How to Make a Blind Man's Cane for Halloween

A plain dowel becomes a simple white cane.
A plain dowel becomes a simple white cane. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

For a simple, effective last-minute Halloween costume, put on a pair of dark sunglasses and carry a white cane modeled after those used by the blind. The canes were originally painted white to make them more visible to drivers and pedestrians, and this same feature makes them a safety asset on a dark Halloween night. The white paint glows under black lights, creating a spooky effect for a haunted house or a Halloween party.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden dowel, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter
  • Hand saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Block of Styrofoam
  • White acrylic paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Painter's tape
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Rubber floor protector
  • Craft glue
  • Polyurethane

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Cut a wooden dowel, 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter, to a length 8 inches shorter than your height. Sink the end of the dowel into a block of Styrofoam to hold it upright. Paint the top half of the dowel with white acrylic craft paint, using a foam paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Remove the dowel from the Styrofoam and turn it over, pushing the painted end into the block. Paint the other half of the dowel and let it dry completely.

Measure 12 inches from the end of the cane and wrap painter's tape around the dowel. Paint the end of the cane with red acrylic paint and let it dry. Remove the tape.

Attach a rubber tip to the red end of the cane. A floor protector designed for chair legs is one option. Glue the tip onto the dowel if it's too loose to stay on by itself.


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