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Halloween Treats
Apple Bobbing and Sweet Dunking
Halloween Pop
Spider's Webs
Starchy Ghosts
Sweetie Spiders
Halloween Fun with Pumpkins
’Allowe’en Acrostics
Hunt the Pumpkin
Soul Cakes and Cake Racing
Shrunken Heads
Face To Face
Halloween Divination Games
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here...
Halloween Lanterns

Starchy Ghosts

Hang these ghoulish apparitions around the house or in a window or tree outside to attract trick or treaters. They look even spookier when underlit with a lamp or torch.

You’ll need:
An old plastic 1l bottle
A tennis (or similar sized) ball
A plastic child’s size coat-hanger
A box of household starch (from Boots)
An old white sheet or muslin, cut into squares (ours were 60cm x 60cm but make them as big or small as you like)
A thick black felt tip pen

To make the outline of the head, half-fill the plastic bottle with water to stabilise it and, with the lid off, balance the tennis ball on top. For the shoulders, stick the small coat-hanger on the neck of the bottle with Blu-Tack. This is your frame. (For more than one starchy ghost, make more frames or re-use this one after each ghost has dried.)
Take two tablespoons of starch, mix in four tablespoons cold water, then pour a pint of boiling water over (this is twice as strong as the manufacturer’s instructions). For best results, mix thoroughly while the solution is dissolving. Leave to cool for a short while until hand hot. Then dip a square of white material into the starch mixture. Soak and squeeze it out, then drape over the tennis ball skeleton. If you want the ghost to stand on a table, arrange its lower edge against a flat surface so it forms a base. Leave for a few hours to dry.
Before taking the ghost off the frame, draw eyes and mouth with felt tip pen. To hang, thread a needle with black cotton, tie a big knot in one end, push the needle through the top of the head from the inside, and make a hanging loop at the top.