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Ghost Parade DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

What I’ve learned is that kid’s parties are always better with a project, game or activity planned. What I’ve also learned is that kids love anything on a stick – which I discovered this summer when I tied a balloon to a stick in the park for my boys. They were entertained for quite a long time, while I watched in surprise at how much fun they were having.

I was inspired to make a set of ghosts that we could then bring to a ‘Ghost Party’ in our local park. The ghosts were actually so easy to make, the only thing I had to buy was a bottle of starch from the grocery store, and some wooden dowels from the hardware store – everything else you probably already have around your house.

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Materials needed: white fabric (I used an old sheet that had seen better days), scissors, small balloons, fishing line, 3/8” x 36” wooden dowels, packing tape, a few vases or mason jars to support the ghost while it dries.

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Step 1: Cut out fabric circles, approx 2’ x 3’ (or however big you want your ghosts to be).

Step 2: Blow up a balloon and place it on a vase. Saturate the fabric a bowl filled with starch, gently wring it out and lay it over the balloon.

Step 3: Let dry (overnight should do it).

Step 4: Thread a piece of fishing line through the top of the head, tape the ends to the dowel using a 1” piece of packing tape, leaving about 2-feet of fishing line. You can draw a face on with a sharpie, or just leave it blank for extra spookiness.

Step 5: Pass out your ghosts at the party, play some appropriate music (we marched to Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and watch the fun.

The best part of the party was when all the kids spontaneously burst out singing “BBBBBB-OOOO-OOO!” over and over again as they walked around.

Pumpkin muffins and cider were served when the ghost walkers began to tire of their parade. We had so much fun I’m tempted to make it a Halloween tradition. Do any of you have Halloween traditions? Do tell!

BBBBBB-OOOO-OOO! And Happy Halloween!

  1. Amanda Leigh

    October 31, 2012

    What a fun cute idea! Looks like a great Halloween celebration.

  2. wmbg

    October 31, 2012

    we don’t have any halloween traditions but this makes me want to start one! happy halloween!

  3. Michelle

    October 31, 2012

    super cute!

  4. Michelle

    October 31, 2012

    Super cute. I am inspired to use orange and pink today now :)

  5. Connie

    October 31, 2012

    What a fabulous looking party! And such a perfect day for it too :-) Well done.

  6. Jess

    October 31, 2012

    I have been reading all of your costume posts and now this – you have had the best Halloween crafts to share, thanks!

  7. Erin

    November 1, 2012

    my neighbours Halloween tradition is to make and decorate cookies to pass out. A bunch of the neighbourhood kids go to their home the evening before and decorate the cookies- it’s kind of child labour- the job gets done quickly with many little hands working hard to express their creativity. Two years ago we had snow here in Ottawa so sometimes the tradition is frantic last minute fitting of snow suits or layer upon layer of sweaters under costumes. Not quite as much fun! kind of jealous of the beautiful looking weather in this post!

  8. Marie

    November 14, 2012

    How adorable…what a cute idea! Such a fun little kid party. :)

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