All Hallows’ Eve is a chance to embrace your inner ghoul and turn your home into a living nightmare (we’re talking about the fun kind, no leaky roofs or anything).
The practice of haunting your home is still relatively rare in Australia but it’s big business in the United States. There are even books (yes entire books) explaining how to effectively haunt your home such as How to Haunt Your House, Book Three by professional creep couple Lynne and Shawn Mitchell.
The book is accompanied by the website www.howtohauntyourhouse.com that features a library, a shop, a “hack lab” as well as spooky resources and downloads. You can even “enter the crypt” and view photos and videos of past Halloween events.
Not scary enough? This week we read about a West Virginian man who carved 3000 pumpkins to scatter around his property and a dairy farm home in New Jersey that features a terrifying haunted hayride!
If you want to read about some of the other great efforts, check out Haunted House Magazine’s top 13 haunted houses of 2011.
We’ve even put together our own list of ideas to inspire your very own Halloween home:
- Place a skeletal bride and groom near your front door.
- Play spooky music throughout the house
- Decorate your gate or letter box with spooky spiders and cobwebs.
- Hang bats from trees or lights.
- Purchase plastic light up figures, also known as blow molds.
- Create an eerie apparition and hang them from trees (Blair Witch Project anyone?!)
- Get the kitchen involved and prepare some Halloween food such as candy apples
- Put a humorous fake tombstone in front of your house
- Buy a fog machine and strobe light and turn your yard daunting field of mist and lightning
- Invite people over and answer your front door dressed as a zombie or vampire
- Create a Halloween Light Show – Gangnam Style