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Funny DIY Halloween Tombstone Sayings (Plus Carving Tips)

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Joe loves celebrating Halloween the way it was meant to be celebrated: with ghoulishly clever tombstones.

Looking for something more clever than R.I.P.?

Looking for something more clever than R.I.P.?

DIY Halloween Graveyard

One of my favorite things to do for Halloween is to decorate my yard with scary spiders, cobwebs, jack-o'-lanterns, and of course, tombstones.

My tombstones may be made of foam, but once they're done I think they look pretty spooky. The really fun part is choosing what the headstones should say—and in this article, I'll share some of the best funny names and sayings I've found. I'll also go over some carving techniques and tips.

Funny Tombstone Names

NameSounds Like

Barry D. Live

buried alive

Wes Le'Sole

restless soul

Diane Rott

die and rot

U. R. Knexst

you are next

Will B. Back

will be back

I.M. Rysin

I am rising

Dee Kayd

decayed

Rea Bourne

reborn

Ibyn Kyld

I been killed

Vacancy

(self-explanatory)

One of my funny tombstones for Halloween

One of my funny tombstones for Halloween

More Funny Tombstone Names

A. Body

I.B. Gone

I.M. Gone

Will Return

Al B. Back

M.T. Tomb

Frank N. Styne

I.M. Mortal

Ray N. Carnation

C.U. Laytor

Rustin Peas

Manny Festation

Paul Tergyst

Jess T. Bones

Sam Hain

Alfred Ovda Dark

"Barry D. Live" is one of my favorite funny tombstone names

"Barry D. Live" is one of my favorite funny tombstone names

Funny Tombstone Quotes From Disney's Haunted Mansion

The following sayings are from the graveyard at the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World. I always enjoyed that ride as a kid, and it was my first exposure to humorous epitaphs.

  • Rest in peace Cousin Huet / we all know you didn't do it
  • Here rests Wathel R. Bender / he rode to glory on a fender
  • Dear departed brother Dave / he chased a bear into a cave
  • Here lies good old Fred / a great big rock fell on his head
  • At peaceful rest lies Brother Claude / planted here beneath this sod
  • Here lies Captain Culpepper Clyne / Allergic to dirt so he's pickled in brine. He braved the sea and all her wrath, but died on land while taking a bath.
  • While Brother Roland here reposes, his soul's above, one supposes

Funny (but Real!) Tombstone Quotes

This next batch contains quotes found on real tombstones at famous gravesites all over the world.

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  • My other resting place is a sarcophagus
  • Here lies Lester Moore
    Four shots from a .44
    No Less, No More
  • Here lies the body
    of Jonathan Blake
    Stepped on the gas
    Instead of the brake
  • Here lays Butch,
    We planted him raw.
    He was quick on the trigger,
    But slow on the draw
  • Reader if cash thou art
    In want of any
    Dig 4 feet deep
    And thou wilt find a Penny

How to Transfer the Saying to the Foam

After you decide what name and/or epitaph you want the tombstone to have, you'll need to determine how you're going to transfer it to the tombstone itself. There are a couple of basic options: either carve the foam directly or create a stencil to use for painting.

Either way, I recommend first creating a design on your computer and then printing it out on plain white paper. Your design does not need to be limited to just text—you can use clip art and other graphics, too. Just keep in mind that the more intricate your design gets, the longer it will take you to transfer it onto the foam.

After you have your design printed out on a piece of paper, choose one of the following two methods:

  • Carve directly into the foam: Tape your design printout to the foam and use a sharp blade to punch through the paper into the foam (see photos below). The technique is similar to carving a pumpkin. You want to just lightly score the foam at this point so then when the paper is removed you can still see the design.
  • Create a stencil and paint: Take your design printout and cut out the letters to create a stencil. Tape the stencil to the foam. No carving will be necessary. Simply apply paint, and your design will be transferred to the foam.

Carving Step-by-Step

  1. Tape your design printout to the foam and use a sharp blade to punch through the paper into the foam (see photos above). You want to just lightly score the foam at this point so then when the paper is removed you can still see the design.
  2. Remove the printout. You should be able to see the design scored lightly into the foam.
  3. Carefully carve into the foam a little deeper. If you are using a sharp blade you want to carve at an angle going from the side of the lettering toward the middle of the lettering so that you are forming a "V" shape into the foam. The center of the "V" should now be removed, leaving the letter engraved into the foam. (Another option is to use a hot wood carving knife, in which case the foam will melt away. You need to be careful with this technique as it's very easy to melt away too much of the design.)
  4. Once the design is carved out sufficiently, use dark paint to fill it in.
Wishing you a ghoulish Halloween...

Wishing you a ghoulish Halloween...

Happy Halloween!

The epitaphs here are some of my favorites that I have collected over the years.

Do you know any other funny tombstone names or sayings? If so, please share them in the comments below!

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FlourishAnyway from USA on October 18, 2013:

I cannot believe this has had not had any comments. It's too cute and interesting. Voted up and more, plus pinning in time for Halloween.

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