Setting the mood for a Halloween decoration, prop or display
often means making it look old and dusty. To do
this, we use the same techniques that have been used
in the entertainment industry for decades, by very
lightly dusting the given area, furniture or props
with Fuller's earth.
earth is a highly adsorbent claylike substance usually
consisting of hydrated aluminum silicates and is commonly
used in the theatrical industry to dress sets and props
because it is very fine and looks a lot like common dust.
This makes it the ideal choice for creating a dusty or dust
covered effect for Halloween decorations, graveyard, spooky scenes and
creepy props. Fuller's earth is a very common material and
can usually be found at your local hardware store or pool
Dust Mizer Dust Spreader
Dustin Mizer is a special applicator designed for uniformly applying
dust to an area or Halloween prop. This
lightweight device works by cranking and will propel dust
twenty feet or more.
The easy-to-turn handle sifts any
powder into a column of moving air, which assures even,
thorough coverage. It can be loaded with fullers earth for
adding a layer of dust to just about anything, including
fake cobwebs. It retails for around $45 and is available at
used for dusting off sensitive electronics, this can be used
to spread dust over an area as a Halloween effect.
While no where as good as a
duster such as the
Dustin Mizer above, you can do an
okay job by placing a very small amount of Fuller's earth in
the palm of your hand and then using canned air to spray the
Caution - In spite of its name,
most "canned air" products actually don't contain air and
direct inhalation can be very dangerous. Follow all
instructions and warning on the can.