In college my sister and her friends lived in a cute little house near campus. When October rolled around the went to the DI (Utah’s version of Goodwill) and bought some used white sheets. Then they each cut one up in the shape of a ghost and hung them in the window. What a fun roommate activity! Hundreds of students passed by their little house each day and night, and I’m sure many a coed got a smile from those ghosts.
This year when my sister was unpacking her Halloween decorations she came across her sheet ghost and suggested that I make some for our dad’s house, which is where my little family and I are living to save a some dough while my husband completes his medical training. I thought it was a great idea, so we turned it into a fun family activity. It was a great Saturday morning activity, and it would make a great Family Home Evening activity as well. There are only four steps, so let’s get going!
The first thing that you will need to make yourself some window ghosts is an old white sheet. We only had colored sheets, but I found a bag white fabric strips that were just the right width for our tall, skinny windows, so that it what I used. Next you will need to measure your windows so that your ghosts will fit just right.
Here comes the fun part for the kiddos. Lay out your fabric, use a pencil to sketch out your ghosts, and then cut away. I wanted our entryway ghosts to be just right, but my three year old was quite eager to draw and cut his own ghosts, so I gave him his own fabric to use for the windows in his room. Here’s a helpful hint from me to you: Don’t try to do any mouths other than circles and ovals. If you make a smile or a wavy, spooky mouth it will just flap open strangely once it is hung upside down and you will have to turn it into a circle anyway.
Now go hang your ghosts up in the window so they are dangling upside down. We used thumbtacks for our big ghosts and scotch tape for our son’s . . . errrr . . . creative ghosts. If you want your ghosts up high then you may need to find a ladder and a tall, handsome man to help you. Or you can be brave and not a wimp like myself and just do it.
We all love the results! They look so fun and spooky from the outside and cast some pretty wonderful shadows on our walls as well.
Now go create some of your own! Happy Haunting!
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