Frightfully Cool Halloween with Dry Ice

Dry ice where have you been all my Halloween life?  When Penguin Brand Dry Ice reached out to me and asked if I wanted to help judge their annual Frightfully Cool Halloween Contest I couldn’t say yes fast enough.  I’ve always wanted an excuse to decorate with dry ice and this was my chance!

Please note this post is sponsored by Penguin Brand Dry Ice but all opinions and new found love of dry ice Halloween decorating are my own.

Dry ice in a plastic Halloween pumpkin.

Frightfully Cool Halloween Contest

You guys could win $1000 if you enter the Frightfully Cool Halloween Contest.  There are two grand prizes – one for photo entries and another for video entries.  Plus there are honorable mention and runner up prizes!  The contest closes November 6, 2019.  Start planning that dry ice project now!

Pink Halloween tree with dry ice tree skirt

Safe Handling Guidelines for Dry Ice

Before we jump right in, let’s talk nuts and bolts.  There are a few things you need to take into consideration when working with dry ice.  Read the entire safety handling guideline here.  A few notes.

  • Keep away from pets and kids.
  • This stuff is seriously cold avoid direct contact with skin.
  • Don’t store it in an air tight container.
  • Since dry ice evaporates into C02 you need to allow for ventilation.
  • Don’t eat dry ice, that includes putting it into cocktails.
Cooler than ice dry ice

OK now that we have that stuff out of the way, let’s talk about all the fun things you can do with dry ice and how you can win that $1,000.00!  I was surprised how east to work with and easy to find dry ice was.  I felt like where has this stuff been all my life.  I’ll never have Halloween without it!

Black jack-o-lantern with dry ice.

Spooky Cool

For me I found that cheap plastic jack-o-lanterns were the idea vessel for my dry ice.  They hold water, they fit in with my Halloween decor and as mentioned they are cheap!  One tip is to think about placement for your dry ice.  It tends to billow down and to the sides.  Atop my etagere was perfect.

Supplies for working with dry ice.

Supplies for Working With Dry Ice

Besides those jack-o-lanterns you will need a few other things.  First, dry ice, duh.  The cashier at the grocery store got it for me and I took it home in a styrofoam cooler.  Once I was home I gathered…

  • Silicone oven mits.
  • Hammer
  • Sunglasses/Goggles
  • Warm Water
Spooky Halloween mantle with dry ice

Using Dry Ice in Your Halloween Decor

I used a hammer and scissors to break up my dry ice into sections.  This is where the sunglasses/goggle comes in.  From there use a silicone mitt to put the chunks that were broken up into the plastic pumpkins.  Add hot water to make things get spooky!  The water on the ice causes the melting and the smoke!

Dry ice at Halloween

That was easy why have I not done this before?!?!?  I can promise you I will be doing it again.  Next time I might read this article about making your smoke last longer.  Check out the Penguin Brand Store Locator to see where you can get dry ice in your area.  It comes in a big slab so there is plenty for several smokey pumpkins!

What are you still doing here?  Go out grab some Penguin Brand Dry Ice and enter to win yourself $1,000.00!  I can’t wait to see all your entires!

Penguin Brand Dry Ice Halloween Contest

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