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All About Fog Machines
In this video we walk you through the available fog machine options and show you how to use your fog machine. We also demonstrate how the various fog machines work and show you some of the accessories that are available.

- By Jenna Maxwell

Confused about fog machines? We take the mystery out of choosing the right fog machine for your home, event or haunt.

No matter what amount of decorating your next Halloween haunt is going to entail, there is one mood-setting detail that is going to set your yard or spook alley apart from all the rest. When it comes to creating the absolute spookiest Halloween mood, there is one simple element that is not only easy to generate but makes a huge difference--FOG! There is something about nebulous, foggy and misty darkness that equates to the absolute spookiest Halloween ambience ever, so when decorating for Halloween you absolutely should consider using a fog machine. Getting fog or mist into your Halloween decor isn’t just for professionals, nor does it need to be hard or even all that complicated. We are here to cut through the murk and shed some serious light on this hazy subject. Want fog? You’ve come to the right place.

There are many types of fog machines available to buy in today’s marketplace. Before you can really know which type of fog machine will best suit your Halloween decorating needs, it’s a good idea to consider how and where you intend to ultimately use it. Are you going to use your fog machine indoors or outdoors? How large is the room or area that you want to fill with fog? Do you want a gentle misty look, an allover, denser foggy effect, or do you want your fog to primarily stay close to the ground? Do you want to use your fog machine in conjunction with other Halloween props?

Mist Machines

Mist Making Machine with Purple LED
Although not as elaborate as a full fog machine, a tabletop mist maker is a fun novelty item that is very easy to use, even for the novice Halloween decorator. These little gizmos are extremely simple to use. Simply immerse them into any container of water and they immediately start making mist that pours out of the container. You can add food coloring to the water in the container in any color to create different effects. Any container of water can be used, from vases to cauldrons. For an inexpensive and very easy way to create a pretty amazing effect, a tabletop mist maker is a simple way to go. These mist makers come complete with LED lights built in so not only are you going to get some pretty amazing mist, but you are also going to get some eerie looking colored light that emanates out from the mist itself. The mist maker is the perfect device to enhance your spooky Halloween home décor for any Halloween party or gathering. These versatile mist makers are also fun to use for winter holidays, instantly adding a misty, icy, and frosty feeling to your tabletop décor!

Fog Machines: Popular Uses and How They Work

Witch behind foggy cauldron
There are many ways to create a unique mood or ambience for numerous types of events you may be having. Fog machines are an excellent and easy way to create mist or fog in the air, which can enhance all sorts of affairs, from Halloween parties and haunted houses to rock concerts, theatrical productions and even dance parties. Fog machines come in different sizes with varied levels of fog output. Which fog machine best suits your needs depends of course on how large of an area you wish to make foggy.

Fog machines are not an overly complicated piece of machinery. Essentially a fog machine is designed to pump fog liquid or “fog juice” from a reservoir into a heat exchanger where the liquid is then heated and turned into vapor. The vapor is then forced out through the fog machine’s output and into the room. There are many variables that a consumer should consider before making a fog machine purchase; these will be covered in detail here so you can make the best choice when purchasing the fog machine that will best meet your needs.

Types of Fog Machines

1000w Fog Machine
The first thing a consumer must consider when buying a fog machine is the wattage of the actual unit. Fog machines come in various wattage sizes ranging from 400 watts to 1000 watts. Smaller wattage units will create a smaller volume of fog (cubic feet per minute) than larger wattage machines. It is important to consider the size of the area you want to create the foggy atmosphere in, because too little fog will negate the point of the fog machine and you will also have to run it more frequently, which will then require more power. A larger wattage fog machine may be a better solution as running the machine less frequently with a greater output may ultimately extend the life of the machine. Remember, the higher the wattage of your fog machine, the more fog the machine will produce! Choosing the right size fog machine with the appropriate level of output is the first thing you must consider.

How to Set-Up a Fog Machine

Setting up a fog machine is very easy to do. You will of course, want to first read the specific instructions that come with the fog machine you purchase in order to familiarize yourself with the particular features of your fog machine. Here are some tips to remember, as you get ready to assemble your fog machine.

Fog Machine Accessories

Your fog machine can be made more versatile as well as enjoyable by adding a few exciting accessories.

Fog Machine Accessories

Fog Machines and Props

Pumpkin Jack Fog Machine Prop
Halloween props and fog go together like bacon and eggs so if you have one, you most certainly have to be considering the other! Since we know you are already likely conjuring up all sorts of spooky ways to bring your Halloween props to life with your fog machine, here are a few of the basics to help you to use these items together to create some very amazing special effects and still be safe.

Carved Pumpkin with Fog

Skull prop with fog

Essentially you have three choices when it comes to combining the special effect of fog while using a Halloween prop.

The first option is to use a prop that has a fog machine already built into it. These props however tend to be higher end haunted house quality props so they're not typically seen for home use.

The second option would be to use a Halloween prop that has been specifically designed for use in conjunction with a fog machine. This option is particularly cool because the prop comes made with specific and strategically placed holes, nozzles or even hoses that will spew the fog out of the prop in the most ghoulish ways imaginable! Additionally, the materials used in these props are made to be safe for use with a fog machine, so that is one less thing you have to worry about. Last but not least, because you can add the fog factor to these props, these types of Halloween décor items can be unbelievably creepy!

The third option is to use your fog machine in conjunction with other ordinary Halloween props.

The first two options are the easiest as well as the safest as using an animated Halloween prop that either has a fog feature built in or one that easily adapts to use with one will give you far less to worry about, including any concerns about flammability which is always something you must consider when using a fog machine with any prop. If you want to use a fog machine with ordinary props, you absolutely must consider any potential risk of flammability. Fog machines can get very hot. You would never want to put your fog machine inside or near anything that could potentially be flammable. If you want to create a spooky scene with fog, it’s best to shoot the fog in the direction of the props but keep the machine itself out of direct contact with the props themselves. Be very aware of any other nearby items such as draperies, paper goods or decorations that could also potentially be a fire hazard. Be extremely careful when handling your fog machine once it’s been turned on as you could easily get burned yourself if you aren’t careful. Some of the more popular props to use a fog machine with these days are the latest generation of digital decorations. Because they're digital the addition of a fog machine into the mix is safe and easy to do. Plus, a fog machine adds just one more level of 3D realism to a digital display.

Fog Machine Safety Precautions

There is absolutely nothing like a fog machine when it comes to creating a truly unique and one of a kind ambience. A fog machine is perfect for Halloween decorating, but you will also be amazed at how many other creative uses you can come up with to use this very versatile fog-making machine. Imagine the realistic winter wonderland that could be created by adding a little fog, or the mystique a foggy atmosphere could add to an ordinary photo shoot! A simple dance party or musical performance can quickly become something truly epic and extraordinary with the use of fog. Of course, our favorite way to use a fog machine is to just simply create one of the most hands-down chilling and spine tingling special effects ever--it’s absolutely perfect for Halloween! Use your imagination, because the possibilities are endless!
Jenna Maxwell Halloween Author+Jenna Maxwell
Halloween Author for HalloweenExpress.com
You can follow Jenna on Google+ as well as our costume blog where she's a frequent writer about all things Halloween including Halloween costumes, trends, decor, and party ideas.

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