A few years ago my husband and I created a Halloween display of standing Halloween dummies in our yard. They looked so realistic that people were taken aback when they walked by. I wanted to recreate that again this year so Jason and I set up our first dummy last night.
3 bendable metal rods (we used rods from an old volleyball set)
1 bale of straw
pair of coveralls
pair of work gloves or Halloween gloves
The first thing you need to do is enroll your other half to do all the work while you take the pictures!
Using a hammer, pound two of the rods in the ground until they are secure. Make sure the rods are tall enough so you can bend them to create the look of arms. Then pull the coveralls over the rods. Using the straw, stuff the coveralls completely full. Insert a third rod in the middle to support the dummy's head. Stuff the Halloween mask and gloves with straw and secure them in the proper place. Taa-daa! You've got a standing dummy.
I used to have some rockin' scary Halloween masks somewhere in my house but I can't find them to save my soul. So I made a quick trip to the nearest store (which happened to be a grocery store) and bought a cheapo mask. It doesn't have quite the scare factor I wanted but it'll work till I can find the others. I also purchased a glow-in-the dark albino rat for prop.