Welcome to Halloween on the Front Porch! Here is my Welcoming Committee!
I like to have fun with Halloween when I am decorating our front porch. As Halloween approaches, I add ghosts that swing in the juniper tree, and purple and orange lights to the pyracantha bush. This year, I did something I have wanted to do for quite a while, by putting bats on the walls of our porch to add to the Halloween feel.
I found a template on the internet, printed it out, and enlarged it on the copier until I had the size I wanted.
I cut the bat template out, and outlined the template on black construction paper using a fine line Paint Pen in white.
I then cut out the bats, affixed paint tape to the back side, and stuck them up on the wall.
Well, okay, I didn’t just slap them on the porch wall; my stepson and his girlfriend acted as Art Directors to ensure all bats were positioned correctly! It was pretty simple, easy, and fairly quick! They may not last until next year, but I had fun making them!
And here they are in all their ‘bat-glory’ !
I put these ghosts up every year, mostly because the little ones, out on walks with their Mamas, just seem to love them. In this picture, you also catch a glimpse of the orange and purple lights in the pyracantha bush.
These ghosts are very simple to make. Gather a collection of different sized styrofoam balls; I got mine at Michaels. Find an old white sheet, and cut into squares of roughly 24 x 24. Pick up the center of the square, position and wrap it over one of the styrofoam balls, and secure it with silver florist wire. To run string through the styrofoam ball ‘head’ of the ghost, I use a half-circle needle and run a nice long piece of string through the head. I tie the string around a branch in the tree, and cut off any excess not needed.
And, as we all know, no Halloween porch is complete without a black cat and pumpkins!
I hope you have enjoyed our Halloween on the Front Porch, and that perhaps you are inspired to cut some easy black bats out of construction paper, or hang a few simple ghosts from a tree! Most importantly, have fun decorating your porch for Fall and Halloween!