Making Your Home Super Scary for Halloween

Written by  //  October 4, 2013  //  Kids  //  76 Comments

Scary HalloweenQuirkiness can be a great thing – especially at Hallowe’en. The best part of living in a true quirky community with lots of kids is that we all go overboard on October 31st. As part of a neighbourhood of film directors and actors, kids flock to our area to experience the wonder of the holiday. Bouncers control the crowds lining up to enter haunted mansions and adults stay in character all night. My favourite night of the year, giggles and screams can be heard for miles. The only downfall to being the scariest, quirkiest neighbourhood? We all run out of candy. But it’s worth it! Here are a few tips and tricks (he he) or making your home super scary for Halloween.

1. Stimulate the senses. Download some eerie music, hide mothballs all over the porch and cover the walkway with crunchy cereal to create a multi-sensory experience.
Scary Bars2. Halloween films playing in the background add to your character.
3. No need to spend a ton of time and money on a costume. A rumpled man’s suit, white face powder and greasy hair can go a long way. Refuse to speak and move slowly. Scary.
4. For our thespian readers, try a full scene. Sit in a rocking chair on the porch and rock rhythmically while another person creates a shadow in a window above. The humming of a sewing machine and knitting are also somehow terrifying. Or maybe that’s just me. (Don’t get me started on clowns!)
5. Serve up some scary treats. Nestle’s new Scary Bars are on our shopping list this year. Kit Kat, Scaries, Scaero and Coffin Crisp, the same delicious chocolate you know and love are all dressed up for the season!  I’m getting triple so I don’t run out… (I can chop them up and make cookies after Hallowe’en if there are leftovers. Wink.).
Halloween-Gift-Bags6. If you like the individual goody-bag idea, use surgical gloves as the bag and tie with ribbon. (Image: Love This Pic)
7. Lighting is crucial. Glowsticks in mason jars can be placed under plants and trees for an eerie glow.
8. If you have a puppy, chances are you have some body parts from dolls lying around. Fill a jar with Barbie heads and another with assorted legs.  Liquid inside and more glowsticks perfect the image.
9. Get your kids in the mood throughout the whole day. Over the month of October we’ll be publishing lots of ‘scary’ breakfast and lunch ideas.
10. Catch the kids off guard. Maybe an entirely dark entryway has a spotlight on one item: an old-fashioned telephone that may ring when approached. (Call it from inside.) The kids may run, hide or answer.

Bwahahahaha.

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76 Comments on "Making Your Home Super Scary for Halloween"

  1. Jill October 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm ·

    Ninjas. Ugh.

  2. seham October 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm ·

    spider man

  3. angela m October 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm ·

    I am not sure yet. I think a witch and pirate

  4. loriag October 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm ·

    My son wants to be a sexy nurse. Makes me laugh.

  5. Misty Battle October 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm ·

    My older kids are going as The Walking Dead. Still debating on the younger ones costumes.

  6. Jill MacEachern October 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm ·

    A strawberry! :)

  7. Amy October 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm ·

    Power ranger

  8. Kelly Krol October 5, 2013 at 12:42 am ·

    Witch & monkey:)

  9. Glogirl October 5, 2013 at 10:34 am ·

    I don’t have any kids but as a child I remember one year dressing up as a Pioneer woman.

  10. Dianne Melnick October 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm ·

    Cat :)

  11. Belinda McNabb October 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm ·

    My son wants to go out as a zombie for halloween

  12. Josh S October 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm ·

    Clown

  13. Rebby October 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm ·

    I don’t have kids, but I usually dress up as a vampire or a witch for the trick or treaters! We’ve got the cool haunted house on the block lol

  14. Karen C Hill October 7, 2013 at 4:40 am ·

    Ironman

  15. Lori JB October 7, 2013 at 5:04 am ·

    A Victorian girl

  16. Melanie Mann October 7, 2013 at 5:06 am ·

    A pirate

  17. Melinda L. October 7, 2013 at 5:11 am ·

    Penguin or platypus <- he's still deciding

  18. sam to October 7, 2013 at 5:20 am ·

    still not sure, shes only 1 and half so its all good ill get one soon

  19. lisa rumolo October 7, 2013 at 5:28 am ·

    my son is grown up but we used to love making his costume every year. I always dress up to give out candy. This year i’m thinking a dark fairy.

  20. Christy Martin October 7, 2013 at 5:30 am ·

    The Cat in the Hat – so 1 cat & 1 hat.

  21. Lisa Tennant October 7, 2013 at 5:37 am ·

    Frankenstein and cowgirl

  22. shelley Hickey October 7, 2013 at 5:38 am ·

    They haven’t decided yet

  23. lisa bolduc October 7, 2013 at 5:39 am ·

    no idea yet. I am gonna be willie from duck dynasty

  24. jennifer capin October 7, 2013 at 5:51 am ·

    he is still not sure what to be this year

  25. Anu Chopra October 7, 2013 at 6:02 am ·

    My eldest son wants to be an Angry Bird (the yellow one) and my youngest son will be Darth Vader!

