How To Create A Spooky Bedroom For Your Kids
Kids love spectacularly spooky haunted houses on Halloween, but creating that eerie feeling in your own home can be too much when you have to go to work, cook, clean, and everything in between. But if you want to give your kids the horrifying Halloween experience they've been begging for, consider confining it to their room. It'll terrify them and you won't have to go to too much trouble or invest in too many home accessories. Here are 4 ideas to create a spooky bedroom for your kids.
Start with making outrageous openings. Drape cobwebs made with craft cotton along the edges of the window to create that old, abandoned haunted house look from the outside and the inside. Strew tiny plastic spiders in the webbing and stick window bats on the glass to give it the full haunted effect.
Opening the door is the first haunting experience your kids will have before entering the room. To prepare them to be scared, make it squeaky. Squeaking comes from metal-on-metal friction in the hinges, but we usually put lubricant on it so the metal slides and we don't hear the squeaks. You can take the pins out of the barrel of the hinges and wash the lubricant off. When it's dry and put back together, it'll be Halloween-squeaky for the kids.
Just inside the door, make sure they get an alarming greeting from a friendly ghost. Put a ball on top of a vintage dress form and drape a white sheet over it to create a life-size ghost or dress it as the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and use a pumpkin for its head.
The scare has to come from all angles; make sure to keep the ceilings covered with something creepy. Torn and worn out gauze drapes well from the corners to give it an abandoned appearance. If you want to go even further, tangle branches in the gauze to make it look even creepier.
For a scary surprise, don't forget to decorate the floor. You don't have to be too elaborate to create an eerie ambiance. LED candles in the corner give any room a haunting glow. To up the fear factor, you can scatter veiny hand hangers on the floor to make it look like zombies are clawing through the floor.
Halloween doesn't happen every day, but with the right ideas and the right decor, your kids will remember it the whole year.