Halloween is one of those love it or hate it holidays. I happen to love it. The goth, the decorating, the darkness, the creep. I love giving my house a dark, eerie quality. Of course when you own a 150 year old house, you could fill it with marshmallows and rainbows and it would still have a dark, eerie quality.
I decorate for Halloween about 2 weeks before the event. 2 weeks seems just the right amount of time to freak myself out for. I have a mummified cat that terrifies me every time I see it. There’s black netting and lace thrown around, spiders, weird things in jars, and bones piled up in weird places. You know. In places one wouldn’t normally pile their collection of bones.
Hate the kids though. Well not the kids specifically so much as opening the door for them every few minutes. That bit I hate. Stupid kids eating all my candy. Also it really kindda ruins the dark vibe I have going on when little Susie shows up with her bright smile and sparkly princess costume.
So I guess I was wrong about that whole love it or hate it thing regarding Halloween. Seems like you can both love and hate it.
If it were only about the decorating and eating all the Halloween candy yourself, it’d be the world’s most perfect holiday. The damn kids ruin it. Don’t even get me started on how they can ruin a perfectly good Christmas. Try making rum balls without the rum. Go ahead. TRY it. Rum balls without the rum are just a bunch of balls.
Every year I like to add something new to my Halloween decorating repertoire. Last year it was The Bone Wreath made out of genuine bones. This year it happens to be something kids would like, which is just a fluke, and not based on my desire to make children happy at Halloween. If that were my desire I’d hand out full sized chocolate bars like my sister does.
Today we’re (that’s you and me I’m talking about) going to make a HUGE glow in the dark skull portrait on a wall.
All you need is a tube of glow in the dark makeup which you can find just about anywhere this time of year. I got this tube for about $1 at either Walmart or Dollarama last year. I can’t remember. You can see it in my left hand in the picture below.
To do your skull portrait there’s really only one thing you have to keep in mind. Placement. The glow in the dark makeup “charges” under light. So you have to do your picture on a wall that gets direct light for most of the day. Either from natural sunlight, or even better, from a nearby lightbulb. It also needs to be in a place that’s going to be very dark during the night so you can see it when it glows.
I drew my skull on the wall freehand with a small artist’s paintbrush. It’s fairly hard to see where you’ve put the paint because it’s basically clear, so feel free to do a really light pencil outline first on the wall.
(note: Don’t do this on really dirty walls because when you go to wash the glow in the dark paint or pencil marks off you’ll have a big clean spot where the drawing was and you’ll be forced to either live with it, or wash your entire wall/s)
I chose to do the skull portrait at the bottom of my staircase because there’s a pendant light right there to charge the glow in the dark paint and the area is really dark in the middle of the night (which is when I wanted the skull to show). If you strain you can barely, barely see the outline of the skull in the photo above. That’s what it’s like during the day. You can’t see it unless someone really points it out to you.
But at night, when the staircase is dark …
… it shows right up.
This Halloween craft WORKED OUT GREAT.
These are real pictures of my real staircase with the real glow in the dark paint. And yes. Those are my real stairs. I’m either going to paint them or install a runner. I’m thinking about it. I’ve been thinking about it for 5 years now. Stop rushing me.
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This is the image I used as reference for my skull. I originally did a crow but it didn’t look like a crow for some reason. It looked more like an elbow with a beak. So I washed it off and started over.
Which brings me to my next point. The makeup washes off the wall no problem. I just used a damp cloth to get rid of it, so don’t worry about that. HOWEVER, test your walls first just to make sure. That’s me covering my ass by the way.
You can do this project from beginning to end in about 15 minutes. That’s less time than it takes to eat a $18.99 box of assorted mini chocolate bars.
And just slightly more time than it takes to run out and buy another box.