Halloween Decorations Made With Glow Sticks

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Give your home an eerie glow this Halloween with glow sticks. These luminescent tubes are simple to use: just bend them and they light up. Safer than candles, as there is no danger of fire, glow sticks can light up the same items and more, due to their compact, lightweight design.

Ghosts

  • Glow sticks can create spooky ghosts. As the trick-or-treaters enter the pathway to your home, they'll be greeted by illuminated ghosts hanging from your trees and floating eerily in your yard. Insert a glow stick into a blown-up balloon then tie it off at the end. Drape a white sheet or cheesecloth over the balloon and tie ribbon around the neck. You can tie the balloon to a fence in the yard or tie it to a tree branch to dangle over trick-or-treaters.

Monsters

  • Monsters seem scarier when you illuminate them. A pathway of lighted monsters can lead the way to your door with glow sticks. Create the monsters from empty, 1-gallon plastic milk containers, with painted faces of Frankenstein or Dracula. You can also paint Halloween scenes on the jugs, such as a hissing black cat or a spider web. Place a glow stick inside each container at dusk for a lighted display.

Jack-o-lanterns

  • Carving pumpkins is a traditional Halloween activity. Glow sticks can light the design just as well as a candle. Once you have hollowed out the pumpkin and carved the design, place the pumpkin outside on the porch rail or on a windowsill by the door. Some popular pumpkin designs include scary faces, spider webs, a witch on her broom or a collection of ghosts. Place the glow stick inside when it’s dark to illuminate your design.

Cauldron

  • A black pot transforms into a witch's cauldron with a glow stick and some dry ice. Whether you add a witch to the design is up to you, but the cauldron can ooze smoke and emit an eerie green light, setting the stage for a Halloween party or outside by the front door for the kids. Place the dry ice into the cauldron with a little water then insert the glow stick to light up the fog.

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