How to Create a Mysterious Smell from Frightlopedia

A Halloween Prank for Kids: Make a Mysterious and Spooky Smell for Halloween

Add a strange scent to your ghost noises to make your house seem even more haunted.

Haunted House

What You Need

A paper towel


A small paper or plastic cup or an empty 6- or 8-ounce yogurt cup

What You Do

Prepare the haunting

1. Tear the paper towel in half and fold one piece so you have a square about 3 inches across.

2. Spray the folded towel with perfume until it’s pretty saturated but not soaking wet.

3. Put it in the cup.

Do the haunting

1. When you hide your ghost phone, hide the cup with the scented paper towel in it at the same time.

2. When your ghost phone starts ringing, look in the hiding place as if you are searching for a ghost. Then say to your victim, “Do you smell something strange?

You know, ghosts sometimes produce a smell. This is really creepy. Now we have this weird sound and a mysterious smell. I’m getting out of here!”

Here’s the book for kids who love scary stuff, whether it’s telling ghost stories around a campfire, discovering the origins of various vampires, monsters, and witches, or reading creepy tales under the covers with a flashlight.

More About Frightlopedia:

Combining fact, fiction, and hands-on activities, Frightlopedia is an illustrated A-Z collection of some of the world’s most frightening places, scariest stories, and gruesomest creatures, both real and imagined.

Discover Borneo’s Gomantong Cave, where literally millions of bats, cockroaches, spiders, and rats coexist—in pitch darkness. Learn about mythical creatures like the Mongolian Death Worm—and scarily real ones like killer bees, which were accidentally created by scientists in the 1950s. Visit New Orleans’s Beauregard-Keyes house, where Civil War soldiers are said to still clash in the front hall. Plus ghost stories from around the world, a cross-cultural study of vampires, and how to transform into a zombie with makeup. Each entry includes a “Fright Meter” measurement from 1 to 3, because while being scared is fun, everyone has their limit.

A 2017 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.

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