Spooky Halloween Dry Ice Tricks and Treats

Spruce up your Halloween party or Haunted House this year with a block of dry ice from KT Dry Ice Service Los Angeles.  Dry ice can change the atmosphere of your party by providing bubbling drinks and misty spookiness.   Here are some fun concoctions for Halloween.  Make sure to use safely and follow all guidelines carefully.

Witches Brew

gummywormsFill a plastic cauldron with:
½ gallon of grape juice
1 can of pineapple juice
½ can of extra pulpy OJ.
Mix all the juices together

Use a pair of tongs to add a few pieces of Dry Ice into the mix.  Your Halloween libation quickly becomes a scary witches brew.
Add some gummy worms into your brew for creepy effect.

Here are some variations for adults.
Substitute the juice with ginger ale or club soda, add alcohol and drop in some glow sticks to make your brew glow.

The Wizards Potion

rootbeerHome Made Root Beer
Homemade root beer is a great drink for a Halloween party.
Here’s how you do it.
Pour one gallon of water in a large container.
Add two cups of sugar.
Add one ounce of root beer extract (you can find this at most grocery stores)
Let the sugar dissolve in the water.
Add two pounds of dry ice
(break them into small chunks and use tongs to put them in)
As soon as the dry ice becomes carbonized the drink is ready to serve.
You will have yourself a bubbling mixture of Root Beer that will make a delicious
Potion for any Halloween party.

Vampire Blood

What’s Halloween without a little vampire blood?  Make a delicious creepy drink for your guests to enjoy.

vampirebloodHere’s what you need:
One can of Hawaiian punch
One liter of ginger ale
A half-gallon of sherbet  (if you want it thicker with some additional sweetness)
For adults you can add a little alcohol to your brew for a Halloween punch.
Place pieces of dry ice under the table to create a smoky, spooky effect.
If there are dogs or children around make sure you keep the dry ice out of reach.

Ghostly Fog

cauldronMake a creepy Halloween cemetery or spook up your bar area with some dry ice ghostly fog. You will need 5 to 10 pounds of Dry Ice. Add it into 4 to 8 gallons of hot water. This will make lots of fog depending upon the temperature of the water and the size of the pieces of Dry Ice. Hotter water will make more fog. Use a small fan to help blow the ghostly fog. The hot water will keep the fog going for about 15 minutes.  If you want it to last longer use a hot plate to keep the water warm.  Fill your cauldron as high as possible and the fog will flow over the sides. Make sure your creepy concoction is in an area where a little spilling is ok.  The bubbling concoction may spill over the sides depending on how high your water is.

Smoking Pumpkin

smokinpumpkinWant to make a spooky pumpkin?  After you’ve carved your pumpkin add a small container of hot water inside the pumpkin.  Add a few small pieces of dry ice and watch the fog flow out of the pumpkin’s eyes, nose and mouth.  Keep the top off for

added effect.  Add a few glow sticks to make your pumpkin look even spookier.

 Safety First

Always use safety when handling and storing dry ice.  Here are some tips to follow to make sure your Halloween is safe and fun.

Don’t handle dry ice with your bare hands as it can cause burns to the skin.
Use tongs, gloves or a cloth when handling.

Don’t put dry ice directly into your mouth.
This can result in burns to your tongue.

Never keep dry ice in a sealed container.

Always provide ventilation as dry ice releases heavy carbon dioxide and can cause suffocation if breathed in for an extended period of time.


Oktoberfest In Montrose Kept It’s Beer Cold Thanks To KT Ice Service

IMG_1004Oktoberfest 2013 Montrose, CA

KT Ice service has been keeping the beer cold at Oktoberfest since 1988. In 1977 The chamber of commerce in Montrose started to host an Oktoberfest as a way to bring the community together and put on a fun filled event for the town. 10 years later KT Ice Service joined the team and has been providing the event with all it’s ice needs from 1988 until today.

There are many types of beer to keep cold during Oktoberfest. Have you ever thought how these giant events serve up the coldest beer all day long to it’s thirsty patrons? KT Ice Service delivers the ice to the vending booths both cubed and dry ice using a motorized cart and then to keep the ice cool they deliver a stand-by refrigeration truck for supplies right there on location. This keeps the food and german beer cold for the duration of event.  Ice is such an important component to making an event like this successful.  Can you imagine an Oktoberfest with warm beer?

OktoberfestThe Montrose Oktoberfest has an estimated thirty five to forty thousand participants. Hundreds of people fill Centennial Plaza for German beer, and delicious food. As many as 16 breweries from across the state gather for the annual Montrose Oktoberfest celebration presented by All Points Transit.  There are many activities that take place for all ages including rides, games, food , music and dancing and many local organizations participate and volunteer to run the event.

Oktoberfest is All Points Transit’s biggest and only fundraiser of the year. Last year, All Points Transit raised approximately $12,000, and officials were hoping for a similar turnout this year.

KT Ice service was established in the La Crescenta – Montrose area in 1987 making it the perfect community partner for Oktoberfest. Principal Ken Yandoli has lived and worked in the area since 1987 and comes from 4 generations of family owned Ice Businesses dating back to the early 1920’s.

articleThis year the best dressed dog was won by the group L.A.doxies. which Ken and his friends and family are a significant part of.

To learn more about KT Ice Service.  Feel free to give Ken a shout at:

(818) 929-6771

Come back soon and check out our next article for hints on how to have a ghoulish Halloween using Dry Ice.

