Eek! A spider! Easy Halloween Decoration





First things first.  I’m afraid of spiders, I don’t like spiders, spiders are the devil.  Big, fake spiders however, don’t bother me none.  Until last year while going through the checkout at my local Dollarama, I had no idea how lucky I was to have the bravery in me to be able to face a fake spider.

The dollar store I shop at employs a woman who is deathly afraid of spiders.  All spiders.  Even giant, obviously fake, styrofoam,  made in China spiders.  Which makes her job as the cashier at Dollarama a bit of a struggle from August until October when they get all their Halloween decorations in. At least 2  out of 5 people in line for the entire month of October are buying fake spiders of some sort.

She’s so terrified of the fake spiders she can’t even touch them.  If you take it upon yourself to buy spiders and go through her cash, you’re gonna be bagging those spiders yourself.  Depending on her mood that day she might not even be able to look at them and you just have to shove them in a bag and let her know how many you put in there.

Just so you know … as it turns out, she can distinguish the difference between the sound of a spider and the sound of a bag of chips so don’t try to fake her out.  It’ll make her angry and no matter how frightened and  innocent looking she is, you don’t wanna see a small Filipino woman in the throes of spider terror go ape-shit on you.  It’s not a pretty site.  It involves saliva.

So, the point of all this is go out and buy some spiders.  Big, small … doesn’t matter.  The other thing you need is some string, fishing line, or what I’ve used here … that fake spider web stuff you get in a bag.  Just pull a long string of it until it’s thin and tie it to a few of the spider’s legs.  Fasten the other end to a chandelier or the ceiling so it’s dangling down.

Then … just for fun … invite your local Dollarama cashier over for a visit and get ready for a real spit-show.

more quick and easy Halloween decorating ideas in the days to come




  1. Carol says:

    I’ve been in the terrified group since forever. Once upon a time, though, I had a boyfriend whose 8 yr, old daughter had given him a tarantula named Audrey. (She cost $16 instead of $25 because she only had 7 legs….but they grow BACK!) Looking back it’s hard to believe that I actually decided to address my fear by having Audrey walk onto my hand. I had to be very sure I would not panic because tarantulas don’t spin a web, and if I had thrown her off me I might have killed her. So…he held her on his hand, next to mine and, after a few seconds, she lifted one leg and set it ever so gently on my palm, then lifted it and moved it a couple of times to see if she trusted the surface. I was staring at her and then….she DISAPPEARED!! I controlled my panic and he found her on my PANT LEG! Obviously, something had terrified HER! Experiment over. Still terrified. No spider on wall thank you!! Great idea though, as usual Karen!!

  2. Jane says:

    Fasten the other end to a chandelier

    *sighs* Read this as “fasten the other end to a cheerleader” Clearly I need more coffee.

  3. gloria says:

    Yes, Roxanne, every time I open an emailed feed from Karen’s blog, I get one of “those” ads along with it, reminding me once again of something I’m trying not to think about. Could it be the ads show up on just my email account? Could it be that not everyone is getting this ad? If this is so…Life is so unfair.

  4. taria says:

    I leave a fake spider around 5 inches or so on my
    dining table hanging lamp all year. Kids love it and everyone else just shakes their heads wondering.
    I have a couple fake lizards around the yard too.
    Love your post today! I would guess ape shit is a bigger fit than bat-shit?

  5. Roxanne says:

    There are ads for bed bugs? …

  6. Amy in StL says:

    I am terrified of spiders, I don’t even like to look at the fake ones. (I quickly scrolled past the pictures on this post.) Unfortunately our lunchtime conversation today was about spiders. Brown Recluses, Black Widows, Wolf Spiders, Tarantulas… they all occur here in Missouri and everyone had a tale of bad infestations or… mass migrations. Yes, tarantulas here migrate en masse. Apparently if you’re in the woods at night you can see the glowing eyes of wolf spiders everywhere around the trail. One more reason not to go hunting.

  7. gloria says:

    I’m a new reader of your blog. Thoroughly liking it and getting some great ideas…however…do you have any control over the ads that appear on your blog? If so, I would be so grateful to see the (and I cringe to even type the words <>) bedbug ad disappear. I’m sure if anyone were to need the services or products by said insect ad people, they would seed them out post haste and really don’t need an ad to remind them that such products and services exist. I’m probably not alone in this, but since these said insects made the news not long ago and have gained much notoriety, I have become increasingly obsessed with angst and fear that I may eventually need the services and/or products of which your blog so cringe-inducingly displays. And like your Filipino cashier, I have trouble even reading your blog knowing that at the end I will meet with one of “those” ads. <>
    Just thought I’d let you know.

  8. Nicole says:

    Can’t stand spiders. They are the devil. The only reason I got married was to have an in-house spider killer. When I lived alone, I used to call my braver girlfriend to come kill them, that’s how bad I am. I understand that cashier perfectly, even pictures of them make me shiver.

  9. Another Karen says:

    Spiders give me the heebie-jeebies, too. I’m going to place large spiders along the sidewalk so the kids can enjoy them Halloween night. Adding a rat or two may help set the atmosphere (they have glowing eyes!).

  10. Original Nancy says:

    If you haven’t already, Karen write a book. You are so gifted, with words, the world deserves to have them in a hard copy. Thanks for the morning giggle

  11. jamie says:

    As usual, you crack me up! I hung a spider in our house that drops down when you open the front door… my husband is ready to rip it out of the ceiling!

  12. Sue says:

    This is the time of year I love best! I don’t clean my house for a week and you don’t need to go to dollarama! They run rampant around here and the web you wiped away yesterday they weave twice as hard the next day. … Love Halloween! Bring on the ideas I love instilling terror in little kids and old ladies alike! :-)

  13. karenagain says:

    GLUE GUN!!! My daughter glued spiders all over my back porch yesterday. Dollar Store spiders and rats and very expensive ravens. For about $20.00, I bought many pumpkins and my back yard is soooo spooky. The kids have to walk up the whole scary driveway and we are going to be blasting “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” over and over and over all scratchy like old record like.

  14. Marti says:

    Excellent post! Not often you see these terms in the same sentence: Filipino woman, throes, spider, terror, ape-shit.

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