in a minute. I have added a youtube video to show you step by step directions on how to make the glowing water and the effects it has on a fountain. This is one that I make a lot of at Halloween.

The Amazing Glow water and Glow Fountain Video Instructions

Glowing bubbles or orbs

Here is another great Halloween prop. This one is so simple and peoples reactions are great. Simply mix the highlighter glow water and any type of store bought bubbles at a ratio of 50:50. You can then add this to a bubble maker and turn on the black light. You can use a small childs toy bubble maker for this prop. You don't need a lot of bubbles to get the full effect, a few bubbles creates a haunting orb atmosphere. See the video below.

Glowing Bubbles Video

Green Glow

For the natural glowing effect when there is no black light available, try the following concoction. This is perfect for putting into small jars and placing inside pumpkins for a scary, glowing jack o lantern.


15 - 20 heads from wooden match sticks

3 caps full of peroxide

1 cap full of bleach

Use a knife of a pair of scissors to remove the heads from the wooden match sticks. Place these into a glass jar. Add the peroxide and the bleach. Tightly close the jar lid and lightly shake. You will get a green glowing concoction that will last for a couple of hours.

For full video instructions visit:

Other glow in the dark ideas

Don't overlook the easiest method of adding an eerie glow in the dark effect to any Halloween decoration or prop, Glow in the dark paints. These can be purchased as either spray paint, in jars or in tubes.

Don't forget to outline the epitaph on each of your gravestones with glow in the dark paint for that added effect after dark. Don't let your cemetery go unnoticed after dark.

Another cemetery trick is to select some big leaves from your yard and spray paint the edges with glow in the dark paint. Then place these leaves around the tombstones and around the cemetery. This adds a really creepy effect.

Don't forget the glow in the dark spider webs either. These are great for added creepiness.

More Halloween Ideas

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      7 years ago

      would the highlighter effect work in conjunction with a fog machine for glow in the dark fog?

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      8 years ago

      I had no idea that tonic water would look like that under a black light. This is a very cool lens!

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      9 years ago

      5 stars ! Don't stop making squidoo lenses !

    • blue22d profile image


      9 years ago

      Cool site and very handy for Halloween. Five stars to you. Stop by: Headless Haunts

    • Aquavel profile image


      10 years ago

      These are amazing! I'm always playing with light and color, no matter if there's a holiday or not, so I'll have fun experimenting with these things! 5 stars!

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      10 years ago

      Absolutely ghoulishly fun

    • Lexi LM profile image

      Lexi LM 

      10 years ago

      I will send this to my grandkids for future reverence.

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      10 years ago

      You always come up with the most creative ideas for party decorating! 5*

    • flutestar123 lm profile image

      flutestar123 lm 

      10 years ago

      Cool lens! I love doing pranks on people so now I have some ideas.

    • michelledurakis profile image


      10 years ago

      wow to cool , i did not know tonic water looked like that under a black light.

      Some great ideas here for next halloween.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great ideas for next Halloween! Well done!

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      10 years ago

      Very interesting lens....I love all the ways to make things glow in the dark.

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      10 years ago

      Very good lens will try some these ideals out for next Halloween or maybe a kids party 5*****

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      10 years ago

      WoW! Cool stuff. I'll keep this in mind for next year. I dig the ice cubes! Nice site!

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      10 years ago

      This is sooo cool. I was not aware that this many things glow in the dark. Thanks to your suggestions and information, I will have an outstanding Halloween party next year. 5 *

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Who knew there are so many ways to make every day things glow in the dark. Well done!

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      10 years ago

      Great! Very Interesting idea for Halloween or any Party.

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      10 years ago

      I believe we are ready for Halloween now. I shared these secrets with my grandkids, and now the entire house is glowing in the dark. LOL.. Thanks again

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      Great ideas! My teens will love the ideas here and just in time for Halloween.

      Please consider joining the Unit Studies: Fun, Active, and Creative Learning

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      10 years ago

      I tried a few of these and they were awesome. Thanks for the great tips. 5*

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      10 years ago

      I never knew tonic water glowed in the dark. I wish I had know that when I was younger and did more activities for Halloween. I'll definitely use some of these ideas if I ever get involved with Halloween parties in the future :)

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      10 years ago

      Very interesting.. I see you have a genuine passion for Halloween, and a lot of crafting experience!

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      10 years ago

      Fun stuff! Halloween used to be a fun day for me until my Dad died on halloween a few years ago. Maybe I can make it fun again instead of sad with some of your neat ideas.


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