With all memory of the summer months already fading into the distance, and the weather suddenly dropping in temperature, that can only mean one thing – Halloween is right around the corner.
The time of the year for ghosts, ghouls and eating far too many sweets, Halloween is a firm favourite for many children across the globe. So, why not get in the spirit of things – pun intended – by organising your home’s garage into a haunted wonderland?
With only a couple of low-cost changes, you can take the scariness of your garage up a few levels and keep your kids thoroughly entertained at the same time.
Listed below are a few ideas to get you started.
- Think About The Backdrop
OK, first things first, you’re going to need to make the backdrop as creepy as possible. This, after all, will set the entire theme of the Halloween experience.
Whether you’re looking to recreate your favourite scary movie or simply utilise the best of the Halloween stereotypes, there are a number of ways to create a creepy vibe.
Darkness can be your ally too, so any areas where you can’t think of an idea to cover it up, use black tarps or fabrics to keep it out of sight and create an eerie, pitch-black backdrop.
Don’t make it too dark though, otherwise you could increase the risk of a potential garage injury.
- Create a Spooky Entrance
Your creepy Halloween-themed garage needs to look the part and set a good first impression. Therefore, making sure both the entrance and garage door are spooky enough is vital.
While the interior of your garage is obviously important to think about, you want the entrance to set the vibe and make guests feel creeped out before they’ve even set foot in it.
To do exactly that, place tiki torches all along the sides of your driveway to create a fiery, flickering entrance. Then, add lights on the ground near trees and bushes behind small mummy or zombie figurines to cast large shadows and give passers-by an ominous feeling.
- Build A Mini Maze
Rather than getting your guests to do the usual trick-or-treating, why not add to the suspense and make them work for their candy?
By creating a maze using a combination of black drapes, eye hooks and fishing lines, as well as stacked boxes to build the walls, you can then set kids up for the ultimate surprises as they try to navigate their way around.
For example, you could have people dressed up ready to jump out and scare them at set intervals. Or, you could set your lights on a timer so they go out midway through the maze.
- Hang Scary Decorations
No Halloween-themed garage set up would be complete without a few appropriate decorations hanging around everywhere.
Whether it be a DIY corpse, a ghost, a bat, a skeleton or a spider egg sac, use fishing wire to make these decorations look invisible in the dark and as if they’re actually floating.
- Create A Themed Escape Room
Turn your Halloween-themed set up into a fun game for everyone by designing and utilising it as an escape room.
Once you’ve got all your guests inside, lock them in by shutting the garage door behind them. A slowly closing automated garage door would really add to the fear factor…
Then, dot a few clues around the place – as well as a flashlight or two – to help them work out how to escape from the nightmare scenario they find themselves in. You could even go one step further, adding themed actors and creepy effects to really add to the suspense.
So, there you have it – some of the best ways to turn your garage from monotonous to monstrous.
While it may only be for one day of the year, the memories it will help create will stay with you and your kids for a lifetime. So, why not have a little fun?
Just try not to make it too creepy. The last thing you want, after all, is for you and your kids to become afraid of your own garage!
Here at Wessex Garage Doors, we are experts in the maintenance, repair and installation of a wide range of garage doors. There’s nothing horrifying about our service either – we offer a professional service to every client we work with. Contact us today for further information.