By Drew Knight
October has arrived and with it come the cutesy little trash bag ghosts and smiling jack-o-lanterns you see every year. Halloween is finally on its way!
This year, why not stray from the beaten and safe path of cute and classic Halloween décor and instead creep down the path less traveled to a haunting Halloween home?
We’ve stalked through the tangled web of the Internet to find the most haunting, bone-chilling and hair-raising haunted house ideas. Proceed with caution, you might just make your new home the spookiest house on the block.
Step 1: Start Outside
This is where neighbors, friends and trick-or-treaters will get their first look at your haunted home, so why not go all out?
We suggest you start by taking a trip to the local dollar store, party supplier or Halloween central and stocking up on life-size plastic skeletons and cheesecloth. Then, grab a ladder and a trusted partner to help you hang those guys up on the walls and near entryways of your house.
You could go for an escape look coming from your doors and windows, as if past unfortunate souls didn’t make it out alive, or a zombie apocalypse look, as if the living dead were climbing up the walls to get in to attack. For a how-to, check out Instructables.com.
Another good look we scraped from Vitamin-Ha is the unfinished burial using an old wheel barrow. Dig up some loose dirt, take apart your skeleton and scatter its remains. This will leave passersby certain this haunted house is not to be trusted.
As for the cheesecloth, this can be used all around your home. Hang it on the walls, from the ceilings, in doorways, whatever. We don’t know what’s creepy about fabric used to cover cheese, bit it works.
Step 2: Bug Out
If anyone’s ever told you they’re not at least a little bit afraid of bugs, they’re lying.
That’s why you should consider adding some creepy crawlies to your haunted home. An easy way to start is to buy a bag of plastic bugs — flies, roaches, spiders, etc. — and tape or glue them all around your door handles. Nothing is creepier than entering a home with an infestation problem!
Adding on to the bugged-out theme, you could build your own spooky spider egg sac. Those inclined to arachnophobia will head for the hills when they see these glowing orbs of spider babies waiting for their first feed.
Martha Stewart can teach you to birth your own spider sacs right here.
Step 3: Find Your Creep Factor
After you’ve spooked up your exterior, it’s time to haunt up the inside!
Perhaps the easiest haunting look is to throw some old white sheets over your furniture. After all, have you ever seen a haunted house movie without that creepy, uninhabited feel? Bonus points if you find a way to add dust.
To go along with that look, you can add a personal touch by creeping out your own family photos. As long as you have a black and white printer, some spooky frames, a few LED lights and a little bit of imagination, you can do it yourself! Country Living can teach you to create some paranormal portraits of your own here.
Adding to the personal touch, why not display the pickled head of your spouse? Of course we’re not encouraging the decapitation of your loved ones, just the illusion.
As long as you have a jar, a photo printer, some water and food coloring, you can create this look too. Again, we direct you to Instructables.com to learn how to create your own odd specimens.
Don’t feel like getting so macabre? Use rubber animals, body parts or plants instead.
Finally, no haunted house is complete without some haunting spirits. Again, we direct you to Mrs. Stewart to help you create some ghosts of your own using foam mannequin heads and that cheesecloth we mentioned earlier. Get the scoop here.
To wrap it all together, invest in a fog machine and a spooky soundtrack to play throughout your home and you’ve finally got yourself a haunted house!
Now you just have to decide one thing: When will the haunting begin?
Drew Knight is a Digital Content Associate for New Home Source.