Scary Halloween Graveyard

With fall in full swing and Halloween drawing near, a lot of yards are getting spookier and spookier! Charlotte Smith of At Charlotte’s House transformed her yard (playhouse included) into a ghostly graveyard that’s sure to send a shiver up anyone’s spine. With some holiday decor help from The Home Depot, Charlotte was able to take her space from scenic to scary.

It’s virtually impossible not to embrace Halloween when you scroll through this season’s Halloween decor on HomeDepot.com. Without even leaving my living room, I was able to dream up the spookiest, most eerie Halloween scene ever. Filled with skeletons, gravediggers and so much more. The theme of our Halloween this year is a graveyard. The springboard was Wally the Gravedigger and the playhouse my son and I built together. We have plans to transform it into a haunted moonlight tomb. Think we can do it? Keep reading to find out!

Wally the 6-Foot Gravedigger

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Wally is 6 ft tall, waves his lantern in the air and actually moves his mouth as he regales you with his eerie words. I don’t know that you can see in photos, but the details are pretty absurd, even his hat has little sweat stains on it! Once we had Wally set up, the rest of the scene kind of fell into place.

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Wally’s faithful skeleton dog sits at his feet surveying the scene. If he sees anything awry, his eyes glow fiery red and he’ll let out a bark! He’s also fully posable so set him up anyway you like.

Making the Graveyard Foggy

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Scary Halloween Graveyard

An ideal graveyard is foggy with the moonlight shining through to illuminate the tombstones. So I needed some fog. The fog machine would have worked all on it’s own, but why not take it up a notch and attach it to this wretched reaper. The reaper moves side to side so the fog goes everywhere!

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Scary Halloween Graveyard

DIY Gnarled Hands

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Also, I used the plastic sheets to create dirty windows with gnarled hands scratching to get out! Then I traced my hand onto a piece of paper and spray painted it black. 

Scary Halloween Graveyard

I used a piece of masking tape to mark off the outline of the window so I knew where to adhere the hands. For this I was hoping just to use spray adhesive, but it didn’t work so well. I ended up using clear packing tape which was an even better solution since it essentially weather-proofed the hands.

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Then I used my staple gun to attach the plastic sheets onto the inside of the window.

Add Spooky Decor

Scary Halloween Graveyard

My kids love the Victorian reaper – they call him the hawk. He’s hiding in the shadows of the tomb ready to welcome new souls into his lair. There’s a strobe light flashing inside the house giving the reaper an even more sinister feel. If the groping zombie hands weren’t ominous enough.

Scary Halloween Graveyard

A string of lanterns helps illuminate the gravesite and the flickering bulb looks just like a flame. Such a great All Hallows Eve detail!

Scary Halloween Graveyard

Rats. The shed turned mausoleum needed some rats scurrying all along the outside. Also danger tape — isn’t that the most simple, perfect little detail? I hammered tiny brad nails into the side of the playhouse and then just wrapped some wire around a leg of the rat to hang them on the wall. I secured the tape with staples.

Giant Skeleton Superstar

Scary Halloween Graveyard

I’ve buried the lead because the star of this show stands at a whopping 12 ft and looks down with moving LED eyes to oversee his graveyard. If you can’t get into the Halloween spirit with a giant standing skeleton, then when can you? My 9-year-old helped me assemble this guy (box recommends two or three people, but it was super easy). The bones are made of light-weight plastic reinforced with metal rods. Once you’ve assembled the hips, you rest the skeleton on the packing box to connect the rib cage, arms and skull. A wire keeps the figure standing tall and a sturdy metal base secures into the ground. And did I mention his eyes light up and move back and forth and blink? Needless to say, we couldn’t be happier with this giant guy. Easy to assemble and so cool. I’m already planning where he’ll go next year!

Scary Halloween Graveyard

I keep going outside and finding the kids sneaking into the playhouse to move the Victorian reaper around or to cuddle the skeleton dog. They ask me to turn on the smoke every night and you can see the giant skeleton from the other side of the yard. Needless to say, we love our gravesite and I don’t think I’ve ever been so pleased with the animatronic grave digger that we’ve named Wally.

Scary Halloween Graveyard

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Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Halloween is spooky enough on it’s own. However, when you add a ghostly graveyard filled with tombstones, skeletons, and smoke, it ups the eerie factor. Jessie Ecker of Eye in the Detail shared how she turned her front yard into a sinister cemetery for The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge and how you can too with a little help from The Home Depot’s Halloween decor.

