Friendly 'Casper' pumpkins and pale 'Fordhook' acorn squashes guard the tombstones. As dusk sets in, the creatures of the night stir from their resting places, and the ghouls come out to play.
Tools and Materials
- White pumpkin (stem intact)
- Ghost Eyes and Mouth templates
- Keyhole saw
- Fleshing tool
- Masking tape
- Miniature saw
- 3-foot, 4-foot, and 6-foot bamboo poles
- Black paint
- Zip ties
- 20-foot strand of miniature outdoor lights
- 3 yards of 60-inch-wide white cotton fabric, cut into 1-yard and 2-yard lengths
- Safety pins
- T pins
- 5 yards of cheesecloth
Graveyard Ghost How-To
2. Cut a hole on 1 side of the pumpkin, large enough to fit a pole, with keyhole saw. (Pumpkin will sit atop pole with the stem facing out.)
3. Clean the inside of pumpkin with fleshing tool, removing seeds, pulp, and fibers.
4. Affix templates to pumpkin with masking tape. Using awl, transfer designs to pumpkin by poking holes around blackened areas of templates. Remove templates.
5. With miniature saw, carve eyes and mouth in pumpkin.
6. Paint all 3 poles black. Let dry.
Position 3-foot pole horizontally across 6-foot pole 1/4 of the way from top to make a cross (see A). Secure with zip ties arranged in an X shape across the intersection. With mallet, pound cross about 1 foot into the ground.
About 2 feet from side of cross, pound the 4-foot pole about 1 foot into the ground at a 45-degree angle away from 6-foot pole. (This will hold the ghost's tail.)
7. Secure the midpoint of the strand of lights to the top point of cross with zip ties. Run lights down to intersection of poles; secure with zip ties.
Separate the 2 lengths of lights, running 1 side down each arm of crossbar; secure with zip ties. Drape both lengths to meet at intersection; secure with zip ties.
Drape both lengths of lights to the top of freestanding pole to form tail. (This is where an extension cord can be added.)
8. To fashion the ghosts's body, wrap the shorter side of the 2-yard length of fabric loosely over crossbar to cover pole and lights; secure in place with safety pins. Gather lower half of fabric, and attach tail to freestanding pole; adjust fabric to cover lights, and secure with safety pins.
9. Slip pumpkin head onto top of cross.
10. Hold the 1-yard length of fabric lengthwise and drape it around pumpkin head to create a hood; secure it to pumpkin with T pins. Cinch fabric at base of pumpkin (the "chin") to disguise pole; secure with T pins. Then drape remaining 2 sections of fabric around each arm of crossbar; secure with safety pins as needed. Allow leftover fabric at ends of pole to droop, creating fabric "hands."
Tear cheesecloth into 1-foot-wide strips. Using your hands, shred cheesecloth into ragged pieces. Drape them as desired over hood, "shoulders," front, and back of ghost; secure with safety pins.