The Halloween Axworthy Flying Ghost


Materials we used

  1. Old Sewing machine motor
  2. Screen door casters
  3. Bolts for the casters
  4. Masons line
  5. RIT Black dye
  6. Box of 1″ Screws


I’m going to preface this with this is NOT the only way to make a Axworthy flying ghost.  There are a few hundred plans for the Axworthy flying ghost running around the internet on how to do this.  This is our version of it.

How we did it:   First we need a string to put the ghost on.  We took masons line and dyed it black using RIT black dye.   We just uncoiled all the line into a bucket, and let the dye sit with the line over night. We then rinsed it off and poof,  Nice strong black string you can tie your ghosts to.

Next, we started out by getting casters (pulleys) that hold up the standard screen door. We attached them to a 1×1’s.

Simple construction here.  We just used bolts, to sandwich the screen door casters, then drilled a hole through the 1×1 and attached to the house.  Easy up and down.  Each piece was just screwed into the siding.
(Amazingly; two 1×1’s stacked together as seen below, fits nicely in a gutter… there are no nails holding the far pulley assembly in the gutter)

Down the line


Next the ghost.  Ok ok, we cheated a bit here because the ghost was recycled from a old ghost flying crank ghost store bought prop that we had laying around.  Most important thing here is that it needs to be  very light weight.

We snapped on a fishing spinner, and attached it to the line.

The Motor.

We put the old sewing machine motor on a couple of 2x4s with a drawer slide, and a bungee cord. This is the tension-er for the whole system. We left the bungee cord UN-attached (drawer slide out 100%) then ran the string around all the pulleys, pulling it tight as possible, then tying the cord off.   Running the string around all the pulleys was an interesting feat in itself!  It is a must to have at least two people helping with this.  Once the cord was in place, the bungee cord was put back on… causing a good 6-10lbs of pressure on the line keeping it on the screen door casters.



It ran great all night long.  The wind was pretty gusty at times, and the ghost stayed on the line the whole time.

Here are our action shots:


This idea was based on the original The Axworthy Flying Ghost from Scott Axworthy.  Scott’s original designs are no longer online.

Of course you an always use some google foo