Halloween on a Budget: 5 Tips for Transforming Your Home Into a Haunted House

The spookiest season has arrived! Getting your home ready for Halloween can seem a little scary for your bank account, but there are plenty of ways to create a haunting effect on a budget. Check out the Proctor real estate team's five favourite tips to transform your home into a ghoulish masterpiece this Halloween.

The pumpkin is king 

Jack-o’-lanterns are a Halloween staple; however, don’t limit yourself to just carving a single pumpkin in a customary way! Take advantage of this cost-effective gourd and use as many pumpkins as you can in a variety of styles. Try using an array of sizes and painting them black or white for a non-traditional look. The more the better! There’s nothing that screams Halloween more than a front yard filled with glowing pumpkins. 

Use your garage door

Your garage door is the perfect blank canvas to create a haunted scene. Use sheets of black adhesive vinyl and cut out your choice of bone-chilling shapes. Think: bats, ghosts, or even words. Don’t feel like doing an arts-and-crafts project? Pick up some caution, warning, or beware tape at your local Dollar or Party Store and secure it across your door. 

A front lawn graveyard

This option is so simple, yet so eerie. If you have a front yard, then you have the perfect foundation for a cemetery. You can go completely do-it-yourself (DIY) with this one and create your own custom tombstones by using foam board, spray paint, and lawn stakes (tip: make it extra creepy with personalized tombstone names). You could also find some low-cost, pre-made tombstone options at many stores throughout Edmonton. The trick to having an authentic looking graveyard is to keep your lawn unkempt, so don’t clean up those autumn leaves! 

Create a ghostly welcome 

Hanging some tattered cheesecloth along your home's entryway is an incredibly easy way to instantly take your home into haunted territory. Purchase a few yards of cheesecloth and cut them into your desired length. If you’re planning to hang the clothe from your porch, make sure the decorations hang a few feet off the floor so your guests don’t get tangled and trip. Once you have your length sorted out, make some tears in the fabric – the less uniform the better! Next, get a bucket and fill it with some hot water and a few bags of black tea. Place your cheesecloth into the tea mixture overnight to give it an aged look. Let your spooky fabric dry and then hang away!  

Enhance the eerie atmosphere with sound

The right sounds will complete your haunted home. Download a Halloween sounds playlist online and play it from your speakers pushed up to a window and near your front door. You don’t need to be too loud with the Halloween sounds either – think of this as more of a subtle addition that will definitely cause some goosebumps for any visitors. 

Looking for a new home to transform into a haunted property for next year’s Halloween? Be sure to browse our featured listings page for some outstanding real estate options in Edmonton.

*Cover image via HGTV Canada

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