DIY Sheet Ghost Halloween Decoration in 4 Simple Steps

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This Halloween ghost light craft is so easy to make and is a fun Halloween project. Recently I shared a DIY sheet ghost Halloween decoration on my Instagram , and it got great views plus lots of questions. So I decided to put the steps into a blog post. Making a ghost out of a sheet this way is the easiest Halloween decoration you will ever make.

DIY sheet ghost Halloween decoration

This Halloween season, my daughter Hannah and I went with a vintage retro aesthetic . We transformed the mantel using one of her Etsy printables and started working on the hearth with a DIY Halloween ghost idea. Halloween crafts are a fun idea for you to do alone or with your kids and Halloween ghosts are a staple of the season.

For many years we would spend most of our time and energy on the mantel shelf, and the hearth would be lacking. But this year, we wanted the hearth to be as dramatic as the shelf, so we decided to make a DIY ghost decoration using items around the house. I think this easy project would be a great idea for your Halloween party.

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DIY Sheet Ghost Halloween Decoration

Halloween ghost decorations are an easy way to bring Halloween home. The best part about this DIY Halloween ghost is the simple supply list. Gather these items, and then let's get started.

  • Tall stand or, in our case, a baby doll high chair
  • Victorian lamp or you can use a styrofoam ball (if you use a ball, you will need some Christmas string lights to sit under it)
  • White sheet or white fabric where the width is long enough to go down all sides (we used a full-size flat sheet )
  • Black construction pape r or black felt
  • Wrapping tape
  • Ryobi mini generator

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Making a Ghost out of a Sheet

Did I mention this Halloween ghost light only takes about 30 minutes or less to make? It is genuinely the easiest decoration I have pulled together.

Now let's decide where you want your child-size ghost. Remember, we placed ours on the hearth, but you can set yours anywhere inside your home or on your front porch. I am thinking of moving mine to the porch for Halloween night.

Step 1: Ghost stand

First, let's build the stand for the ghost. Place your stand or baby doll high chair in my case, then set your lamp or ball on top for the head of the ghost.

DIY Halloween ghost using a stand and lamp

If you are using a victorian lamp, you will need to remove the globe on the top and then the glass bulb cover. Not all Victorian lamps have this piece inside but ours did I guess for aesthetics. The main thing is that you need the top of the globe to be smooth.

At this step, use a warm light bulb in the lower sphere of the victorian lamp. Use a low watt like 25 watt and an edison bulb would make a nice warm light.

If you are using Christmas light strings, make sure they are warm-colored. Next, if you're using the Victorian lamp, turn on the lower sphere because later, when we light the ghost, you won't have to reach up there to turn it on.

Now that you have your foundation, let me show you how to drape the flat sheet over the base.

Step 2: Sheet Ghost

The ghost shape is easy to achieve. Find the center of your sheet , then place the center on the top of the ghost stand. Make sure the sheet is evenly distributed around the ghost base.

DIY ghost out of a sheet

Next, fold under any excess sheet material. Do not puddle but tuck the extra sheet material under where the sheet hangs down. Once you have all the excess sheet tucked under, pull the flat sheet forward, so it flows outward from the ghost. Your Halloween ghost craft is almost done!

How to make a ghost out of a sheet

Step 3: Ghost Eyes and Mouth

We only have a few more steps, and this project is complete. It's time to decorate the ghost's head. Use construction paper or black felt and cut out the eyes and mouth in an oval shape. Our eyes and mouth are about 2 inches long.

Subsequently, use some tape to adhere the eyes and mouth onto the ghost. We used regular clear tape and looped it where the sticky was on the outside. So far, they have not fallen off. If you're using an old sheet you will only be using for this decoration, you can use a glue gun to attach the eyes.

Remember to bring the eyes down on the head where a human's eyes would be. I originally had them too high, and once my daughter pulled them down, it made this adorable ghost look more realistic.

Sheet ghost eyes made from black construction paper

Step 4: How to Light your Sheet Ghost

I want to introduce you to the most fantastic tool Ryobi has ever made — a mini generator . LOL! You may find me saying that about their other Ryobi tools in other posts, but honestly, this is one of my favorites.

Ryobi mini generator to power ghost light decoration

This little powerhouse will light up your Halloween ghost, and you can hide it under the ghost. Isn't that awesome? No unsightly cords running across the floor. I have also used it on my cottage farmhouse Christmas porch to illuminate my garland.

Simply plug your lamp or lights into your mini generator , and light magic, you have a child-size Ghost light. This little thing makes me laugh every time I light it up.

Ryobi mini inverter generator to power a DIY lighted ghost

Every night, when you want to light your ghost, place the battery pack on the mini generator and tap the button on top. Your little ghost will illuminate beautifully.

How to Make a Life Size Ghost

Now that we made a toddler size ghost I thought you might like to know how to make an even larger ghost. A simple way to make a life size ghost is to use a taller stand like a plant stand with anything that is round on the top. You can use a basketball, lamp with a round shaped shade or styrofoam ball as the head. I'm sure you'll devise a creative idea. Then add a sheet and eyes made from black construction paper or felt and you have an adult size ghost.

Final Thoughts

Okay, wasn't that great fun and easy? Even if you are having a last minute event, you'll still have plenty of time to put one of the best DIY halloween decorations together. Kids of all ages will love this ghostly fun Halloween decoration this spooky season. It would make a great addition to your front yard or front porch on Halloween night. After we finished decorating our living room, fireplace, and mantel, my little nieces and nephews came over. I wondered if any of them would be scared of our sweet little ghost, and to my surprise, they weren't concerned. I think they were more concerned with the display of candy they were allowed to eat. LOL! Just another reason I think these ghosts make are perfect decorations for Halloween.

DIY sheet ghost Halloween decoration

Here are other Halloween easy DIY crafts you might like:

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So many fun Halloween decoration DIY to choose from and they are fun to do with family members. Now I am dying to know where you plan to make a sheet ghost. Is it going on your front porch, fireplace hearth, or playroom? Share in the comments all about it.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope this simple DIYHalloween ghost craft will bring the holiday spirit into your decorations. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment. I'd love to hear your easy DIY halloween decorations. Have a wonderful and safe happy Halloween.

Happy Decorating!

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This Halloween ghost light craft is so easy to make and is a fun Halloween project.

  • White sheet
  • Black construction paper or black felt

Instructions

  • Place your stand, or baby doll high chair in my case, then set your lamp or ball on top for the head of the ghost.
  • If you are using a victorian lamp, you will need to remove the globe on the top and then the glass bulb cover.
  • Use a warm light bulb in the lower sphere of the victorian lamp. Use a low watt like 25 watt and an edison bulb would make a nice warm light.
  • If you're using the Victorian lamp, turn on the lower sphere because later, when we light the ghost, you won't have to reach up there to turn it on.
  • Find the center of your sheet , then place the center on the top of the ghost stand. Make sure the sheet is evenly distributed around the ghost base.
  • Next, fold under any excess sheet material. Do not puddle but tuck the extra sheet material under where the sheet hangs down.
  • Pull the flat sheet forward, so it flows outward from the ghost.
  • Use construction paper or black felt and cut out the eyes and mouth in an oval shape.
  • Use some tape to adhere the eyes and mouth onto the ghost.
  • Plug your lamp or lights into your mini generator to avoid unsightly cords running across the floor.
  • When you want to light your ghost, place the battery pack on the mini generator and tap the button on top.
  • If you are using Christmas light strings, make sure they are warm-colored.
  • A simple way to make a life size ghost is to use a taller stand like a plant stand with anything that is round on the top. You can use a basketball, lamp with a round shaped shade or styrofoam ball as the head. Then add a sheet and eyes made from black construction paper or felt and you have an adult size ghost.

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👻 easy ghost costume tutorial with a bed sheet.

When my daughter wanted a ghost Halloween costume, I jumped at the chance to DIY a classic homemade white bed sheet ghost costume.

But, I had to think about how she would see behind bed sheets that are acting like ghost ponchos without the head hole. I didn’t want to just make holes in my DIY ghost costume. You’d see the face inside.

Then, the idea came to me to use screen material. The same thing that keeps the bugs from flying into your house.

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The costume ended up being a great hit. It may be a Halloween costume but it usually makes an appearance well before Halloween night. We’re talking late September. And it isn’t entirely put away until Thanksgiving.

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It seems like there are endless costume ideas for kids to choose from. And, if you are planning on going to a Halloween store, you can even purchase inflatable costumes. But for us DIYers, it’s all about scoring supplies at thrift stores and finding creative costume ideas just about anywhere we look. 

If you are searching for a spooky costume that doesn’t take a lot of time or lots of materials to make, this is the perfect DIY Halloween costume.

Forget the mess of white face paint or the challenge of making a ghost tutu dress combo.

However, this ghost outfit takes the first-place awards for an easy DIY costume. Martha Stewart would be proud.

Here’s how I made my traditional ghost costume:

Ghost Costume Materials & Tutorial

You will need:

  • An old white bedsheet or several white sheets in case you make a mistake (mine was a full size fitted sheet. I cut the edges off leaving raw edges)
  • Some screen material (mine came from an old screen but any hardware store will have it)
  • The ghost eyes and mouth downloadable template at the bottom of this post
  • Black thread
  • Sewing machine, sewing needle or glue (fabric or hot glue and hot glue gun)

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What size sheet do I need to be a sheet ghost?

The size of the white bed sheet needed will depend on the size of your kids. A queen or king size sheet will work best for taller kids or adults. That means this costume even works in the category of women’s costumes.

My sheet for a full-size sheet, which fit my 7-year-old quite well.

Make sure you’re happy with how far the bed sheet hangs before you start cutting. Of course, you can just get white fabric from a fabric store if you don’t have white sheets you can cut for this scary ghost costume.

