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Question DetailsAsked on 6/9/2011

What does your family do to make Halloween festive?

When I was a kid, I enjoyed a lot about Halloween. It seemed like more of a DIY holiday than Christmas. If you wanted to make a big deal out of it -- beyond hanging up the rubber spider and the poseable cardboard skeleton -- you had to be creative. These kids today can go down to the store and buy any number of things that glow in the dark or make noises on cue, special-effects makeup and fully-functional animatronic zombies... you name it. Dang kids, with their hip-hops and their internets and what-not. One of my favorites (for sheer cheapness and ingenuity) was twisting a tissue around a sucker to make a little ghost on a stick, which you could then decorate further if so desired. Not exactly scary, but entertaining for the little ones. We realize you may not want to give away the secret weapons that make your house the talk of the neighborhood... but in need of ideas, or on a budget, will appreciate your tips.

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Way back when, in the 1970s (back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, by today's standards), my grandmother's yard had two huge sweet gum trees. We would make spiders out of the sweet gum balls, put bent pipe cleaners in the little holes and hang from the stem with fishing line. We also painted cereal boxes with black paint to make little haunted houses and cut open doors and windows and put ghosts (made from sweet gum balls and Kleenex) and the aforementioned spiders behind the doors (similar to a pop-up book). Grandma grew up during the depression, so she made much ado out of very little (which was pretty awesome when you're only 6). I suspect today's kids would laugh at that....

Answered 9 years ago by Chastity1053


My favorite Halloween decoration is mummifying trees by toilet papering them. The neighbors whose houses we decorated never seemed to appreciate it though.

Answered 9 years ago by Helper Monkey 5000


That was generous of you... but we should probably encourage people to stick to decorating their own homesteads, unless specifically invited to do otherwise. [:O]

Answered 9 years ago by TheDecider


I make creepy monster hands for the kids in my life. You take a plastic glove (like they use at the grocery deli) and put a candy corn at the tip of each finger of the glove to serve as the fingernails. Then fill the glove with popcorn and tie off the wrist with some ribbon or a pipe cleaner. The kids love it.

Answered 9 years ago by OhioRose


Growing up I lived in a very close neighborhood and everyone always tries to out-do the other with decorations for Halloween. But the house that I always remember and the one that always had the most kids drawn to it didn’t put up any decorations until the day before Halloween. Then they put up cardboard tombstones all throughout the yard with funny names on it (of course none of which I can now recall), they had a big Grim Reaper in the yard that would stand still until you went past him and then he would walk up scarily behind you, they had one of those bowls that had a hand inside moving all around when you went to grab candy, and not only did they have candy to give you but also those fun spider rings that seemed so fun to wear when you were little, and the lady that passed them out dressed up like a witch in the full getup with the green face. Another thing that was always really cool at their house was they elaborately carved pumpkins, not just the typical faces, but I remember one year when they carved a very intricate haunted house. Oh and how could I forget? They even played the scary music when you walked up so you were extra frightened of everything lurking around the corner!

Answered 9 years ago by sublime

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