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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

DIY Halloween Haunted House Ideas

DIY Haunted House Ideas: Spooky Decor, Halloween Props, and More!  

Get into the Halloween spirit with our DIY haunted house ideas!  Discover how to create eerie haunted house decorations, homemade Halloween props, and creepy home transformations.  Dive into the world of spooky DIY projects with our step-by-step guide for a ghostly home makeover. 

BOO!  👻 Are you in a last-minute scramble to conjure up some spine-chilling DIY Halloween decor for your home or upcoming ghoulish gatherings?  Well, hold on to your broomsticks because I've got spooktacular ideas that will have your guests shrieking with delight!  

I had a hauntingly good notion to craft my very own DIY Haunted House, and guess who came to my rescue?  Dollar Tree, of course!  Armed with a couple of haunted house cutouts, I was ready to make my haunted Halloween House dreams come true.  Here's the ghostly lowdown on what you'll need: 

  1. Two Haunted Wood House Cut outs from Dollar Tree
  2. 2 packs of popsicle sticks from Dollar Tree
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Hot glue sticks
  5. Black Paint
  6. Embellishments of your choosing 

DIY Haunted House Ideas

Now, to conjure up a spooky door for our haunted abode, I grabbed three popsicle sticks, just the right size to cover the door, leaving the window above it delightfully eerie.  I whipped out my trusty glue gun and affixed those sticks over the door on both haunted house cutouts.  

Budget DIY Haunted House

DIY Haunted House Dollar Tree

haunted house decoration ideas diy

With the sun shining and my furry kiddo wanting to join in the eerie fun, I took my show to the backyard.  Starting at the top, I strategically glued popsicle sticks to the roof and sides, ensuring the house had that perfect 'about to fall down' look.  And let me tell you, my quest for perfection was challenged, but I chanted 'old haunted house' to keep my spooky spirits up.  

easy diy haunted house

make a haunted house craft

At one point, I remembered I wanted to use our wedding runner to cover the windows. So, I dashed inside to add those coverings before I completely trapped my glue gun inside the house.  It's like I was doing a dance of one step forward, and two steps back throughout this entire project! 

3d haunted house craft

Feeling like a Halloween version of a headless chicken, I built the haunted house, added window covering to the front, and then decided to paint.  If I could turn back time, I'd paint the houses first, add the window coverings, and then build.  Lessons learned, right?  

diy haunted house dollar tree

Front window mullions were on my to-do list, but then I decided they were a no-go.  They didn't give me the eerie vibes I was after, so they stayed off the front of our house.  

diy halloween haunted house ideas

What's a haunted house without some spine-tingling interior lighting?  I strung twinkle lights inside, tracing them around the windows and the door. I left the bottom open for easy access, ensuring we could turn the lights on and off with ease.  

diy haunted house

Is our abode looking spook-tacular yet?  I crowned the haunted house with a Dollar Tree bat, poised to swoop in after a night of eerie prowling.  

diy halloween haunted house ideas

But that's not all, my fellow Halloween friends!  I also brewed up a creepy flower arrangement using a tin can wrapped in a menacing plastic tablecloth, adorned with black stems, skulls, flowers, and bones.  

Well, when it comes to haunted houses, let's be honest, one just won't cut it!  So, I hatched a fiendish plan: I painted one of them pitch-black, plopped it on a pizza plan I painted yellow (because why not?), and then went to town with some Dollar Tree pumpkins, a mischievous black cat, and a squadron of flying bats.  Viola, an instant spooktacular!  

The fun didn't stop there.  I thought, "Why not tackle the great outdoors too?"  So, I summoned my inner Halloween spirit and conjured up an outdoor wreath (DIY can be found by clicking the link).  Armed with a wreath form, three plastic tablecloths, and some DIY bow-tying skills (my first, mind you), I created a bewitching wreath in classic black and white, sprinkled with skull-shaped charm.  

Plastic tablecloth wreath DIY

Lastly, I brewed a DIY Halloween picture for our buffet.  Purple scrapbook paper, orange polka dots, and a circle of witches in a sinister forest set the scene.  And what's a witch without her hat and broom?  I made sure to include those essential accessories adhered to the frame.  Crafting this one was a cauldron of fun for me because who doesn't love conjuring up budget-friendly art for the walls? 

So, there you have it, my spine-chilling adventure in DIY Halloween decorating.  Give it a whirl, and may your haunted house be the talk of the town.... or should I say, the scream of the town?  👻💀🕱

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  1. Cara, You are so smart! I would have never thought to put two of those together! It turned out great! Pinning this so I can remember it for next year!!

    1. I am not sure how smart I am, but I really enjoyed working on this project. It reminded me of being a kid again and building with popsicle sticks! Who doesn't want to be a kid again? teehee... thank you, I hope you enjoy working on it next year.

  2. Very clever, Cara. All of your projects are wonderful but I especially love the haunted house with the pizza pan - such a great idea!

    1. Thank you Ann, I have been working with pizza pans here lately and loving them! They are so easy to come up with projects with.

  3. Cara,
    LOVE this idea!! Halloween and Fall are my favorite times of the year...I do miss you hosting the link party and hope that you are finding your way in the Blogging community....If you have time, stop in on Wednesday as I will be posting my Falloween Home Tour!!

    1. Thank you Debbie, I miss y'all too. Things have been really busy here lately, things we were not expecting, but that is life and you just have to roll with it. I haven't figured out what blogging will look like for me yet, I had worked on several of these projects a while ago and wanted to share them. When things slow down, I plan to pick it up and get on a schedule again. :) I was thinking about you the other day and wondered how you have been. I am looking forward to your Halloween home tour, I bet it will look fabulous like always. ;)

  4. Hi Cara - Your DIY Halloween Haunted house turned out great! It's so amazing how many different things we can buy at the Dollar Store. (Thank goodness for the Dollar Store). I love how the roof and windows turned out for your house. Thanks for sharing this post with the Home Imagined Link Party.

    1. Thank you so much Anna! I wasn't sure about it at first, but then had to keep reminding myself it was a broken down old haunted house, not perfection. teehee, that darn perfectionist in me has a hard time some days. ;)