BIOHAZARD Halloween Party theme - glowing - TOXIC WASTE BARRELS - DIY drum - Adult drink holder - PROPS

I'm so excited to post my BIO-HAZARD BARREL tutorial. I had to wait until after the party so I didn't spoil the theme or details.

I usually pick a party theme for Halloween and this year it was Bio-Hazard /Toxic Waste / Zombie Apocalypse. Since my front yard is covered in zombie skeletons I always have a partial zombie theme going on.

For the party every year I create a cool display for drinks. I also try to make the food and drink names match the theme as well. Here's my adult drink station/holder/display this year.

I was going for an underground/basement with toxic waste barrels. I love how it turned out!!!

The best part........I didn't think I was going to get enough black lights to make it look cool so I scrapped that idea early on when decorating. Then I rented 6 lights to make everything green. As I scrolled through the colors choices one was a black light. Everything was black-light reactive!!!!!
I only made 2 black lights and the rest on green. Looked sooooo awesome!!!
{{insert happy squeal}}

$10 trash can from Wal-Mart
Grey spray paint
Sand paper
Parchment paper
Clothes pins
Great Stuff
Fluorescent green paint
Olive green spray paint
Glow-in-the-dark spray paint
Bio-hazard stencil (created in word doc)

I made one test barrel before making FIVE!!

I first cut off the trash can handles.

Then I used the sand paper to lightly distress and even out the sticker. 

I couldn't peel it off and was kinda too lazy to put much effort into removing it. It wasn't going to be visible really.

Lightly & unevenly sprayed the can with grey spray paint.

I had a little helper for some of it. 

Once dry I used the sand paper to distress more.

I printed and sized the bio-hazard symbol and used an exacto knife to cut out all the black and saved the inserts for the letters. I used double sided tape to attach the inserts.

Only one stencil used for all of them.

Remember the handles I cut off? I used them to keep the bin from rolling. Genius I might add. Lol. ;)

Fluorescent green paint!

I didn't realize/think about the inserts for the letters B, A, R, D attached with double sided tape would pull the first coat of grey paint off the bins. After it dried I distressed a little more to fix all the missing paint.

I originally only did the fluorescent green paint but it didn't show up like I wanted. I decided to match my caution tape and a little glow-in-the-dark spray. Turned into a three part process.

The color matched the caution tape better and I liked the bright green around the edges. Made it stand out.

I sprayed heavy with the fluorescent green. Let dry. Sprayed lightly with the olive green (Green Citrus) spray paint. Let dry. Sprayed even with the glow-in-the-dark spray paint. Let dry and removed stencil.

To finish I spattered with "blood" - red spray paint.

Now for the fun part!! I absolutely love Great Stuff!! It's so fun to use and dries super quick.

I am a perfectionist and didn't want to attach it directly to the can since I couldn't spray paint green without getting it all over the can. So I first lined the edges with parchment paper.

Why the clothes pins? Because parchment paper does it's job. Goodness! Nothing sticks. I tried hot glue, duck tape, regular tape, masking tape, medical tape (2 different ones,) double sided tape, last ditch effort I tried super glue. NOTHING!! I called the company and they said the tape they use is proprietary. Ugh. I did see that someone found a special silicone medical tape that somewhat worked. I was annoyed and just wanted to get started. Clothes pins worked fine. :)

I sprayed the Great stuff around the edges and down the side of the trash can.

It dried so quick but still flexiable. Be careful because it can loose it's shape. 

I removed gently and spray painted the same three steps as the bio-hazard symbol. Gently working it back on.

The green tub (in the trash can on the right) were purchased on sale after summer at Wal-Mart for $2. I purchased them for each barrel thinking I could fill them with drinks. I wanted them a little higher so I  placed three boxes in the trash can and covered with black paper.

Testing the lights. I picked up lights on Tuesday so I could play around with placement.

A few hours before the party started I added glow sticks to all the drink bins and trash cans.

Do you spy my kitty cat? She was like WTH is going on!?


UPDATE: Thinking back after it's all said and done, I would've only spray painted with the fluorescent green paint. It's black light reactive alone. I originally decided not to make a black light party when building everything because I didn't think I could get enough lights to make it show up. Instead I tried to match the color of my caution tape that was more olive green.

Olive color and glow-in-the-dark spray paint are not necessary. Also, I liked the glow stick in the drink tubs but not necessary in the trash can. I didn't try it but it would be easy to add dry ice.

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BIOHAZARD Halloween Party theme - PICTURES - Toxic Waste - Zombie Apocolypse - BLACK LIGHT - 10th annual bash

This was our 10th annual Halloween party!

Party theme this year was Bio-Hazard /Toxic Waste / Zombie Apocalypse. Since my front yard is covered in zombie skeletons I always have a partial zombie theme going on.

I made all the decorations and named or re-named all drinks and food to match the bio-hazard theme.


First, here is a picture of my husband and I as Jack and Wendy Torrance from The Shining.
 Aren't we so cute!?

Outside Decorations
The usual zombie infestation. They are made from PVC pipe and I have 11 now. Tutorial HERE.
I made the teeth and eyes as well a few years ago. Tutorial HERE.
Last year I made the gates and columns but never posted a tutorial. :( They are super easy to make and hopefully I'll update soon.

Oh and can't forget the dead bodies on the porch. I've said to the boys in the past that this is what happens when you don't help with dishes. ((kidding, of course)) I'll just say my kids do all the dishes. Not taking any chances. Lol! Tutorial HERE.

I put out all the body parts I made for our yearly zombie picture. Tutorial HERE.

One red balloon on the mailbox. This photo was taken the next morning. It was still floating!!! It actually lasted until around 1pm. We came home and went inside. I came back out to take it down and it was gone. Hmmmm. 

Lots and lots of spider webs and spiders. 

I have two red/yellow kaleidoscope turning and swirling lights directed at the teeth and eyes. Purchased at Wal-Mart. Under the porch I have a blue light bulb on the left and a slow flashing strobe from party city.

 I thought about changing the bulbs to green on the front porch but forgot with all the other decorating. :)

I did make green glowing biohazard jars leading up to the house.

Toxic Waste Drink Station
 I love how it turned out!!!

The best part........I didn't think I was going to get enough black lights to do anything and scrapped that idea early on when decorating.
{{insert happy squeal}}

TUTORIAL HERE to make bio-hazard barrels

Before the party I added glow sticks to all the drink bins and trash cans.

Bio-hazard Buffet Table 

Tarot Card Reader


We don't have a fireplace so the TV stand is my "mantle" :)

 Costume Contest

Best Costume
Best Couple
Scariest Costume
Most Creative
Funniest Costume
Least Effort Costume

Biohazard theme. Skulls on mini toxic waste barrels. Prizes in bags with bio-hazard symbol spray painted and blood splattered.

Last year I made skeleton awards. Tutorial HERE.

Check back soon for all the tutorials for this party!


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