Flat sheets are best, but if you only have a fitted sheet just trim the elastic out of the corners to make it flat.

How do you cut a sheet for a ghost costume?

How do you cut eye holes and mouth in a sheet for a ghost costume.

Cut the eyes and mouth template and pin them onto the screen material. You will need 4 of the eyes and 2 of the mouth otherwise people will be able to see the little face behind the mask. I just folded the screen material in 4ths so I would only have to cut once.

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Choose where the face should be. Usually somewhere in the middle of the sheet.

You can try placing the sheet over your child’s head and noting where the eyes and mouth should be with a black marker to ensure good placement. Position two pieces of screen material on top of each other for each of the eyes and the mouth.

Here the eye holes are 1 inch apart, but you may want to measure your little goblin’s face before you start sewing.

Related post: Halloween Bat Costume & Butterfly Costume DIY

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You might think that the next step would be to cut out the holes. But if you do that the sheet will deform as you sew the screen and you’ll end up with a wrinkly ghost. We can’t have that now!  So, sew the eyes and the mouth on the sheet FIRST .

A satin stitch works great. I did it with a tight zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine but this step can also be done by hand.

To make this an easy no-sew project, you could use fabric glue or hot glue around the edges of the circles. I would still recommend spending the time and sewing it.

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Then turn the sheet around to the back and cut out the sheet material to create an opening for each eye and mouth.

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Here you have it. An ooky, spooky ghost costume that your kids will want to wear to the breakfast table.

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Put it on and have a great time with this ghostly look!

If the weather is chillier on Halloween night, just put on a white long-sleeved shirt and other warmer articles of clothing under the white fabric. 

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We didn’t have a problem with the sheet shifting on my girl’s heads, but if you’re afraid the sheet might fall off when your kids run, just use safety pins (or sew) to secure a white knit cap to the inside of the sheet at the top.

If you are looking to create complementary costumes for other kids or the whole family, here are some great ideas:

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  • Pac-man ghost
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  • A reversed ghost with black fabric and white holes

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If you liked this Halloween costume, check out my other creations, like the jellyfish costume , bat costume , butterfly costume , and my list of last-minute Halloween costume ideas .

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3 thoughts on “ 👻 easy ghost costume tutorial with a bed sheet ”.

How did you get the head to stay in place and not move all over when the kids run?

You can put a knit cap on your kids and safety pin it (or sew it) to the sheet. That way it won’t fall.

Brilliant!!! My 5 year old is going to love this. 🙂

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How To Make A Sheet Ghost Costume (& 4 Other DIY Costumes)

How To Make A Sheet Ghost Costume (& 4 Other DIY Costumes)

2021 Oct 25th

If you’re in need of a quick & easy last-minute Halloween costume, it doesn’t get more classic than an easy DIY sheet ghost.

Spooky season can sneak up fast, and not everyone has the time to make their own intricate homemade Halloween costume. DIY costumes are more popular than ever, and nearly anyone can make great costumes for kids and adults with materials found right in your bedroom.

The most classic of these is undoubtedly the bed sheet ghost costume. This Halloween staple is perfect for kids, adults, and all your last-minute costume needs, but if you’re especially inexperienced with scissors and fabric it can be a little daunting to cut up your old white sheet.

As experts in everything bedding, and lovers of Halloween, we’re here to show you how to make a perfect DIY ghost costume to make yourself the (after)life of the party! We’ve even got a few extra DIY costume ideas if you feel like going a little more out-of-the-box!

How To Make Sheet Ghosts

What you’ll need.

  • Old White Sheet
  • Pen, Pencil, or Marker
  • Old Toque or Beanie

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Making a sheet ghost is also way easier if you have a friend to help, since they can help you make marks on the sheet while you’re wearing it.

Step 1: Find The Right Sheet

To be a proper sheet ghost, you should first make sure your old sheet is exactly the size you need, and drapes over you properly. This is why you should ideally go with a simple old white Flat Sheet, as the loose flat fabric will drape over you better than other types of bedding.

Otherwise, make sure your sheet isn’t too transparent, since you don’t want people seeing your clothes underneath your ghostly sheet. This will also give you the freedom to bundle up underneath if you plan on exploring pumpkin patches trick-or-treating in your spirit form!

Step 2: Check Your Height

Place the center of your sheet over the top of your head, as if you’re folding it in half while you’re inside it, and stick your arms out to your sides to help it drape flat. Queen size sheets should fit most adults, but if you’re on the tall side, you might want to look into a King.

From there, simply cut the bottom however high you’d like! Many ghosts love to leave just their shins and feet out, but you’re also welcome to leave a little extra leg room. For more leggy ghosts, it helps to wear slim black pants and shoes to keep your lower half more subtle.

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Step 3: Find Your Face

While the sheet is still draped over your head, have your friend mark small light dots over your eyes to mark where your face will be. If you want some extra help remembering where your head should go, make a small dot on top of your head too - it might help you in later steps too!

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Once you’re done, take the sheet off and grab your scissors. For your eyes, cut even ovals over your marks, making them large enough to see safely and easily. If you find you’re having trouble breathing under the sheet, feel free to add a narrow oval for your mouth as well.

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Step 4: Attach Your Toque

If you find that your sheet keeps falling off your head, this optional step can ensure your sheet stays in place your whole Halloween night. This is where the old toque or beanie comes in, as you’ll be gluing the inside of the sheet directly on top so that it’s attached to some comfortable headwear.

If you made a dot above your head in Step 3, put some glue over the tip of the toque and press the mark to it! Otherwise, you can also just have a friend put some glue on the tip of your toque while you’re wearing it, then drape the sheet over your head to line up with your face. If you’re using a hot glue gun, make sure you’re extra careful and get someone to help if you need!

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Step 5: Decorate!

You don’t technically need to do anything else, but some extra embellishments can help your ghost be a little more memorable! If you feel like leaning on the silly side, try a toque or sunglasses over your sheet to add a little flair & lose a little fear.

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If you don’t mind a little extra cutting or tearing, you can also use your scissors to cut decorative holes and make stylish tears in the bottom. This will help you look a little more frightening than cute, and can help make people forget you're wearing a sheet!

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More Great DIY Costume Ideas

If sheet ghosts aren’t your favorite spooky season style, or you’d prefer a costume that’s more silly than scary, there’s still plenty of other DIY Halloween costumes you can make with only a few simple materials. With a quick trip to your closet, or your closest QE Home store, it’s plenty easy to find exactly what you need for an unforgettable homemade Halloween costume.

The Softest Mummy

Much like sheet ghosts, the toilet paper mummy is an absolute classic DIY Halloween costume, but it’s also one of the most wasteful costumes you can go for. If you feel like wrapping yourself up this Halloween, you can get much better results with a little fabric instead.

Simply take another old white flat sheet, and cut it into long strips that are only 3-4 inches wide, which should be plenty to wrap around your body and even be warmer to wrap yourself with. With some white clothes underneath, you can also save on wrapping yourself up too tight!

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Monster In Disguise

If you have some clothes that are on their way out, you can always tear them up in the name of Halloween! It’s easy to look like you just came back from a night as a monster, and with some cleverly-done tears you can have a costume that’s comfortable and easy to pose with.

Simply cut and tear your clothes all around your torso to make it look like you’ve been thrashing about, either with scissors or your hands for a natural tear. If you’re good with makeup and accessories, you can even bring some wolf or cat ears & face paint to show a bit more of the monster!

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Bedtime Superhero

Let’s be real, when else are you going to wear your coziest matching pyjamas? Whether your dream sleep outfit is a nice pair of clean PJs or a fluffy pair of footie pyjamas, you can quickly make yourself or your child look like they’re fresh from playing pretend.

Throw on your dream PJ outfit, and tie two corners of a fuzzy throw blanket make yourself the hero every child thinks they are. Not only is it remarkably simple, but it’s probably going to be the comfiest DIY costume you could make!

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There’s nothing wrong with looking a little luxurious on Halloween, and that’s exactly what you can do with a little cozy bathroom spa gear. With some bathroom accessories like a nice robe, and some comfy slippers, you can look like you’re fresh from a self-care day.

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Meet GG, My Sheet Ghost Costume

A sheet ghost costume is all the rage this Halloween!

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All October posts are part of the Countdown to Halloween !

It seems like the trend started in the summer with everyone falling for printed sheets as ghosts. Then they started popping up on TikTok and Instagram. My friends Chelsea and Erick over at Sips & Spirits even have their own spectral personalities that pop up on the Internet between podcast episodes.

So I decided I needed to get in on the fun this year and modeled my own sheet ghost after someone very special:

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My new blog logo! More on her in a minute because first I have to give credit where it is due.

First, a big thank you to the lovely Midge Munster for suggesting the idea to begin with. When she visited, we pondered Halloween costume ideas and when she suggested I dress up as my logo, I gasped and knew it was perfect. Andrew from Your Best Halloween Ever and James from That Halloween Bro both loved it when I mentioned it while brainstorming, so…here we are.

But this post wouldn’t be here without my dear friend Tara who answered an SOS text Monday when I realized…there was NO way in hell I was going to be able to take these photos on a self-timer like I thought. She popped over to the Spooky Little Apartment to play photographer for my silly idea, and I will be forever grateful.

Okay, on to the costume!

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GG? you might be asking yourself. Who is GG?

Well, that is the name I’ve given my ghost logo after this Halloween season. As you might know, I live with a ghost . I believe she’s a young girl in the 10-12 age range. I often call her “ghostie girl” because of her age. She likes to do silly things like knock over decor or plants, plays with my pendulum clock, or even messes with the LED lights on the back of my living room TV. It’s never harmful, always playful.

And I don’t really mind her hanging around, so she was a bit of the inspiration for my new logo when I decided to take a turn away from pumpkins.

