This is a fun craft I made with Judah. I can’t take all the credit for the idea since it came to me after seeing a lady down the street do something similar. It’s an inexpensive way for kids to make Halloween yard ghosts without having to spend a fortune. And it is super fun!
First you need to figure out how big you want your ghosts, how many ghosts you want and then gather all your supplies to make them. This is how to make small yard ghosts. You can see my notes on how to make larger ones at the end.
We chose to make 4 small yard ghosts. The small foam pumpkins and dowel rods we picked up at Michael’s. They’re currently having a huge sale on Halloween and Fall decor!
- 4 small foam pumpkins
- 8 – 30 gallon trash bags
- 2 – 1/2in x 36in Dowel Rod
- Black Sharpie
The first thing you need to do is get everything prepped. This includes cutting the trash bags, making holes in the pumpkins and sawing (or breaking) the dowel rods in half. First, let’s start with the bags.
You want the bags to be blowing when it is windy, so cut across the bottom of the trash bag and then across one side. When you are finished it should lay in one sheet. You will want 2 sheets per ghost.
When you have your bags ready, you can prep your dowel rods. I sawed one of ours and then the other I just broke in half; either way is fine. The pointy sharp end is going to go into the ground.
Now here is the fun part! Poke holes in the bottom of your foam pumpkins. I did this with needle nose pliers, but you can use scissors or anything that will puncture it enough that the rod can pierce through easily.
Now you are ready to make the ghosts! You should have two cut bags laid out on top of each other for each pumpkin head. Set the pumpkin in the middle and then cinch the bags tightly around the bottom. Use a twisty tie from the trash bags to tie it off.
Using a black sharpie, draw your ghost face. This was Judah’s favorite part until he was distracted by spiderwebs.
Fluff the bag out around the stick and you now have a ghastly ghost to stick in your yard! Judah named his Kirby, Doug, Jon and Runny.
One great thing about using pumpkins is that when Halloween is over, you can bring them inside and use them for Thanksgiving decorations! No one is going to see that little hole on the bottom. It’ll be our secret!
If you want to make your ghosts larger, you can purchase larger pumpkins and get 1in dowel rods and not cut them. They usually are a little over 36″. If you are looking for something a little scarier, pick up foam skulls and black trash bags. I’ll be sharing how to make yard reapers with these later this week!
I hope your family has just as much fun as mine in making our yard ghosts. If you have any ideas of your own, feel free to share them in the comments (include a link if you have one)! We love hearing your ideas!