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How to Make an Animated Ghost for Halloween

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Making an animated ghost to trick the ghost and goblins that come knocking will become a highlight of the evening and the neighborhood. Using an animated ghost as part of the Halloween decor for the home is easier than one would think.

Using an animated ghost for Halloween can make any party more exciting. The animated Halloween ghost can be hung inside or outside.

There are people who think that Halloween should be scary and gruesome rather than fun and friendly. Although, neither is what Halloween is really about, but having some good clean fun can’t hurt.

Items Needed for the Animated Ghost for Halloween

White Sheet or Pillowcase. The white sheet will make larger ghosts. The pillowcase will make smaller ghosts.

Twine. Twine will be used to animate the ghost. The twine will need to be several feet or yards long.

Eye Hooks. The eye hooks will be used in making the ghosts animated.

Glow in the Dark Fabric or Tape. Use glow in the dark material or tape to create the eyes rather than the fabric. This will add a nice touch to the animated ghost. You can use a half yard of black material to make the eyes, nose, and mouth if the glow in the dark material or tape can’t be found.

Large Eye Needle. The needle will be used to run the twine or cord through the top part of the sheet above the balloon, punch ball or ball.

Balloon, a punch ball or beach ball. Any style of balloon will work. The balloons will be used in the pillow case for smaller ghosts. A punch ball, a beach ball or a child’s large plastic ball will work for larger ghosts.

Large box. Use the box to hide the ghost in. This will allow the scare factor to take effect. If there is a chair or swing on the porch or deck area, hide the ghost behind it.

NOTE: Soccer or basketballs will not work for the ghosts. The balls are too heavy to make the ghosts work properly.

Making the Pillowcase Animated Ghosts

Thread the needle with the twine or cord. In the middle of the sealed end of the pillowcase, run the twine through the sewn area just below the seam. Cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth for the face out of the black fabric or glow in the dark material or tape. Sew the facial features onto the pillowcase.

Insert the balloon or small ball into the end of the pillowcase. Tie the open end of the pillowcase just under the ball or balloon with twine or a rubber band.

Hang the eye hooks in an area that is dimly lit near the door for the trick or treaters. Thread the twine through the eye hooks. Tie off the end of the twine to a door knob. A person can also be standing in the shadows working the ghost when trick or treaters knock on the door.

Making the Animated Ghost With a Sheet

Find the center of the sheet. In the middle of the sheet, run the twine through the middle area of the sheet. Cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth for the face out of the black fabric or glow in the dark material or tape.. Sew the facial features onto the sheet.

Insert the balloon or small ball into the end of the sheet just below the inserted twine. Tie the open end of the sheet just under the ball or balloon with twine or a rubber band.

Hang the eye hooks in an area that is dimly lit near the door for the trick or treaters. Thread the twine through the eye hooks. Tie off the end of the twine to a door knob. A person can also be standing in the shadows working the ghost when trick or treaters knock on the door.

If using the animated ghost inside, hang the hooks in the same manner for the trick or treat door. Rather than having a person making the ghost animated, the end of the twine can be tied to a door knob or hooked to a record player to make the ghost move.

With either area the ghost is being used in, make sure it is hidden during the answering of the door or the entrance of the party for your guests. This will help give a scare factor to the ghost.

 

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