When I decided to (pun intended) embody her for this year’s blog costume, I decided she needed a name and GG, short for Ghostie Girl, seemed appropriate.

I also figured if she was real, she’d probably be hanging around the apartment helping with blog posts like…

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Listening to all my playlists and approving them before they get posted. GG was especially excited for this year’s release of my Ultimate Halloween Playlist …and secretly loves all the cheesy pumpkin spice songs on this playlist .

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She loves finding new spooky small businesses to shop with in my Halloween hunting posts . (While it wasn’t featured in a post this season, this McWitch pail purse is from Monster Creations .)

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She LOVED all the Monster Cereal items I found in this round-up …and is begging me to open one of the boxes of the Monster Mash cereal I have.

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GG loved getting a sneak peek inside Spooky Little Halloween—The Magazine! (Which is on sale through Oct. 31 for 20% off if you still haven’t grabbed one…)

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Though keeping her sheet clean while taste-testing was a bit of a challenge, she especially loved this year’s pumpkin coffee recipe, my pumpkin brown sugar shaken espresso in her special mug from Ghost Girl Greetings . (Who else?!)

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But above all else, home tours were her favorite! She loved the glow of my spooky living room , but…

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…she’s most at home in my haunted bedroom , just like me.

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My favorite part of this costume? It was easy and SO affordable to create. I put together the entire look for just under $20.

  • White flat sheet
  • Orange glasses (optional)
  • Pumpkin pail

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What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year?

I’ve got one more costume coming to social media over the weekend you won’t want to miss. Be sure to give me a follow on Instagram to check it out.

Looking for more costume ideas? You might like my past blog costumes:

  • Spirit of Halloween
  • Fairy Godmother of Halloween

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So fun! Great job. You can never go wrong with a sheet ghost, imho. Also, I loooove your new logo. GG is adorable!

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Every single whimsical, creative, awesome element of this post + your costume is a true joy. You embody Halloween to the core, Miranda.

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Thank you, Autumn! One of the kindest compliments I’ve ever received on the blog.

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Ghost Templates (Free PDF Printables)

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Spook up your festivities with these 48 ghost templates that are all free to download and print! These templates are ideal for cutting out, creating eerie Halloween decorations, DIY gift tags, sewing, ornaments, coloring, and so much more!

In this collection, we’ve illustrated an assortment of ghostly figures featuring traditional sheet ghosts, spooky specters draped in mystery, charmingly cute phantom faces, as well as minimalist modern interpretations, plus a ton more!

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To use any of these free templates, you can click on any of the below images or links to open the high-resolution PDF on a new page. From there, you can freely download or print to your heart’s content!

All these PDF templates are on standard US letter size, but they also fit perfectly onto A4 paper sizes! Enjoy!

While you’re here, grab these related Halloween printables!

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10 Uses For Printable Ghost Templates

Here are 10 affordable, fun, and creative craft ideas you can do with your completed coloring pages!

10. Halloween Greeting Card Embellishments

My ghost templates would make an adorable adornment for DIY Halloween greeting cards that you can send to all your friends and family.

Have your kids color in and decorate the ghosts however they want; then, they’ll cut them out and paste them onto the front of the cards.

There is nothing quite so thoughtful as a handmade card, especially around Halloween!

9. Halloween Party Decorations

My ghost templates would make excellent and inexpensive Halloween party decorations – you only need a little imagination.

For example, you could cut them out individually, have your kids decorate them or add faces, and then hang them up on the wall behind the food table.

Or you could string them up with different lengths of twine and hang them from an embroidery hoop – boom, you have a DIY ghost mobile!

You could also string them up, side by side, and create bunting, perfect for hanging over a doorway.

8. Halloween Party Treat Bag Embellishments

If you’re passing out treat bags at your next Halloween party, you can make them oh-so-cute by embellishing them with my ghost templates.

It’s very simple – just draw on ghostly faces or have your kids decorate them, cut them out, and paste them into plain gift bags (which you can find at any dollar store).

Make sure the glue goes all the way to the edges, though – you don’t want the cut-outs catching on something and ripping.

7. Cotton Ball Ghosts

For a fun and simple craft that is perfect for preschoolers, make my cotton ball ghosts – all you need are cotton balls and glue.

Choose one of my larger ghost templates and print off as many as you need. Then you’ll instruct your kids to glue the cotton balls down, staying within the lines.

They can also add little cut-out mouths and eyes on top!

6. Classroom Activities

My ghost templates are ideal for teachers to use for classroom activities, especially around Halloween when the whole world has gone spooky.

For example, you could draw lines on one of the larger ghosts, make as many copies as needed, and have the kids write their own ghost stories.

You could also cut out three or four ghosts, paste them all on a single piece of poster board, fill them in with cotton balls and have your students guess how many cotton balls there are.

The one who gets closest without going over wins a prize.

5. Stapled Ghost Puffs

A fun little craft, these stapled ghost puffs are super cute, and you end up with really adorable Halloween decorations.

You’ll print out two of the same template per child and have them decorate or simply draw a face on one of the pages.

Then they’ll cut out both templates and start stapling them together, going around the edges.

When it’s about halfway stapled, they’ll fill it with tissues, cotton balls, and even bunched-up tissue paper, then continue stapling around until the puff is closed.

4. Your Kid’s Face Here Ghost Crafts

You’ll need a clear picture of your kid’s face for this craft, and you can utilize either one of my smaller ghost templates or a larger one (depending on the size of your photo).

Have your kid cut out the ghost and then cut out a circle where the face would go. You will glue the picture to it from the bottom so that your kid’s face faces outward.

Then they’ll glue the entire ghost to a piece of construction paper, and they can embellish however they see fit, whether writing their names on the ghost or creating a spooky background.

3. Halloween Party Games

You’ve heard of Pin the Tail on the Donkey – have you heard of Pin the Face on the Ghost?

You can find ghost face printables, cut those out, and hang up one of my ghost templates on a wall or tree.

Then you’ll blindfold the kids, spin them around, and give them a face to try and pin to the ghost.

Or, remember the stapled ghost puffs a few entries up? You could make those per the instructions, except add a few rocks or marbles to the inside.

Then take two large, clean garbage cans or laundry baskets (you get the idea) and set them up at a manageable distance for the kids’ ages.

They will toss the stapled ghost puffs and try to make them into the cans or baskets. Each kid gets two or three tries!

2. Pumpkin Carving Stencil

You could also use my ghost templates as pumpkin carving stencils to help guide your knife.

You’ll print out the template you want to use and then trace just inside the lines with a black Sharpie, mimicking the ghost’s shape. Be sure to draw on eyes and a mouth!

Next, you’ll cut out those spaces between the two lines; you can apply the stencil to the pumpkin and Sharpie to the open space of the stencil.

1. Halloween Posters/Signs

If you’re advertising for a Halloween party or event, you can use my ghost templates as decoration to add a touch of cute and spooky.

Simply use the rectangular selection feature in your PDF file, select the ghost you want to use, then copy or cut and paste it into your document.

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How to Make a Ghost Costume

Last Updated: December 14, 2022

This article was co-authored by Alina Bokovikova . Alina Bokovikova is a Costume Designer from California. With over 15 years of experience, she specializes in designing costumes for stage productions. Alina earned an MFA in Costume Design from the University of California, San Diego and her Master of Education from the Novosibirsk Pedagogical University. She’s won two Outstanding Costume Design awards and her costumes have been displayed in Moscow, Prague, and San Jose, California. This article has been viewed 452,593 times.

A ghost costume is perfect if you’re looking for a spooky costume for Halloween or a costume party. Even better, it’s super easy and affordable to make the costume yourself!

Make a Traditional Ghost Costume

Step 1 Cut the brim off a light-colored baseball hat.

  • The hat should be as light in color as possible, or people will be able to see it through the bed sheet that will be draped over your head.

Step 2 Drape the sheet over the head of the person wearing the ghost costume.

  • The costume should drag just a little to create a floating effect, but not so much that the person wearing it trips.

Step 3 Mark the center of the person's head on the sheet with a black marker.

  • Pin the sheet around the hat; you'll need to use about three or four more pins.
  • If you don't want the black dot on the top of the head to be so noticeable, you can flip the sheet over. You should still be able to see where the mark on the top of the head is, but it will be less visible to onlookers.
  • You can also just cover the mark with white-out. Or, use a fabric marker pencil that fades (invisible fabric markers).

Step 6 Cut out the eye holes.

Make a More Elaborate Ghost Costume

Step 1 Drape a sheet over the head of the person wearing the costume.

  • You can also put the makeup on the person's neck, since it will be visible.

Step 13 Draw gray circles on the person's eyelids and under his or her eyes.

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  • Painting your fingernails black or white will add to your ghostly look. Thanks Helpful 50 Not Helpful 20
  • The bed sheet method for making a ghost costume is classic, but remember that it may make it a little hard to socialize. If you're trick-or-treating, this is a great costume, but if you're going to a party, painting your face and draping a sheet over your shoulders may work best. Thanks Helpful 38 Not Helpful 19
  • Try to wear light-colored shoes with the costume for the most authentic look. Thanks Helpful 36 Not Helpful 23

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Things You'll Need

Bedsheet method.

  • White sheet
  • White or light-colored baseball cap
  • Black marker

Elaborate Method

  • Fabric glue
  • Black and white face paint
  • White long-sleeved shirt

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To make a ghost costume, cut the brim off of a baseball cap and put it on. Drape a sheet over your head and mark where your eyes are. Take the sheet off and pin it to the baseball cap, then cut out the holes for the eyes. Cut a ragged hem at the bottom of the sheet, and you're ready to go! For more tips on how to make your costume look ghastly, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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An Easy Origami Ghost Craft for Halloween

  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 origami ghost
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly
  • Estimated Cost: $1

A ghost is the perfect origami Halloween decoration for young paper folders to make. You can make a simple paper ghost in just a few minutes using very basic origami folds—even children who have never done origami before should be able to make this model with a bit of adult assistance.

