How to Make Halloween Ghost Decorations for Outdoors
A Ghost Decoration Hangs From a Tree
Make Decorations With Your Children
Making holiday decorations with children always delights me. Traditionally, in the USA, Halloween is a holiday that belongs to children. Although scary characters are part of the package, these make-at-home ghosts can be as gruesome or as gentle as one likes.
In fact, I have saved three of the ghosts that my precious sons made "way back when." See the photos for their unique ghost faces.
These Ghosts Are Now Family HeirloomsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Weather-Tough Halloween Ghost Decoration Supplies
Collect these supplies to make the decorations:
- White sheet or plastic bag
- Newspaper, foil, or packing peanuts for stuffing
- Permanent marker, preferably black
- Pen or pencil to poke a tiny hole
- About 6 inches of string, twine, or twist ties forming a 6-inch chain
- More string or twine for the neck, about 12 inches
- Small piece of cardboard, about 1 inch by 3 inches
- Masking tape
Video Tour of Most of the Supplies
Step One: Draw the Face
- If you are using a plastic bag, position it on a flat surface so that one of the closed corners of the bag points up. In other words, it looks like a pointy mountain top.
- If you are using a white sheet, whether it is a square or a circle, pick it up in the center of the fabric and gently shake it to hang down from your hand. Then, position the sheet on a flat surface so that the part in your hand is at the top, also like a mountain top.
- Estimate how much about one-fifth of the area is in the center top of the "mountain" and draw the face there. The face needs to be that small because the head will be small in relation to the ghost's flowing body.
Drawing the Ghost Face
Step Two: Make the Hanging Attachment
- Make a small hole with a pen or pencil point at the very top of the ghost's head—this is where you will thread the string or twist ties for attaching the ghost to a tree branch or other outside location.
- Tape the string or chain of twist-ties securely to it. The cardboard goes inside the bag and the ties come out through the opening.
Step Three: Make the Ghost's Head and Neck
- Open your ghost sheet or bag and fill the head area with crumpled stuffing.
- Use twine or string to tightly tie the neck closed. Make the neck as SMALL and tie the twine as TIGHTLY as possible. Otherwise, your ghostie will slowly leak its brains all over the ground.
Step Four: Hang Your Ghost Outside
All that is left to do is to attach the ghost to a tree, porch, or garden gate outside. If you wish, you may attach a longer string to the ghost hanger.
I live in a part of the world which can receive rain (and occasionally snow) around Halloween. These wind- and water-proof ghosts work well for me. I hope they also do well for you.
These ghost decorations stay good for many years.