The “spider on the couch” trick dates back to medieval times when, for some reason, the month of October was particularly boring and members of royal households everywhere were looking to scare up some fun. They would suddenly shriek, “There’s a spider on ye couch!” and all the servants would come running, armed with brooms and torches. Then, much to the amusement of the royal family member pulling this prank, the servants would find a yoga ball dressed up as a spider. (Disclaimer: This previous historical trinket is brought to you by newly discovered documents that have materialized from my imagination.)
Now, I’m not a member of a royal medieval family, but I do like a good “spider on the couch trick,” so I thought that a blood curdling scream, at precisely 10:15 a.m. would be just the thing to get everyone to shake a leg and hurry out of the shower. However, Nate and Alex don’t scare easily and they both knew I was making a spider out of a yoga ball, so they didn’t hurry up with their showers. In fact, when Nate finally did see the giant spider on the couch, he walked by and said, “It needs fangs.” So, I made some fangs and, I must say, fangs add the perfect final touch to most everything I can think of at the moment, including homecoming dance attire and the Sunday church outfit.
In any case, it took me longer than I thought to make this Halloween spider decoration. I mean, a yoga ball, in my opinion, is the perfect “easy” canvas for attaching black wrapping paper, accordion folded paper legs, scary eyes, and fangs. However, I couldn’t find black wrapping paper, so I tried to use a black plastic tablecloth. The tablecloth was too large and clumsy to wrap, tape, and staple to the yoga ball, so I ended up wrapping, taping, and stapling a plastic lawn bag to the yoga ball. The whole thing took at least 1 ½ hours and I was sweaty and hungry by the time I finished.
I don’t think the yoga ball appreciated being shoved into a trash bag, but the result is still worth the effort. If you decide to take on this project, you might not get the laughs or shrill cries of terror you may expect, but you can still end up with a creepy, Halloween-themed piece of exercise equipment to shove between your legs for thigh and glute strengthening. Bring on the candy!
Your Turn: Do you decorate for Halloween? Do you like to make or buy decorations?