Turn Your Garage Into a Haunted House
Halloween is around the corner. Make it an event for trick or treaters by turning your garage into a haunted house.
Your garage is the perfect backdrop for a haunted house or any other type of special occasion. The floor is easy to clean in the event of spills. You don’t have to worry about moving lots of furniture. And you can control the temperature by leaving the door open or closed. Once you park your vehicles elsewhere, your garage becomes a big, blank canvas for frightening fun.
Steps for Turning Your Garage into a Haunted House
There are some steps you need to take to make the inside of your garage spooktacular.
- Clean your garage. This is the perfect opportunity to clean and organize your garage. We’re big fans of fall cleaning and organizing. (Check out these blogs for tips: How to Organize Your Home Garage and Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Garage.) Fall cleaning, organizing and maintenance makes your garage look great. It also extends the life of your garage door. Plus, it is a lot easier to decorate when you don’t have to work around garbage and chaos.
- Blacken the walls. Haunted houses are dark and scary. Use black tarps, sheeting or sheets to cover the walls and any storage units or workbenches. An extra-long roll of plastic tablecloth would work great.
- Create some scary spots. One of the best things about haunted houses is not knowing what’s around the corner. Since garages are essentially big rectangles, you’ll need to create the illusion of a maze. Plywood, room separators and curtains can all guide your guests to spots where you can give them a scare.
- Bring terror from above. Hang some scary monsters (spiders, witches, ghosts, ghouls, etc.) from the ceiling of your garage to give your guests a fright. Be careful not to obstruct your garage door or the rails. Use eyehooks and heavy-duty fishing line to make it seem like the monsters are flying above your guests.
- Set a freaky mood. Black lights, strobe lights and using minimal light can really set the mood of a haunted house. Black and strobe lights will cast a scary glow. Turning off the rest of the lights will create lots of dark, scary spots. Add a fog machine and your garage will transform into the haunted house of your nightmares.
- Recruit some scarers. Recruit some friends and family to hide in the dark corners you created and scare your guests. Ask them to dress up as their favorite horror movie character. Keep it scary but fun, especially for little trick or treaters.
- Decorate outside. Don’t forget to decorate the outside of your garage as well. This is the perfect spot to set up some tables and chairs and your candy dish. String up some lights to give your guests a bright spot to collect themselves after they receive a fright from your haunted house.
If your garage is scary year-round, it might be time for a new garage door. Garage doors that squeak, squeal, and scream every time they open and close are telling you they’re wearing out. The scariest thing in the world is having a garage door that won’t open or close when you need it to. Call us and we can take a look at your garage door, diagnose any problems and suggest possible replacements. Happy Halloween!