How to Make Dancing Ghosts

Ghostly decorations can turn your regular suburban home into a creepy haunted house on Halloween. Besides jack-o-lanterns, consider adding a circle of dancing ghosts to your front yard. The dancing ghosts aren't scary enough to frighten young children, but spooky enough to transform a regular yard into something otherworldly. The materials to make the dancing ghosts are inexpensive, and construction takes just a few minutes.

Set up the dancing ghosts around a tree or light post. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • 5 wood dowels, 1-inch diameter and 3 feet tall

  • 10 plastic shopping bags

  • Old newspaper

  • Duct tape

  • Twine

  • 5 white sheets

  • Black marker

Step 1

Drive one dowel into the ground, so at least 2 1/2 feet is still exposed.

Step 2

Arrange the other dowels in a circle, approximately 3 feet apart.

Step 3

Double-bag a large wad of newspapers, at least 8 inches across. Turn the bag upside down over a dowel. Twist the ends of the bag tightly around the dowel, creating a round, stuffed shape. Use tape to secure the stuffed head to the dowel. Repeat with all remaining dowels.

Step 4

Drape a sheet over each ghost. Secure the sheets with a length of twine, tied just under the ghost head. Draw a ghostly face on each ghost, facing the center of the circle.

Step 5

Tie the corners of the sheets between ghosts together to look as if they are holding hands and dancing in a circle. Place a few jack-o-lanterns in the center of the ghost circle.

Tip

To highlight the ghost circle on Halloween night, consider setting up a spotlight or colored landscape light nearby.

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