Here are some tips for turning your house into the spookiest haunt in the neighborhood.
To turn your home in a creepy, deserted house:
Festoon windows with spiders and cobwebs.
Add a few broken-glass stickers to windows for a creepy abandoned haunted house.
Darken the porch lights with black lights or yellow bulbs.
Hang the porch swing crookedly.
Prop some scraps of wood across a couple of windows for a boarded-up effect.
If the first frost has already killed off your summer flowers, gather some dead stems for spooky arrangements.
For a haunted feel, add some flickering electric candles in the windows with spooky silhouettes on the glass.
Kid-Friendly Goblin House
Have your children lend a helping hand with these craft projects:
Carve or paint pumpkins to decorate porch steps.
Use sheets or plastic drop cloths to make white ghosts.
Make jack-o’-lantern scarecrows using old clothing, straw, and goofy hats.
Replace porch light bulb with a black light.
Decorate the porch with homemade decorations made out of white paper.
Make a “Halloween tree” with orange and black streamers, strings of orange lights, and homemade Halloween-themed ornaments.
Inflatable lawn decorations and battery-powered flickering “candles” make fun kid-friendly decorations as well.
If you’re more into tricking than treating, try adding some of these creepy lawn ornaments:
Or, put together your own scary scene using old furniture, clothing and dolls.
Paint scraps of wood or cardboard to look like tombstones and hang scary-looking figures or silhouettes from the trees. Finally, use a smoke machine and scary sound effects on the stereo to creep out even the bravest of souls.