Building a Spooky Halloween House


For some reason, my children are really into Halloween. I mean, REALLY into it. They LOVE to decorate for it, they love to talk about it, they love to plan for it. Last year, I was at work one day and I left my husband the job of taking the kids to Michaels Craft Store to spend no more than $7 (our budget at the time) on Halloween decorations and then to come home and decorate with them. So, off they went and when I came home, our house looked fun. Yes, I said it, fun. It had personality for sure. I walked in the door and they were so proud of themselves. They had spread that fake cobweb stuff all over the bushes, put out a styrofoam gravestone, hung a “Danger” sign on the door, and had gotten 3 pumpkin stakes for our flower bed. Not bad for seven bucks!

This year, naturally, they wanted to do it all over again. We put out the decorations that they had gotten the year before and they were excited all over again, until they realized that this was it. We didn’t have plans of going back out to the store and getting more. Then they got bummed, and what else would they do but tell their Nanny (my mom) that they wanted more Halloween decorations.

Of course, Nanny and Pop-pop came to the rescue. They came over last week and brought with them a dozen large boxes of random shapes and sizes that they had spray-painted black. Apparently, they were making a Halloween House for the front porch. It had been discussed between the elders and the young‘uns and it was decided with no room for negotiation.

While G was at school, C got to work building a bunch of accessories for this house. She made pumpkins, ghosts, all kinds of decorations. After G got home, they got started. There were a few more boxes to spray paint, so Pop-pop got started too.

He had pre-cut holes in the boxes for the windows and so now they needed to be filled. C got out her construction paper and drew lines, then used a glue stick to stick them to the boxes. She picked what she thinks are super spooky colors, yellow, green, and orange.

We moved all of the boxes out to the front porch where our Halloween House would live. We are lucky, our porch is covered. I am not so sure that the Halloween House would survive well in an open air environment. Anyway, the next step was to use a hot glue gun to attach the boxes in the configuration they wanted. We should have had H help with this part – he is just starting to build towers. How do you get the hot glue gun to work on the porch? Get creative. We used our extension cord that we usually use for our weed whacker. ***Here is my disclosure that my dad is quite the perfectionist and so our house ended up pretty much perfect, but it doesn’t have to.

Once our house was built it was time to decorate. C added all of her decorations that she had worked so hard on this morning and G did the same. They put on Halloween confetti (yay for doing this outside!), then we added some of that cobweb stuff and some rocks for our Halloween House’s front porch.

I must say that when my parents walked through the door with 12 black boxes after I had just cleaned off my dining room table for the first time in months, I was less than amused. BUT it turned out to be a GREAT activity for them to do together AND it made for one ROCKIN’ Halloween decoration! Plus some quality time with the kids’ grandparents, doing something creative and fun while making new memories.

Now all you have to do is save and reuse all of those boxes!

Stay-tuned for our Gingerbread House around Christmas time…the kids have already started planning!

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Love this! And I love that it is fun but not scary.
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