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Throwing a wicked party or just want to be surrounded in dread while passing out candy? Try these tips for tricking out your haunted home. Just a few touches, a glue gun and some wicked inspiration can transform any old tomb.

How To Haunt Your Home

How to Haunt Your House
Books 1-3

by Shawn & Lynne Mitchell

These must-have books (available in print and digital editions) take Halloween decorating to the next level. The authors were kind enough to share some haunting advice with our readers:

“A home haunt should always be about what you love best about Halloween, whether it’s the scares, the costumes, the candy, or all of the above. You don’t have to do a huge event to have to All Hollows' Eve fun. Start small. A spooky front door and entryway or a few handmade tombstones is the perfect place to indulge your creative energy.”

Eerie Elegance

Why buy it when you can make it – this is the guiding philosophy with Eerie Elegance whose books, blog, and video tutorials will get you crafting your own Halloween decor.

Pumpkinrot.com

View some of the best props including pumpkin head scarecrows and gnarled witches! He doesn't offer tutorials but does offer plenty of inspiration for haunters.

Stolloween.com

Take your decorating to the next level and build your own props! Stolloween can show you the tools and techniques, while providing step by step instructions and pictures.

Hauntcast

This subscription-based podcast for haunters of all levels features news, reviews, prop spotlights, music and more. It's an entertaining listen!
Davis Graveyard

For over 10 years, this Portland family has transformed the front of their house into something only the dead could love. Take a look at their amazing pics and see why they are legendary yard haunters!
Martha Stewart Halloween

The domestic diva does scary and sophisticated like no one else, and the projects and ideas are perfectly for any haunted mansion.

 

Some people decorate for fun and other decorate for parties. Below is a room by room strategy
and suggestions for ensuring that unsettling things lurk in all corners of your home.

The Parlor
The Parlor
The Living Room
The Living Room
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Dining Room
The Dining Room
The Bathroom
The Bathroom
The Patio
The Patio

 

Haunting your home often comes with a shocking price tag. With a little a TLC (terrifyingly loathsome conversion) and crafting know-how, you can take elevate those discount store props, and get more boo bang for your buck with small touches that yield big impressions.

Drugstore Tombstones
Drugstore Tombstones
Stretchy Spiderwebs
Stretchy Spiderwebs
Plastic Pumpkins
Plastic Pumpkins
Color Bulbs
Color Light Bulbs
Tattered Cheesecloth
Tattered Cheesecloth
Blood Like
Bloody Options
Menacing Vines
Menacing Vines
Dark Silhouettes
Dark Silhouettes
Rickety Fence
Rickety Fence

 

Every year terror tornados hit our neighborhood lawns. Props, inflatables, and odd, random decor is thrown about yards in haphazard ways. It's obvious that these heroes love Halloween but with a little planning and restraint, your yard haunt can avoid the dreaded "haunt stew" look.

Focal Points
Focal Points
Smart Props
Smart Props
Set Dressing
Set Dressing
Effective Lighting
Effective Lighting
Eerie Fog
Eerie Fog
Scary Sounds
Scary Sounds