CREATING GHOULISH GRAVES
are usually filled with extra dirt, otherwise over time the
soil will compact and leave an impression above the grave.
We like to use dirt to
make burial mounds for some of our tombstones.
have a supply of dirt, you can build up two to six
mounds in front of each Tombstone. If you don't happen
to have any extra dirt yourself, you can have a small truck load
brought in from a landscaping company for a small change.
Just remember, you'll need to do something with all that
extra dirt after Halloween. Scatter leaves, twigs and
branches around the area to give it an untended look.
For that really
old, abandoned or overgrown graveyard feel, add Spanish
moss, leaves and vines. Spanish moss adds a great effect
when glued in bunches at the base of and on the tombstones.
Next, drape and glue some Spanish moss and silk vines over
the top of your tombstones. Make sure each tombstone is done
a little differently
than the others and be careful not to add too much or you
will bury your tombstones! These can be
found at most craft stores or your local nursery.
can place small bouquets, wreaths or vases of wilted flowers
at the base of a few of your tombstones and monuments. These
can be real flowers that have been allowed to dry and
wither, or you can buy artificial flowers from a local craft
store. Autumn or winter flowers tend to look best. You can
even find black or gray colored flowers and roses, which
look especially ominous in a Halloween graveyard! Simple
touches like this can really add realism to your graveyard.
surround a few of the graves with stones to give it a
special look. We use smooth, river stones for this.