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Ghostly Ghouls

ghosts_2Make these cheerful Halloween ghosties and your trick or treating will be fearfully fun

What you’ll need:

  1. Tissue paper or cheesecloth
  2. Round balloons
  3. Drinking glass (to use as stands)
  4. White craft glue
  5. Water
  6. Bowl
  7. Paintbrush
  8. Large wiggle eyes
  9. Battery operated tea lights (found in craft store)
  10. Scissors

How to make it:

  • Partially blow up balloons, (water balloons size works well) big enough to fit in one hand (about the size of a large orange).ghosts_1
  • Place balloon, tied end down, on top of a glass.
  • Mix 1 part water and 2 parts white glue in bowl to make a paintable mixture.
  • Tear or cut tissue paper/cheesecloth into strips long enough to drape over your balloon with strips ends hitting the table.
  • Paint the top of the balloon with the glue mixture. Place a strip of material across the balloon and paint more mixture over the top of the fabric wetting the strips all the way to the end.
  • Continue this process, crossing fabric over itself to cover all sides. Let it dry completely.
  • Pinch just above knot in balloon and trim know off. Let the air out of the balloon slowly. Carefully peel it out of the material mold.
  • Trim the ends of the material so that the ghouls will stand up by themselves.
  • Glue wiggle eyes on the front. (Can also use magic marker to make eyes, cut out, and glue to ghost.)
  • Wait until it starts to get dark and put your spooky  ghost over a battery operated tea light and watch it glow.


  • Do not use regular tea lights as this is a fire hazard! Only use battery operated tea lights to illuminate these ghouls.
  • If you would like to hang these ghouls, use a sewing needle threaded with white thread and poke through the top.
  • If ghost is not stiff enough to stand by itself, put tea light in a glass and place inside the ghost.