What You'll Need

Equipment / tools, instructions, how to make an origami ghost.

To create this easy origami ghost, you will need a square sheet of paper that is white on both sides. The larger the paper, the easier the project will be to fold. This tutorial uses a sheet of 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper cut into an 8-1/2-inch-by-8-1/2-inch square.

If you're planning on folding the ghost as a group activity, it's best to have all of the paper cut before beginning. Young children have short attention spans, so you don't want to keep your eager folders waiting for any longer than necessary! You may also want to have models of each step of the project handy so the children can see what their ghost should look like as they're in the process of folding.

Make a Kite Base

Fold your paper in half along one of the diagonals to make a triangle shape. Unfold. Fold the left and right sides of the triangle into the middle line as shown in the photo. In origami, this form is known as a kite base—it's used to make many different types of paper folding projects, including an origami love bird .

Fold the Corners Down

Fold the left and right corners back as shown.

Flip your paper over. Fold the flaps of the triangles you just made in the last step so they lay flat against the sides of your ghost. When you're done, your origami ghost should look like this photo.

Fold the Corners In

Fold the left and right corners of the paper into the middle.

Make the Ghost's Head

Fold the top triangle down slightly. Make an accordion fold where the ghost's neck would be.

Finish Your Origami Ghost

Flip your paper over once more. Fold the bottom point over as demonstrated in the photo. Using a black marker, draw eyes and a mouth on your ghost.

While 91 different Japanese words mean ghost, "yūrei" is the most common, and translates to "dim spirit."

This cute little origami ghost has many Halloween uses. You can hang him in a window or tape a Popsicle stick to the back and have him star in a Halloween puppet show. If the ghost is made from a smaller square of paper, he can be added to Halloween treat bags, gift boxes, or party invitations .

If you're looking for more fun origami Halloween decorations for kids to make, you can also try your hand at this origami crow .

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How to Make a Life-Size Halloween Ghost

Create a life-size ghost for Halloween using cheesecloth and other inexpensive items. Hang it from a tree or place it on your front porch so passersby will shake in their boots.

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Turn craft-store materials into a life-sized (or at least afterlife-sized) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. Learn how to make your own.

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Materials needed:.

  • 6-8 packages of cheesecloth
  • large foam ball
  • 2 small foam balls
  • paint roller extension pole
  • 2 yardsticks
  • 2 short large-headed nails
  • jug of Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • empty spray bottle
  • sheet of black felt
  • fabric glue
  • large sewing needle
  • spool of fishing line

Create Ghost's Framework

Layer a paint roller extension pole and two yardsticks to create a "skeleton" for your ghost (Image 1). Use a short large-headed nail to attach both yardsticks to the paint roller extension pole, one on top of the other (Image 2).

Step one for making a life-size Halloween ghost is laying out your supplies.

Make A Life-Size Halloween Ghost Step One

Step one for making a life-size Halloween ghost is laying out your supplies.

Constructing A Halloween Ghost's Body

A crafty Halloween ghost is constructed from yard sticks and a paint extension pole.

Secure Extension Pole

Find a non-windy outdoor spot to temporarily drive the paint roller extension pole into the ground to make draping the ghost easier.

A Place In The Yard To Secure Your Halloween Ghost

Securing Your Life Size Halloween Ghost In The Yard

Find a prominent--but still spooky--spot in the yard to place your life-size Halloween ghost.

Attach Ghost's Head

Push a large foam ball onto the top of the paint roller extension pole to create the ghost's head.

Halloween Ghost's Head Made From Foam Ball Attached To Pole

Attaching Foam Ball To Pole For Halloween Ghost's Head

A foam ball can attach to a pole to form the head of a DIY Halloween ghost.

Attach Ghost's Hands

Attach a small foam ball to the end of each yardstick to act as the ghost's hands.

DIY Halloween Ghost's Hands Made From Foam Balls Attached To Yardsticks

Attaching Foam Ball To Yardstick For DIY Halloween Ghost

Simply attach foam balls to yardsticks to make hands for a DIY Halloween ghost.

Drape Cheesecloth

Begin draping large sheets of cheesecloth over the ghost framework (Image 1). Continue draping sheets of cheesecloth back and forth over the ghost until you've achieved the desired effect (Image 2).

A DIY Halloween ghost is draped with gauze for a spooky front yard decoration.

Body Of DIY Halloween Ghost Draped With Gauze

A DIY Halloween ghost is draped with gauze for a spooky front yard decoration.

Draped Gauze On DIY Halloween Ghost

Gauze is draped on the frame of a DIY Halloween ghost for a spooky front yard decoration.

Spray Starch

Use a spray bottle filled with liquid starch to saturate the ghost's head, hands and arms, leaving the body starch-free so trailing layers of gauze will blow in the breeze. Allow starch to dry (harden) completely before moving on.

Liquid Starch Keeps A Halloween Ghost's Gauze In Place

Spray Your Halloween Ghost With Liquid Starch

Using a bottle of liquid spray starch, spray your ghost's head and hands so the gauze will stay put.

Create Eyes and Mouth

Cut two eyes and a mouth out of black felt (Image 1). Use fabric glue to attach felt eyes and mouth to the ghost's head (Image 2).

Cutting out eyes and a mouth for a DIY Halloween ghost is simple and fun.

Cutting Out Fabric For DIY Halloween Ghost

Cutting out eyes and a mouth for a DIY Halloween ghost is simple and fun.

Adding Eyes To DIY Halloween Ghost

A Halloween ghost gets its eyes in this crafty step-by-step.

Remove Small Foam Balls

Gently remove the two small foam balls from under cheesecloth.

Halloween Ghost With Gauze Covering Foam Ball Hands

Covering Foam Ball With Gauze For Halloween Ghost

A DIY Halloween ghost has foam ball hands covered in spooky gauze.

Attach Fishing Line to Arms

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the fabric of each hand. Triple-knot the fishing line so the ghost can move freely in the breeze without the threat of blowing away.

Halloween Ghost Secured With Fishing Line

Thread Fishing Line Through Arms Of Halloween Ghost

Use fishing line to secure the arms of a spooky DIY Halloween ghost to a nearby tree or porch.

Attach Fishing Line to Head

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the top of the ghost's head. It's a good idea to drive the needle straight through the foam ball if possible. Triple knot this length of fishing line (Image 1). Finally, tie the ghost to hooks on a porch ceiling or sturdy tree branches in the yard for a spooky Halloween-themed display (Image 2).

You can thread fishing line through the ghost's head and then connect it to a tree branch.

Tying Fishing Line To Halloween Ghost's Head

You can thread fishing line through the ghost's head and then connect it to a tree branch.

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How to Make a Halloween Ghost Costume – (6 Easy Steps)

Last Updated on October 21, 2023

Halloween is just around the corner, and what’s more iconic than a spooky ghost costume for the occasion? This article will show you how to make a Halloween ghost costume using simple materials and a touch of creativity.👻

Make a Halloween Ghost Costume

  • Transform a simple bedsheet into a chilling Halloween ghost costume.
  • Step-by-step guide for creating your own spooky and stylish outfit.
  • Learn how to craft a ghostly design using black fabric and fusible web.
  • Complete your costume with a customized hood for an eerie touch.
  • Perfect your Halloween look, and get ready to impress at your spooky gatherings.

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Materials You’ll Need

Before you start crafting your ghost costume, gather the following materials:

  • An old double bedsheet
  • Black fabric
  • Fusible web suitable for appliqué
  • A sewing kit
  • A sewing machine

Steps to Make a Halloween Ghost Costume 👻

Make a Halloween Ghost Costume

Step 1: Prepare the Bed Sheet

Begin by taking your old double bedsheet and folding it into quarters. Lay it flat on the floor.

Step 2: Create the Ghost Shape

Create the Ghost Shape

Tie a piece of string to your pen, ensuring it’s longer than the folded quarter edge of your sheet. Hold the string at the corner and mark the widest arc you can. Cut along this line. This forms the body of your ghost costume.

Step 3: Make the Hood

Make the Hood

To create the hood:

  • Take the double-layered piece you just cut off.
  • Measure your head and add five centimeters.
  • Divide this measurement by four and mark another arc on the remaining corner of the fabric.
  • Cut it out .
  • Fold this piece in half and sew the two pieces together, leaving one edge open. This will serve as the back of the hood.

Step 4: Attach the Hood

Attach the Hood

With the hood piece ready, turn it right side out. Pin it to the neck hole of the ghost costume, matching the right sides of the fabric to ensure the seams are on the inside. Sew along the edge to secure the hood of the costume.

Step 5: Create a Spooky Design

Create a Spooky Design

Using black fabric and fusible web, create a spooky design for your costume. Carefully iron the fusible web to the wrong side of the dark fabric , ensuring you iron the papery side and not the gluey side. Sketch out your design with a pencil, making sure to reverse any letters.

Cut out each part of your design and remove the paper layer, leaving the glue fused to your dark fabric. Arrange and press the design pieces onto your costume using a hot iron .

Step 6: Sew Your Design

Sew Your Design

Lastly, sew around the outside edge of all the cutout pieces to ensure they are securely attached to your ghost costume.

With that, your Halloween ghost costume is ready to spook everyone who crosses your path!

Creating a Halloween ghost costume doesn’t have to be complicated. With a few basic materials and some simple sewing, you can craft a spooky and fun costume that’s perfect for the season. Get creative with your design, and don’t forget to wear your best ghostly face to complete the look. Happy Halloween!

