Hang these simple DIY ghost decorations as part of your outdoor Halloween decor. We'll show you how to make them—it's so easy, it's scary!

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated August 20, 2019

Let the neighborhood know your house is the most haunted one on the street. These spooky spirits will tie your Halloween front porch setup to your indoor DIY ghost decor—and they couldn't be easier to make! Grab the cheesecloth (or a few white sheets) and assemble a whole family of phantoms to decorate the front of your home for Halloween. If you decide your ghosts need a few friends, decorate the yard with skeletons too!

Exterior of a white house at daylight with three cloth ghosts hanging from the front porch

How to Make Halloween Ghosts

Supplies Needed

  • Clothesline wire
  • Padded clothes hanger
  • Foam tube
  • Foam ball or wig head
  • Heavy-duty clear packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cheesecloth
  • Hot glue
  • Screw eyes

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these easy instructions to assemble a set of spooky Halloween ghosts for your front porch. You should be able to make two to three ghosts in an hour.

Make the Ghost Frame

To create a ghost with a bodily shape, begin by making a frame for the underside of the ghost. Start by straightening the hook of a wire hanger so it stands straight up. Poke a large styrofoam ball through the pointed top of the hanger; secure with glue or tape if necessary. The size of the foam ball will determine how large your ghost is. To make a ghost that looks like ours, this is all you need to do for the frame.

To create a spooky ghost with a more realistic bodily shape, add foam tubing to the hanger to five your ghost arms. Wrap the center of a piece of clothesline wire six times around the padded area of a wire hanger so that an equal length of the wire extends beyond each of the hanger's ends. These ends should be longer than the length you want the arms to be. Slide a piece of thick foam tubing up each end of the wire and onto the padded area of the hanger. Use packing tape to connect and secure the tubes at the center of the hanger. This method is a bit scarier, so these will fit right in with spooky outdoor setup, like this eerie outdoor cemetery decor.

Cover the Ghost Forms

When the ghost frame is done, cover it in fabric. You can use cheesecloth or white fabric—or up the spook factor by dressing your ghosts in old dress material. Arrange the fabric or recycled dresses on the assembled ghost frame by draping it over the foam or head and securing with hot glue. Shred and tear the draped fabric with scissors, cutting off some pieces of the fabric for a spooky look, or leave the material as-is for a collection of friendly ghosts. If you made ghosts with arms, cover the ghost's head with plain fabric, then use the foam tubing to fill out the arms of the dress.

Hang the Ghosts

To hang the ghosts, insert screw eyes, hooks, or pushpins into the underside of your house's gutters or the ceiling of your porch. Use fishing line to suspend the ghosts, using extra lengths of fishing line or clear thread to hold them in place if necessary. For large or heavy ghosts, suspend the form with fishing line secured at the back of the neck, then attach an extra line to each side of the neck and hang from the same hook for added support. When you're done, hang them on the front porch to complete your outdoor Halloween decor.

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October 3, 2019
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