It's that time of year again when you start thinking of the spooky season. My birthday is in mid September and my gift to myself is to decorate for Halloween. There is plenty of time for planning and for crafts, construction, and plotting out your designs.
Chicken Wire Ghosts
Chicken wire ghosts are a fantastic and newer decoration that is becoming more and more popular. It has an amazing look and can be kept up all year if one wanted to keep a few ghosts in the garden.
It's not easy to make a chicken wire ghost, but the effect is so worth it. You will need gloves and wire cutters. Use a 1-inch cell chicken wire (buy a roll) and cut 24" of length from it. You want to use a mannequin head (you can get cheap stryofoam heads on places like Amazon). Form it around the head (below). Set the head aside while you make the body.
Instructions for body are here.
A Pepper's ghost is an optical illusion used in magic tricks and haunted house attractions that is pretty wicked awesome, but it takes some knowledge and practice to get it just right. It would make a wonderful front window display for Trick-or-Treaters to see unfolding.
HGTV gave some good instructions.
White chocolate dipped strawberries with frosting faces
Cupcakes with fondant frosting circles pressed down over top.
White chocolate dipped candied applies with frosting faces
Bananas on sticks rolled in coconut, chocolate chip eyes and chocolate raisin mouths.
(You could also use a glow stick inside for some color)
- MORE TIPS ON GHOSTS -
Martha Stewart's cheesecloth ghosts instructions
Floating head hologram instructions
Ghost illusion using a TV and DVD player in a window
Using a projector for scares