Homemade Yard Decorations of Ghosts for Halloween

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Homemade Yard Decorations of Ghosts for Halloween
A ghost reaches out to grab you from the yard. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Halloween allows you to embrace your inner child when you make your own Halloween yard decorations. Create some spooky ghosts to strike fear in those trick-or-treaters who dare enter your yard or make some friendly ghosts that bring a sweet smile to the face of a child.

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Pumpkins

You can take three pumpkins and change them into a ghostly decoration for your yard. Similar to a snowman, stack three different-sized pumpkins above each other. Choose two fat pumpkins for the body and a taller thinner one for the face. Remove the insides of the face pumpkin and cut out a grisly face before sticking a glow-in-the-dark stick inside to illuminate it. Cover all three pumpkins with opaque white paint to create your pumpkin ghost.

Balloons

A square piece of white cheesecloth, or an old sheet cut into a square, will transform a helium-filled balloon into a ghost. Place the fabric over the top of the balloon and gather it at the neck of the balloon with a ribbon. With the top ribbon dangling down, tie the balloon to a heavy rock or a piece of shrubbery in the yard. Place several ghost balloons around the yard to give it an eerie appearance.

Cardboard

A large piece of cardboard turns into a friendly ghost. Use a projector to enlarge then trace the design of ghosts, from comics or colouring books, onto the cardboard. Use white glow-in-the-dark paint to cover both sides of the cardboard. Facial features, applied with black paint, will give the ghost character, along with a top hat, necktie or pair of glasses. Staple the cardboard ghosts to a fence board or stick them into the yard.

Broom

A upside-down broom becomes a ghost. Take a floor-length piece of white material and drape it over the reeded side of the broom, gathering it underneath. Stuff newspapers inside the material until you get a rounded shape to the top. Paint the face before sticking the broom into the ground. You can use a clothes hanger to give the ghost shoulders and more form. Stick the curved edge of the hanger, the one that goes over the rod, into the rounder head section. The outer portions of the hanger become the ghost's shoulders.

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