Celebrate Halloween with a night of fright. Pick and choose from the following ideas, or use them all, to create your own haunted house party.
Mound earth to look like newly dug graves and set out a few of these tombstones for a deathly welcome. The tombstones were carefully constructed out of polystyrene insulation. To ensure an easy cleanup, pile the dirt from the "fresh graves" onto a black plastic drop cloth.
Place plain candlesticks in critter-covered cobwebs around your house. Cut a length of cheesecloth, and gently pull to make it look tattered. Drape cloth over candlesticks and mantel; add plastic spiders and leaves. Top candlesticks with bobeches -- collars that catch drips -- and insert tapers.
Use a side table to hold the work of a mad scientist. Fill a few glass vessels more than halfway with colored water (mix 3 drops green or 1/2 drop red food coloring in water; add a few tablespoons milk for murkiness). Peel off outer layers of a cabbage head for a brain specimen; use a fennel bulb with the fronds cut off for a heart.
If a specimen is too large for the jar's opening, cut it in half and stick it back together with skewers once it's inside. With a glue stick, attach a printed or written label on the container.
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