You could make several large spiders out of pumpkins. The cost is about $5-$6 (Canadian) each (less if you have some of the material lying around).
When Halloween is over, detach the legs and save them for next year. I am doing a family of these spiders and will be setting them in a large web (very inexpensive - the kind you pull apart), in my front yard. My first spider is done, and he looks great!
These decorations are high impact because of the size of the pumpkin, and the length of the legs. Perhaps each unit could donate a pumpkin to the cause, which would defray the cost even more. BTW IGA (in the Metro Toronto area, anyway) has all of their pumpkins on for $2.99 (Canadian)regardless of size. The same size bought at our local farm would be about $8.00 (Canadian)!! I picked up nine at $2.99 (Canadian) each, I love Halloween!!
I paint faces on one side, to enjoy the weeks before Halloween, and then carve the opposite side for Halloween night. I start carving 2-3 days ahead of time. Smear Vaseline on the exposed surfaces (inside and on carved face) and your jack o' lantern won't shrivel up before Halloween. Last year I was so proud of my creations I lit them for Halloween night and the next 2 nights as well.
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