Halloween has always been a favorite holiday. I love dressing up for any occasion and, on Halloween, those who choose not to participate in the festive spirit are the odd ones out. Aside from the careful selection and assembly of my costume ...
|Dia de los Muertos with Graham 2010|
... one of my favorite Halloween activities is decorating my home. This year, I kept a few of my favorites — fake spiderwebs, orange lights and skeletons — and tried a few new ideas; some were successful some not so much.
|Webs, lights (real dogs) and fake rats!|
Graham and I invested hours in a project that I found on the Country Living website that looked absolutely amazing and easy to make. You print a template of a bat shape, buy black felt squares (about 25 cents each), cut out lots of bats then duct tape them to your house. Easy, right? Graham got creative and even cut out different sizes of bats to make them look like they were ascending into the night. We stuck them all up on the house and marveled at our work for about two hours ... then they all fell off. The felt wouldn't stick to the duct tape. The idea is great, but I think if we had added a dab of superglue between the bats and the duct tape it would have held up. Try it and let me know!
|Fake bat fail|
The bats failed, but the Trash Bag Ghosts were a major hit. Graham's 3-year old daughter helped me out with these spooky decorations.
|Trash Bag Ghosts|
White or light-colored plastic grocery bags
Small or medium sized trash bags
Trash bag twisty ties
What to Do
|Rip a bag off the roll|
|Stuff it with about four old grocery bags|
|Twisty tie ghost's neck and draw faces|
|Tape 3 feet of string to ghosts' heads|
|Tie to tree branches|
... and when Halloween is over, just throw your Trash Bag Ghosts in the recycling bin.
Here are some other ideas I found online and haven't gotten around to trying yet. If you do let me know how it goes!
I love this, but don't have a staircase. AND I found paper mouse silhouettes at the Dollar Tree, so that pretty much eliminates ALL the work on this project!
Mouse Motel: so easy, even I could probably carve it.
A few cut branches, pumpkins and fake blackbirds and this idea could be really eye-catching.