Kids’ Glow In the Dark Halloween Ghost Art

halloween-art

Celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year with a glowing ghost art activity! Your kiddo can get creative this Halloween, explore science and make a completely cool display. This glow in the dark art idea is and easy artsy exploration for grade school aged children and their parents.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Black poster board paper
  • Cardboard- Reuse an old cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Clear-drying school glue
  • White chalk
  • Cotton balls
  • Tonic water- You must use “tonic water,” and not sparkling or any other type of soda water. Only tonic water can create a glow in the dark art.
  • A paintbrush
  • A black light- You can find black light bulbs at most hardware and home improvement stores or you can order one online.

How-To Steps

  1. Cut the cardboard to the same dimensions of the poster board paper. Your child can make a mega-sized Halloween ghost or a smaller version.
  2. Glue the paper to the cardboard.
  3. Draw an outline of a flowing ghost on the paper with the chalk. Add to circles for the eyes. Leave these blank and do not color the circles in with the chalk.
  4. Glue the cotton balls onto the paper inside of the ghost outline. Leave spaces for the eyes.
  5. Wait for the glue to dry completely.
  6. Hang the ghost up and turn on a black light. If you can’t hang up the artwork or don’t have the wall space. Prop the picture up against a solid surface.
  7. Turn off any other lights, while keeping the black light on. Use the brush to paint tonic water onto the cotton balls. The tonic water-covered ghost should glow in the back light.


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