Here’s a fun Halloween DIY toy that kids from toddlers to teens are sure to love! (First published October 26, 2016; this post is updated and republished to improve the content.)
Here is a friendly glowing ghost Halloween sensory bottle that doubles as a luminary, lantern, or Halloween decoration. This easy DIY sensory bottle is a fun Halloween party favor and a great calm-down tool to help scare the spooks away to calm toddlers and preschoolers on Halloween night. And you can make friendly ghost crafts and decorations to go with it.
My daughter has always loved everything about Halloween. Since the glow-in-the-dark Halloween pumpkin sensory bottle, I made was such a hit, I figured she would like a glowing ghost luminary too! She loved it–Boo!
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How to Make a Friendly Glowing Ghost Sensory Bottle
Sensory bottles like this DIY Halloween sensory bottle are great for calming an anxious child and for no-mess-safe sensory play. This glowing ghost sensory bottle also makes a fantastic Halloween luminary decoration. For more information about DIY sensory bottles and their uses, check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
The glow-in-the-dark loom bands can be ‘charged’ by placing them under a regular light or out in the sun. To make the glow-in-the-dark ghost loom bands glow even brighter, use a black light or pop a glow stick into it on Halloween night.
Glow in the Dark Ghost DIY Halloween Sensory Bottle Supplies
- Empty plastic water bottle (from the recycle bin) or a mason jar
- Goo Gone
- White glow-in-the-dark loom bands
- Water (tap or distilled)
- Permanent marker
- Super glue
- White glow stick (optional)
- Blacklight flashlight (optional)
DIY Glowing Ghost Sensory Bottle Step-by-Step Directions
Gather the sensory bottle DIY supplies from the list above and follow the step-by-step instructions below to make this easy Halloween sensory bottle.
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1. Clean the empty water bottle or mason jar.
- Recycle a plastic water bottle, or use a glass Mason canning jar with a lid to make this Halloween sensory bottle.
- Peel off the sticker on the bottle, if any, and use Goo Gone to remove the sticky residue if needed.
2. Fill the empty plastic bottle or jar halfway up with water.
- Fill the empty plastic water bottle or mason jar about halfway up with water.
3. Add white glow-in-the-dark loom bands to the sensory bottle DIY.
- Drop white glow-in-the-dark loom bands into the recycled bottle or jar.
- We used the entire bag of loom bands to make our Halloween ghost sensory bottle.
- Sensory bottles like this glowing ghost calm-down jar look best filled with loom bands.
4. Top Halloween sensory bottle craft off with water.
- Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with water.
- The idea is to fill it all the way to the top so there is no air remaining in the bottle.
5. Put the lid on the ghost sensory bottle.
- Place the lid on the bottle, but don’t glue it shut just yet.
6. Draw the face of a ghost onto the DIY Halloween sensory bottle.
- Use a black permanent marker to draw a simple ghost face onto the outside of the Halloween ghost sensory bottle DIY as shown in the photographs for this post.
7. Glue the lid onto the glowing ghost sensory bottle (optional).
- Use superglue to glue the lid onto the sensory bottle to ensure that it is not opened and the contents dumped out by a curious toddler.
- Don’t glue it shut if you know you would like to put a white glow stick in it at some point. Leaving it unglued ensures that you can remove the glow stick when it loses its charge and change it for another.
DIY Halloween Sensory Bottle for Kids and Adults
Sensory bottles are great for calming anxious or scared children and no-mess-safe sensory play. Make some friendly ghost crafts with this Halloween sensory bottle for more ghostly fun!
This glow-in-the-dark ghost sensory bottle and luminary would also make great DIY Halloween decorations for parties and on Halloween nights! You may also like this collection of Halloween art projects for kids.
To learn more about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and troubleshooting tips, check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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