November 1, 2007 4:40 pm

In this month’s issue of the InventHelp newsletter, we discussed how glow sticks are a great choice for young trick-or-treaters because they make the kids more visible to cars.

But, what about those of us who are past the trick-or-treating age? Here’s a tip from Invention Girl: If you’ve taken algebra, you’re too old to trick-or-treat. And if you’re in college, you’re definitely too old!

Lucky for us, there are some new “illuminating” inventions using the same glow technology. Here are two of my favorite ghoulish gadgets in honor of Halloween: glow ice cubes and glow straws.

Glow straws are made of heavy plastic and are crimped at each end to keep the mini glow stick inside the straw. You simply bend the straw just enough to break the glass ampoules, and shake to active the chemicals.

As you drink, the mini glow stick inside slides up and down with the liquid. It looks great, but I can’t help but think I’m drinking something radioactive!

Glow ice cubes, or NiteCubes™, are produced in multi-color, light-up ice cubes and flashing lighted ice cubes. The two used together could make quite a light show in your glass or goblet!

Happy Halloween from Invention Girl and InventHelp!

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