DIY (Not-So-Spooky) Haunted House Ideas

by Briana Marie
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If you’re looking for something a little scarier, I recommend checking out my DIY Haunted House post.

However, if you want to create a kid-friendly “haunted” house in your home or yard, this is the post for you. These Not-so-Scary Haunted House ideas will add a ton of fun to your Halloween without scaring the crap out of everyone, so let’s get to it.

DIY haunted house ideas for kids

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DIY Haunted House Ideas Appropriate for Kids

Setting the Scene

Your haunted house should have Halloween written all over it. And you don’t need to pull out all your creepiest props to pull this off. You can decorate your space with jack-o-lanterns, spider webs, friendly ghosts and more to set the scene. Here are some ideas below to help you out.

I also discovered some really cool props and Haunted House decorations on Amazon that would work perfectly for a kid-friendly Haunted House. You can check out a few of my favorite finds below.

halloween puppy inflatable
Halloween Puppy Inflatable
  • 5 feet long
  • Built-in lights
crashing witch halloween decor
Crashing Witch Decor
  • Hanging prop
halloween animatronic ghost
Animatronic Ghost
  • 35in
  • Battery operated
prank doorbell for halloween
Eyeball Doorbell
  • Requires 3 AAA Batteries (Not included)
spooky forest background
Spooky Forest Backdrop
  • 72.8 x 43.3 inch

Let’s Not Forget the Sound Effects

Okay. So instead of having bloodcurdling screams ringing through your house, you can add some fun Halloween music to add some excitement to the situation. You can even include some not-so-terrifying sound effects like witches laughing and wolves howling.

I usually just find some cool sound effects on YouTube to play on Halloween.

Have Fun With the Lighting

You can have a lot of fun with the lighting without freaking the kiddos out too bad. Here are a few recommendations:

Hopefully, these ideas helped spark some creativity so you can create the Ultimate Not-so-Spooky Haunted House. Feel free to share some of your own ideas in the comments


  • Briana Marie

    Briana Marie is a mental health and financial literacy advocate, and founder of Major League Mommy. In her spare time, Briana enjoys yoga, travel, and spending time with her Husband and two daughters.

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