How to Make Halloween Ghost Decorations for Outside
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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...
Weather-Tough Halloween Ghost Decorations
- 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
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Photos, videos, and text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan.