Make Your Spooky Pumpkin Patch
Imagine your guests stepping into your front yard or onto your porch. A clump of spooky, glowing pumpkins wait for them, faces carved into ghoulish screams or toothy grins.
The body of a twisted scarecrow lies sprawled in front of the pumpkin patch, or hangs from a post in the lawn, or sits in an old chair.
Spider webs stream down from the scarecrow or branches of a tree. Spiders, snakes and insects crawl over the pumpkins. Sound like a good entrance for your halloween haunt? It worked last year at my Halloween party! So, here's how to haunt your yard and house! There's also lots of great tips from readers like you. Read them and then share your own! --Rachel
You will need a sheet or cloth, grey or white big enough to cover your window and drape the floor, an orange lightbulb/lamp and a fan. Tape or tack(w/ permission) the cloth to the top of the window frame INSIDE the house. Now take the bottom edges and pull the cloth back about ten inches from the wall..hold in place with shoes or canned food...this creates a space for the light that WON'T TOUCH THE FABRIC. Put the lamp on the floor or small box so it is under the window in front of the cloth putting a spooky glow onto the fabric, then put the fan on low and point it so it blows on the cloth. From outside this looks like there are flames dancing in the window!!! (you can only see this at night!!)
It's pretty spooky! Enjoy.
Submitted by: Kristina, 12, Florida
You'll need; Cardboard, old shoes, gray paint, black paint, fake skeleton hands or gloves. Make a gravestone out of the cardboard, paint gravestone gray then write a name etc. on the stone with the black paint. Cut the old shoes in half the short way. If you've got gloves, stuff the gloves. Set the tombstone, hands, and 1/2 shoes so it looks like something is trying to get out of the ground.
Submitted by: Kellee, 12, Minnesota
Place a black table cloth over large dining room table. Add cob webs that hang to the floor. Find a cheap cardbroad coffin at local paper good store and place in center of table for food arrangement. Place dishes (or paper plates and plastic spoons, forks, etc.) inside of coffin and continue adding spider webs and plastic spiders and even a skeleton for the finishing touch.
Submitted by: Mary Beth/Maria Rose, 10, New York
Here's an idea that we use to scare our friends at Halloween!! First get some aluminum foil, (this is great for a haunted house..) tape it up to a wall, cover the whole wall...then you need to get a strobe light...they're not that expensive or you can rent one at a party store. Turn it on and you have a really cool 3rd dimension effect!! Happy haunting!
Submitted by: Dina, 15, Zac, 12 and Taylor, 16, North Carolina
Carissa says: For Halloween I made my own dummy and put it on my roof. The feet were hanging over the end of the roof. It looked really cool and all my friends loved it. What you will need to make your own dummy: I used my little cousin's "My Size Barbie". If you don't have one then you can use one garbage bag full of leaves, six shopping bags full of leaves or newspaper, some of your old clothes, a pair of shoes, a wig or some yarn for hair and a hat if you want. Use a pumpkin for the head. You can paint or cut out a face or hot glue on a face. Use the garbage bag for the body, two of the shopping bags are used for the arms and the other four are used for the legs (I used a hot glue gun to keep them together). Then all you have to do is dress your dummy, put the head on and glue the yarn on for the hair and get your mom or dad to put the dummy on the roof.
Another girl says: My favorite Halloween decoration is to make a dummy to scare people. You start by getting some old clothes that really cover up. Then get anything you've got to stuff it up: blankets, pillows, newspapers, anything. Tie up the ends and attach the top half of the body to the bottom. To make the head, just get a mask and attach it to the body, tie a string to it, hang it up on the porch or in your living room leaving a lot of extra rope so that you can hide in another room holding the rope. When someone walks under it, let it fall on them! They'll be scared silly! (Make sure there is nothing hard or sharp on the dummy to hurt anyone). Or...make a dummy or scarecrow with fake blood on it and drape with spider webs. Put plastic spiders in the scarecrow's mouth to make it look like the corpse has been dead a long time!!
Submitted by:Carissa, 13, Canada, Toni, Rhode Island and an Anonymous girl
You're going to need a big room. You Need: Black light or lights. Fake smoke (so it looks like fog), streamers (black and orange), candles, fan. If it's in a big room like a hall, get big tables and put black and orange table cloths on them. Get cheap candles and put them in a few clear candle holders. If you don't have candle holders just put them on something so the wax won't drip on the table. Halloween pictures or cutouts (ghosts, goblins, etc.) Hang the streamers straight down on the doors and alternate black orange black orange. Put the fake smoke (can get at party stores) by the door, and put a fan by it so the smoke goes all over the room. Hang your pictures on the walls. Put the streamers going from one wall across to another. Have scary music playing when you open the door or just keep the doors open because if you have a big party it will get really hot!
Submitted by: Amanda, 13, British Columbia
Materials: 1-bag of lollipops with big round tops (Ex: Tootsie Pops), a bunch of scraps of white cloth about 2x2, black or orange ribbon, markers, glitter, felt, craft eyes (the ones with jiggly eyes), pom-poms. Open the bag of lollipops,Tootsie Pops do work best, grab one lollipop and wrap a piece of cloth around it and tie it with a piece of ribbon where the stick and the candy part of the lollipop meet. Decorate the cloth with markers, glitter, craft stickers, etc. to make a face on the ghost. Perfect for treats or party favors for your best buds! :)
Submitted by:Veronica, 12, Texas
Many of the people here in Salem, MA. are witches (pagans) and I thought I'd give you one of our decorations: Take some white blank paper and some black blank paper, cut them into thin strips about 2 inches then make a ring and glue it. Loop one ring inside another until you have a chain to hang up. Keep doing this process till you make long strands. It's real cul [HAVE FUN].
Submitted by: Keahley, 13, Massachusetts
Rent or buy blacklights or coloured lights, dry ice or a fog machine, black shrouds everywhere, coffins, cemetery in the backyard... This year, I'm taking all of my old costumes and making them into twisted scarecrows to hang on the wall or stick in the yard. Just take a long thin plank of wood about 5-6 feet high to support the costume, and nail on a shorter plank across wherever the shoulders are on the longer plank to make a cross. if your costume has arms, get some old pantyhose, stuff them with cotton or something, attach a stuffed glove to the end of each, and attach one to each end of the shoulder plank. Support the arms with fishing twine or heavy wire to make them stand up. You might have to stuff the head, or even make a new one out of paper mache or just leave it headless. You can make ghosts out of sheer white cloth and hang them around the house or out of trees. Now for the glow part: Glowsticks are a nice touch, and you can cut the non-toxic ones open and smear the glowy stuff everywhere. The problem is that it stains, it smells AWFUL, so better to use glow-in-the-dark paint. Put the glowsticks behind sheer ghost fabric for a spooky effect or just put them in the punch and stuff.
Submitted by: Carrie, 14, Canada
Hi, I just wanted to slither in and give you all a really "cool" "thing" to make. Get a clear plastic glove, fill it with kool-aid, or just clear water. Tie the end, by the wrist, nice and tight, and put it carefully in the freezer. Do this a few days before your get-together. Then instead of using ice cubes.....you have a few really "cool" hands to help keep things cold and decorate with. You can use these hands in punch, hiding in fruit, veggie platters, salads, cheese trays, these hands can get into just about everything. They really look good when they slowly melt. I usually keep them in the glove to get that strange look when they start to melt. The clear gloves work the best. Have a great Halloween from 'Ol Aunt Jane, "Glenda of the North".
Submitted by: Jane, New York
At my parents' party they made human figures with twigs and hung them from the big oak tree in our front yard. Just take twigs, leaves and rope and form the figures and tie together. Take fishing wire and hang them from your trees. Simple, but really effective!
Submitted by:Kaitlyn, 13, Michigan
I take my Halloween party seriously. I do absolutely crazy decorations, like seven foot tall paper mache creeps , life size crazy clowns, grim reapers, and hags. But my favorite was one I invented last year. I made a black coffin from cardboard, then got a black cape with red lining, tied it at the neck, and saftey pinned the rest closed. I stuffed it with newspaper, and then whittled a wooden stake and poked it though the center. Then I took a big fan, with a rotating head, unscrewed the blades, and put a Dracula mask over it. I finished it off with blood splattered on the body and coffin, and blinking eyes that I found at the local drug store cheap. When I plugged it all in, it looked like Dracula was staked and was trying to escape, with his head moving back and forth! Happy Halloween!
Submitted by: Joan, 16, Connecticut
Get a giant black garbage bag and cut it down the side, then tape one side to the ceiling. Fill the "pocket" with black balloons and candy, then tape the other side to the ceiling. Before you tape it to the ceiling, put a string hanging out of the bag. Get some giant bubble wrap and put it on the floor in another room. When your friends come over, have somebody get in the room with the bubble wrap and step on a few bubbles one at a time in the dark. When it's really quiet, scream, then jump up and pull the string!
Submitted by: Alexi, 13, California
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