Step 7) Now to build the ghost itself. Take the styrofoam mannequin head and poke a hole thru each eye to the back of the head using a pencil sized wood dowel or a long screwdriver. Also poke a hole straight down thru the center from top to bottom.
You can see that we hollowed out the back of the head to make room for the LED fader and battery and we also dug out the eye sockets to make room for the small plastic ‘eyeballs’ that we picked up at a craft store. The eyeballs aren’t necessary, but they help to diffuse the light from the LEDs and create a nice effect where there is a brighter center ‘pupil’ with the ball of light around it that adds to the spookiness. The circuit we used came with leads to wire each eyeball LED and we used red LEDs to contrast with the bluish glow from the blacklight.
Step 8) Now take the clothes hangers (or other wire) to form the structure of the ghost body. Nothing fancy here, just make the central section long enough to reach all the way thru the styrofoam head so you can hang it. We wanted our ghost to be approximately life sized, so we used 10″ for the shoulders and 12″ for the upper arm and forearm lengths. The arms need to move freely and not come loose, so make sure the loops are fully closed and have enough room to swivel. Give the completed wire frame a coat of flat black spray paint.
Now assemble the styrofoam head and wire frame together – the wire frame can be left just by itself but we decided to add some foam pipe insulation to give the ghost limbs a little more substance.