Transform Your Garage into a Haunted House this Halloween in Just Four Easy Steps
Halloween: we can all agree it’s the spookiest time of year. This October, why not delight your kids—not to mention all the other families on the block—by turning your garage into a haunted house? There’s so much you can do with this versatile but often-neglected space. It’s sheltered enough from the outdoors to make it the perfect place for late fall activities, but it’s also easy to temporarily transform without disrupting the rest of your household. Read on to learn more about how to create a haunted house in your garage.
Step 1: cleanup and organize
When inviting friends, neighbors, and children into your garage, you’ll want to make sure it’s a clean, organized, and hazard-free. Scrub and vacuum every crack and cranny, get rid of extra clutter, and organize boxes and other equipment in a way that maximizes the space available for decorations and activities. Consider hanging things like bikes, gardening tools, and power equipment on hooks on the wall to free up more floor space. For more tips, check out our comprehensive guide to decluttering your garage.
One easy way to set up the space for your haunted house is to hang black sheets from the ceiling of your garage. That way, you’ll be able to hide from view everything stored on hooks and shelves along the walls while adding to the ghostly atmosphere. Anything in your garage that you don’t want kids touching—such as power tools—can be stored behind the hanging black sheets. Consider decorating the sheets with fake cobwebs or glow-in-the-dark Halloween stickers.
Step 2: decide on a plan
The next step is deciding what you want your haunted house to look like. Will there be a Halloween-themed maze for kids to find their way through in order to get their candy? Are you going to divide the space into different activity stations, such as a photo booth or crafts area? What snacks will you offer, and what kinds of games will kids be able to play?
After coming up with a plan, head to the nearest party store to get all the Halloween decorations that you could possibly need. Keep in mind that some of the best decorations can be made right at home, out of materials that you probably already have.
Step 3: decorate the interior
Once you have all the provisions you need, it’s time to start decorating your garage with bats, skeletons, zombies, witches, and ghosts. When it comes to haunted houses, the creepier the decorations, the better. To add an extra dose of eerie ambiance, consider putting up Halloween-themed string lights instead of using the overhead lights. The shadowy light will make your garage feel truly haunted.
If you keep a lot of boxes in your garage, you can stack them up and use them to build a maze for children to navigate. Be sure to decorate the boxes with creepy decorations as well.
Step 4: decorate the exterior and the garage door
After you’ve decorated the inside of your garage, decorate your driveway and front lawn so that friends and neighbors will know to stop by. If it’s not too chilly yet, you can set up activity stations in your yard or driveway. This is a good option for messier activities like face painting and pumpkin carving.
Putting up jack-o’-lanterns around the entrance to your garage can also be a great way to draw attention to your haunted house. Keep in mind, however, that unless you’re using electric candles, jack-o’-lanterns should stay outside since you shouldn’t have lighted candles inside the garage with so many people and flammable decorations around.
When decorating your garage’s exterior, don’t forget the garage door. You can put cobwebs and other spooky trimmings around the frame of the door or even hang decorations on the outside of the door itself.
Take the opportunity to do garage door maintenance
Before donning a costume and inviting the neighborhood families to your haunted house, take the time to ensure that your garage door is functioning properly. Regular garage door maintenance is an essential safety measure, especially when you have kids in the house. Look over the inside of your garage door to see if you spot problems with its hardware and check to make sure that your door’s electronic safety features are working. If something doesn’t look or sound quite right, don’t hesitate to contact one of our NationServe technicians to get it serviced.
Here at NationServe, we love helping our customers get the most out of their garages all year round. To learn more about the quality Wayne Dalton garage doors we offer and/or or our garage door repair services, contact our teams in Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Peoria or any of our 15 other locations around the country.