There is no need to spend lots of money decorating your
house for Halloween. These quick and easy decorations use
items you may well have around the home.
by Colleen Moulding
Large hanging ghosts that will sway spookily in the breeze
outside can be made easily by draping a white sheet,
tablecloth or pillowcase over a balloon and tying below the
head. Small ones for indoors can be made from white paper
napkins or kitchen paper tied over any small ball or
crumpled tissue paper or stuffed sock then secured with
string or thread and a face drawn on with marker pens.
Scarecrows to decorate the party room, trees, patio or porch
can be put together cheaply by stuffing old clothes with
rags or rolled up newspapers tied at elbow and knee to look
jointed. Faces can be made from the back of old shirts or
tee shirts tied over a ball or balloon and hair can be stuck
on made from straw from a pet supplies shop, raffia, yarn or
strips of fabric poking out from beneath an old hat.
Creepy looking headstones can be fashioned from painted
cardboard or wood and joke shop spiders and flies can be
stuck on to windows and doors with sticky tack. Spiders and
flies are also good for decorating sandwiches and the table,
but not if there are very young children around who may
actually try to eat them!
Children will enjoy cutting cats from black paper and sticking
on large eyes made from kitchen foil or making bats to hang
from the ceiling by folding an oblong of black paper in half,
drawing half of a bat shape and cutting away the excess.
Even very young children can paint or colour in huge orange
paper pumpkins using bright yellow to represent the light
shining through the eyes and mouth.
Any old Ghostbuster toys that you have around can be fun
decorations for the table and an inexpensive centrepiece can
be made by using a dollar store/pound shop black plant cauldron
with a large bowl inside it, or just a large bowl covered with
black tissue paper and filled with cola or blackcurrant cordial
plus a few grapes, cubes of pineapple or pieces of apple
floating around for a gruesome looking witches brew.
Find Halloween screensavers, scary jokes, party food, costume
ideas, games and lots more spooky stuff on a selection of sites
Colleen Moulding Copyright 2000
About the Author
Colleen Moulding is a
freelance writer from England where she has
had many features on parenting, childcare, travel,
the Internet and many more subjects published in national
magazines and newspapers. She has also published
a variety of women's and children's fiction.
Her work frequently appears at many sites on the
Internet and at her own site for women and children
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