October 29, 2007

Haunt Your Own House: Easy Glowing Ghosts


If you really want to be the ghostess with the mostest this Halloween, scare up a few of these ghastly illuminated ghosts and get your guests in the spooky spirit quicker than you can say "Boo!"

Stuff you'll need:

  • A paring knife
  • An empty plastic milk jug, labels removed
  • A flashlight
  • A few feet of heavy fishing line
  • A white sheet
  • Safety pins
  • Black fabric scraps or felt
  • Double-sided tape

Read on for instructions on how to make these fantastic phantasms...

1. With your knife, cut the spout off the jug, using the circle at its base as a guide. Don't go too wide or your hole will end up too big for your flashlight. Set aside the spout; you'll use it again later.


2. Cut 1/2" slits along the seams of the plastic on either side of the hole, then fit the end of the flashlight into it, lamp side first. If necessary, make the slits just slightly bigger until it fits snugly.


3. Remove the flashlight from the hole and turn the jug over. Make a slit in the center of the bottom of the jug just big enough to push your fishing line through.


4. Feed the fishing line through the slit until it comes out the hole on the other side of the jug. Tie the line around the spout you set aside, being careful not to pull the loose end through the jug. Then hold the jug upside down and tug on the line's loose end to pull the spout into the jug and anchor the line. Finally, fit the flashlight, lamp side up, into what was the top (and is now the bottom) of the jug and turn it on.


5. Hold the line so it doesn't fall into the jug, then tie it around a tree branch, a nail on your porch wherever the spirit moves you.


6. Fold your sheet in half lengthwise and drape it over the jug around the fishing line, securing it in back with safety pins.


7. Cut out eyes and a mouth from your fabric and stick them to the sheet with double-sided tape.


8. If you want an eerie ghost-on-the-go effect, tack the ends of the sheet to other tree branches,  your porch railing, etc. Now stand back and admire your spectacular specter!


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Posted by Elizabeth on October 29, 2007 in Parties

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I love this idea for my outdoor patio. I want to do this and set up a little radio playing some spooky sound effects. I might even try some pillow cases to make baby ghosts floating around the big one. Fun!

This is so easy and cute! I love that it re-uses what would be garbage, and it isn't too scary for the kids. :)

Great idea! I never thought of it. Thanks for sharing ur idea with us.

One of my neighbors does this except unsafely with real light bulbs in the milk jugs hanging from an electrical wire. This idea with the flashlight is a much better one. Maybe I'll drop the post in their mailbox.

Carrie--yeah, I also tried stuffing the jug with a bunch of Christmas lights, since that seemed easier, but it got really hot in there (yikes!), so I went with the flashlight instead. The only thing is you can't forget to turn it off every night or your batteries will run out. I recommend rechargeables if you want to put your ghost on for more than just a one-night party or Halloween night itself.

I got some of those solar walk lights cheap. You can set them up in the sunniest part of your yard, and charge them all day. Then, every night, just unscrew the top part and use it to light Jack o Lanterns, ghosts, etc. Those little LED lamps burn cool, and can last 12 hours or longer. And garden supplies are on sale in March, so go find some. I got 2 fliers in the mail today.

You can also use glow sticks blue or green, they are inexpensive and last up to 8 hours and do not generate heat. The jug spreads the illumniation.. green can also be used to make aliens and alien ghosts!