by Diana Bulls
Here are some clever ideas to get everyone involved in the Halloween spirit.
For the Kids: A Ghostly Necklace
waxed paper or parchment baking paper
small paintbrush (optional)
black felt pen
string or colored yarn
1. Draw ghost outlines on waxed or parchment paper with a pencil.
2. Cover outline with white glue; let set five seconds.
3. Fill in ghost figure with more glue (use a small brush if you like to spread evenly).
4. Let dry two days (or in cold gas over overnight), and peel off paper.
5. Draw face with felt-tip pen.
6. Punch small hole at the top of each ghost and weave string or yarn through holes to make a necklace.
Add an Extra Gruesome Touch:
1. Boil chicken or turnkey neck bones until meat comes off and bones are clean. (NOTE: If you add onion, celery and seasonings to the bones when boiling, you will have a nice soup base for dinner. If you’re not making soup, just discard everything but the bones.)
2. Rinse well and dry; pull vertebrate apart if they aren’t already.
3. Use each vertebrate like a “bead” and add to necklace. Bones can be colored with food coloring.
For the house: Keeping Up Ghostly Appearances
mirrors or photos you already have hanging on the wall (or the bathroom mirror)
black construction paper
frosted window film
scissors or X-Acto knife
poster putty or candle stick-um
(NOTE: Be sure you test surfaces with sticky stuff first to be sure it will not harm photo or portrait!!)
1. Draw a ghostly head and upper body on the back of a sheet of frosted window film.
2. Cut out the silhouette, as well as its eyes and mouth, with scissors or an X-Acto knife.
3. Apply the film to the mirror, smoothing as you go.
Photos or portraits:
1. Draw a mask with eyeholes on the black paper, to fit the person’s head in the photo or portrait.
2. Cut out with scissors or X-Acto knife.
3. Stick on with tiny pieces of poster putty or candle stick-um.
For the porch: Create a Clutch of Dead Fairies
Welcome trick-or-treaters in hair-raising style by hanging dead fairies from the ceiling of your front porch.
plastic skeleton (10″ to 16″ long)
1 black silk rose
1 creepy cloth
multi-purpose spray adhesive
black Sharpie pen
flat black spray paint (optional)
iridescent or black glitter (optional)
1. Fill in the crevices of your plastic skeleton with the Sharpie pen–the eye holes, nose, around the teeth, ribs, etc. I thought my skeleton was too white, so I gave it a light coat of flat black paint and filled in the crevices with a black Sharpie pen.
2. Cut off a piece of creepy cloth about 3″x 9″. Cut a slit in the middle to go over the skeleton’s head, poncho-style. Drape the cloth and trim the hem until you get the effect you want.
3. Lie skeleton on its back and lightly spray top of cloth with adhesive; sprinkle lightly with glitter.
4. Turn skeleton over; lift up cloth and spray skeleton back lightly with glue and stick down creepy cloth.
5. For wings: Pull silk rose off stem and take apart. I used one smaller piece with four petals and one larger piece with two petals. (NOTE: I couldn’t find a black rose, so I spray painted my petals black.)
6. Arrange the petals to look like wings, then spray glue to back of skeleton, over the creepy cloth and stick on the smaller petal making contact for 15 sec.; spray again and stick on larger petal making contact for 15 sec.
7. Lightly spray petals and cloth and sprinkle with glitter.
8. Hang from porch ceiling with a length of fishing line.