My Pet Ghost

After much nagging and whining, I decided that Halloween was the perfect time to let my kids get their own pet.  They each wanted a cat or dog, but I told them I wanted an animal in a cage and I had the perfect pet in mind:

This is my family’s Pet Ghost Charlie, do you like his home?

They weren’t too thrilled with this project once I introduced what it was, but we all got a good laugh… eventually!

Charlie is the same ghost my mom used to blame things on when I was a kid! Every mom knows there has got to be someone responsible for the toys all over the floor, the lights left on in rooms and toilets not being flushed, right? As a kid, each time we’d say, “It wasn’t me” my mom would reply, “It must’ve been Charlie the Ghost then, right?” {And I find myself saying the same thing to my kids! }

Here is how I made it:

Last week I went to Lowes on the hunt to get some supplies to make something fabulous for Halloween and I came across these black lanterns on clearance for $3. I brought it home, added some vinyl lettering and dots to the sides and in 15 minutes {or less} I gave Charlie a new home!

Now when I ask the kids who left the peanut butter on the counter, I will let them know Charlie was in his cage the entire time so they can’t blame it on him.


(This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in October 2012)

About Stephanie

Stephanie is the creator of Somewhat Simple. She is married to her her best friend and together they are raising 4 sweet kids who keep them busy, but make life fun! They are Orange County transplants who are now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, and creating simple projects in her "spare time."


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