By Colleen Moulding
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.
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 secured with string or thread and a face drawn on with
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. Have Fun!
Colleen Moulding is owner/editor of
http://www.allthatwomenwant.com a magazine and web guide for women
everywhere. Visit our Christmas pages at
http://www.allthatwomenwant.com/xmasindex.htm where you can check out
Colleen's new Christmas ebook full of decorating and gift ideas, foodie treats
and printable wish lists, place cards and a printable letter from Santa.