This is my second year participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. I was beyond excited when I was asked to participate again this year! Last year, I did a Pirate Themed Halloween. So, I couldn’t wait to hear what my theme would be this year.

Design Ideas

First up, I always try to design my space and get all of my ideas going. This year my theme for the Halloween Style Challenge was “cemetery,” so I started brainstorming right away. I participated in this year’s virtual Halloween showcase to see The Home Depot’s decor options. Once I saw all of the products that were coming out, my ideas really started to fall in order. My front yard has a white picket fence that I knew would be perfect for a cemetery space. So, I started with that and ran with it.

Let’s Do Some Shopping

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

This year shopping looked so different. Instead of in-store shopping, I did most of my ordering and selecting online. A few items really stood out to me this year. My kids wanted to help and selected all of their favorite items to make our space so spooky and fun.

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

We ended up getting so many amazing things. The big winner this year was the giant skeleton. The box says that it’s 12 ft, but seriously there is no way to prepare yourself for how big this guy is! So many cars in my neighborhood stop to see when they drive by. We also got a mausoleum, a haunted hearse, baby doll heads, a skeleton pony, and graveyard tombstones.

DIY Ghosts

I always love adding some DIYs to my Halloween decor. I wanted to make something different this year so I made chicken wire ghosts. The only supplies I needed to make these were chicken wire, wire clippers, glow in the dark spray paint, firm grip gloves and a mannequin.

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

I started with the 2-foot chicken wire and wrapped it around the mannequin. I used the wire that wrapped it all together to tie the back pieces together and I made a corset for the top piece.

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Then I cut the 4-foot chicken wire into strips. I used three strips per ghost. I folded the wire like an accordion, then I twisted the top cut pieces around the bottom part of the skirt.

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

I made three of the ghosts the exact way I would make a dress, but with wire. Who would have thought? Once they were all assembled I spray painted them with glow in the dark spray paint in hopes they would be seen in the dark as floating ghosts.

Styling My Cemetery

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

My favorite part is always putting everything together. It is where the real magic happens! Once I had all of my big items into place, I brought in the extra details. I added pallets to all the tombstones and stuck bones and skeletons inside so it looked like they were coming out of them. On the fence, I added little baby doll heads to each pike, which ended up being the perfect addition to the fence. I hung all of my ghosts in the trees with wire and wooden dowels across several branches. I used spider webbing to add an extra element of spookiness. Everything came together so well!

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

While styling the space, I had the best idea to add trick-or-treat bags to the other side of the fence. This year things are obviously so different, but this way no one has to come in contact with anyone. The kids can check out the yard, grab their bag and go. Trick-or-treat from 6 ft, I think it’s going to work so perfectly!

Final Reveal

So here it is, my final Cemetery Themed Halloween Style Challenge. I had the best time making this space. I always win brownie points with my kids as well for going all out for Halloween. We had such a fun time!

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Creating A Ghostly Graveyard For Halloween

Special thanks to The Home Depot for inviting me to participate in the 2020 Halloween Style Challenge. I had an incredible time styling, DIY-ing and making my kids’ dream Halloween yard. It was a lot of hard work, but the end result was absolutely worth it!  I am beyond grateful for this incredible opportunity. To see more on this project head over to my blog at Eye in the Detail.  You can also follow along with all my projects by following me on Instagram.

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Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

When it’s finally the time of year for Halloween, everyone loves to decorate their home to celebrate. Christina Brooks of Bee Tree Design Co was able to show off her family’s spooky side, participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With help from The Home Depot’s decor, she was able to try something different and celebrate this Halloween season. A cemetery front porch filled with reapers and skeletons.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! So when The Home Depot invited me to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge, I was thrilled but also scared. I usually stick to a particular theme for Halloween. But this year, The Home Depot pushed me out of my comfort zone and tasked me to decorate with a cemetery theme. I’m so glad they challenged me to try something different! It was so much fun to combine our usual theme of spiders with this years theme: cemetery.

