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Fog Machines: Artificial Atmosphere
Artificial fog can enhance the effect of everything from the lights at a dance party to the ominous vibes of haunted houses. Read on to find out more about the mechanism behind the mist.
In meteorological terms, fog is defined as a low-hovering stratus cloud, typically fueled by moisture that has evaporated from a nearby body of water or patch of wet ground. Though it can be a menace to drivers, the hoary, visual impact of fog can also look pretty rad over a dance floor or add gritty atmosphere to a production of Mary Poppins. Some stagehands may still favor dry ice, but commercial fog machines provide a smaller, safer way to achieve the misty effect. Though their structure may vary in some cases, most fog machines use a type of fog solution comprised of glycols or clycerine and distilled water. This “fog juice” is held in a pressurized chamber and sent through a heated pump, which turns it into vapor and emits it into the air. The resultant fog should be at about room temperature, but many machines also have a space to place ice in order to cool the fog before it releases, thus making it heavier and creating a lower-hanging cloud.
Away from the strict guidelines of the city, anything frightful goes at Chainsaw Massacre. Set outside city limits, the haunted house stretches indoors and outdoors, upstairs and downstairs, beckoning thrill-seekers to explore the terror-filled unknown. The haunted house changes each year, so there's always some new ghoulish surprise lurking.