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Ghost Story 
Oct. 30, 2009 11:07 am 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2009 3:00 pm
Do you believe in ghosts? I'd love it if you would tell me a story because it's a wet and gloomy Halloween Eve in Seattle and I'm in the mood for a good scare. The wind is howling through the dead-leaf trees and my little black cat stalks from room to room letting out mournful yeowls as if to warn me that all is not well.

For my part, I'll share with you the closest thing I've ever come to a haunting. Ready?

Ghosts in the Window

  • Wire hanger (I used a dry cleaner's hanger)
  • Tissue paper
  • White muslin, gauze, or cheesecloth fabric (I used 4 yards of 36" wide gauze)
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Pliers (optional)

  1. Remove hanging bar from the hanger and bend ends inward. Bend into shoulder and arm shapes. Twist top hook to face forward.
  2. Shape tissue paper into a round form and cover top hook. Cover arms with tissue paper.
  3. Cut fabric in half widthways. Drape one half over wire form front to back. Drape the other side to side.
  4. Tie a loose loop around the neck of your ghost and hang it in your window. Adjust draping as desired.
Easy, elegant, and boo-tiful.

Now it's your turn to tell me a ghost story. Happy Halloween!
Ghostly Window
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Ghosts in the window.
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Oct. 30, 2009 12:40 pm
The last ghost I heard scrabbling and moaning at my door was a big fat raccoon trying to shoulder its way into our cat door. That was all the scary I really needed. Your ghosts reminded me of the old fashioned ones my mom used to make out of bedsheets. We used to make dumb little ghosts out of rubber bands and Kleenex, too. Wow, has Halloween ever changed! It's so uptown nowadays.
Oct. 30, 2009 10:10 pm
What I have to say is true. A while back my Mother in Law passed away. During the week afterward, I had been emotionally distant for most of the time, and the one night I broke down crying, I felt a pressure on my cheek where there were tears. I was also the one to notice a strange marking on the wall in the shape of a hand, though the oily hand print did not match anyone's hand, though it was in the same shape as my Mother in Law's. I also swear I saw her ghostly form at the top of the stairs leading down to the front door of our Apartment, looking as she did when she was younger. I am convinced she was there, visiting and interacting with us when she could. I have always been attracted to the idea of ghosts/spirits/etc and even recall odd experiences as a child. (I swear as a Small Child (3 or 4 years old) I used to float from the bed I shared with my mother, into our apartment living-room and then get up, and walk back unnoticed by my mother.
Nov. 1, 2009 5:12 am
I used to work at a club in New Orleans (a several-hundred year old former mansion) that was definitely haunted. Ashtrays would slide across the tables, strange noises, etc. One time I was standing with my back against the wall and felt a definite hand on my shoulder from behind, which was impossible. No one ever went to the 4th floor alone, where much strange activity took place. I think there were several suicides here through the years. Very scary!! Oh, BTW, love your ghost!
Nov. 1, 2009 3:00 pm
I enjoyed seeing your ghost. I made a similar one using a styrofoam wig head, cheesecloth, a curtain, and toilet paper streamers. I had it hanging over a couple of gravestones out in front. I love seeing homemade things for Halloween! Every year I try to set up shrines for the departed, and one year I took photographs of the living room-- you could see white swirly forms coming in the window and floating around the room. Another year the photographs showed round lights (there was no flash). The year my father passed, I took a photo of the full moon in the Halloween sky and saw the image of a face (that looked like my father's) superimposed over it. There is no telling what you will get if you bring out a camera or tape recorder at night around the end of October to the beginning of November!
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