Create Crazy Halloween Pumpkins

Introduction: Create Crazy Halloween Pumpkins

About: I like cool interesting experiments especially when they are related with chemistry.

I'll show how to make crazy halloween pumpkin projects using:
1. ammonium dichromate
2. mercury(II) thiocyanate

Step 1:

Prepare and cut your pumpkin

Step 2:

Fold aluminum foil and place it on the top.

Step 3: Crazy Halloween Pumpkin

Add ammonium dichromate on the top of your pumpkin. Light it and enjoy it.

Step 4: Scary Halloween Pumpkin

Add mercury(II) thiocyanate on the top of your pumpkin and enjoy.

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago

    You have my vote for the most carcinogenic jack-o-lanterns on Instructables.

    BUT seriously....

    As a former science teacher, I like your style. : )

    Please be careful out there. This isn't a thumbs-down, but it IS a cautionary comment. Keep it well ventilated (fume extractor and face masks - we're talking here). Looks awesome, though.


    9 years ago on Step 3

    My Wal-Mart appears to be out of ammonium dichromate and mercury(II) thiocyanate. Where do you get yours?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Try using sparklers and the little snake thingies commonly sold around May and July. They even have them at Walmart.
    1) You bend the sparklers until the chemical falls off in chunks. Keep one for later.
    2) Arrange the snake thingies in the bottom of a container (preferably not some family heirloom). An empty soda can with the top cut off will do. Add the chunks from the sparklers so they cover the snake thingies.
    3) Place your pumpkin OUTSIDE. Can't stress that one enough. Make sure it is away from anything remotely flammable (house, trees, pets) or explosive (cans of Aquanet, propane tanks, the wife) and place the container into the pumpkin.
    4) Light the last sparkler, drop it into the container, then jump back.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Why? Does YOUR Wal-Mart carry these?