Make a large Halloween prop for your haunted house this year! My easy DIY Halloween tomato cage ghost prop is the perfect way to make big scares without buying expensive animatronics. For more creepy posts see my Halloween page.
Looking for a way to make large scary characters for your yard haunts this year? Using tomato cages can be an easy way to get the body shape, height, and stability for your prop.
All you need is a groundbreaker prop or flying ghost prop to turn them into a large Halloween creeper. Just stack the cages on top of one another and zip tie the sections to secure them.
Then mount your flying ghosts/hanging skeleton-type props over the top of the tomato cage with foam heads. Cover the cage with fabric and you are ready to haunt your neighborhood! These will look great on a porch or hiding in the corners of your spooky Halloween decor. Here’s how to do it… this post has some age to it so pay no mind to the rough pictures. I promise it’s an oldie but a goody!
Tomato Cage Ghost Prop
- (2) 5’4″ Tomato Cages
- (1) Small Tomato Cage for the Small Floor Creeper
- Zip Ties
- Foam Wig Heads (If needed)
- Safety Pins
- Halloween Creepy Mesh Fabric
- Fabric: 2-3 yards of fabric per cage, you may need more for a larger prop
- Halloween masks, Ground Breaker Props or Flying Ghost Props
Tall Tomato Cage Creepers:
Start with one large tomato cage and bend two sides down to make the shoulders.
At the top bend one inward a little to simulate a chest area, making it oval instead of round.
Stack the two large cages on top of one another. Determine the height you are looking for and then bind the top cage to the bottom cage using zip ties.
Make the wires even in the front, then zip-tie them secure the wires so they will not be able to move.
These tomato cages have 6 prongs on top. Bend the two side ones down like arms. Bend the back one down and curve it back up to make a neck. (see pic)
The wire is really flexible, I did this pretty easily with my hands. Bend the rest of the wires down inside the cage.
Take the fabric and drape it over top of the cage around the neck. Use the safety pins to secure the fabric all the way down the back.
In this tutorial, I used a long-hanging skeleton prop. The head was made out of styrofoam and it already had hands so it is perfect for this project.
I sat him on the neck wire of the tomato cage, place the skeleton hands on the arm wires. The skeleton fabric drapes perfectly over the other fabric that is pinned to the cage.
If you do not have a decoration like this one lying around, you can add more fabric. Drape it over the arms to where hands should be. Add a foam head and a Halloween mask instead. See my Werewolf Post for how I painted eyes on a foam head added a Halloween mask, plus more large prop ideas.
Add some of the mesh creepy Halloween fabric and drape it on top of the other fabric for an even better scary effect.
If you want to add clothing instead of fabric to the prop. Stuff the chest and arms with newspaper to bulk up the body. Ball up the paper and place it around the wire and secure it with masking tape or use a swimming noodle by cutting a slit down the center of the foam and place it on the wire.
For the small creeper just bend the wires and add your fabric and place the creeper on top!
I hope you have enjoyed this tomato cage ghost prop post! It is such a great way to create creatures without having to buy super expensive animatronic Halloween props.