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Here’s How To Make A SpOoOoOkY Haunted Playhouse For Kids

For everyone who's *DIY-ing* to make their own haunted house.

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Halloween is generally a blast for kids (free candy plus getting to dress like a superhero — what's not to love?) but if you want to take it to the next level, you could make this ~spooky~ haunted playhouse for the little ones in your life.

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It's incredibly easy to make using an inexpensive cardboard playhouse.

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The one we used is currently priced at $54.99 (though it was $46 when we bought it — pricing is weird!) but there are several similar options on Amazon, including one for $34.99 and one for $29.99.

Here’s how to make your own!

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Supplies:

• A cardboard playhouse

• Two quarts of flat gray or black interior paint

• A mini paint roller and tray

• A few bottles of acrylic craft paint and a few sponge brushes

• A hot glue gun

• Fun Halloween accessories (either buy from a craft store, or make them yourself using extra cardboard, construction paper, and/or cardstock)

• Optional: clear orange cellophane to cover the the windows (+ duct tape to apply it)

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Supplies:

• A cardboard playhouse

• Two quarts of flat gray or black interior paint

• A mini paint roller and tray

• A few bottles of acrylic craft paint and a few sponge brushes

• A hot glue gun

• Fun Halloween accessories (either buy from a craft store, or make them yourself using extra cardboard, construction paper, and/or cardstock)

• Optional: clear orange cellophane to cover the the windows (+ duct tape to apply it)

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Supplies:

• A cardboard playhouse

• Two quarts of flat gray or black interior paint

• A mini paint roller and tray

• A few bottles of acrylic craft paint and a few sponge brushes

• A hot glue gun

• Fun Halloween accessories (either buy from a craft store, or make them yourself using extra cardboard, construction paper, and/or cardstock)

• Optional: clear orange cellophane to cover the the windows (+ duct tape to apply it)

Instructions:

1. Assemble the playhouse according to the package directions. The one we used comes in five pieces and takes about 15 minutes to assemble. (It’s all very “insert tab A into slot B,” and one person can definitely do it alone.)

*A couple of notes: It can be helpful to lay a few heavy books down on the interior bottom flaps of the house to help the house keep its shape, especially in the first 24 hours or so. We also found it helpful to reinforce it in two spots (where the two large pieces that make up the base of the house come together) with a strip of hot glue. You could also use duct tape for this.

2. Apply the interior paint with a paint roller to the main areas of the house (the base and the roof). Let dry, then do a second coat. (PS We primed it first to be on the safe side, but it turned out to be a totally unnecessary step.)

3. If you want to make the trim, chimney, and/or door a different color, use sponge brushes to apply acrylic craft paint to those areas.

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4. If you’re covering the windows with cellophane, cut it to size and duct tape it on the inside of the windows.

5. Use hot glue (or duct tape) to attach accessories like bats, birds, ghosts, skulls, cobwebs, and whatever else suits you! Honestly, you could get pretty creative with the outside, and with the interior (add pillows, books, and blankets to make it a reading nook; make it a classic haunted house with bowls of peeled grapes and cold spaghetti; etc.)

It’s a graveyard smash!

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This is one of those projects that is so dang easy and requires basically no DIY skills — because if it looks kind of busted and ramshackle, well...that’s kind of the point of haunted houses, right?

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