Now is the time to gather the materials to make rainbow fire pumpkins. They're both creepy and festive.

So you've decided against nuts as your primary light source for this Halloween. That's fair. Maybe instead, you could try something different with your jack-o-lantern. Get some drugstore materials and turn it into a rainbow flaming pumpkin of horror.


First carve your pumpkin as normal. I prefer happy faces because, if you're going to be a creator, you should be a benevolent one. Although benevolence might not be the best word for what you do next. Get a big bottle of hand sanitizer and coat the outside of the pumpkin with it. Then sprinkle on just a little bit of borax. Borax is a soft white crystal that dissolves easily in water. It's used in a lot of things, from roach killer to toothpaste. You'll find it in a lot of soaps and detergents. If you need to pick some up, go to a hardware store, a drugstore, or one of those do-it-yourself stores that sells the ingredients to make your own soap. Sprinkle just a bit of powder all over the pumpkin.

Now set it alight. Your pumpkin should be covered with rainbow-colored flames. And it should burn for a while, possibly coming to life and cursing your name. (It depends what you were chanting while you were carving it.)

Obviously, this experiment involves both fire and roach killer, so be very careful and try to do it outside. (Besides, if you don't do it outside, how will you scare passing children?)


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