Simple Halloween Decorating with Ghosts

Ghosts for Halloween Decorating

No home would be complete at Halloween without the traditional Halloween ghost.

Lurking in corners, flying through the air, guarding the front step, or hanging from ceilings and eaves, ghosts are everywhere at Halloween.

These delightful additions to Halloween decorating can be cute and happy, or frighteningly scary.

Big, little, short or tall, there’s a ghost for every kind of Halloween decor.

Adding a resident ghost is a wonderful way to welcome the Halloween season

Ghostly Circle of Friends

This ghostly group of friends stands in a circle in a front yard. Jack-o-lanterns watch from the steps as these ghosts play. These ghosts add curb appeal and spook factor to any front or backyard. Ghosts and Halloween go hand in hand, and you can’t have one without the other.

Ghostly Group for the Yard

Simple Halloween DecoratingGhostly Group for the Yard

Decorating the front yard can be a family affair. Little trick or treaters will enjoy seeing this ghostly trio greeting them.

This ghostly trio stands 36″ tall and comes with stakes to display anywhere in the yard. White material covers the stakes and styrofoam heads making them a decoration you will use year after year.

A Ghostly Girl

Moonlight illuminates a castle corridor as a ghostly girl floats by. Who is she? What is her story?

Ghosts open up the veil between this world and the next. Ghost stories enchant, fascinate, intrigue, and sometimes scare us.

The artist Victoria Frances, mesmerizes us with the ghostly girl caught between the netherworld’s. Halloween ghosts come in all shapes and varieties.

Simple Paper Strip Ghosts

Great for using up paper shreds…

Place a small ball on top of a cup and cover with plastic. Using white glue diluted with enough water to make it spreadable apply the paper shreds. Allow drying. Place flameless candles inside to give your creation a spooky glow.Simple Paper Strip Ghosts

Garden Ghosts

50″ High Ghosts

What would a fall garden be without resident ghosts lighting the way? And these ghosts light up in different colors. Perfect for decorating indoors and out.

Cheese Cloth Ghosts

Make your own ghosts in any size you like. Hang them or let them sit on the floor. This easy craft uses cheesecloth and is simple to put together.

Light up The Night

Lighted Ghosts

Ghosts that light up are perfect to hang both in and outdoors. They look spooky during the day then shine their light at night. Hang them from eaves, deck railings, or in front of windows to give your home that Halloween spook factor.

Wedding Bell Ghosts

Halloween Decorating with Ghosts

These cute little ghosts look ready to scoot across the floor.

This is one of the quickest, simplest Halloween ghost crafts I have found. In no time at all, you can have a group of ghosts for Halloween decorating.

All you need to make these ghosts are some white tissue wedding bells, cheese cloth, black construction paper, and a hot glue gun.

Fold open the wedding bells, cut out eyes and mouth from construction paper. Glue the eyes and mouth on the bell. Cut the cheese cloth, so it drapes over the bell, uses a dab of hot glue at the top of the bell to secure the cheese cloth. That’s it….done!

Wedding bells come in different sizes so your ghosts can be the size of your choice. Let them stand, or use the strings attached to the top of the wedding bells to hang the

Tree Hugger Ghosts

Easy & Fun

Ghosts sure do like to hug trees as much as the next person. These ghost tree huggers will dress up the trees in your yard while adding the unexpected.

Ghost Decoration

I’ve been a crafter for many years and these easy to make, kid-friendly ghost decorations are perfect for dressing up the house when Halloween comes around. And, if you need a few extra dollars, they sell real easy if you make them available to friends, family, or coworkers. I can sell 40-50 of these each year if I make up enough in advance.

As you can see from the photos, I had help from my granddaughter in creating these easy to make ghost decorations.

Ghost Decoration How To Instructions

List of ingredients to make a Ghost Decoration:

Ghost Decoration - cheesecloth ghosts

Ghost Decoration – cheesecloth ghosts

  • cheesecloth
  • liquid starch
  • black felt
  • balloons
  • straws or pencils
  • paper towel roll (just the roll, NOT the paper towels on them)
  • play dough or clay (or equivalent)
  • parchment or wax paper
  • little black spiders (you can get these at dollar stores or Oriental Trading)

Lay out newspaper or old tablecloth on top of your craft table. Pour a cup of liquid starch in a bowl and place cheesecloth in bowl to soak. While cheesecloth is soaking, blow up a balloon and stick straws or pencils in little balls of clay. The balloon will be used to shape the head of the ghost decoration and the straws or pencils will shape the “arms” of the ghost.

Cut a piece of parchment paper (or wax paper) and place on your table. Place the paper towel roll (cut about 1/4-1/3 off the roll for best size) on the parchment paper and the balloon should rest on top of the paper towel roll. You may need to tape the balloon to the paper towel for the balloon to stay on. (a 20oz empty bottle may be the right height also) Squeeze the cheesecloth until it’s damp, but not soaked and carefully drape the cloth over the balloon. Arrange the cheesecloth that rests on the parchment paper so it drapes or curls naturally (don’t let it clump) and place the straws or pencils so that “arms” are created for the ghost decoration. If the straws want to stick through the cheesecloth, blunt them by putting a piece of tape on them.

At this point, all that is left to do is to leave the cheesecloth to dry out and stiffen overnight.

Decorate Outside Your House With Lawn Ghosts

You don’t have to watch any Ghost Hunters episodes to find some great Halloween lawn ghosts. I like all the ghost decorations that will be out for the October haunted holiday season. I’ve put together this lens to show you some of my very favorite ghost decorating ideas and most of them are simple and inexpensive. You can even make ghost decorations yourself using simple tools like styrofoam, cheesecloth, paper plates and plastic bags. So whether you buy ghost decor, make it or just enjoy looking at it, there’s something fun, cute and haunting on this page for you.

Here’s A Ghost Decoration For Your Front YardHalloween Ghost Front Yard Decoration Light Up LED

This ghost is over 3 feet tall and would look great hanging from your porch or from the stake it comes with. The really fun thing about this ghost decoration is the LED lights. Imagine how great this will look all lit up on Halloween night.

Ghostly Stuff on Amazon

Inflatables are a fun way to decorate your home for Halloween. You will find those huge Gemmy style inflatables for your lawn, but your decorations can be as simple as these ghostly balloons. They will create a spooky look for your house or lawn and the trick or treaters who come to call will be thrilled with your efforts!

The Silhouette Light Up GhostThe Silhouette Light Up Ghost

This ghost prop is an indoor and outdoor decoration so that it will look good on your porch, your lawn or your window. This silhouette will twinkle and shine where ever you decide to put it. This is another fun, but not scary, Halloween decoration that’s easy to set up and great to look at.

Imagine this spooky little ghost shining light over your dark lawn and street during the Halloween season. I bet all the kids on your block will be amazed by it, and they will probably visit your home first on Halloween night!

Shahid Maqsood


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