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Your residential garage is the trick this year for all things ghoulish and ghostly. Forget the walkway, front yard and entry door-kids expect haunts and creepers in those old stand-bys. If you really want to shake things up this year and score the title of the scariest house on the block, it’s all about the garage. Whether you want to spook up your garage for a party or invite trick-or-treaters to walk through it, the garage is already featured in horror movies and is notorious for housing spiders. It’s just asking for a macabre makeover. Also, you might want to rely on sites like, where you can have countless options for horror movies and by which you could gain inspiration to make it spookier.

Once the ideas are sorted out, you can begin with the boring stuff first: With stranger danger and urban legends about razor blades hidden in trick-or-treat candy (not true-not even once), maybe redecorating the interiors with cool wallpapers, and more. Inviting the neighborhood kids to walk through an actual haunted house isn’t safe for you, and you likely won’t get many takers. A garage, on the other hand, is relatively “open” to the outside and a lot more comfortable for you and guests alike.

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Start by keeping the garage door locked in an open position and covering it with an opaque cloth. Test the sensors many times before Halloween to ensure no glitches will happen or that little ones won’t be hurt by a faulty sensor. Make sure the door leading to the house is locked so nobody wanders inside. For this to work, you will need to clear out the garage as much as possible. If your garage is full of junk and clutter, as is the case with most garages, perhaps this would be a good time to look into clearing it out properly. Whatever is inside could be thrown away or recycled, sold or given to charity, or put into storage. You can find storage unit prices on Cover anything that has to stay or that you can’t move, like shelving, with a black cloth, and make sure there are zero tripping hazards. Also, keep in mind that anything of value that’s easy to grab ‘n’ go should be locked inside-or else the trick might be on you.

Offer just enough light so that people of all ages can make their way through the mapped-out Ghastly Garage. Be wary of strobe lights (they can cause epileptic seizures) and instead choose dim lighting. A fantastic option is neon lighting, this glowing light form will offer the ghostly orange glow you are looking for, whilst emitting just enough light for your guests. Check out some fantastic options here at Also glowing arrows on the floor help direct traffic. An easy and fun idea is to set up tables where guests feel gross things like “eyeballs” (grapes) or “intestines” (cold noodles). If you’re feeling particularly generous, you can make it so each “correct” guess, whether it’s a brain or a severed finger, garners a mini treat from you.

Leave Room for a Sequel

Safety should be your first priority. If you think things might get too busy, assign someone to only let in a certain amount of people at a time (dressed to kill, of course). Remember fog machines can cause issues for those with asthma, lung issues or allergies. However, the biggest horrific cliffhanger is to have fun. And remember: A good scare when exiting the garage puts the wee in Halloween-hopefully in a girlish scream and not in a puddle on the garage floor.

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