How To Make Your House Look Haunted For Halloween

Planning on having a Halloween party this year? Or want to create a spooky Halloween haunted house for the trick or treaters? Learn some easy ways to make your house look haunted.

How To Make Your House Look Haunted For Halloween

Today I’m taking a break from “serious” decor and having some over-the-top decorating fun with Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year! (As you probably already know if you have been around here before).

Every year I have a Halloween party where the entire inside of my house is transformed into something that is not recognizable as being my house! Some parts of it look so real that I have actually had people ask which are the parts that are only there for Halloween 🙂 (I do tend to go all out with the decorations.)

With Halloween getting more and more popular, I have had a few people asking me lately how I go about creating my Halloween haunted house. So I thought I would share some of my tried-and-true haunt your house tips. And although I usually do all of these things for my Halloween party, you can still have a great Halloween display by only picking a couple of them if you don’t want to do that much work.

Skeleton behind a Halloween bar cart
Skeleton behind a Halloween bar cart

In all cases, I find that staging things in a way that seems “real” has the most impact (like my skeleton bartender).

Sit skeletons at the table, place dead roses in a vase where you would normally have live ones, replace your family portrait pictures with Halloween portraits, or sit a plastic rat on the tub surround in the bathroom.  That way people don’t always see the props right away…and boy are they surprised when they finally notice they’re there!

One note: I don’t do blood and gore in my haunted houses (it’s just not something I’m into), so there won’t be any scary “massacre” pictures 🙂

Keep reading to find out more about how to make your house look haunted.

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6 Responses

  • LOVE the candelabra with orange voitives. I do all out also. Last year, papered entrance to look like stone walls. Would love to know where you found this. Can’t find it on internet. Thanks.

    • Hi Pat…Sorry, I have a couple of candelabras with votives so I’m not sure which one you were referring to. If it’s the long one in the second picture with the mirror and the spider webs, it came from Pottery Barn a long time ago…unfortunately I don’t think it is still available. If you’re thinking about the candle tree with the raven in it, you can get those HERE. Or if I completely missed the mark and you meant something totally different, just let me know and hopefully I can help 🙂

    • Hi Loraine…we must have the same taste in Halloween decor! Glad I’m not the only one who likes to go all out for Halloween 🙂

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