How to create your own haunted house

Some people enjoy putting up Halloween decorations in their homes -others love turning their homes into horrific haunted mansions. Whether you want to create a full-fledged experience for trick-or-treaters or simply want to decorate a little, a little DIYing can help you reach that goal.

The more time you devote to Halloween decorating, the greater the payoff in terms of how memorable your home becomes to your neighbours. Explore these terrifyingly creepy DIY haunted house ideas to see which one is right for your home this year.

Cover walls and mirrors

Use black sheets or spider webs to cover your walls from floor to ceiling, ideally you want to make the room look completely different, so covering the whole space is key -you could even hang the spider webs over the door frame so your guests have to walk through them.

To secure the sheets, you can either nail them into the wall, or for a less invasive option, you can purchase stick-on hooks from your local household DIY store. Top tip: Less is more when it comes to making it look realistic, break the threads apart to prevent large clusters of spider web from forming.

Hang spooky pictures

There’s a lot of options for spooky pictures that can be used as decor for your DIY haunted house. The most cost-effective option would be to trace and cut Halloween characters and shapes from black construction paper and frame them, however for an even scarier experience you could invest in some spooky portrait scene setters which can be reused every Halloween. Under a low light these will look extraordinarily spook-tacular!

Halloween lighting

Candles are a great way to set the scene in your haunted house, however, for obvious reasons we don’t recommend having lots of lit candles in a small space, especially if you have guests over. LED candles are relatively cheap to buy and a lot safer, spread a few of these around to give your haunted house a creepy, low-lighted atmosphere. You could even hang them from the ceiling to replicate the famous Great Hall from Harry Potter! Here’s how you can make your own:

You will need:

  • Glue gun
  • Empty toilet rolls
  • White acrylic paint
  • Fishing line
  • Needle
  • Battery powered tealights
  • Scissors
  • Drawing pins
  1. Run your hot glue gun all around the top of a toilet paper roll. Create “drips” from the top to bottom to resemble melted candle wax.
  2. After you’ve completed several rolls and they’ve dried, paint them using the white acrylic paint.
  3. After the paint has dried, use a needle to make four small holes approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inches from the top.
  4. Make a hole on each side. These are for stringing the fishing line through to hang your candle, but they also serve as a support for the tealight.
  5. Cut the fishing line at various lengths for each candle while stringing it through the holes. When you hang your candles, they will create a staggered effectWith the fishing line, fasten them to the ceiling with a drawing pin.

And there you have it, you’ve just created your very own iconic movie scene!

DIY Halloween props

A house isn’t haunted without carved pumpkins, blood stained floors and a skeleton hanging from the ceiling. In addition to those house of horrors classic props, why not try something a little more creative like a ghastly group of DIY heads in a jar? These are seriously creepy and will look perfect in your haunted house. Here’s what you need to do:

You will need:

  • Glass jars
  • A5 card
  • Corks
  1. Print out some scary faces onto the card and bend them into the jars so the face is visible. It might help to stuff newspaper into the jar so the faces are pressed right against the glass.
  2. Place a cork into the top of the jar, you could seal this shut with hot glue if you wanted too.
  3. Get creative! You could add splattered blood stains, spooky slime or cobwebs to make them look scarily realistic.

DIY Halloween with Case Farm

Be the envy of your neighbours and friends this Halloween when they see how scarily prepared you are for the spooky season. When it comes to DIY projects, you need to make sure you’re using the right tools for the job at hand, and there’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you’re missing a specific tool halfway through your DIY project. Protect your tools with DIY foam, simply trace around your tools or valuables and create your own inserts for a terrifyingly terrific toolbox!

Too busy getting ready for Halloween? No problem! Our team of experts can create custom foam inserts exact to your requirements. Got a question? Fill in our contact form and a member of the Case Farm team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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