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This project is really over-doing it. Really. And for once, I'm not to blame.
A couple of Halloweens ago, my husband was putting pressure on me to buy a thunder and lightning machine. Yes, really. These are the things we argue about in the Thrifty household... some couples argue about money, we argue about Halloween props.
I said no way to the thunder and lightning machine, but I agreed to a compromise: we could get a fog machine. A simple, no-frills, fill-it-with-fog-solution-and-turn-it-on fog machine. We found one at Walmart for a good price and we were happy.
Evidently, only I was happy. The husband felt unfulfilled.
"You don't understand," he said to me after the first fog machine test. "We need to cool the fog down so it rolls along the ground. It's a better effect."
Picture him whining while saying this, that's how I remember it.
"OK, my dearest husband who I listen to in all matters, how much would it cost to do that?"
"We have all the materials," he answered. And so it began.
He took our camping cooler, which was fine because we've never been camping together, and cut two big holes in each end. He took an old downspout and attached it to one of the openings and a large PVC pipe to the other. Then, he spray painted it black.
To make the desired effect, pour a big bag of ice into the cooler. The idea here is that we will run the fog machine like normal, but it will flow into the downspout, into the cooler where it will be cooled down by the ice, out the other side where it will come out and float near the ground. Because cold air sinks. Science.
I won't tell him he was right though. And if it's breezy on Halloween night, this was all for nothing. But, there's always next year!