The headstones stood lined up against my living room wall for a few days while I considered my options. Making a cemetery out of them in my front yard was too predictable, and thus out of the question. So was using them as kick boards at the community pool.
After reading a Berenstain Bears book on bad habits last Friday, my kids and I realized that we had all of the supplies necessary to "bury" ours. We spent the rest of the afternoon making individual coffins out of empty grape crates that I found next to the dumpster at a local home brewery shop. After spray painting the crates black, we filled them with crumpled newspaper and covered them with scraps of colored satin (I would have used kitty litter if I didn't have cats). Then we attached the headstones and creepy crows with a glue gun.
When I asked Cortlen what bad habit he was going bury, he had trouble thinking of one. Fortunately, his siblings were very helpful and offered up lots of suggestions.
Camber had a friend from school over when we made the graveyards, so the friend made one too. When the girl's mother arrived at our house to retrieve her daughter, she saw the graveyards and was very impressed.
"Oh, you made a coffin," she said to her daughter. "That's just great."
I was pleased that the woman liked them so much.
"If you want, I can show you how to make more," I offered, disproving everyone's theory that I am not a nice person.
P.S. Do you have any gross and/or slightly disturbing Halloween kids' crafts that you would be willing to share? If so, please tell! We've made Kleenex-covered Dum Dum ghosts three times in the past week. As thrilling as this is, we're ready to move on to bigger and creepier projects.