How to Make a Halloween Cauldron

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Halloween is one of those holidays where props really set the scene. One of the best decorations is a smoldering witch cauldron. Great for parties, the smoky pot of witch's brew is a scary welcome to trick-or-treaters. Make a Halloween cauldron at home to enchant your visitors with a wicked welcome.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fog machine
  • Black plastic cauldron
  • Cobwebs
  • Pan or bowl
  • Distilled water
  • Bricks or other supports

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  1. 1

    Purchase a fog machine, which is the heart of the witch's cauldron. Look for one that has different colored lights for an extra spooky effect. Halloween specialty stores or online Halloween stores carry these inexpensive machines.

  2. 2

    Determine the size of supports or lifts needed by placing the machine in the cauldron to test how low it sits. Make sure to account for the pan of water the machine sits in.

  3. 3

    Stack the supports in the plastic cauldron for the pan of water and fog machine to sit in. Bricks work well because they provide weight and prevent the cauldron from moving.

  4. 4

    Place the pan of water in the cauldron and place the fog machine inside the water. Use distilled water to limit the amount of buildup in the machine.

  5. 5

    Decorate the outside of the cauldron with a package of cobwebs, also found at Halloween shops. Turn the machine on and watch the witch's potion come to life. Watch the cauldron the first time you run it to see how quickly the water is used and refill it as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • The lower the machine, the higher the fog has to rise from the cauldron and the less the lights will shine.

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