static powered dancing ghosts science project

Science Project: Make a Static Powered Dancing Ghost

Halloween CAN be a fun day instead of a scary day!  Check out this easy science project that turns a spooky day into a happy day ““ a day to celebrate God’s light instead of Darkness!


– A piece of tissue paper
– A balloon
– Scissors
– A head of hair (We will need to rub the balloon on someone’s hair to make it static.)
– Black marker


Why are we afraid of ghosts? Could it be that although we know there are no such things as ghosts most kids seem to have an innate sense that there is something supernatural in the world around them? This dancing ghost will show them that the only ghost we should concentrate on is the Holy Ghost.


1. Cut out a ghost shape from the tissue paper that is about 1.5 inches long and add some eyes with a marker.

2. Place the ghost on a flat surface.

3. Blow up the balloon and tie it to keep it inflated.

4. Rub the balloon very fast through someone’s hair for about ten seconds. This will add a static charge.

5. Slowly bring the balloon near the “ghost.” The ghost will begin to rise towards the balloon and may float right up to the balloon.

6. Jiggle the balloon. This will make the ghost “dance.”


When you rub the balloon through hair, invisible electrons (with a negative charge) build up on the surface of the balloon. The electrons have the power to pull very light objects (with a positive charge) toward them ““ in this case, the tissue ghost!


There are many ways we can turn negatives into positives. For instance, when we go door to door on Halloween we can make people smile. We can wear angel costumes instead of devil costumes. We can say thank you when we are given candy. We can share our candy with those who don’t have any. We can complement the person who opens the door, i.e.

“It’s so nice of you to give us candy.” Or, “You have a lovely house, thank you for sharing with us.”

On Halloween when so many celebrate darkness that will be like shining a light in that darkness with the help of the Holy Spirit – the only Spirit we should be focused on during Halloween celebrations!


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