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Garbage-Bag Ghost

If you're still looking for the perfect outdoor Halloween decoration, this garbage-bag ghost is an old favorite. It's easily put together with common household items and the effect is something to behold.


  • Wastepaper basket or hamper
  • Small household fan
  • Plastic garbage bag
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Clip


  1. Step 1

    Paint a ghost's face onto the garbage bag using black latex paint.

  2. Step 2

    Place a fan at the bottom of the basket; make sure to leave the cord out.

  3. Step 3

    Place the bag over the basket; you'll want the bag to be held securely, so you might have to use a clip.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the fan on and, as the bag fills with air, you will see a spooky ghost pop out

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2007