Add some surreal effects to your haunted house, Halloween party or front yard with Halloween ghosts that actually float and fly. You can use these simple Halloween crafts as trick-or-treat gifts for older children or tie them along your walkway to great Halloween visitors.
You will need a white helium-filled balloon for each Halloween flying ghost craft. You can substitute non-helium balloons, but they will not float on their own. You will have to tie them or otherwise secure them to make them stand up. Save white, plastic grocery bags or use white, plastic garbage bags to create the each ghost’s body.
Lay the grocery bags flat on the floor and cut off the handles. Cut one-inch wide strips into the bags until the bottom half looks like fringe. Turn the white fringe so no writing can be seen, wrap it around the middle of the white balloon, and glue it in place. For the best look, glue the top of your white fringe right at the balloon’s “equator” so the fringe falls and disguises the bottom taper.
Paint a face on each ghost, or use decorate stickers to create the face.
Tie a piece of clear twine or fishing line to the bottom of the Halloween balloon ghost. Tie the balloons in your yard at different lengths so it looks like ghosts are floating randomly around your lawn.
Tie off each piece of clear twine to a decorate Halloween weight, like a candy-filled treat bag or small, novelty pumpkin. Pass one out to each trick-or-treater who rings your doorbells so they have a fun Halloween “trick” to go with their treats.
Use these ghosts for haunted house props. Prepare a box, with a lid, for haunted house guests to open. You could make the box look like a coffin, witch’s pot or any other Halloween-themed prop. Place five or six floating Halloween ghosts inside the box and secure the lid. Encourage your guests to remove the lid and the ghosts will pop up and fly out.
For a variation on this Halloween craft, use green helium balloons for a witch’s face. Add a black, plastic garbage-bag skirt, a paper witch hat and yarn for hair. Paint on the face and tie your flying witches next to your ghosts. You can also use glow-in-the-dark balloons and plastic bags, so your guests can see your floating ghosts in the dark.