Our friend Eunice Moyle (from Hello Lucky) is one of the most creative people we know. (Did you see this ticket booth she built last year??) Today she’s sharing the photos and details from the Haunted House she designed for her kids’ school. It’s totally inspiring (and pretty spooky)! Make sure you click through for all the photos and her details below…
Haunted House by Eunice Moyle
To say I love Halloween is pretty much the understatement of the year, so this year, when my son’s school asked me to put together a haunted house for the kids, we jumped at the chance to get our tempera paints out and our crafting on.
The house had to work for ages 3 – 8 so we took our inspiration from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are – the overall look was fun and graphic.
The budget was zero or close to it and we had less than a month to pull it off. The entire thing was created after scavenging for cardboard boxes and collecting butcher paper, tempera paint, and crafting supplies from around the house.
It was a hit!
We loaded the kids up on a boat we made out of a luggage trolley and cardboard and steered them into the storm. With the help of a strobe light and thundering soundtrack, their imaginations ran wild in our cloudy sea scene.
With the help of a disco ball (I knew that would come in handy again!), UV lights, crêpe paper, papier mâché, and cellophane, the kids were transported under sea.
The creepy jungle was crafted with green butcher paper, easy vines made from twisted brown wrap, more leaves and a handy stapler, and decorated with a few glowing moths cut on our Cameo Silhouette.
For the cave, we scattered creepy crawlies and an articulated skeleton cut from cardboard, and lots of cobwebs. The kids were scared out of the cave through a monster doorway. Pro tip: crumple brown paper wrap, bloused out and stapled, creates a fast and easy rocky effect.
The interactive monsters were the next step, and made possible with these great mask patterns. We blew them up 250%, cut them out of cardboard and decorated them with tempera paints. They really took our rather lacking store-bought Cookie Monster and Abominable Snowman costumes to the next level: terrifying monster posse!
Photos by Eunice Moyle