Ghastly Ghost Decorations


Want to fill your house with ghosts and ghouls? Here’s a super easy, super fun and super messy Halloween craft you can do with your kids!

All you need are a few supplies you probably already have in your pantry.


  • Cheese cloth
  • Balloons
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Black paper
  • Glue
  • Optional:  Glitter, craft eyes, craft gems


Make a mixture of 1 cup flour, 1 tbsp salt and about 4 cups water.  You want your mixture a bit thinner than pancake batter.  More like squash soup.  Set aside.

Blow up a balloon about 1/2 way so it’s about water balloon size.  Don’t actually use water balloons because they can pop when your ghosts are drying.  Nothing worse that an deflated ghost.  Boo.

Cover a work surface with waxed paper. You want a place where you can make the ghosts and let them dry over night without moving them.  I covered a spare shelf so I could move them easily.  Oh, and if it’s too cold to do this craft outdoors (I love you, California!) then you might as well strip down your kids and cover your entire kitchen with brown paper or an old sheet because things are about to get messy!

To get started…

Cut the cheesecloth so it fits nicely over your balloon.

Then let your kids dip the cheesecloth into your flour mixture and drape it over the balloon.

(This is the messy part)

I tried this several ways, and it all turned out about the same.  I wrung the cloth out first, I dipped and draped, I applied the dry cloth over the balloon and then added the mixture with my hands…  It’s all the same.  Let your kids decide and then turn away, turn away.  It’s easier not to watch the mess.

(Put in a safe place to dry)


Let the “ghosts” dry overnight. Pop your balloons and embellish ghosts with cut out eyes, glitter (apply while still wet,) gems, whatever!

Hang, or set on a surface and enjoy the season!  Happy Halloween!!!



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