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Confessions of a Costume-aholic

By Amanda Thompson

Hello everybody. My name is Amanda, and I'm a costume-aholic. Sound familiar? Do not fear! I am not here to push for abstinence from dressing up. To the contrary, New Orleans encourages us all to costume or mask (the only place you'll hear that word used as a verb!) at the drop of a hat or handkerchief.


Halloween is especially cunning, baffling, and powerful. I confess to loving all the festivities that surround it. My anticipation begins in late September when I start dreaming, scheming, and deciding what I'll wear or who I'll be. So many choices!


In my next few articles I'll be sharing some of my secrets for a memorable Halloween. Future pieces will count down to the big day with shopping tips,   DIY instructions for costume fabrication, and even decorating tips for your own bat cave.


DIY: Go Bat Sheet Crazy!  

Transform your room, office, or home into a spooky space.

Whether you're decorating for a party, or looking for an craft activity to do with the kids, this is a fun and inexpensive way to get into the Halloween spirit. 

Time: 15 minutes


Black construction paper


Black Sharpie

Monofilament (fishing line)

Scotch Tape




1. Using a black sharpie, trace the image of a flying bat onto black construction paper. Use the example images (below) as a stencil. Cut out several bats for a small room or office, or cut them out by the dozen for a look that transforms your entire house! Two bat cut-outs can fit onto one page. Don't worry about making the image precise. If the bats wings are uneven or misshapen, it gives the illusion the bats are actually in flight. Once you get the hag of it, you can cut stack several sheets of construction paper at once and cut out multiple bats at a time. 

2. Attach strings of monofilament in varying lengths to the bats, using clear scotch tape. For balance, i's best to attach the string to the center of the bat, though attaching a few to the edges of the wings gives the bats variation of flight.

3. It's time to hang your bats. You don't have to use too many, 10-15 bats in one room can be very dramatic. Start at a natural point of entry into the room, like a door or window, to create the illusion that the bats are actually swarming in. Now that you have your bats hanging from string, attach the other end of the string of monofilament to the ceiling, using clear scotch tape. Before you stick the tape to the ceiling, stick it on your skin first to remove some the adhesive, then fold over a small corder or edge of the tape. This will make things much easier when it's time to take down the bats. Using your imagination, hang the bats throughout the room in a realistic, sweeping pattern. If you have a table in the room, hang several of the bats a little lower to create a nice effect. Make sure the other bats hang above head range . You can take this to the next level, and lead a swarm of bats through your entire home. 

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