Make some spooky noises

Kerry made this very cool eerie sounds device  two years ago. I made one today with my children and they LOVED the spooky noises it made. They kept scaring me, hiding round corners and creaking.

spooky noises

You will need:

  • A plastic cup
  • A paperclip
  • Some ribbon
  • Water
  • Thick tissue or paper towel.
  • Something to make a hole in your cup.


1. Carefully pierce a hole in the top of the cup.

2. Thread the ribbon through the hole and tie a small knot at the end.

3. Attach the paper clip.

6. Wet a small paper towel.

7. Fold this round the ribbon and pull down!

It should sound like a creaky door.

spooky noises

The Science bit

The cup acts like a sound board. If you rubbed the towel down the ribbon without it, you would not hear any sound, but the cup amplifies the vibrations created by the movement and you get the sound.

Other ideas

You could try different widths of ribbon and see how the sound differs.

What if you just pull the ribbon through, does that still make a noise?

Don’t forget to check out our other Halloween Science Experiments.

Spooky noise maker


There are 6 comments

  1. Mary Fiorini

    This reminds me of the moose calls I used to make using a large coffee can and braided string…great adaptation for small hands!

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