Share your ghostly creations or ask any questions you may have about crafting the perfect Halloween ghost costume in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your spooky adventures!👻🎃

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DIY Rainbow Ghost Costume

  • Sheets (flat sheets work best, but you can use a fitted sheet and along the seam of the corners to make it lay flat! If the sheets you are dying are microfiber your color will come out lighter than expected we recommend a cotton sheet)
  • Large stainless steel pot
  • Fabric scissors

Directions:

  • Dye your sheet according to the directions on the bottle.
  • Once dyed and dry place sheet over your head to accurately mark the spots for your eye holes.
  • Draw circles in the marked spots
  • Cut out the circles

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Make a small Halloween ghost craft or a large ghost decoration with these easy ghost craft tutorials. Ghost crafts are fun for kids and adults of all ages to make for Halloween. (First published September 15, 2015; this post is updated and republished to improve the content.)

Making a Halloween ghost craft out of tissue paper, a plastic bag, tulle, or an old white sheet is a classic Halloween craft for kids and adults. Ghost crafts are an easy Halloween decoration idea that can be made in any size, from super tiny to extra large, for indoor or outdoor use. Even toddlers and preschoolers will have fun making Halloween ghosts! You might also enjoy Halloween Pumpkin Salt Painting .

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How to Make Halloween Ghost Crafts

Halloween ghost crafts are easy DIY Halloween decorations that toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages can make at home or in the classroom. This how-to article contains two sets of step-by-step instructions to make ghost crafts. Learn how to make ghost crafts and decorations from small to extra large with recycled tissue paper, white plastic bags, tulle, a pillowcase, or an old white sheet with either of the step-by-step directions below!

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Halloween Ghost Craft and Decoration Supplies

First, scroll down to read through both sets of step-by-step instructions to make ghost crafts (small to medium or extra large). Next, decide which type of ghost crafts you would like to make before choosing the DIY supplies you will use to make ghost crafts from the list below:

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  • Bolt of white tulle
  • Creepy gauze cloth
  • White flat sheet
  • Cotton balls

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  • Crumpled recycled paper or plastic bags
  • Fabric scraps
  • Or, an upside-down tomato cage with a ball or balloon on top!

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  • Permanent marker
  • Black construction paper and hot or craft glue

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Small to Medium Halloween Ghost Craft Directions

Learn how to make a ghost craft or a ghost decoration of any size with these simple Halloween ghost tutorials. Step-by-step instructions for an extra-large Halloween ghost decoration with an old white sheet, large trash bag, or creepy fabric are listed after the small to medium ghost craft photo tutorial below.

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1. Cut squares to make ghost crafts.

  • Use scissors to cut squares of tissue paper, fabric (tulle, an old sheet, or pillowcase), or white plastic garbage bags. We cut 10 to 12-inch squares to make ghost crafts, but they can be any size you like.
  • The little ghosts can sit on a tabletop when you use small squares to make ghost crafts. Experiment to find the perfect size ghost craft for your purposes. You may decide to make ghosts of several different sizes. Don’t worry about making perfect squares; the sloppy ones add to the ghostly appeal.

2. Place two squares on a work surface with ghost craft filler for the head on top.

  • First, offset the tissue paper, fabric, or plastic squares to show eight points (see the step-by-step photo collage tutorial below).
  • Next, place a cotton ball, a crumpled piece of paper, a cut-up old sock, a recycled plastic bag, fabric scraps, or a lollypop on top of the squares.
  • Our favorite filler for little ghost crafts is lollipops or cotton balls . Use lollipops to stand in a glass or vase on a table or windowsill and cotton balls for hanging ghost crafts.

3. Wrap the Squares around the filler to make the Halloween ghost head.

  • Gently wrap the squares around the filler to create the head of the ghost craft or decoration.

4. Shape the Head For Each ghost craft.

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  • Next, tie the fishing line or ribbon around the neck of your Halloween ghost craft to secure the cotton ball (or other filler) in place to create the head of the Halloween ghost craft.

5. Create a face for Halloween ghost crafts.

  • Use a black permanent marker to draw a simple face for each homemade Halloween ghost craft and decoration.
  • Or, cut shapes out of black felt , construction paper , or another type of fabric and glue them onto the face of each ghost.

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Extra Large DIY Halloween Ghost Decoration Instructions:

Homemade Halloween decorations and ghosts are always a hit with the kids. This easy step-by-step tutorial teaches how to make large ghost decorations out of an old white sheet, an extra-large plastic bag , a piece of creepy gauze fabric , or a roll of tulle to make extra-large ghosts with the step-by-step directions above. Follow the directions below if you use an old sheet to make your extra-large ghost decoration.

1. Cut a small hole in the middle of an old white sheet, plastic bag, etc.

  • First, lay an old white sheet, plastic bag, creepy cloth, or tule on the ground and pick it up from the center.
  • Next, use scissors to cut a tiny hole in the center of the plastic bag or fabric.

2. Blow up a balloon.

  • Use a balloon hand pump , or blow up a balloon the old-fashioned way!

3. Place a large piece of fabric or plastic over the balloon.

  • Find the small hole you cut in the old sheet, tulle, creepy cloth, or plastic bag, and place the balloon’s knot through it.

4. Tie a piece of monofilament line (fishing string) to the balloon.

  • Tie a 1 – 4-foot section of the monofilament line or fishing string around the knot on the balloon.

5. Use a permanent marker to draw a cute, friendly, or spooky face on your Halloween ghost decoration.

  • Hold the balloon over the sheet on your lap and draw a friendly or spooky ghost face onto the old white sheet. Ensure that the front will be in the right place when you hang it by holding the ghost decoration from the balloon before you start drawing.
  • Or, cut shapes out of black felt or another type of fabric and glue them onto the face of the ghost decoration.

6. Hang Ghost Decoration outside or inside

  • Tie the monofilament line to a small nail, a tack, a tree branch, a flagpole, or a Halloween ghost decoration that can be hung anywhere else.
  • Then, make a few more Halloween ghost decorations outside for even more ghostly fun!

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Halloween Ghost Crafts and Ghost Decoration Ideas

Making ghosts out of tissue paper, plastic bags, creepy cloth fabric, tulle, or an old white sheet is a classic Halloween craft and decoration for kids and adults. Make any DIY Halloween ghost decoration ideas with the kids for ghostly fun!

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October 12, 2015 By Rachel Nielson 52 Comments

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume and safer too!

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

Good morning!  This is Sarah’s sister Rachel, and last Halloween I somehow created a really darling and really easy no-sew ghost costume for my kids. I mean, take a look for yourself: aren’t they the cutest little ghouls you’ve ever seen?

No Sew Ghost Costume

Now lest you get the wrong idea about me, I must start off by admitting that I am not a crafter or a blogger; I am merely Sarah’s little sister who does not have domestic abilities. Despite this truth, every once in a while I get lucky and create something cute for my kids, and when that miraculous and sporadic event occurs, Sarah convinces me to share my ideas on her blog. The problem is, I don’t really have ideas; I just have dumb-luck. But I am more than willing to try to share some of that with all of you!

I’m sorry if this tutorial is sub-par. I don’t have detailed photos of the process or exact measurements for the materials, but I will do my best to explain what I can. And the good news is, this costume is really forgiving and doesn’t have to be exact.

Just look at my photos and read my basic instructions for this no-sew ghost costume and then create something truly unique with your own flair.

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Let me explain how these no-sew costumes came into existence:

My three-year-old son, Noah, asked to be a ghost for Halloween, and I will admit that I was initially disappointed. He has had some really unique and cute costumes in his few years of life, and honestly, I thought a ghost sounded pretty boring. I pictured a kid with a sheet over his head with holes cut out for eyes and a mouth, similar to the ridiculous picture of my brother-in-law below, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Classic Ghost Costume

My dismay increased as I started to look for costumes to purchase online. Like I mentioned, I am not a crafter, and I could not find anything online that I could just buy. Everything was too scary and zombie-ish for my liking, or it was just corny and not very cute. Did this mean I was actually going to have to make something for my child’s Halloween costume?? Gulp.

To top this dilemma off, my son wanted to match his baby sister, so I needed something that would work for both of them, but I don’t have the skills or supplies to sew anything!

I scoured Pinterest (and sorted past all the photos of kids dressed as zombie ghosts because that just gives me the creeps) until I found this photo. Unfortunately, this Etsy seller was all sold out so I couldn’t just buy it—but I thought the idea of a poncho was really cute, and when I realized that I could probably make this costume without sewing a stitch , I was sold.

I took this photo to the friendly ladies at the fabric store, and they helped me buy some supplies. That is what I love about workers at fabric stores: they really know what they are doing. They give great advice to inept crafters like me, so if this “tutorial” that I am writing isn’t detailed enough for you, but you’d like to make some ghost ponchos for your own kiddos, just take a photo of my kids’ no-sew ghost costume to the fabric store and ask those talented ladies how to recreate them. They will probably do a much better job explaining it than I will!

How to Make a no-sew ghost costume.

