How to Host a Haunted House

How to Host a Haunted House

Throw a spooky haunted house party for neighbourhood boo-oys and ghouls with our tips.

By: Adam Easterling

It's Halloween again, and you want to host a spook-tacular haunted house for your kids and their friends. It's time to turn your mild-mannered manor into a den of terrifying treachery.

Now, you might think a party like this might be difficult to throw. But fear not — it's easier than you think. Let's scare up some helpful tips to an enjoyable Halloween haunted house party. 

Any haunted house needs to look the part, inside and out. Decorative monsters and creepy cobwebs should line the windows and walls, while witches and skeletons will lurk at every shadowy turn, ready to provide frightening fun!

For the yard: Foam tombstones should do the trick and can even be made at home on the cheap with some paint and imagination. Place a homemade scarecrow outside to keep watch and add a scary touch to the proceedings. Lots, and I mean lots, of cobwebs (found at any party store) should cover bushes, lamp posts, mailboxes and other outdoor objects in need of a haunting hand. Oh, and don't forget the jack o' lanterns! 

For the house: Remember the cobwebs? They work inside on doorways, mirrors, staircases and just about anything else you can think of. Rubber bats strung from light fixtures, old sheets over the furniture and balloons with ghost faces on the walls work well to cast a spooky vibe. Your ghoulish imagination is the only limit when it comes to setting the mood. 

Your Halloween party should have some fun games and activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • Have some white streamers or Charmin toilet paper ready for a mummy wrap race! Time guests as they compete to wrap each other in streamers to make their best mummy.
  • A pumpkin piñata is always a crowd pleaser.
  • Bobbing for apples never goes out of style.
  • Peel some grapes, mash up some cold spaghetti, and whip up some gelatine to pass around in bowls while blindfolded partygoers guess which ghastly object is oozing through their hands. 

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Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you have to load up on candy! For instance, arrange some carrot sticks submerged in vegetable dip to look like a spooky hand, trying to keep you from stealing a bite!

For wholesome ghost-sicles peel a banana and slice it in half horizontally. Add two chocolate chips for eyes and stick a toothpick into the bottom of each half and place them in the freezer. These frosty snacks are a simple way to satisfy their sweet tooth (or fang)! Homemade candy is another crowd-pleasing idea for your spooky party.

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