Things You'll Need
Wooden stakes or poles
Waterproof paint or markers
Twine or ribbon
Center props (optional)
A circle of ghosts haunting your front yard is a striking visual for Halloween. This gathering of ghosts is relatively easy to create with a few supplies. Three ghosts are enough to make a circle, but you can add as many as you have the space to accommodate. Create a family of ghosts to represent your own family members, or set a scene of spooky ghosts dancing on air. However you choose to design it, your ghost circle yard decoration is sure to be among the most popular in the neighborhood.
Plan Your Dancing Ghosts Yard Decoration
Decide how many ghosts will make up your Dancing ghosts yard decoration. Think about whether you want them to be the same height or varying heights. List the amount and coordinating measurements you plan for your ghosts. Add a few inches if you want the ghosts to appear as if they are dancing or floating in the air.
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Purchase Stakes or Poles for the Ghosts
Purchase one stake or pole per ghost, in their respective sizes. These can be bought at a home improvement or hardware store. Note that you can buy wooden stakes in the same lengths and cut them down accordingly.
Wad Up Newspapers to Stuff the Ghost Heads
Stuff plastic bags with crumpled newspaper to form the heads. Double up on bags to keep the newspaper from showing through the plastic.
Give Your Ghosts a Reason for the Season
Place a prop in the center of where your ghosts will form a circle. Have your ghosts surround an item such as a jack-o-lantern or circle of candles to add a glowing effect. Use battery-operated, flameless candles to prevent the risk of fire.
Position the Stakes
Stake your poles into the ground about two feet apart from each other to form the circle for your DIY dancing lawn ghosts.
Secure the Ghost Heads to the Stakes
Attach the heads to the stakes. Secure with masking tape.
Gather Up the Ghost Sheets
Collect one white, flat sheet per ghost. Sheets should be twin size or larger.
Drape the Sheets Over the Stakes
Drape the sheets over the poles and secure them with white ribbon or twine around the neck area.
Paint or Draw Faces On Your Ghosts
Paint eyes and mouths on the ghost faces using waterproof paint. Draw the faces with permanent marker, if you prefer.
Ask the Ghosts to Hold Hands
Tie the corners of the sheets together to create the look of ghosts holding hands.
It is easiest to place the heads on the stakes and decorate after the stakes are in the ground.
Place a strobe light and fog machine or use dry ice to create mist coming up from the center of your circle on Halloween night.
Use short stakes and cheesecloth to create a smaller scale ghost circle.
Stick a glow stick in each head to create a spooky glowing effect.
Be sure stakes are anchored well into the ground and sheets are tied tightly enough to hold up on windy days.