Awesome Dry Ice Experiments

Oozing, bubbling, fog making, eye-catching science for Halloween.

Halloween is the perfect time for oozing, bubbling, eye-catching science! If you love to perform science demonstrations, Halloween is a wonderful excuse to fill the cooler with dry ice and get ready for a day filled with “ooze” and ahhhs! These demos are also make for great Halloween party decorations.


  • Dry ice
  • Regular ice
  • Tongs
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap (Dawn works well)
  • Drinking glass
  • 2 paper or plastic plates
  • Plastic cylinder (optional)
  • Food coloring
  • Glowing lightsticks (optional)
  • Small fish aquarium
  • Bubble wand and bubble solution


All About Dry Ice

First of all, here’s the background information and safety lesson on dry ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Instead of melting, dry ice turns directly into carbon dioxide gas but does not melt like real ice. Dry ice must be handled with care as it is -110 degrees F ( -78 degrees C). It must be handled using gloves or tongs, as it will cause severe burns if it comes in contact with your skin. Never put dry ice into your mouth. When you drop a piece of dry ice in a bucket of water, the gas that you see is a combination of carbon dioxide and water vapor. So, the gas that you see is actually a cloud of tiny water droplets.

Disappearing Ice
Here’s a quick experiment to help children better understand why it’s called dry ice. Ask the children, “Why do you think they call this dry ice?” Place a regular ice cube on one plate and a similar size piece of dry ice on a second plate. Keep both plates out of the reach of the children. “Let’s try to guess what is going to happen to the ice cube and the piece of dry ice if we leave it on the plate for one hour.” Of course, the children are likely to tell you that both pieces of ice will melt, turning into a puddle of water.

Allow the children to view the plates after one hour. They will discover the difference between real ice and dry ice. There should be a puddle of water on the plate where the real ice was, but the dry ice plate will be “dry.” Where did the dry ice go? Dry ice is not made from water, it’s made from some of the air that we breathe… it’s frozen carbon dioxide. The dry ice turned into invisible carbon dioxide gas that disappears into the air. Magic!

Burping, Bubbling, Smoking Water
Use the tongs or gloves to place a piece of dry ice in a glass of warm water. Immediately, the dry ice will begin to turn into carbon dioxide gas and water vapor, forming a really cool cloud! This cloud is perfectly safe for the children to touch and feel as long as they do not put their fingers far enough down into the water to accidentally touch the dry ice.

To create the best effect, be sure to use warm water. Over time, the dry ice will make the water cold and the “smoking” will slow down. Replace the cold water with warm water and you’re back in business!

Oooh Ahhh Awesome Bubbles
Who would have guessed that you could have this much fun with soapy water and a chunk of dry ice? Fill a tall glass or plastic cylinder with warm water and add a squirt of liquid dish soap like Dawn or Joy. Use gloves or the tongs to place a piece of dry ice into the soapy water. Get ready for a room full of ooohs & ahhhs!

Instead of the dry ice just bubbling in the water to make a cloud, the soap in the water traps the carbon dioxide and water vapor in the form of a bubble. The children will see the bubbles climb out of the cylinder of warm, soapy water and explode with a burst of “smoke” as they crawl over the edge.

Add some food coloring to the water to make the demonstration more colorful. If you want to give the exploding suds an eerie glow, drop a glowing lightstick into the water along with the dry ice. The lightstick will give the bursting bubbles an eerie look.

Floating Bubble
You’ll notice that when you add dry ice to water, the cloud of carbon dioxide and water does not go up into the air, but instead falls towards the ground. Why? This cloud-like mixture of carbon dioxide and water is heavier than the surrounding air. You’ll use this little piece of science trivia to perform the amazing Floating Bubble trick.

A small fish aquarium works well for this activity. Fill the bottom of the aquarium about an inch deep with warm water (take the fish out first!). Use gloves or the tongs to add a few pieces of dry ice. Of course, the dry ice will begin to smoke turning into carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Using a bubble wand and a bottle of bubble fluid, blow a few bubbles into the aquarium (it’s a little difficult so be patient). To everyone’s amazement, a few bubbles will appear to float in mid-air in the aquarium. The bubble is really just floating on a cushion of invisible carbon dioxide gas. Of course, the spooky Halloween story is up to you… but I think I heard that the aquarium is the home of a ghost who has been known to play with soap bubbles!

Try a Spooky, Bubbling Beverage
The next time you have a craving for a sparkling beverage, make your own batch using what you know about dry ice. Fill a bowl or pitcher with apple juice and use gloves or tongs to add a few large pieces of dry ice. While the mixture is bubbling and burping, the apple juice is being carbonated by the dry ice. Carbon dioxide gas is mixing with the juice to make a “sparkling” drink. Your local hobby or craft store is sure to have a spooky looking Halloween cauldron that would hold a large batch of apple juice and dry ice. Wait until the dry ice is completely gone before serving the apple juice. It’s a spooky carbonated drink.

99d83292fb88761d22b57d024ab66d501e6cf827Lightsticks… the Eeeeeeerie Glow!
Make a trip to your local supermarket or Halloween store to find a supply of lightsticks. When you bend the lightstick, a small glass tube breaks and the chemicals in the lightstick mix. The result is an eerie glowing light that is safely contained within the walls of the lightstick. Drop a lightstick into your bubbling dry ice potion for a great eerie effect.

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