Planning and Shopping

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

I decided to shop online this year and The Home Depot’s website made it easy and fun! The Halloween portion of their website is separated into different themes. This makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. I enlisted my husband’s help to shop and the second he saw giant skeleton, I knew it was getting added to my cart. We ended up planning our entire front porch design around it. Thankfully, The Home Depot had everything we needed for our design in one place. From the wreath, to the welcome mat, to the wood for our DIY trick or treat sign, it was so convenient to get everything we needed in one spot.

DIY Trick Or Treat Sign

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

I always have a welcome sign on my front porch. But for Halloween, I like to switch it up a little. This year, as a nod to the cemetery theme, I decided to make a coffin shaped trick or treat sign. Check out this how-to guide on The Home Depot’s website to see how I did it!

Decorating the Front Door

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

I attached the spider web to the door using a staple gun, but you could use a stapler or heavy duty tape. I dressed it up with a spooky skeleton wreath and added cardboard strips with the words “keep out” painted on them to mimic wood boards and even painted on some fake bolts to make it more realistic.

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

Building upon the spiders on the wreath, I added a spider and a web above the door and attached them using a hot glue gun. I layered a posable skeleton with the wood sign and since its arms and legs move, I was able to position it hugging the coffin sign to add to the fun factor. Layered outdoor door mats help create a welcoming entryway.

Adding Animatronics

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

To intensify to the spooky cemetery feel, I added a cemetery statue to the right side of the porch. Since he’s animated, he’s sure to delight all of the trick or treaters when he comes to life as they knock on the door.

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

Last but not least, I included an animated reaper at the entrance to the front porch to up the spooky factor. Having two animated characters is sure to delight all of the trick-or-treaters this year!

The Full Reveal

Creating a Spooky Cemetery Front Porch for Halloween

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Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeletons Style

Spooky season is in full effect, quarantine style. Stacey-Ann Blake of Design Addict Mom decided to celebrate Halloween a little differently this year by styling her front “grave” yard. This not only keeps the kids entertained while socially distancing, but it adds “life” to the neighborhood. See how she styled her yard below.

Is Halloween canceled this year? Are we celebrating Halloween this year? Are we going trick or treating this year? Those are the questions my 11- and 8-year old kiddos have been asking. Who would have thought social distancing recommendations that first came about in March would still be in effect several months later? This pandemic has dramatically changed our lifestyle including how we celebrate occasions like Halloween, but Halloween is certainly not canceled. We’ll have to take extra precautions to make sure Halloween is safe, but I say this is an opportunity to have fun and go all out with your decorations. This is an opportunity to build a spirit of community in your neighborhood and to give the children something to look at even from a distance.

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

In fact, I even went out of my comfort zone this year when decorating for Halloween. I was able to partner with The Home Depot (and they have everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween) to bring that spirit of community to my neighborhood – Zombies and Skeletons style. Now if you know me, I usually stick to the not so spooky side when decorating for Halloween. However, this year, I went to the spooky side and actually had fun decorating with my new spooky friends. I’m so excited to share all my spooky friends with you.

Mr. Night King

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

Any Game of Thrones fans out there? I’ve dubbed the star of this Halloween show, this 12 ft skeleton; Mr. Night King. It reminds me of the Night King, the leader of the White Walkers in the Game of Thrones. This skeleton stands at an impressive 12 ft and with animated LCD eyes that appear blue when lit, one can easily feel like they are staring into those icy blue eyes of the Night King from the Game of Thrones. He is sure to get the neighbors talking or running away. Either way, Mr. Night King will undoubtedly be the center of attention. 

The Gentle Giant

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

Though standing at a whopping 12 ft like Mr. Night King above, I’ve dubbed this Victorian Reaper – The Gentle Giant. Not nearly as creepy as Mr. Night King but certainly eye catching and will hold its own in this Halloween show. The flickering light show projection will be sure to dazzle at night.

Bag of Three Realistic Skulls

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

These skulls add an almost humorous touch to the Halloween set up. It’s only natural to find skulls in a sandbox with a set up like this, right?

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

Why not just nonchalantly pose with a skull on your knee-that is probably what skeletons do?

Light It Up Purple

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

These purple lights are perfect! I really love the generous length because it means less cords to work with and the lights covered a big area of the yard. The ambient light and glow from the lights when it’s dark is beautiful. Passersby are in for a delightful, spooktacular treat. The Home Depot has everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween.

Pose and Stay Skeletons

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

These 5 ft Posable Skeletons played the part of white walkers and are Mr. Night King’s followers. As you can tell, they were having lots of fun hanging out in the yard and were a great addition to this Zombies and Skeletons theme.