What I bought at the fabric store :

  • Two yards of white fleece for the poncho. (This was enough for both my 3-year-old son and my 4-month-old baby, but you should measure your child’s heights before you go to the store and plan accordingly.)
  • Three 8.5 x 11 sheets of stiff black felt for the ghost face
  • Fabric glue so I wouldn’t have to sew on the faces. (I bought Beacon Adhesives “Fabric-Tac Permanent Adhesive ” and it worked great.)
  • Sharp sewing scissors

How I made the ghost ponchos :

  • I folded the piece of fleece in half and held it up to my son. I marked how long it should be if I wanted it to end just above his ankle. I also had him reach his arms out so I could measure his wingspan, and I marked the fabric at about his palms.
  • I laid the folded piece of fleece on the ground and, using the markings as a reference, drew half an oval onto the fabric with a pencil.   I then cut out an oval from the fleece.
  • I cut a hole in the middle of the oval for his head to go through. I used a water glass to measure this (diameter of 3.5 inches), and, honestly, I think it was a little too big. Fleece really stretches, and you’d be surprised how small a hole can go over a child’s head. I would start small (maybe 2 inches?) and try it on your child. Then trim a little bigger if you need to.
  • I cut strips that were about 1.5 inches wide and 6 inches long all the way around the oval of fleece. They weren’t completely uniform in width, and it didn’t matter. There were also a few spots where the angles got all wonky as I went around a curve, and that didn’t matter either. Just do your best to make mostly uniform, straight cuts, and if you have a few weird ones, don’t sweat it.
  • I tied each of the strips into a knot. They were not tied to each other; each individual strip was just knotted around itself and pulled tight. One strip=One knot.
  • My husband made the ghost faces. He consulted the internet for ideas and got input from my son, and then he simply drew some designs onto construction paper, cut them out, and put them against the poncho to make sure they were the right shape and size. Once we were sure about size and design, he traced them onto the black felt and cut them out.
  • We then pinned the felt pieces to the poncho and had my son try it on, so we could move the face around to be just perfect. After we got that right, we took it back off of our son and glued the felt on with the fabric glue.

Victory! This no-sew ghost costume is so cute!!

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We repeated this same process to make a ghost poncho for our four-month-old baby girl. And need I remind you of how cute she looked in it?

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

I know what you’re thinking, what about their cute hats ?? They really make the outfit, don’t they?

I searched high and low for a knotted white stocking cap for my son because I knew it would complete his ghostly look. I ended up finding one on Amazon called “Solid Color Knotted Baby Hat” by Jacqui’s Premie Pride Inc. I bought the size 12-24 month, even though he was three years old, and it worked! Unfortunately, this hat is no longer for sale on Amazon. I did a quick Google search, and I found it for sale in infant sizes here , but I could not find it for bigger boys.

The good news for all of you crafty people out there is that I’m sure this type of hat would be simple for someone with minimal sewing skills to make. I found a tutorial from Fish Kiss on YouTube here , and there were many more tutorials and patterns online.

In the end, I absolutely loved this Halloween costume, and I’m so glad that my son suggested it. It was easy to make, comfortable and warm for him to wear, quick for him to throw on over a pair of black sweatpants and a white long-sleeved shirt, and pretty stinking cute in my unbiased opinion!

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

Dumb-luck and no-sew costumes for the win!

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

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October 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

This is cute! And creative, I don’t think I would have thought of a poncho for the ghost! I was going to make my son a Mummy costume this year, but last minute he decided he wanted to be Mario. My daughter is only 5 months old so she’s a kitty, black shirt, black legging and a kitty headband 🙂 easy peasy!

I’ll have to remember this next year when I have a toddler!

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October 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Oh my goodness at the cuteness! These ghost costumes are making me wish that my three kiddos were still itty bitty! Well done and great tutorial. ~ Ashley

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Congrats on being featured that ghost costume is so creative an adorable!

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September 16, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Perfect! My 4 year old has decided he wants to be a ghost this year for Halloween. I totally understand your initial disappointment. My kids have had some really fun, unique homemade costumes as well – and a ghost seemed well, ordinary. I didn’t want a sheet over the head due to safety concerns, and so started out looking for other ideas. This one is awesome – and it will be great whether it’s warmer or cooler this Halloween – we’ve had 70+ temps and we’ve had snow, so you never know. My 1 year old is going to be Slimer – found a really cute tutu dress costume for her. The 4yo is still trying to convince his older brothers to be Ghostbusters, but is they won’t, Dad will – he’s awesome like that. Thank you for sharing your idea and the tutorial – which is more than adequate to recreate the costume. Off to buy supplies this weekend. Thanks again.

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September 17, 2016 at 9:33 am

Yay!!! I’m so glad we could help! That family costume idea sounds AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love love love it!!! I am actually working on a post of family costume ideas. If you are comfortable with having your family’s picture on a blog (we will not use kid names!) then please email me a good pic or two of the group together after it’s done! It sounds so great I would love to include it! If not that is TOTALLY fine!! 🙂 Happy Halloween!!!

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September 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

While all his little buddies are being super heros, my 3 year old wants to be a ghost for Halloween this year. I was so excited when I found your cute costume idea! Both my 3 year old and my 18 month old will be ghosts, and my husband and I are going to be ghost busters! Can’t wait to start making these cute costumes. Thanks for the awesome idea

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October 11, 2016 at 7:09 pm

They are adorable ghosts! Great idea for making the costumes. Included your tutorial in my round up post this week for Dream Create Inspire. Thanks for linking up with us!

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October 14, 2016 at 3:23 am

Such a good, easy idea! 🙂 Lisa

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October 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

This is great my little guy wants to be a ghost! However he wants me to be a ghost too plus I am prego. I was wondering how you did the baby costume. I think I might be able to make a big version for myself???

October 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

This post is from my sister, but I am pretty much 100% positive that they made both ponchos the same way. Looking at them I would, and the instructions say how we made the ponchoS. I think they made them the same way but perhaps tied her tassels on the side so it didn’t open? I would think with a preggo belly you’d let it be open and free, though. 😉 Sounds like a cute idea with the two of you! Enjoy!

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October 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Hey, Rachel! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your No Sew Ghost Costumes so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!! http://lifewithlorelai.com/2016/10/13/home-matters-linky-party-108/

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October 30, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Just wanted to say thanks so much for this post! We used it to make ghost costumes for our boys this year. I wish I could upload a pic–they came out great!

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October 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Just made this for my 4 YO. Thank you for sharing!

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September 9, 2018 at 8:46 am

My daughter (disappointedly) wants to be a ghost this year for Halloween. The best part – she insists that it be a pink ghost. Because no one sells pink ghost costumes, I was afraid I was going to have to do the sheet-over-the-head bit. Then, I found your post – thank you so much for the much cuter no-sew tutorial!! Now I feel better about the whole ghost thing!

September 10, 2018 at 9:56 am

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October 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Thank you! My two year old wants to be a “pumpkin ghost” for Halloween. He agreed that this could be a pumpkin ghost if it was orange. Apparently the jack o lantern costumes don’t count as pumpkin ghosts….

October 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Yay! I’m so glad it worked!

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October 16, 2018 at 8:07 pm

Thank you for posting this. It was a life saver. I just made the poncho part. I just have bought give wrong fabric bec it shed when I cut it everywhere. I took it outside and shook it but now I’m wondering if I should wash it? I bought it from Walmart. It was in the precut section already rolled in a ball- super soft. Any thoughts?

October 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

It’s hard to say without seeing it, but it sounds like you may have bought cuddle/minky fabric. Washing may help, but it will always shed some unless it’s hemmed. Sorry about that. What you really need is fleece.

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October 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm

I love this! My 3 yo wants to be a ghost and am going on do this! I have a 4 months old also but not sure how you measured for the baby…?

October 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Just do it the same way that is described in the instructions! Instead of holding it up to a 3 year old, lay a 4 month old down on the felt and measure. It doesn’t have to be exact, luckily. 🙂

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October 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Using this idea, but I got a white sheet instead of fleece. I think I made the neck hole a little big also, but I got white long-johns to go under it so hopefully we will be OK. Thanks for the great idea!!

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October 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Thank you for this post! My little ghosts are loving their costumes this year and I didn’t have to break a sweat!

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October 31, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Made this for Halloween. Turned out great. I definitely agree about the neck hole size. I did 3 inches and that was too big. Thanks.

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October 17, 2020 at 8:05 pm

Hi, I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not but the picture of your nephew in his ghost costume is on Amazon when you search for a toddler ghost costume. Maybe you’re the one selling it through Amazon or maybe this company “Ambabe” stole the picture from your blog. I just thought I’d let you know in case you don’t already know because if someone had stolen a picture from my blog I would want to know about it. Here’s the link and the name of the product. https://www.amazon.com/Ambabe-Toddler-Halloween-Clothes-HatFancy/dp/B08G8ZRMRP/ref=sr_1_14_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=toddler+ghost+costume&qid=1602985552&sr=8-14-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzNUM4QjVKQ0RBNElGJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzIxNjY2Mzk0QUMxQVJaQUs5MSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTkzNzE5MjNTRU5VUTBCUFdKWSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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October 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Thank you so much for letting me know!! I definitely did not give them permission to use his photo!

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October 29, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Yes! I just saw this on Amazon! People are just plain jerks. I hope Amazon will take it down.

And four years later…people (me) are using this awesome post to make the cutest ghost costume for their 3 year old son and 4 year old nephew!!!

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October 12, 2021 at 12:10 am

Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article post. Really thank you! Keep writing.

November 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

Ugh. Thank you for letting me know! This is a problem EVERY year! It is NOT ok for them to be using my photos!

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September 26, 2023 at 3:04 pm

Hi! I’m hoping to make this costume for my 2.5 year old daughter this year! I don’t know if I missed this part, but how do you connect both ends of the poncho? Did you just use the fabric glue? Thanks! 🙂

October 8, 2023 at 10:59 am

Not sure I understand your question. It’s a poncho so it’s jut one big piece of fabric with a head hole cut in the middle. We didn’t connect the ends.

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Materials Needed

Old White Sheet

Cotton Balls

Ribbon or Rubber Band

Black Marker

Cut off a rectangle piece from an old sheet

Cut off a rectangle piece from an old sheet.

Place some cotton in the center of the rectangle

Place some cotton in the center of the rectangle.

Grip the sheet around the cotton

Grip the sheet around the cotton.

Either tie a ribbon around the neck or use a rubber band

Either tie a ribbon around the neck or use a rubber band.

Draw the face on the top part of the ghost

Draw the face on the top part of the ghost.  Draw a letter U shape for the mouth… then close it with a flatter U shape.  Eyes are sideways letter D shapes.

