How to Design a Halloween Graveyard

Cats and graveyards go together by L.A. Cargill

Halloween Decor - Fake Cemetery or Graveyard.

Old tombstones by L.A. Cargill
Large Gravestones / Tombstones
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Fake Graveyard or Cemetery
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Halloween Party Themes

Things to put in your front yard grave yard!

Ok, you're going to be home anyway handing out treats, not tricks for Halloween, right? Why not decorate your front yard as a graveyard. The Day of the Dead holiday is why we celbrate Halloween in the first place, so make some spooky tombstones, put up some fun decorations and invite the little ghosts and goblins into the spirit world.

The first thing you're going to need is a sign for your guests. Signs are easily made with black spray paint, some lettering in a contrasting color and can be made from old wood or even discarded pallets. Old pallets can be found behind a home improvement store or one similar to Lowe's. In fact, you can probably find all kinds of old spooky stuff behind the stores. Just ask the store manager if it would be ok to scavenge some of their trash before taking it without permission.

Place your sign out front in a very viewable area so everyone in the neighborhood can see it. You could also use a photo of the sign on your invitations that you will send out about 2 weeks before the party. Invite all your friends and neighbors to enjoy your night of the dead party. You can add your text to a photo in a photo editing program like Photo Shop, then print out as many invites as you need and mail them. Get started today so people will have time to make plans to attend your party. Don't forget to include Who, What, When, Where and Why!

Now that you have sent out your invitations, you need some stuff to decorate with. Styrofoam boards make great tombstones. Just use a simple pattern, some gray and black spray paint and carve the names and dates into the front. Loop some fake spider webs around them and put some mounded dirt in front of them and voila', you have an instant grave yard! You may have to back them up to a fence and tack them to make them stay in place, but that's even cooler! I put mine in front of my garden which has a wooden border.

Funny Tombstone Epitaphs and Carvings:

Add funny tombstone epitaphs and other sayings to your fake tombstones. Things like I told you I was sick! Here are a few more suggestions for your grave stones:

  • Here lies Johnny Yeast, Pardon me for not rising
  • Here lies Lester Moore, 4 slugs from a .44 - No Les, No more
  • Here lies the body of our Anna, done to death by a banana, It wasn't the fruit that laid her low, but the skin of the thing that made her go
  • I would rather be here than in Texas
  • It was a cough that carried him off, It was a coffin they carried him off in
  • Lawyer's epitaph - The defense rests
  • Dentist's epitaph - This is the last cavity I will fill
  • Here lies the body of Maggie Bent, she kicked up her heels and away she went
  • Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and no place to go
  • Here lies old Rastus Sominy, died a-eating hominy, in 1859 anno domini
  • Coal miner's epitaph - He's gone underground for good
  • Sir John Strange, here lies an honest lawyer, and that is Strange
  • Auctioneer's epitaph - Going, Going, Gone!
  • Here lies Ann Mann, lived an old maid, died an old Mann
  • Here lies somebody, who is non of your business
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Fake spider webs in purple!

How-To make Tombstones for Halloween Video!
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A carved pumpkin or Jack O' Lantern

Fake Spider Webs and Carved Pumpkins

The spider webs are easy to find at the grocery store or at your local Walgreen's, plus it's cheap. It's also easy to clean up later. Bonus! So buy at least 10 packs of the stuff and put it everywhere in the yard you can find a place to hang it. It stretches really well, so if you have two trees or posts, just go ahead and put it between the two and stretch it as far as you can. The web stuff comes in different colors, so go crazy. Add some fake spiders, especially giant ones! Clean up is easy, but it's hard to re-use fake spiderwebs.

Now who doesn't know how to carve pumpkins? Just get a bunch of pumpkins, say 5 or so and go to town. If you have kids, they can help get the goo out. Save the seeds for roasting. Grab some of those cheap pumpkin carving packs in the seasonal isle of your local grocer. They are just the thing for carving pumpkins and even beginners soon get the hang of it. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

Have your pumpkin carving party a few days ahead of your Halloween party. Get all your carved pumpkins in one place with their candles lit and take lots of photos. Don't use the flash. Hold the camera very still or use a tripod. Shooting in the dark is easy if you can keep the camera still. Otherwise you will get blurred photos. Save these photos on Facebook and share them with your friends. Hey! Use Facebook to invite your friends too.

To keep pumpkins from going moldy and soft, dip the carved jack-o-lanterns in a bucket of 10 percent bleach and water.

Here are five of the world's most haunted graveyards:

  • Greyfriars Kirkyard - Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, UK
  • St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans - St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, 425 Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
  • Stull Cemetery (The Gates to Hell) — Douglas County, Kansas - Douglas County, KS, USA
  • Highgate Cemetery — North London, England - Highgate Cemetery, Swain's Lane, London N6 6PJ, UK
  • Howard Street Cemetery — Salem, Massachusetts - Salem, MA, USA

Do a bit of local research and I am sure you can find a cemetery or graveyard near you. It's probably haunted!

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