Full Reveal

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

Celebrating Halloween with Zombies and Skeltons Style

I hope you got some amazing ideas for decorating for Halloween this year. The Home Depot has everything to make your spookiest ideas come alive. Remember, be safe and have fun.

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Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Watch your step when you walk through this eerie graveyard! Jodi Bond of House on a Sugar Hill transformed her walkway and front yard into a graveyard display. This would make anyone’s hair rise thanks to decor from The Home Depot.

Nestled beneath mature oak trees, yet set high on a hill, our home is – how shall I say? Oozing with haunted vibes. For Halloween this year I felt it was only appropriate to turn our front walk, and the adjoining front yard, into a haunted graveyard scene. Matching the haunted aesthetic our home already lends itself to during the holiday season. I did all my Halloween decor shopping online this year. The Home Depot had everything I needed to create the spookiest haunted graveyard.

Setting the Scene With a Ghostly Welcome

To reach our front door, you must take a winding path covered in oak trees and dogwoods. Which leads to the front porch and front yard. I wanted to set the haunted scene right from the beginning of the walk. So I added a ghostly animated doll to greet our guests, beckoning them to play hide and seek with among the oaks.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Guests who do stay and play must disregard the warning signs to turn back, because no trespassing is allowed. The warning signs are made from old pallet wood with hand painted letters using red paint. An oversized spider web is the backdrop of our ghostly setting, with scattered pumpkins, lanterns and hay bales completing the Halloween scene.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

As guests continue up the path, a haunted hound barks at a frightened skeleton who hides behind a tree for safety. To create the skeleton, I used extra bones from my bag of bones, and secured them to the tree using screws as ledges.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

The Haunted Cemetery

Our courageous guests will continue to follow the path of pumpkins. They will be led past our front porch and directly into the haunted graveyard. Upon arriving, they’ll be greeted by the ghastly gravedigger. Warning that trouble lies ahead for those continue to wander through his grounds.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Past the gravedigger, an awakened skeleton bursts through his crypt. Ready to join the rest of the awakened dead lurking through the graveyard.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Behind the crypt and mausoleum stands the regal cemetery statue, hourglass in hand, counting down the hours of the lives of those he watches.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Deeper in the woods, three floating reapers join together, raising the spirits of the dead with their chanting incantations.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Our haunted graveyard was an absolute blast to put together. With just a few easy steps, we’ve created a scene to frighten even the stoutest of souls. A big thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this project. All of these fantastic Halloween decorations can be found in store or online at The Home Depot. The Home Depot has everything you need to style your home or party this Halloween! For more decor ideas, come visit me at House on a Sugar Hill

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Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the spookiest season than with some frightful decor! Marissa Ashcraft of One CrafDIY Girl was able to transform her front porch into a sight her neighbors will never forget, while participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With decor from The Home Depot, Marissa stepped outside the box and created her own version of a carnival with clowns, skeletons and more.

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

As soon as the clock strikes September, I start feeling the Halloween spirit in the air. Since this infamous night of trickery looks a little different this year, it’s time to get extra creative with the festivities. I’m a DIY-er at heart, so when The Home Depot reached out to me to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge with their new clown decor, I knew I had to create something extra spooky.

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Creating the Carnival

When it comes to Halloween, I love to go big. I do not have a home of my own just yet, so traveling back to my roots and decorating my parents’ house for Halloween is one of my favorite traditions. Growing up, I remember the ‘theme’ of each house in our neighborhood year after year, and loved the tradition of going back to see how they added to their display.

When The Home Depot asked to take on the theme of clowns – I was a little wary. After all, clowns are scary. However, what is better than a carnival – especially on Halloween? To create the entrance, I created this homemade sign with cardboard and spray paint. By creating a little punny sign and setting up this towering 6 ft clown, trick-or-treaters can experience the fun of what’s to come when walking down to your porch!

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Creating an Experience

Halloween shouldn’t only be a time to stock up on sweet treats, but also a time for fun, interactive experiences. I love that this clown, as well these clown lawn lights, are motion activated. When the trick-or-treaters walk down the path they are greeted by a spooky surprise. The teeth on these lights rattle and giggle into the chilly night air as Mr. Clown greets you upon entering!