Finished Mini Ghosts with Sheets

Aren’t these Mini Ghosts fun to make?!  And, they aren’t that difficult either…. so kids of all ages can enjoy this Halloween craft.  So, get a little crafty and have fun decorating your house for Halloween.

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Download the  Free Ghost Outline PDF and make a fun and easy ghost craft with your kids. Do you want an easy Halloween Craft this October? Then Keep reading 🙂

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Find the download link at the bottom of the post for the Ghost Outline PDF. And use it to make lots of fun Halloween Activities. Find Easy Paper Crafts and Craft Printables on CraftingJeannie.com!

This ghost outline makes for a super simple and fun Halloween Craft. There’s so many things you can do with it like: cutting out shapes for your bulletin board, classroom decorations, sewing pattern, marble painting, a coloring page, a writing prompt or more.

This ghost activity is perfect for a classroom Halloween party, preschool, elementary students, classroom parties, scouts and more.

Did you know that humans have believed in ghosts since ancient times? humans have believed in ghosts since ancient times? Read more about ghosts (for kids) at  Kids Britannica.com .

Grab your  Free Ghost Outline  now!

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Free Printable Ghost Outlines

Why do l love outlines? First, they’re just so easy and Secondly, there’s so much you can do with them. When I want to make a fast craft I always like to print an outline and go to my old standbys: Marble painting, a ripped paper mosaic, or tissue paper.

Ghost Outline Craft Ideas

Here’s a list of simple ideas for crafts that you can make with this outline:

Coloring the Ghosts while Improving Fine Motor Skills

We all know that coloring pages are super fun, but they’re also great for improving pencil grasp (using a crayon) and fine motor skills! As your little ones color, they will express their creativity, get some fine motor practice and of course, have fun!

Let your children grab some crayons, markers, or colored pencils and add whatever they want to the ghost outlines. Included in the PDF are three different Ghosts. I wonder which one they will want to color most? Will they make their ghost goofy or scary?

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Marble Painting

This activity might be my favorite. Just print the ghost outline and stick it at the bottom of a baking sheet or old Amazon box.

Then dip some marbles or even hot wheels cars into paint, drop them on top of the outline and let them roll around. They will make such a fun picture. Your children will love making some ghost art.

Scrap Paper Mosaic Ghost

You may already have a stash of scrap construction paper. It’s fun to use different colored paper. Or try paper with different types of Halloween designs on it.

Just grab your construction paper and cut it into small shapes with scissors or let the kids rip it as they make the craft.

If you plan to cut paper ahead of time for this craft, just cut strips of paper about one inch wide. Stack and line up your strips of paper to cut multiple sheets at a time.

Tip: Making any scrap paper mosaic craft uses more paper scraps than you think!

Next get a glue stick or white glue and start sticking the pieces of paper to your ghost outline.

Dot Art or Resist Art

Grab some Dot Markers or just some paint and get ready to make a fun ghost painting.

Start by cutting out the outline and sticking it to a piece of paper (card-stock works best). masking tape onto the template.

Then, have fun with dot markers filling in the sheet of paper. Make sure to go all the way around the edges of the ghost so you will see the outline when you take the template off.

When you’re finished with all of your dots, peel off the template to reveal the ghost shape.

Halloween Decorations

Or, just use the ghost outline as a ghost stencil to cut out some black cardstock and make some fun Halloween decorations.

You can even print the ghost template with different sizes on your printer. You can make small ghost templates and large ghost templates and have a bunch of ghosts in your classroom.

Trick or Treaters will love seeing these ghosts on your porch. Just use the outline to cut out as many as you need- attach string to the back of each ghost- and hang them up.

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Why do we wear bedsheets as a ghost costume? A closer look at its creepy, yet practical origins

The ghosts-as-sheets image is now a common yet fun portrayal of dead spirits. but it wasn't always that way, by joy saha.

For centuries, the cliched "bedsheet ghost" — consisting of a plain white sheet with two cutout holes for eyes — has been a classic representation of dead spirits , especially in entertainment and pop culture.

Take for example the third episode of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!," in which a transparent white sheet ghost terrorizes the Mystery Incorporated gang while they investigate the legend of a pirate's buried treasure on a haunted island (also seen in the intro). Or that scene in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice," in which the deceased couple, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis , don sheets in an attempt to scare off one of the new tenants of their idyllic country home. More recently in  David Lowery's more highbrow "A Ghost Story,"  Casey Affleck plays a dead musician husband who returns to the house he shared with his wife (Rooney Mara), dressed in the same white sheet he was covered in following a fatal car accident.

Perhaps the best known example of the bedsheet ghost onscreen is in the 1966 Halloween special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." In the film, Charlie Brown and his crew (minus Linus, who skips the annual festivities to wait for the Great Pumpkin) go trick-or-treating and most of them dress as ghosts in simple white sheets. Charlie Brown, however, has "trouble with the scissors" and botches his ghost costume, leaving it with wide holes all over. That's a sad omen for his night, where instead of raking in candy, he ends up with rocks.

But how did we get to this point where ghosts-as-sheets were accepted as the classic way we both picture ghosts and dress as them? Here's a closer look at the history behind the bedsheet ghost, including its early depictions, rise to popularity and significance today.  

Early depictions of ghosts

Artwork, illustrations and novels from the early 1300s often portrayed ghosts as skeletons draped in their shrouds, or white burial sheets. The most notable example is in "The Three Living and the Three Dead" — an illustrated story from the courtly book "De Lisle Psalter" — where three skeletal corpses, who are also artfully covered in maggots, warn three young noblemen about the inevitability of death.  

Such macabre depictions evolved in the 15th century, when alleged supernatural encounters and spooky criminals motivated society to change its understanding of ghosts. During the Early Modern Period (1450-1750), many of the dead in England were wrapped in their death shrouds, which encouraged commoners to report sightings of apparitions wrapped in white cloth. This depiction became so widely accepted that thieves even began impersonating ghosts by covering themselves in white sheets to scare their victims and remain anonymous.

Soon enough, ghost-impersonating became a common activity for criminals in England. As Reginald Scott , an English witchcraft scholar, wrote in his 1584 exposé novel, "The Discoverie of Witchcraft":

"But certainly, one knave in a white sheet hath cozened [i.e. "deceived"] and abused many thousands that way; specially when Robin Goodfellow kept such a coil in the country. But you shall understand, that these bugs specially are spied and feared by sick folk, children, women, and cowards, which through weakness of mind and body, are shaken with vain dreams and continual fear."

Despite being a common depiction, the ghosts-as-sheets image was "far from the most iconic one." In the 15th and 16th centuries, ghosts that were featured in plays ditched their shrouds for armor instead. A well-known example is in the original production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," in which the ghost of Hamlet's father is decked out in armor.

It wasn't until the 19th century when the bedsheet ghost finally became an established and well-recognized depiction of specters . By then, ghosts were no longer wrapped in burial shrouds but placed in coffins. Poorer families, however, buried the deceased in the sheet from their deathbed, first by wrapping them inside and then securing the sheet with knots on both ends.

How the bedsheet ghost rose to popularity

At one point, the bedsheet ghost attained notoriety, thanks to the infamous case of the "Hammersmith ghost." In 1804, an English bricklayer named Thomas Millwood was mistaken for a ghost and thus, shot and killed by a man named Francis Smith in the village of Hammersmith. Prior to the crime, local townspeople reported seeing a violent ghost that assaulted both men and women and remained uncaptured. Per a report from "Kirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum," the ghost was "so clever and nimble in its retreats, that they could never be traced."

"It was then reported, that a mad woman was in the habit of disturbing the neighbours, by perambulating the church-yard and other walks, in strange and uncouth dresses," the magazine article added .

At Smith's murder trial, it was learned that Millwood had previously scared a carriage-riding couple by wearing a white jacket, white trousers and a white apron while out in public. A family member of Millwood's later said that she had told him to start wearing an overcoat, but her request was ultimately rejected by Millwood. Smith, who had gone out that night to hunt ghosts , was convicted of murder and initially sentenced to hang the following week. However, he ultimately lucked out after King George III granted Smith a full pardon.

Despite the tragedy, Millwood's case did not change people's negative perceptions of bedsheet ghosts. They continued to believe that such ghosts were dangerous and deserved to be killed regardless. Per an 1889 poll conducted by a Missouri newspaper that asked its readers if they believed in spirits, one participant wrote that ghosts "are nearly always white, although some of the authorities admit there are dark ones. I should say, however, that the genuine ghost is always white and always makes its first appearance at the haunted spot at precisely 12 o'clock midnight."

Such myths and ideas were fueled by theater productions, which now portrayed onstage ghosts with a full-length white bed sheet. According to theater scholars, ghosts in white sheets were deemed scarier than ghosts sans the sheets, which were deemed more likable.

What finally shifted people's thoughts on bedsheet ghosts was children's cartoons, which portrayed the ghosts as more fun than menacing. Disney's 1937 animated cartoon "Lonesome Ghosts" features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as members of a ghost extermination team tasked with driving out four ghosts from an abandoned, haunted house. In addition to their transparent bodies and little hats, the ghosts have large eyes, wide smiles and bulbous noses, making them both silly and friendly in nature. This portrayal was further solidified in 1939, when Casper the Friendly Ghost made his debut.  

The bedsheet ghost today

In addition to the aforementioned shows and movies, bedsheet ghosts have also made appearances in John Carpenter's 1978 film "Halloween," Steven Spielberg's 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," Noah Baumbach's 2019 film "Marriage Story" along with Michael Ahern and Enda Loughman's 2019 film "Extra Ordinary." 

