If you are planning a Halloween party for the children, extend the fun to the outdoors by decorating your back garden too.
If the weather is bad the decorations can be appreciated from the warmth of the house. and if you are lucky enough to have good weather on the day of the party you can turf the children outside where they can get up close with all your spooky designs.
1. Incy Wincy Spiders
These are so easy to make. Use black pipe cleaners to make the body and legs of a spider. You will need five pipe cleaners for each one. Then simply attach to your climbing frame, swing set or slide by wrapping the legs around narrower parts of the frame. These have extra scare factor as children are unlikely to notice them from a distance, so will get a real fright when they go to play on the equipment.
2. Buried Bodies
To make these you will need an old pair of trousers, some socks or shoes and plenty of newspaper. Fill out the trousers and footwear by stuffing them with scrunched up newspaper. Then position the half-body in such a way that it appears to be kicking out of the flower bed or sand pit, giving the appearance of a half-buried body.
3. Ghost Lights
If you have solar lights staked into the ground in your garden you can turn them into floating ghosts. For each ghost you will need a scrap of white fabric approximately 12 inches by 12 inches. Use a permanent marker pen to draw on a face and scary mouth, then drape the fabric over the light. These look great during the day and even better at night.
Use white wool to weave webs all over the back garden. Wool works better than string because you can fluff up the edges giving it a more realistic web-like appearance. You can make a giant spider to adorn the web by stuffing a black bin bag with scrunched up paper, then cutting another bin bag into strips to use as the legs.
5. Halloween Lanterns
Collect glass jam jars. Make a stencil of a scary Halloween-inspired shape and attach to the front of a jar. Spray paint the jar, then remove the stencil to reveal a clear shaped window. Pop a tealight inside to create a spooky outdoor lantern.
6. Creepy Cave
Use an old bed sheet draped over the climbing frame or monkey bars to create a spooky cave. Hang cuts outs of bats and spiders inside for added creepiness.
7. Creative Carving
Get seriously creative with your pumpkin carving. Don't just stop at one Jack O Lantern. Create serious wow factor with a whole line of them. Or stack them to create a pumpkin snowman. Or leave dolls legs or arms dangling from their mouths so it looks like the pumping has just finished eating one of yoru children. A few pumpkins, a knife a splash of red food dye are all that's needed to create so truly hideous decorations.
Hopefully that little round-up of Halloween nasties has inspired you to come up with yoru own ideas for spooky back garden decorations.