Static Spooks

Halloween is quickly approaching! Ghosts, spirits, and ghouls are leaving their haunted mansions and coming out to party!  Here is an eerie experiment that will scare the socks off your friends. The ghost of static electricity will help you!

Floating Spooks

What you will need:

  • Balloon
  • Wool sweater, or hair
  • Scissors
  • Coffee filter

What to do:

  1. Cut up little pieces of a coffee filter into the shape of 2” tall ghosts.


    Stationary spooks

  3. Blow up the balloon and rub it on a wool sweater or your hair.

  5. Now, quickly take the balloon off your sweater or head and place it over the little ghosts.

  7. Watch the ghosts actively float upwards towards the balloon!


    Evanescent lighting not included!

How it works:

Like magic, static electricity possesses the power to move objects without strings or direct contact.  The rubbing of the wool gives the balloon a negative charge – this is the same negative charge you gather when dragging your feet in socks over carpet and the same charge you feel jump from your body when you touch a metal object!  In the world of electrical charges, opposites attract and similar charges repel.  The balloon easily attracts opposite, positively-charged particles of the light ghosts, which is why they jump up without actually being touched!  Amazing, right?

Up, up, and away!

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