  26. Isabelle Simard October 7, 2013 at 6:09 am ·

    Rapunzel and a pingouin

  27. Chandra Christine O'Connor October 7, 2013 at 6:12 am ·

    my youngest is going as minnie mouse not sure what the oldest if she even is but I always dress up as raggedy anne

  28. michelle tremblett October 7, 2013 at 6:24 am ·

    My son will be willy from duck dynasty, my daughter is mary poppins… quite the pair haha

  29. jennifer bell October 7, 2013 at 6:42 am ·

    my little grandchildren will be witches and goblins :D

  30. Vanessa October 7, 2013 at 7:04 am ·

    My 7 year old wants to be a ninja and my 2 year old wants to be a princess.

  31. jade diegel October 7, 2013 at 7:04 am ·

    I am not sure what I am going to dress my little ones in yet? They are 1.5 and 2.5 so they cant tell me what they want to be .

  32. phyllis cadwell October 7, 2013 at 7:12 am ·

    I have no small kids but always enjoy seeing the little ones at the door

  33. rose langill October 7, 2013 at 7:14 am ·

    not sure yet probably something scary he’s 13

  34. Laurie A Pittman October 7, 2013 at 7:14 am ·

    My daughter wants to be a flower….. lol so i said thats not scarey she said a scarey flower ha ok you got me

  35. Cynthia V October 7, 2013 at 7:38 am ·

    My boy a Pirate and my girl a Witch :)

  36. Colleen K October 7, 2013 at 7:50 am ·

    …Have no idea !!!

  37. Anne Taylor October 7, 2013 at 7:58 am ·

    we have a gypsy and a witch so far

  38. CYNTHIA MATHESON October 7, 2013 at 8:16 am ·

    A pumpkin

  39. Tammy M October 7, 2013 at 8:23 am ·

    A witch.

  40. Lorena H October 7, 2013 at 8:27 am ·

    Possibly Batman for one and Scream ghost costume for another

  41. Virginia Watson October 7, 2013 at 8:37 am ·

    Pirate!

  42. Andrea Amy October 7, 2013 at 8:56 am ·

    totally unsure. I know my youngest will be a tiger, what my 5 and 6 year old’s will be I still don’t know!

  43. Angela Mitchell October 7, 2013 at 9:39 am ·

    My daughter is a detective/Nancy Drew and my son is a spider.

  44. Cheryl P October 7, 2013 at 10:48 am ·

    Think she’s going as a isolation nurse….or a germaphob…lol

  45. Crystle October 7, 2013 at 11:28 am ·

    Yummmmmmmmmmm

  46. Rhonda W G. October 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm ·

    A giraff!

  47. Toby October 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm ·

    A doll and pirate!

  48. winn ipeg October 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm ·

    bumblebee and a princess

  49. krystyl olson October 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm ·

    fairy princes for my 2 year old and entymologist for my 7 year old

  50. Bree October 8, 2013 at 8:14 am ·

    My one son is going to be The Joker and the other The Hulk!

  51. Maggie October 8, 2013 at 8:45 am ·

    Clarke Kent.

  52. Lori Jackson October 8, 2013 at 8:58 am ·

    Mater from cars

  53. Jennifer Patalsky October 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm ·

    We have Willie from Duck Dynasty and Iron Man!

  54. Brenda Penton October 10, 2013 at 2:42 am ·

    My youngest will be a ninja and my oldest will be a ghoul

  55. Julie Bolduc October 10, 2013 at 4:46 am ·

    A zombie and someone from monster high

  56. Tammy Dalley October 10, 2013 at 9:49 am ·

    My boys are both going to be Ninjas

  57. Karla Sceviour October 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm ·

    My son is going to be a zombie!

  58. Haylie Langwald October 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm ·

    One is a superhero, not sure which yet, and the other is going to be a fairy.

  59. Dreena October 14, 2013 at 9:02 am ·

    My boy will be a vampire.
    Cheers.

  60. Lori Bazan October 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm ·

    My son is going out as a dinosaur!

  61. Mary I October 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm ·

    Had to put my foot down as my daughter wanted to go out as Miley Cyrus.

  62. Jonnie October 15, 2013 at 11:48 am ·

    My youngest son is being a skeleton this year and my oldest has decided he is too old to dress up or trick-or-treat!

  63. Lori B October 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm ·

    zombie

  64. Karine October 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm ·

    Wolverine haha

  65. Tina L. October 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm ·

    They haven’t decided yet!!!

  66. Tanis October 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm ·

    Piglet!

  67. Tom Ds October 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm ·

    Spiderman and a witch!

  68. michelle October 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm ·

    a vampire ghost who was in a toxic waste accident and now glows…. super fun to sew that one lol

  69. Lindsay Cyr October 18, 2013 at 11:59 am ·

    My daughter is going to be a purple butterfly, and my little guy who just turned one is going to be a little tiger!

  70. marie cat October 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm ·

    my daughter is going to be a strawberry

  71. Tara Gauthier October 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm ·

    Anakin for my son and Yoda for my daughter.

  72. maria October 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm ·

    Zombie Cheerleader

  73. Heidi C. October 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm ·

    One will be a geisha and the other Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.

  74. stacey dempsey October 21, 2013 at 5:05 am ·

    My kids are a little older now so it is mostly Halloween parties but I have a Mario ( her friend is luigi) I have a zombie and a mummy lol

  75. Kat E. October 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm ·

    Marie Antoinette, complete with scary neck wound (she’s old enough that it’s okay)

  76. nicolthepickle October 22, 2013 at 8:49 am ·

    a pumpkin… tres cute.

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