Let’s see, where all can you hang a ghost? Dangle one from a tree branch, prop one on a stick in the yard, hang one over a bush. Ghosts are popular at Halloween but you’ve likely tried it all, haven’t you? Most people put up scary decorations for Halloween but you might be a person who enjoys funny things instead. Make a unique, frightened ghost and you’ll create something fun and different this year!
You need an ordinary white sheet to make a ghost. A large, flat sheet works best. You also need something you can use to make the head. A lightweight, children’s bouncing ball, a soccer ball, basketball or even a large balloon will work. The balloon, however, will deflate after several days; keep this in mind when you decide on when to hang the ghost décor.
Place the ball on a table then position the sheet over it. Gather the sheet beneath the ball then tie a rubber band or string around it – not too tight. Now you’re ready to take the ghost outside and hang him on the tree. The object is to make the ghost look like he’s clinging to the tree for dear life. Hammer a nail into the tree then hang the string on it. This will place the ghost’s head right up next to the tree.
Take one side of the ghost and wrap it around the tree. Use a nail to hold it in place. Try to shape the sheet section so that it looks somewhat like the arm of a ghost. Do the same to the other side and nail it in place. Now take the remainder of the sheet and form it into two ghost legs. Wrap them around the tree as well, doing the best you can to separate the two legs, and nailing them in place.
The most convincing part of the frightened ghost is the look upon his face. Make the face on the side of the head so it looks as though the ghost has turned his head to one side. Use a marker to draw on eyes and a frightened – not frightening – mouth. Or, cut pieces of black foam or felt to make the facial features. If you have an old top hat – one that you can rough up a little – you can fold it in half, or somewhat crush it, to make it look more like half a hat. Wire or nail this to the tree above the frightened ghost’s head.
Instead of making a ghost that hugs a tree, make the face so that it faces you, spread the “arms” out and secure them, but let the legs hang free. This looks like a ghost who’s trying to sneak up on someone. Either ghost is very easy to accomplish and will having trick-or-treaters looking twice – at least!