Decorating for Halloween is so much fun, but fun really isn’t the name of the game, scary is! Want to make your house the eeriest on the block? Make full-size monsters and you’ll definitely accomplish your goals! If you have lots of storage space for your stuff when the holidays are over, you can keep the monsters until the next Halloween, but if storage space is tight you can simply tear the monsters apart and make them again next year.
You’ll need a long sleeve shirt and a pair of long pants to make a boy or a man monster. If you’re going to make him a permanent decoration start by gluing the chosen shoes or boots to the hem of the pants. If you’ll be tearing the monster apart after the holidays simply tuck the pants into the shoes. Stuff the pants with cotton batting, old sheets, straw, zillions of grocery bags – whatever you have. As you work your way towards the waistband stop and position the shirt.
Lay the shirt out and tuck it into the pants. If you’re going to keep the finished monster you can hot glue the waistband of the pants to the shirt. A button-down shirt works well because you can button it up as you proceed with the stuffing. However, you can always go in through the neck of a no-button shirt.
After stuffing the outfit use a knee-hi stocking to make a head shape. Stuff the stocking and work with it to form the shape. When you’re happy with that tie off the stocking. Position the head on the neck area of the shirt. If you’re keeping the dummy you can hot glue the stocking to the collar or neckline. If not, use pins, tape or other means to hold the head in place. Purchase a rubber mask for the monster and slide it on over his head.
For a girl or a woman monster it’s helpful to start with a pair of long johns or even tights and a long-sleeve shirt. After assembling them as you did with the male version, slide a dress over the stuffed long johns. Do this before attaching the head and mask.
When it comes to the hands for the ghoul you have a couple of different options. One is to hide the hands of the monster. For example, if he’s sitting on your porch swing he can simply lean back and put his hands behind his head. Or, you can slide gloves onto the stuffed shirt. Gloves can be winter type or even rubber gloves. Fake fur or fake hair can be attached to the gloves to make them scarier. Decide on what type of hands you’ll be making before stuffing the shirt of the monster.
The monsters can sit anywhere, but if you want them to stand, do something a little different. If you know you’re going to stand the finished ghoul place dowel rods in the legs of the pants just before stuffing them. Even something like a piece of an old curtain rod will work. Make sure the rods go all the way down into the shoes. Another option is to stick a long dowel or even a broomstick in the yard and slide the monster onto the stick. They’ll scare the life out of anyone who visits this Halloween!