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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.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2007


  • Wastepaper basket or hamper

  • Small household fan

  • Plastic garbage bag

  • Black paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Clip


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

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

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

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