Not-so-Scary Haunted House

September 21, 2022

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Two years ago I turned my house into a not-so-scary Haunted House and I’ve never looked back! Here, I will tell you exactly how to recreate this look at your own home. Our idea actually landed our home in the 2022 Better Homes & Gardens Magazine issue for Halloween. How amazing is that?! Talk about a bucket list moment.

Not-so-scary Haunted House
Our not-so-scary Haunted House

Why I love Halloween (and Haunted Houses)

If you didn’t know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I have wonderful childhood memories associated with Halloween. Giving my children those same memories and carrying on that tradition for our family is the reason that I do all that I do for the holidays.

Last year around this very time, my family and I were really struggling. Beginning in September 2021, we lost the very person who gave us our love of Halloween. In the following two months, (October and November) we lost her Husband and then my Sister. Looking back, I feel like I was on autopilot for the last part of 2021. I lost the very people who made my childhood memories of Halloween so special. This year, I’m back and the tradition just means more than ever now.

Spooky Costumes
The Addams Family 😉

How to Start on Your Haunted House

You may not think about things like weather and humidity, but they make a huge difference. Initially, I tried to hang my wooden boards with command strips and other various sticky options, but I live in the South where humidity is very real. {I am in beautiful South Carolina if you didn’t know.} You may be able to attach your boards using only command strips if your climate allows, making this project even easier!

I wish I had the option Shannon (@livingwithlady) has as she was able to recreate this look using only command strips. She lives in Washington State and as you can see, they are fully exposed to her climate. Ah, I just love it!!

A pretty not-so-scary Haunted House

Alternate Ways to Create a Grid Look

Since I couldn’t use command strips to hang my boards, I came up with the idea to create a grid that would “disappear” when hung over the windows. For the grid we used lattice moulding. We took the measurements from my windows to create a grid that is the exact same measurements. If I recall correctly, it took three eight foot lattice strips per window (my windows are pretty tall). We assembled the grids and then the boards from the wall panel to the grid using only a staple gun. In the end it was very easy!

Back of the Boarded Grids with the staples in them
Close up of the boards.

Next, you’ll need lightweight boards.

To create that boarded up look, I used one of these Barnboard Wall Panels and cut it into individual strips to look like boards. You can use your imagination here and use vinyl plank flooring, foam (paint it to look like wood), etc. I chose to use the wall panel because it gave me several boards for minimal cost while still being light and easy to work with. I had my sweet Daddy cut the wall panel into 20 individual pieces for me {thank you Dad!}. For my project, I was only covering the windows on the front of my house and one panel was enough for this. I have four six foot windows on the porch and one small, upstairs window that I boarded up.

How I Hang Boards to complete a not-so-scary Haunted House

To hang, I screwed a single screw into the top of my window trim outside {which is what I use each year to hang them.} I also use this same screw to hang my Christmas wreaths. I painted the head of the screw the same color as my exterior paint color to make it look nicer. You don’t notice it there unless you’re really looking for it.

For some extra stability, I also wrap the center board of the lattice grid with string and pull to the inside of my window.

You can also watch how I do this here if you need a better visual.

not-so-scary Haunted House tips

Since sharing this a few years ago, I’ve seen it recreated several times and it brings me so much joy to be able to share my wild ideas with you. Make sure to tag me on Instagram if you decide to create your own spooky house! I love to see it!

Happy Haunting friends.



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  1. Katye Mutter says:

    Great idea!!! I love this! Your home is so beautiful 😍