PHILADELPHIA (CBS)- Halloween was once believed to be the day that recently passed spirits would return to the living for one last goodbye before moving on to the next world. Traced back as far as 1745, many of the customs from years ago are still what we practice in modern times. With Gaelic origins, the turnip was the original jack-o-lantern brought over to the United States in the late 19th century when a large immigration population of Irish and Scottish came over. It was said that the light would keep evil spirits away and guide new souls on their way to the next life. Although the majority of us may no longer believe in ghost stories, you can still get into the spirit with these easy DIY decorations that our ancestors have been doing for years as well as a few new tricks to make this Halloween a treat!
CobwebsUsing cheese cloth, hang the cloth in a corner or doorway and with a pair of scissors cut and shred the cheese cloth into strips to create an authentic cob web. You can rub the ends between your hands for a frayed effect and even glue on fake spiders. These cobwebs will look so authentic that even your local Orkin man will be second guessing.
Sneaky SilhouetteConvert your house guests into believers with this easy DIY decoration. Using cardboard, cut out a silhouette of your choice, paint it black and hang at the end of a long hallway, behind a shower curtain or behind a tree. You can even cut out handprints and attach to windows with a sheer curtain over it to imply a zombie invasion. Add a warning message with the fake blood and your walking dead fantasies will seem like a reality.