The nests were very easy to make - I simply blew up a balloon, and wrapped it with yarn that had been soaked in a stiffening solution of Elmer's glue and water. Then I let the nests dry for a couple of days before I deflated and removed the balloon. I made the spiders from black pipe cleaners, and am very happy at how they turned out.
Then on my next Halloween project, I made a couple of table top cheesecloth ghosts, which I saw in a craft magazine. I used the same Elmer's Glue and water solution as a stiffening agent, and simply draped the saturated cheesecloth over a simple ghost-shaped form I molded from tinfoil. When the Ghost's dried, I simply removed the tinfoil, and glued the oval eyes on as a finishing touch. And yes they have names - George and Gertie!
The following pic is of one of the shadow bats I cut out from black construction paper, and taped on our window. The window in the den is on the west side of our house, and gets alot of light in the afternoon. Our ceiling fan produces enough airflow so that the curtains slightly wave making the bats appear to hover and float.
Unfortunately our cats are fascinated by the shadow bats motion, and now I have to figure out a way to keep the cats from jumping up on the curtains trying to catch the moving bat shadows.
This guy I made a couple of years ago from a preprinted quilting pattern. He seems to be sagging a little in places so I think I am going to have to add some more batting to fill him out a little. He is one of my favorite quilted wall decorations and I am so tempted to let him hang up year round.
And last but not least is another scarecrow display I have sitting at the end of our main hallway. I had to laugh at little Ringo the other day, because he had the crazies, and was bouncing off the walls, running at light speed from one room to the next. I guess he hadn't seen the display yet, and came face to face with the large black cat, and totally freaked out.
He immediately went into the standard defense posture with arched back, bottle brush tail, and began growling at it. He is still a little cautious when he walks down the hallway. Our other cats are totally unphased by the display and love playing with the dried corn leaves that dangle down.