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    If you want to enjoy the spookiness associated with Halloween and you intend on throwing a party, consider a haunted house theme Halloween party. The variety of decorations for creating a haunted house are readily abundant in stores at Halloween time. I you want to avoid a commercial-looking haunted house theme Halloween party, you can create simple do-it-yourself Halloween craft decor. Or you can do a little of both.


    Invitations to your haunted house theme Halloween party is the first hint that guests get about the theme of the party. A simple invitation idea is to photocopy a drawing of a haunted house. Trim off the excess paper by cutting along the outer edge of the drawing so the invitation will be in the shape of a haunted house. On the back of the cut out, write your invitation copy.


    Start decorating for your haunted house theme Halloween party with carved-out pumpkins. Get a dozen or so pumpkins, either real pumpkins or artificial carvable pumpkins, in varying sizes. Cut out faces of ghouls, skulls and screamers. Use small pumpkins as luminaries along walkways, on stairs, and in backyard party areas. Put several bunches of carved-out pumpkins in strategic locations. A group of ghouls create a more effective display than one. Use either candles or small flashlights to illuminate the carved out pumpkins.


    Another haunted house theme Halloween party decoration is a tombstone. Create a half dozen or so. To do so, cut tombstone shapes from styrofoam sheets, which can be found at art-supply stores and large party stores. Once the tombstones are cut, cover them with Fleck Stone spray paint. Use a broad tip black permanent marker to write humorous epitaphs. You can do dry-brushing with black paint to add weathered looks to the tombstones. Finally, add a clear acrylic topcoat. Use wooden bowls to stick the tombstones in the ground.


    And what would a haunted house theme Halloween party be without ghosts? You can add ghostly accents to the affair with old white pillowcases. Simply stuff the closed end of each case with newspapers, fabric, a rubber ball or a balloon. Tie below the stuffing to form a head. Use black tape or black permanent marker to add eyes. Hang the ghosts from tree branches, fences, or lampposts. You may need to provide some indirect lighting to make the ghosts visible.


    Don't forget spider webs in decorating for your haunted house theme Halloween party. Put spider webs everywhere. The more the room is covered with spider webs, the spookier it will look. Spread batches of spider webs throughout the venue on lamps, light fixtures, potted trees and so forth. Just make sure the spider webbing is decorative without interfering with sitting or walking. You can buy sacks of webbing, made especially for decorating at many drug stores, party supply stores and discount department stores during Halloween time.


    Add a coffin to your haunted house theme Halloween party. Create a homemade coffin from cardboard or plywood. Paint the cardboard or plywood black after crafting the coffin. You can also buy cardboard coffin-making kits from Hallmark stores at Halloween time. Once you have your coffins, you may want to fill them with something.


    How about a mummy? Use an inflatable doll or a mannequin and wrap it in toilet paper, if you don't mind spending a little extra money, use rolls of real gauze bandage. A headless body, skeleton or a skull with a few bones are other possibilities.


    To help create a dark, foreboding atmosphere for your haunted house theme Halloween party, consider tenting the party room. Use black, dark blue or purple colored cloth. To tent a room, attach the cloth to the ceiling in the center of the room and in the corners using pins, thumb tacks, or a staple gun. If available, a parachute from an army/navy surplus store will work perfectly. Alternatively, you can use one or two king-size bed sheets.


    Another option for decorating the ceiling for your haunted house theme Halloween party is bats. Creating bats is easy and cheap. Just cut them out of black construction paper, black flocked paper or black felt. Hang them in bunches in every corner that you can. To give the impression of bats flying into the room, try this idea. Hang small bats on small lengths of clear fishing line close to the wall. As you work your way out away from the wall, use progressively larger bats and longer lengths of clear fishing line. For added effect, hang two or three realistic artificial bats at the outer edge.


    Use these ideas to start setting the stage for your haunted house theme Halloween party. This Halloween party theme can be used for an older kid Halloween party or as adult Halloween party. It can even provide a familial group activity with everyone participating in creating and setting the decorations.


    Adapted from The Penny Whistle Halloween Book, by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar (Fireside)

    Additional Resources:

    1. ---.50 Boo-Tiful Full-Size Halloween Patterns And 100 Tricks For Using Them. Better Homes & Gardens, 2002.
    2. ---.Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. Martingale & Company, 2003.
    3. Lyons, Charlotte. Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. Andrews and McMeel, 1996.
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