6 Spooky Ways to Dress Up a Pool for Halloween

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Happy Halloween! Pinterest is a goldmine of spooky DIY ideas for bewitching décor, and that includes the swimming pool. Here are just a few ways to get a pool in ghoulish condition for the holiday:


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1. Spooky Soak
Items needed:
skeleton, props

A skeleton doesn't have to be terrifying, unless you dress it up like your least-favorite customer. A bikini-clad skeleton catching some (moon) rays adds some humorous flair to the pool.



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2. Seeing Red
Items needed:
pool dye

Try a green pool for a spooky swamp, or purple for a pool-size witch's brew. The trustworthy red dye pairs nicely with fake body parts.



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3. Floating Faces
Items needed:
Pumpkins (carved or whole), glow sticks or candles (optional)

Carve faces into pumpkins and illuminate them with glow sticks or candles.* Gently place them in the pool and they'll bob along the surface for a spooky look.

*Be sure to supervise if using candles.



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4. Ghosts on Ice
Items needed:
Water balloons, glow sticks.

Inflate water balloons and insert a glow stick. Tie it off, and let it float. (Want to get more frightening? Try the same process with latex gloves to create look of floating body parts.)



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5. Fog Horns Welcome
Items needed:
Dry ice

Create a foggy poolscape with dry ice. (No swimming in the pool while dry ice is in use. Dry ice, despite the name, burns.)



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6. Light Up the Night
Items needed:
Light filters or colored LEDs

Lighting is the key for the spookiest Halloween effects. Colored filters or colored light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to create a frightening atmosphere.


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