It is no secret: Justin and I are big fans of Halloween. Big big fans. We make our yearly trek to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando (by the way: loved it this year!), and I’ve always longed for a yard to decorate for the holiday. Well, this year was our very first shot at it, and I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity. I’ll be honest: I didn’t think Justin would go for any of this…but after he heard me giggling after seeing a picture on Pinterest of some skeletons carrying a coffin across a yard, he was hooked on the idea of creating our own scene.
We brainstormed for a bit; how many skeletons would we need to acquire? How will we pose them? How will we make them stay put in the yard? Come to find out: purchasing full size skeletons isn’t exactly a cheap feat. Plus, depending on how you would like to position the skeleton, certain joints are required. For our final product, we needed two different types of skeletons – one with arms that had rotating shoulder/arm sockets, and one without. However, we managed to score an awesome deal at Ross for our first one: $24! Good fortune was shining on us. We found our second skeleton at Target; it was the cheapest option after shopping around at various party and Halloween stores in our area. Go figure: I love you, Target.
Justin and I put our heads together to come up with the skeleton configuration. We thought it would be funny for one of our skeletons to be digging a hole in our yard. We used a garden stake to help keep the shovel upright in the correct position – we left about 1.5ft of stake in front of the shovel blade and stuck it into the ground so the shovel would be able to stand up on its own (the skeleton isn’t really holding it up).
To keep the skeleton’s arms in the correct “shoveling” position, we cut pieces of some old wire clothing hangers to aid the shape, then secured them with fishing wire to the skeleton’s arms. Another garden stake was secured to the bottom half of our skeleton (ouch…sorry dude) with wire and fishing line, and we staked him into the ground/tied his hands to the shovel in the proper form.
To create the look that he was digging a hole, Justin piled some mulch up around the shovel, and we purchased a “bag of bones” from a local party store to stick in and around it for added effect.
That wasn’t enough though. Skeleton number two had to come into play. We decided it would be funny if our second skeleton was carrying a body over to his digging friend. We positioned him much in the same way we did with the first form – a garden stake on the bottom, and then we secured some fishing wire from the skeleton’s wrists to his shoulders to hold his arms in a “cradling” position.
I created the “body bag” with a black garbage bag. I stuffed it with old plastic grocery bags I have been meaning to recycle (woo! This came in handy): I created a round “head” shape at the bottom, and wrapped it off with electrical tape. Then, I stuffed more plastic grocery bags to the center to create the body shape. Before wrapping with electrical tape, we stuck two leg/foot bones (from our bag of bones we bought) in the bottom of the opening, then taped them in. The final product looks like skeleton feet are poking out of the garbage bag, which I like, but is definitely not necessary if you’re trying to recreate.
All in all, I am so incredibly pleased with how this little project turned out. Now that we have our skeletons positioned in the yard, Justin and I keep thinking about more configurations we want to use in the future. Perhaps we’ll have to add a few more skeletons to our collection in following years…who knows!
Do you like to decorate your yard for Halloween? How are you dressing it up this year?