I love Halloween. I love the decorating, the parades, the parties and all of the fun. The neat thing about decorating for Halloween is that it can be done for almost no money. I know some people go out and buy expensive Halloween decorations, but anyone can put together a ghastly goggle of ghosts using things around the house.
Ghost can hang from trees or from the porch. They can be placed on poles and left to blow in the wind. They can peek from windows around the house and they can do this without making money disappear from ones wallet.
I use to make ghost, just like everyone else from old sheets. I would save my old white sheets and come Halloween, I would drape the sheet over a ball or create a round ball from crumpled up newspaper and drape the sheet over that. I used monofilament to secure the head in place and to hang the ghost from a tree. When it rained the ghost would get wet, but overall they help up pretty well.
Eventually I moved on to creating my ghost from white plastic trash bags purchased from the dollar store. Wow, for a dollar I could create twelve nice looking ghosts and it could rain day and night without any effect on the ghosts. I still crumpled up newspaper into a large ball but now I held the ball together with duck tape. I would usually shred the ghost’s bottoms and hang the ghost, as always from monofilament.
(I used to “borrow” the monofilament from my husbands fishing pole, but after he walked in one day, I was given my own spool of the invisible line to use for Halloween).
Using the white trash bags I also make silhouette ghost to place in my upstairs windows. Open up the bag by cutting along the two sides to expose a long narrow piece of white plastic. Cut out the shape of a ghost. Using a permanent black magic marker make two eyes where the eyes belong. The mouth is optional. Tape the silhouette ghost where they can bee seen from the sidewalk or street. They not only look good during the day, but at night when the lights are on, they will draw a second look by anyone going by.
This year I am making gourd ghost. Instead of using newspaper balls for the ghost heads, I am using hard shell gourds painted white. I am attaching white trash bag streamers using gorilla glue and eyes painted on the acrylic paint. In order to easily hang my gourd ghost, I’ve screwed in a ¼” eye screw from the hardware store.
Using hard shell gourds gives each ghost a different look and personality, as each gourd is a different shape. After painting and before adding the white streamers I give the ghost a spray or two of a clear varnish.
Ghost, at least the make believe kind are a fun and easy way to decorate and join in the fun for Halloween.