It’s that time of year, when the ghosties, ghoulies, and things that go bump in the night come out to play! I thought we should honor the hallowed Halloween season with a good old-fashioned haunted house. It has to be dark, brooding, and full of Victorian over-abundance, right? Good, I’m glad we all agree! I kept the jack-o-lanterns and ghosts out of the illustration so you can also use this house way past Halloween.
Haunted Houses are such an iconic part of the Halloween spirit that I wish my neighborhood had an old empty house that we could all gossip about. It would have to be the one on a hill, abandoned years ago (maybe during the housing recession, ha!), with a couple of broken windows, a sagging porch, and a big weedy lawn out front. The kind of house the kids bike past at high speed, while swearing later they saw something move in the window.
Of course, for most of us, we experience “real” haunted houses in one of two ways: movies and theme park-esque setups. Though you can talk about all the classic horror films, as a mom I’m a bigger fan of movies like Monster House and Beetlejuice. Both movies have fantastical, over-the-top, amazing examples of haunted houses. I wonder if anyone has created a haunted house for kids—because that’s probably the only way you’ll ever get me inside of one!
Printable House Instructions:
- Download and print.
- Cut out your house along its edges.
- Fold all of the creases before getting out the glue.
- Then, with a glue stick, glue a couple tabs at a time, assembling as you go. Start at the inside corner of the house and work towards the final side tab.
- Make sure you also glue the cupola (back to back) at the top of the house to help hold the roof together.