Okay, so I stole it from The Three Stooges. So sue me. :)
So I'm looking through my "idea ! " notebook for Halloween displays and
I ran across the essay I wrote on spiders and spider webs, and it got me
to thinking (always a bad idea!). Those little mummies they sell at
Michael's every year... (now that I've said that, they'll probably
discontinue them, but they look kind of like this little guy)...
it should be possible to wrap one of them up in Stretchy Spider Web and
hang them up like a spider snack (nummy!). Their little faces are
already kind of emaciated-looking, like something sucked all the
goodness out of them... I bet you could wrap them up and kind of "paint"
their faces to give them just a *bit* more color (maybe even with
waterproof makeup!) -- not much, just enough to make them look
"fresher". Attach a LOT of phony spiders and voila! -- you have a
decoration that will keep me awake all night, imagining that I'm feeling
the little monsters crawl all over me. (Arachnophobic? Not me!)
Myself, I'd start with this lil' bugger...
I got him (her?) at Michael's a year or two ago for something like $5.
He's sort of semi-poseable, but I saw nothing wrong with his original
pose, so I left it alone. Even though it's a relatively harmless
jumping spider (harmless, that is, to those who aren't likely to have a
coronary at the bare sight of him!), I think it looks even creepier than
Now Safari, Ltd 's website ( http://safariltd.com/
> ) says "not available" for both of these creepy
critters, but I bet if you checked enough Michaels' or some of those
*educational* toy stores, you still might find them.
And if not, there's always the Terrible Tarantulas....
Hope this inspires someone....
"In pace requiescat."
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