How To Turn Your Home Into A Haunted House

by |August 8, 2014
Categories: Decor, DIY, Horror

There are plenty of ways to turn your home into a haunted house this October that don’t included cooked spaghetti, peeled grapes, and that old “Spooky Sounds” cassette tape that you bought decades ago. We’ve researched the best Halloween décor inspiration, creepy DIY projects, and truly terrifying gory products for you to use to turn your lovely house into something very scary. 

Haunted House DIY
For The Exterior

Put your friends at un-ease the second that they walk up to your house. You can give them a hint of what's in store inside before they even set foot in your home.


Window Silhouettes

This simple craft can go a long way. You'll need black construction paper, a pencil, scissors, and clear tape. Just trace out the shapes you want to appear in your window as spooky shadows, cut them out, and tape them up. Want your shadows to be larger than one sheet of construction paper? No problem – tape as many pieces together to create a larger canvas for you to trace on and tape the whole thing up together.


Scary Window Silhouettes

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Yard Decorations

In our opinion, there isn't much scarier than having something catch your eye or jump out at you outside in the dark. There are tons of different types of decorations and animatronics that you can put in your front lawn to scare your guests that are walking up to your house.

  • TIP: Consider hanging some decorations from trees – your guests might be looking at eye level, but when something starts moving above them, they’ll definitely be surprised.
  • TIP: The same goes for on the ground. We know we wouldn’t want something popping out by our feet, trying to trip or grab us as we walk through a yard.


Scary Backyard Ideas

Skull Fence         Faceless Reaper          Tombstone          Lantern

  • TIP: You can add as much as you like to your scary outdoor scenes, but make sure to keep it all in the same feel or theme. If you have too many mismatched items, your yard might look like a junk yard.
  • TIP: Don’t forget the fog machine! You can check ours out here.


See our Halloween animatronics here. You can also see the rest of our scary yard decorations here.


For The Living Room

First things first - decide on a theme. Some ideas: gory, medical/laboratory, ghostly, witch's den, spiderwebs, catacombs, etc. Pick one or two focal points, such as a bay windowsill, fireplace mantle, or coffee table, and play those areas up.


Haunted Family Portraits

When it comes to outstanding décor, it’s the details that make a difference. A fun (and easy!) craft is to replace all the framed photos in your living room with spooky versions. Either use an image editing website (such as PicMonkey) to add in blood, spiders, or other creepy things to family photos you have already, or find old-fashioned and creepy looking photos from online and print them off.

  • TIP: Print the photos on brown paper for an aged effect.
  • TIP: If you Google “vintage Halloween costumes,” you will find some terrifying images from decades ago. Like, basically, the scariest things you will ever see.


Terrifying Vintage Halloween Costumes

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You can also decorate using our “gortraits,” which use magical hologram technology to create optical illusions of chilly photography. Or put your favorite spooky photo in this jaunty skeleton frame.


Gory Picture Frames

Inflatable Frame                      Skeleton X-Ray Frames

Skeleton Party

When you have friends over, don’t be afraid to – ahem – let your skeletons out of the closet. Pad that guest list with some bone-y attendees. Set the scene with your skeletons by putting them in commonplace situations and poses: watching TV, playing cards, reading a book, even lounging on the couch scrolling through Facebook on a phone! All you need are a few skeletons and some patience for posing them.


Skeleton Party DIY

Spider Decor      Halloween Pumpkins

Crow          Skeleton Decorations

Look at this poor guy! Just gazin’ out the window, waitin’ for all his skele-friends to arrive. Keep dreaming, buddy. You only have the company of those creepy spider props. Yuck. Check out the rest of our indoor and home décor Halloween decorations here.


For The Bathroom

In many households, the bathroom can be the most terrifying room in the whole place. (It all depends on how many boys live there.) Why not give a creepy makeover to a room in your home that your guests might not expect? We picked a gory theme and ran with it. Here’s what we came up with:


Horror Movie Bathroom

Bloody Hand prints          Jason Mask          Candelabra

 Crow Prop          Chain Link Rope        Severed Body Parts


As you can see, the splattered blood look was popular with us. We also followed this motif for the shower and the toilet, as seen below. Also note our use of height in such a small space. We put the severed heads on top of tall vases (never thought we’d say that!) and used that to fill in corners. We also put some nice smelling potpourri in a zombie head bowl. You know, the usual.


Haunted House Bathroom

Shower Curtain        Bleeding Zombie Bowl        Skull Vase 


Gory Soap Container


This dispenser of not-so-sanitary soap in the bathroom is an easy craft that is definitely an attention grabber. And it takes less than five minutes to do! Here’s what you need:



Step 1: Take off the label from the soap, so the nastiness can be seen from all angles.

Step 2: Remove about 1/5th of the soap from the dispenser to make room for the fingers and stuff.

Step 3: If you’re like us and want to keep the soap actually functional, give the body parts a quick wash.

Step 4: Shove ‘em in there! Fit as many of the fingers and ears and eyes as you want in your soap dispenser without it getting too full. We managed to squeeze two fingers, one eyeball, and one ear in there.


We hope that you liked our suggestions for turning your cozy home into a haunted house of horrors. Don't forget to take a look at our complete selection of Halloween Decorations.

MaDonna Flowers
MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.