Today, the bedsheet ghost is an easy and economical Halloween costume made scarier with old sheets that are either frayed or running thin from frequent washes. The perk of the costume is that it can be reused and repurposed, both for your kiddos or your pets. It truly is a costume that never runs out of style!

stories on Halloween costumes:

  • "Squid Game" costumes are being banned from some schools for "violent message"
  • Just say no to blackface this Halloween
  • 14 Halloween costumes not to wear

Joy Saha is a staff writer at Salon, covering Culture and Food. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Who Can’t Make A Simple Sheet Ghost Costume? (Me.)

One of the most important things I know about myself is that I am a creative person, but I am not a crafty person.

Some people can pick up a pair of scissors and a piece of construction paper and turn it into something fabulous and original.  I can pick up a pair of scissors and a piece of construction paper and turn it into a piece of construction paper with uneven fringe along the edges.

At my childrens’ school, I’m on a committee that hosts a monthly “appreciation” luncheon for the faculty and staff.   I am allowed to draft the e-vites and transfer the food onto serving platters.  I am not allowed to decorate the table.   Further, due to my illegible handwriting, I am also not allowed to label the Chinese take-out containers filled with leftovers that we give the teachers to take home with them.

This is why, as a mother, I dread Halloween.  Every year, my children think up elaborate, clever costumes that require sewing and vision and craftiness and beg me to make them.  And every year, I end up talking them out of it and buying them something out of the Costume Express catalogue.  At the costume parade at school every Halloween, I see them looking longingly at the kids who have brilliant, perfectly-fitting, homemade costumes, while they struggle not to trip on the cheap, polyester getups that I’ve had to safety pin in twelve different places just to get them to stay on.   I truly never feel more inadequate as a woman than I do each year on October 31st.

Last Halloween, however, my children both wanted to be sheet ghosts.  When I went online to see where I could buy a sheet ghost costume, my daughter put her hands on her hips and gave me a “you-are-pathetic” stare. “It’s a sheet ghost, Mom,” she said.  “You have to make it.  From a sheet.”

I could see that it was a test.  First of all, there’s never been a time in the history of their existence when they both wanted to do the same thing, let alone be the same thing for Halloween.  Second of all, my son was a ninja for three straight years in a row and was, at the time, obsessed with Pokemon.  Yet he just coincidentally wanted to be a sheet ghost for Halloween?  I couldn’t even imagine what she bribed him with to get him to go along, but it must have been really good.  Third, I could tell that they didn’t think I could pull it off.  So of course, I had to prove to them that I could.

We went to Jo-Ann Fabric (points for me for even knowing a crafty place like that exists) and we picked out a white, satin-ish fabric.  I carried the bolt (I know it’s called that because I watch Project Runway) to the front desk and the woman asked me how many yards I needed.  I, of course, had no freaking idea how many yards I needed, but I wasn’t about to let my kids know that.

So I was all, well, I’m making sheet ghost costumes for them, so I probably need… I pretended to calculate in my head while I waited for the woman to jump in and save me, which she did, because the line was really long and I could hear the people behind me sighing impatiently.  “About five yards, I think,” she told me.  And I was all, “yes, five yards, that’s exactly what I was thinking.”  Then we picked out some black mesh for the eye and mouth holes, I bought some black thread, and we went home to start getting crafty.

So. I draped the fabric over my daughter and tried to figure out exactly where the eye and mouth holes should go so that she’d be able to see and breathe, then did the same for my son.  I cut out the holes, then cut out slightly bigger pieces of the black mesh fabric to sew behind the holes.  All of this sounds very simple, I know, but it took me like, nineteen hours to complete this, and somewhere along the way I miscalculated, so the eyes ended up being like, a foot farther apart than they should have been, and the mouth ended up being kind of where their esophagi are.  So it was awesome that their necks and ears got some ventilation, and slightly less awesome that they couldn’t see or breathe.  Oh, and I also forgot to make armholes, so they couldn’t use their hands at all, either.

At the costume parade, my son nearly killed himself walking up the steps to the stage – blind and unable to use his hands to guide him – and after five minutes my daughter was all sweaty and nearly in tears because she couldn’t get any air.  But the good news was, since their eyes were completely covered by fabric, they weren’t able to see all of their friends’ brilliant, crafty, perfectly-fitting, homemade costumes.  A win-win for everyone, I’d say.  A roaring success.  And the best news of all is that, this year, they haven’t even asked me to make them costumes.

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  6. Make Spooktacular DIY Mini Sheet Ghosts! A Quick and Easy ...

    Get ready for some ghostly fun with our DIY sheet ghost craft tutorial! In this video, we'll show you how to create adorable, recycled fabric ghosts that are...

  7. How To Make A Sheet Ghost Costume (& 4 Other DIY Costumes)

    Step 1: Find The Right Sheet To be a proper sheet ghost, you should first make sure your old sheet is exactly the size you need, and drapes over you properly. This is why you should ideally go with a simple old white Flat Sheet, as the loose flat fabric will drape over you better than other types of bedding.

  8. How To Make A Sheet Ghost Costume! Vlogtober Day 5!

    Today I will show you how to make the most simplest costume ever! Comment below if you plan on being a sheet ghost this year for halloween! Youtube: rachael_...

  9. Meet GG, My Sheet Ghost Costume

    A sheet ghost costume is all the rage this Halloween! All October posts are part of the Countdown to Halloween! It seems like the trend started in the summer with everyone falling for printed sheets as ghosts. Then they started popping up on TikTok and Instagram. My friends Chelsea and Erick over at Sips & Spirits even have their own spectral ...

  10. How to Cut a Sheet for a Ghost Costume

    How to Cut a Sheet for a Ghost Costume. Part of the series: How to Make a Ghost Halloween Costume. Want to use a sheet to make a ghost costume? Learn how to ...

  11. 48 Ghost Templates (Free PDF Printables)

    In this collection, we've illustrated an assortment of ghostly figures featuring traditional sheet ghosts, spooky specters draped in mystery, charmingly cute phantom faces, as well as minimalist modern interpretations, plus a ton more!

  12. How to Make a Ghost Costume (with Pictures)

    1 Cut the brim off a light-colored baseball hat. If you don't want to cut the brim off your hat, you can just wear it backwards. Or, purchase an unwanted one from the thrift store. The hat should be as light in color as possible, or people will be able to see it through the bed sheet that will be draped over your head. 2

  13. An Easy Origami Ghost Craft for Halloween

    To create this easy origami ghost, you will need a square sheet of paper that is white on both sides. The larger the paper, the easier the project will be to fold. This tutorial uses a sheet of 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper cut into an 8-1/2-inch-by-8-1/2-inch square. If you're planning on folding the ghost as a group activity, it's best to have all ...

  14. How to Make a Life-Size Halloween Ghost

    Begin draping large sheets of cheesecloth over the ghost framework (Image 1). Continue draping sheets of cheesecloth back and forth over the ghost until you've achieved the desired effect (Image 2). Spray Starch

  15. How to Make a Halloween Ghost Costume

    Highlights Transform a simple bedsheet into a chilling Halloween ghost costume. Step-by-step guide for creating your own spooky and stylish outfit. Learn how to craft a ghostly design using black fabric and fusible web. Complete your costume with a customized hood for an eerie touch.

  16. DIY Rainbow Ghosts Team Costume

    DIY Rainbow Ghost Costume. Material: Sheets (flat sheets work best, but you can use a fitted sheet and along the seam of the corners to make it lay flat! If the sheets you are dying are microfiber your color will come out lighter than expected we recommend a cotton sheet) Dye; Large stainless steel pot; Fabric scissors; Directions:

  17. Easy Halloween Ghost Craft and Decoration

    Making a Halloween ghost craft out of tissue paper, a plastic bag, tulle, or an old white sheet is a classic Halloween craft for kids and adults. Ghost crafts are an easy Halloween decoration idea that can be made in any size, from super tiny to extra large, for indoor or outdoor use.

  18. No-Sew Ghost Costume Tutorial Anyone Can Make

    Three 8.5 x 11 sheets of stiff black felt for the ghost face. Fabric glue so I wouldn't have to sew on the faces. (I bought Beacon Adhesives "Fabric-Tac Permanent Adhesive " and it worked great.) Sharp sewing scissors. How I made the ghost ponchos: I folded the piece of fleece in half and held it up to my son.

  19. How to Make Mini Ghosts with Sheets

    Old White Sheet. Cotton Balls. Ribbon or Rubber Band. Black Marker . Step 1. Cut off a rectangle piece from an old sheet. Step 2. Place some cotton in the center of the rectangle. Step 3. Grip the sheet around the cotton. Step 4. Either tie a ribbon around the neck or use a rubber band. Step 5. Draw the face on the top part of the ghost.

  20. Free Ghost Outline

    This ghost outline makes for a super simple and fun Halloween Craft. There's so many things you can do with it like: cutting out shapes for your bulletin board, classroom decorations, sewing pattern, marble painting, a coloring page, a writing prompt or more. ... Just print the ghost outline and stick it at the bottom of a baking sheet or old ...

  21. Why do we wear bedsheets as a ghost costume? A closer look at its

    For centuries, the cliched "bedsheet ghost" — consisting of a plain white sheet with two cutout holes for eyes — has been a classic representation of dead spirits, especially in entertainment...

  22. Who Can't Make A Simple Sheet Ghost Costume? (Me.)

    When I went online to see where I could buy a sheet ghost costume, my daughter put her hands on her hips and gave me a "you-are-pathetic" stare. "It's a sheet ghost, Mom," she said. "You have to make it. From a sheet.". I could see that it was a test. First of all, there's never been a time in the history of their existence when ...

  23. 3 Free Cute Ghost Drawings (Easy Templates)

    Our first simple ghost drawing is as straightforward as it gets. It features a smiling ghost that serves as a perfect canvas for your creativity. Add your personal flair, give it a unique expression, or even add some Halloween-themed accessories to make it your own.