Halloween Ideas

How to Make a Life-Size Halloween Ghost

Create a life-size ghost for Halloween using inexpensive items. Hang it from a tree or place it on your front porch so passers-by will shake in their boots.

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Materials Needed:

  • 6-8 packages of cheesecloth
  • large foam ball
  • 2 small foam balls
  • paint roller extension pole
  • 2 yardsticks
  • hammer
  • 2 short large-headed nails
  • jug of Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • empty spray bottle
  • sheet of black felt
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • large sewing needle
  • spool of fishing line

Create Ghost's Framework

Layer a paint roller extension pole and two yardsticks to create a "skeleton" for your ghost (Image 1). Use a short large-headed nail to attach both yardsticks to the paint roller extension pole, one on top of the other (Image 2).

Secure Extension Pole

Find a non-windy outdoor spot to temporarily drive the paint roller extension pole into the ground to make draping the ghost easier.

Attach Ghost's Head

Push a large foam ball onto the top of the paint roller extension pole to create the ghost's head.

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