Once the kids have returned from their trick or treating, why not have a treat in store for them at home by transforming their playhouse into a haunted house! Here are some tips from York Timber for How to Turn Your Child’s Playhouse into a Haunted House:
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Here are a few tricks and tips to make a really cool Haunted House out of a playhouse:
A Sturdy Playhouse
First up, make sure you have a good playhouse. You don’t want to spend time transforming something that is falling apart, leaking and needing a lot of work.
You’ll need some spooky decorations. Here are some fun ideas:
- Use cotton wool out to make spiders webs
- Hang scary masks from the ceiling
- Wrap white muslin around fake skulls that have lights inside for an extra creepy look
- Throw in some fake creepy crawlies on the floor, spiders are particularly effective
- Hang a ‘Do Not Enter’ sign on the door. Kids are always thrilled with a warning sign like that!
Next add some atmospheric lighting to your Haunted House. Start by blacking out all the windows with black paper. Once this is done and it is dark inside add some lighting.
- Carved pumpkins with tealights in them are very effective – just make sure when using tealights that you keep an eye on them at all times for safety.
- You could use torches with filters on the front to project pumpkins, ghouls and spiders onto the walls.
- Pick up strings of inexpensive Halloween lights from discount stores to string around the house.
- Or how about making some fun Halloween Lanterns from old jars.
- If you are feeling extra adventurous glow in the dark paints or pens for writing scary messages on the walls can be effective. How about writing your children’s names for a bit of spooky fun?
For a really spooky atmosphere, add some haunting music! Look out for Haunted House music CDs in discount shops or make a playlist to play via phone or tablet.
And don’t forget to have some sweet treats for any visitors to your Haunted House, after all, everyone knows that chocolate or candy is the best thing after a good scare!
Enjoy decorating your Haunted House and watching your kids’ faces when they see the transformed playhouse!
Over to you now. Have you decorated your child’s playhouse for Halloween? Tell us about it in the comments below.