How to Make Halloween Ghost Decorations for Outside

A Ghost Decoration Hangs from a Tree

Easy DIY ghost decoration that kids can make to hang outside for Halloween.
Easy DIY ghost decoration that kids can make to hang outside for Halloween. | Source

Halloween and Edgar Allan Poe!

18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Eighteen stories with introduction by Vincent Price: what could be better?

 

Make Decorations with Your Children

Making holiday decorations with children always delights me. Traditionally in the USA, Halloween is a holiday that belongs to children. Although scary characters are part of the package, these make-at-home ghosts can be as gruesome or as gentle as one likes.

In fact, I have saved three of the ghosts that my precious sons made "way back when." See the photos for their unique ghost faces.

These warm my heart...

A genuine child-made ghost.
A genuine child-made ghost. | Source
A happy child-made ghost face for outside Halloween decorating.
A happy child-made ghost face for outside Halloween decorating. | Source
This Halloween ghost looks puzzled.
This Halloween ghost looks puzzled. | Source

Weather-Tough Halloween Ghost Decorations

Supplies needed:

  • White sheet or plastic bag
  • Newspaper, foil, packing peanuts for stuffing
  • Permanent marker, preferably black
  • Pen or pencil to poke a tiny hole
  • String, twine, or many twist ties
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Tape

Video Tour of Most of the Supplies

Draw the Face

Position the sheet or plastic bag so that it looks like a rhombus (diamond.) The top of the ghost's head is one of the points. Estimate how much about one-fifth of the area is and use that to be the area for the face. Remember, we want the ghost to have a flowing body which is bigger than its head.

This simple face works well on the Halloween ghost decoration.
This simple face works well on the Halloween ghost decoration. | Source

Drawing the Ghost Face

Make Attachment for Hanging Outside

Make a small hole with a pin or pencil point at the very top of the ghost's head - this is where you want the string to hold it. Prepare a piece of cardboard by taping a twist-tie securely to it. The cardboard goes inside the bag and the ties come out through the opening.

Make a pinhole on the ghost head

Make a small hole at the top of the ghost's head.
Make a small hole at the top of the ghost's head. | Source
This cardboard stays inside the head - preventing the twist-tie from being pulled out.
This cardboard stays inside the head - preventing the twist-tie from being pulled out. | Source
Twist ties emerge: ready to be connected to a longer string positioning your ghost decoration in the perfect outside spot.
Twist ties emerge: ready to be connected to a longer string positioning your ghost decoration in the perfect outside spot. | Source
Some extra masking tape outside the hole helps prevent the bag from tearing.
Some extra masking tape outside the hole helps prevent the bag from tearing. | Source

Make the Ghost's Neck

Open your ghost sheet or bag and fill it with crumpled stuffing. Use twine or string to tightly tie the neck closed. Make it as SMALL and as TIGHT as possible. Otherwise your ghostie will slowly leak its brains all over the ground. Eeeuu!

This ghost decoration is being filled with old newspaper.
This ghost decoration is being filled with old newspaper. | Source
Gulp - this neck fastener is a little tight, doncha think?  NO- it is just right!
Gulp - this neck fastener is a little tight, doncha think? NO- it is just right! | Source

Spooky Poems

The Raven
The Raven

Halloween madantes an annual re-reading of THE RAVEN!

 

Get Ready to Hang It Outside

All that is left to do is to attach the ghost to a longer string for the tree, porch, or garden gate outside.

Putting a loop of string on a twist tie.
Putting a loop of string on a twist tie. | Source
Twist the ties around the string.
Twist the ties around the string. | Source

I live in a part of the world which can receive rain (and occasionally snow) around Halloween. These wind- and water-proof ghosts work well for me. I hope they also do well for you.

This ghost is ready to greet all the trick-or-treaters coming its way.
This ghost is ready to greet all the trick-or-treaters coming its way. | Source

Photos, videos, and text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan.

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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Cute and simple. I think I could do this!


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Crystal, sure you can!

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