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How to Create Spooky Fog on Your Front Porch for Halloween

Updated on October 17, 2012

Are you going all out on your Halloween decorations this year? Whether you strive to make your house the scariest one on the block or if you just like to make your home fun and frightful for Halloween night, consider adding some spooky fog to your front porch. Not only will this create the perfect spooky Halloween atmosphere, it will be a unique addition to your decorations that your trick-or-treaters will love! There are two ways that you can make fog for your front porch area: use a fog machine or purchase dry ice to use.

Fog Machines

Fog machines are generally available where ever you normally purchase Halloween decorations, costumes or other decor. They usually range in price from $30 to $80 depending on the model you buy. Most can be controlled by remote and the liquid, or fog juice, is sold separately for around $20 per gallon. Fog machine cleaner is also recommended after every use. As you can see, the cost of using a fog machine can really add up, but they are convenient and you can use them from year to year. You can also use them indoors.

Dry Ice (or Solid Carbon Dioxide)

A much less expensive way to make Halloween fog is to use dry ice, or solid CO2. Dry ice is sold in blocks or pellets and can be purchased from a dry ice supplier (check your local area for a dealer) or sometimes from local grocery stores (check next to where the regular ice is sold). Many different effects can be created using dry ice. To create fog, just drop a pellet or two into a container of warm water every 5-10 minutes. The fog will drift out of the container and sink (it is heavy). Consider using a witches' cauldron for effect (it will look like bubbling witches' brew!)

Safety Precautions:

  • Always use gloves or tongs to handle the dry ice. Solid CO2 maintains a temperature at -80 degrees celsius, so handling the ice with your hands will cause severe burns.
  • When bringing your dry ice home from the store, make sure to leave a window cracked in your car. As the dry ice evaporates, it will displace the oxygen and cause a suffocation hazard.
  • Only use in well-ventilated areas (front porch is great) to also avoid any risk of suffocation.

If you follow the safety precautions, using dry ice to create fog for Halloween night or your next Halloween party is an easy and inexpensive method to use. You can usually purchase 10lbs of pellets for around $20.

About the Author

Kristy Rose enjoys making her house fun and frightful for Halloween each year. She handles dry ice frequently at her full-time job.


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      5 years ago

      May be I will try it on next Halloween! Popularity of Fog machines is growing day by day.We use it on different celebrations like Christmas parties,Anniversaries and at birthday parties.Definitely It adds more fun in our celebrations.Your Idea of Dry Ice is also good..

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      6 years ago

      Excellent idea! In my theatre days I did borrow a fogger a couple of times for exactly this purpose - just be careful not to overdo it - although you're probably safe with one of the machines that you recommend here - rather than a full scale theatrical fogger designed to fill a stage in seconds!

      Fun idea, thanks!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great ideas. Sound interesting. Passing this on.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very useful information for Halloween night .

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good suggestions Kristy! We might try the dry ice this year!


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