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What is static electricity? Basically, it’s all about the electrons.

Everything on Earth is made up of atoms. Atoms have 3 parts to them – neutrons, protons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are at the center of an atom, together they make up the nucleus. Electrons circle the nucleus. 

Of the three, electrons are easier to “lose” because the force that binds them to the atom’s nuclei is weaker than the other two. When you rub 2 objects together, the electrons mix. Negatively-charged electrons, or an object that is negatively charged, will attach itself or bring a positively charged object to itself – that is static electricity. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Balloon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sweater or your hair

What To Do:

Cut out your ghost from the tissue paper. 

Tape the bottom of your ghost to the table or the floor.

Rub the balloon on a sweater or a head of hair to gather some extra electrons.

Move the balloon over your ghost. The balloon is attracted to the tissue paper. The tissue paper will rise up. As you move the balloon around, the tissue paper will move as well.


• Move fast! The balloon loses the static quickly.

• Small children might need a parent’s help cutting out their       shape. The tissue paper is really thin and difficult to cut!

• You can cut out any spooky shape! Try a bat or even a     witch’s hat! You can use any color tissue paper!