Home Spooky Home – Haunted Playhouse DIY


Hello my name is Jennifer and I love Halloween.  I love it so much I turn into that annoying person that goes completely overkill with baking, décor, and parties every October. I love taking Halloween to the next level, and I love taking my kids along for the ride.


I have been eyeballing some spooky playhouse projects on Pinterest all summer.  I’m not saying I came up with the original idea of spray-painting an old playhouse to transform it into a spooky house—but I am saying that I added a few new funky spins on this Halloween classic I am pretty smitten with. Oh yeah, and the mini Halloween lovers in my house love it, too.


I found our playhouse on Craigslist for $60. Needless to say, you will need a truck to pick it up.  You might already have one that you can breathe new spooky life and interest into.  Also, a cardboard box can easily be converted into something fun.  Just check out the log cabin I made for my kid’s lumberjack party.


Decide on a color theme. (Black was an obvious choice for Halloween.) You will need spray paint specific for plastic.  If you don’t want to paint your house consider maybe covering it with a tarp, sheet, fabric or LOTS of faux cobwebs.


Tape off the areas you do not want to paint, and get your Banksy on. After the black paint had dried, I went back in with house paint and did the windows and the door orange.  Just as a side note craft paint does not work so well on plastic playhouses.  You need something with a little more ‘oomph’ or you might sand the playhouse first.


Don’t forget the inside of the house! I painted the inside with chalkboard paint.  I used Plaid brand and it was super easy.  I applied two coats, let sit 24 hours and then covered with chalk to condition.


This paint is super easy to use, and the kids loved adding details to the inside (and outside) of the house.


I wanted to set the yard up around the house, so I threw in some plastic pumpkins, a small chair, and a throw pillow. The roof and neighboring trees were draped with spiderwebs.  Ahhh home spooky home.


At my annual Halloween party I saw almost every child in that house.  Photo by Jennifer Ramos.


Needless to say, it was a big hit. I’m already thinking of painting it into a gingerbread house for Christmas!  This post originally appeared on BlogHer.

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