You’ve just completed your fall home move and now you have all these moving supplies and packing materials sitting around, waiting to be recycled. But wait! You can get one more use out of them before tossing them in the recycle bin – creating a spooky Halloween graveyard on your front lawn! Here’s how to do it:
Creating a Halloween Front Lawn Graveyard
First, make sure you’ve saved some different sized pieces of cardboard from your move.
Cut them into rectangles with rounded tops to resemble tombstones. Different shapes and sizes lend a more genuine feel.
Using gray paint and a sponge, dab paint in layers onto the cardboard. You can also use a can of gray spray paint. You’ll want to do that part outside, as spray paint fumes are not safe to use in enclosed spaces. You also don’t want to get paint everywhere!
Use the thick markers you used to label your moving boxes to write R.I.P. and Here Lies… epitaphs.
Take the tombstones outside and place them around the yard. You may want to bend the bottoms at a 90 degree angle to stand them up. You can use your packing tape to keep it bent and standing up. Piles of leaves and rocks will also help keep them in place.
Create a graveyard watchman. Stuff a man’s pants, boots and shirt with all the old packing paper and packing peanuts you used to cushion your fragile items and breakables. Give him a pumpkin head and sit him against one of the tombstones. The best part is switching out the fake watchman with a real person on Halloween night. If you time it right, you can scare all the little kiddies that come to the door!
For Extra Spookiness
Take apart some plastic skeletons and sprinkle them throughout the graves. Try sticking some hands out of the lawn to make it look like your skeleton is trying to dig itself out.
Also, a mini-fog machine hidden behind a gravestone is a great way to add a spooky ambiance!
Do you have any spooky Halloween ideas using left over moving supplies? Let us know in the comments!