Halloween Ideas

Make a Headless Horseman Figure for Halloween

Give trick-or-treaters a scare by constructing a near lifesize headless horseman door greeter who points the way to the candy.

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Materials Needed:

  • 15" x 15" square of 1/2" thick mdf board
  • small men's or kid's dress shoes
  • (4) 3/4" screws for flange
  • 1/2" galvanized floor flange
  • 4' galvanized pipe (1/2" diameter)
  • 1/2" galvanized T
  • (2) 6" galvanized pipes (1/2" diameter)
  • 2 wire hangers
  • kid's black pants and dress shirt
  • safety pins
  • 2 yards of black fabric for cape
  • 1 yard of black grosgrain ribbon (1/2" wide)
  • black trash bags
  • shredded paper or fiber fill to stuff clothes
  • black child size gloves
  • tissue paper
  • small foam pumpkin
  • craft wood sign and sign holder
  • felt tip marker
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun and glue sticks or heavy duty double-stick tape
  • painter's tape
  • Download: Candy Sign Template

Create the Base

Start by placing the shoes where you want them on the mdf board. Attach the galvanized floor flange to the mdf board under the right shoe, just in front of the heel, using 3/4" screws (Image 1). Then, using a 1-1/8" drill bit, drill a hole in the bottom of the shoe just in front of the heel (Image 2). Tip: If you encounter a metal shank inside the sole of the shoe, remove it with a pair of pliers. Next, attach the galvanized pipe to the floor flange and slide the shoe over the pipe (Image 3).

Create Legs

Stuff a black trash bag with shredded paper or fiberfill and roll the bag to make a log shape (Image 1). Place the right leg of the dress pants over the pipe (Image 2) then insert the filled trash bag into the pants leg (Image 3). Add or remove filling to reach the appropriate size and shape of the leg. Next, attach the left shoe to the platform accordingly by screwing a wood screw through the inside of the shoe and into the mdf platform (Image 4). Insert another filled trash bag into the left pants leg and temporarily clamp or tape the bag and waist of the pants to the pipe.

Create the Arms

Add the galvanized T to the top of the galvanized pipe (Image 1). Next, attach the 6" pipes to both open sides of the T (Image 2). Untwist 2 wire hangers, straighten them out as much as possible, then twist the ends of both hangers together with at least a 4" overlap (Image 3). Feed the wire through the 6" pipes and T connector with the twisted section of the wire hidden in the middle of the T (Image 4). Next, place a black trash bag inside another black trash bag and roll it up from side to side about half way to create an arm shape with an 'elbow' in the middle. Using tape, attach one end of the trash bag arm to the end of one of the 6" pipes and tape the other end to the wire. Now roll the other side up to the center and secure it in the same way encasing the end of the pipe and the wire. Repeat for the other side (Image 5).

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