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7 Ways to Make a Truly Spooky Haunted House on a Budget

It happens every Halloween in just about every neighborhood in the country: someone on your street creates an extravagant, over-the-top, special-effect laden haunted house that ends up the talk of the block for the next 12 months.

Think that can’t be your house this year because you might not have the budget for it? Think again. Today’s blog, dedicated to Halloween (one of our favorite holidays!) will offer you seven tips on how to make a haunted house on a budget – one that will truly terrify and delight both the young and the young at heart.

1) Make darkness your friend

Sure, some fancy special-effects can be creepy. You know what else is? – The dark. Use lights sparingly and sporadically, alternatively plunging your visitors in bright light, shaded light (use candles!), and – of course – complete darkness.

2) Your second-best haunted house friend? Creepy noises

Heartbeats, music, heavy breathing, even silence, can create the perfect atmosphere for scares – at a fraction of the cost of expensive visual special-effects.

3) Create easy-to-make homemade decorations

You don’t have to spend a fortune on pricey Halloween decorations. There are all sorts of do-it-yourself materials such as cotton, wax, paper Mache, and straw – to name just a few – that can be turned into extremely creepy objects.

4) Consider dry ice and/or a fog machine

An instantly spooky setting can be created with either dry ice or a fog machine, both of which can be used on Halloween at low-cost.

5) Purchase glow-in-the-dark paint

Another worthy tip is to find glow-in-the-dark paint at your neighborhood craft stores. They’ll cost a bit more than regular paint, but it’s worth it!

6) Get creative – and ‘bloody’ – baking

There are dozens of cheap, easy-to-make, and fabulously freaky online recipes for baked goods and other food items like ‘bloody fingers’, ‘gross’ cupcakes, ‘witches brew’, and much more.

7) Don’t be afraid… to ask for help

Our last but certainly not least tip is to enlist all the help you can in making your haunted house. Need people to dress up as zombies or pop out of doorways? Looking for a child or two to act naughty by feigning a hunchback or speaking in a creepy whisper? Come on – is there a BETTER time for friends or neighbors to be silly and fun than Halloween? – We certainly don’t think so. All you need to do is ask!


We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of tips to make a truly spooky haunted house on a budget, and we wish you a very happy and safe ‘Hallows’ Eve’! As always, one thing you do not have to be afraid of is calling J.G. Wentworth, the nationwide leader in purchasing structured settlement or annuity payments for cash. You are only minutes away from hearing a free, no-obligation quote for your future settlement payments, so please feel free to call us anytime at 877-227-4713 – even when the clock strikes midnight!