Ghost Rockets Halloween Activity

Let me start by saying that we had SO MUCH FUN with this activity!  Rockets are fun.  These flying ghost rockets were SO FUN and made a perfect Halloween activity for the kids.

Flying Ghost Rockets 
Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love
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What kid wouldn't want to make FLYING GHOST ROCKETS, right?  You only need a few items for this activity, and the kids will beg to do it again & again! 

Flying Ghost Rockets Materials List  
Setting up the activity

  • Begin by drawing ghost faces on your film canisters.  We used a permanent marker to avoid smears during play, and I later used a magic eraser to remove the marker

Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love
  • Once the marker is dry add a bit of corn starch to each film canister and then fill roughly 1/3 of the way with water.  Then stir well.  We mixed ours as we went and refilled each rocket several times.  The corn starch and water mixture is essentially homemade sidewalk paint without the added color.  It washes right off the pavement, so no worries.
Ghost rockets Halloween activity

Then it is time to PLAY!

You will want to set off one ghost rocket at a time.  Take a piece of Alka seltzer and break it into 3-4 pieces.  Then quickly drop the pieces in the canister, put the lid on, flip the rocket over, set it down, and stand back

Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love

The ghost rocket will go flying high into the air

Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love

These ghosts really fly high, too!

Just look at the force of Science that propels them

Ghost rockets Halloween activity

So FUN!

Rosie loved making the ghosts fly

Flying Ghost Rockets- super FUN Fall Science for kids

And we set off rocket after rocket

Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love

Ghost rockets


Flying ghost rockets

Ghost Rockets Halloween Activity

Further explore Science and add varying amounts of ingredients.  What happens with more or less Alka seltzer?  What about more or less corn starch?  We had lots of fun experimenting, and I was surprised to discover that some of the ghosts flew the highest when less ingredients were used.

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Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love
Flying Ghost Rockets- these rockets fly high into the air.  FUN Fall Science kids love

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