When setting up this display, we also attracted some attention from the neighbor. Who, upon hearing the clown’s booming voice, came over to give him a high five!

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Include a Few Fun Games

If you have a larger yard space, setting up games would be a magical addition. For example, setting up ring toss or cornhole would be a great way to create an interactive, fun experience. Additionally, this is a great way to decrease the fear factor for friends who may be a little scared. The best part? After completing the game you are given a delicious prize!

Utilize Reusable Decor

I love creating a new display for Halloween every year. I know these skeletons, who are dressed up for the spooky carnival, will be a staple in my decor every year. My mom and I are even brainstorming some fun ways to dress these boney friends up for her Zoom classes (she is a teacher) in order to inspire some classroom fun!

I also love using decor that I can utilize after the season is over. For example, these patio lights are great for creating the perfect ambience on your patio or adding to your winter holiday display. Additionally, the curtains are made from two drop cloths. We plan to use them for curtains since the material has a great drape and durability. The rich texture also makes them the perfect addition to any farmhouse theme.

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Porch Decor After Dark

Make the decor entertaining in all types of lighting. While this spooky carnival display is definitely eye catching in the light of day, it gets even spookier when the sun goes down. All of these products – the clown, the lights, and the skeletons – illuminate in the night. Walking down the driveway to collect your candy has never been a cooler experience! 

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

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How to Throw an Outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Holiday season this year will be a bit different, especially Halloween. We’re used to dressing up, trick-or-treating from house to house in the neighborhood with family and throwing large, fancy costume parties. Due to social distancing, we unfortunately have to cut back. Luckily, Nickell Morgan of Simply Handmade shared her idea of an intimate, socially distanced Halloween gathering right in her yard. Check out how she pulled it off below.

The Planning Phase

For this year’s Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to be able to spend some time with a select few friends, since we haven’t been able to because of COVID-19. My husband and I came up with the idea of a “mask-querade” party so we can enjoy each other’s company safely!

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I was so excited to find out The Home Depot’s entire Halloween collection was available online for me to browse at my convenience, and not have to worry about going into the store. Not only did I manage to snag amazing Halloween items, I also browsed their entire website for gorgeous flatware, and plates to go with the moody theme I wanted to achieve for the dinner party. My friends and family were surprised that The Home Depot had everything I needed to decorate the space, from the Halloween Decor to the flatware!

DIY

I did a few DIYs for this backyard get-together! The first thing I created was the DIY sign using copper piping and plexiglass!

Materials Needed:

Instructions:

I painted the design I wanted on the front of the plexiglass with acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Once complete, I spray painted the back of the plexiglass with several layers of spray paint to make it nice and opaque.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Once I had the design the way I liked, I cut the copper down to the sizes (listed below) using a pipe cutter, then assembled all of the pieces. No glue required! You can easily take this apart, or glue to keep it together. It’s totally up to you! I ended up using a ribbon to attach the plexiglass because I didn’t realize my hooks were too small! Make sure you get the hooks where the opening is ¾ in.

(2) 22 in. 

(2) 26 in. 

(4) 6 in. 

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Donald and I also tried making a quick and easy canopy over the dinner table, which worked well inside, but with the slope of the yard, it just would not hold up! It ended up falling, and instead of scrapping that part of the project, I hung these curtain lights to incorporate a little of what I wanted. I think it still turned out great!

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

In order to make these name place cards, I repurposed these backsplash tiles by lightly spray painting them with Rust-Oleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I added the names in copper and bam! Affordable name cards.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Enter If You Dare

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

We set up the mausoleum archway as the entryway for guests to enter through. My husband and I were able to put this together rather easily! The mausoleum came with instructions or you have the option of downloading the Bilt app for interactive step-by-step instructions, which is so helpful.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Honestly, this mausoleum set the tone for the overall dinner party! It’s definitely the first thing guests will see when they’re coming over.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

We played around with headstones and put the zombie girl  in front with some fog using the low lying fog machine, and it looked really cool!

Setting the Table

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

The next thing I did was set up the dinner area. I went to the flower district in NYC and purchased flowers that gave off moody Halloween vibes. Then, I made the arrangements and moved onto setting the table.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I created some polls on instagram, allowing my instagram family to choose the linens, along with the copper accents, these gorgeous dinner plates, and even the colors of the floral arrangement! Most of what you see here is from The Home Depot. The cheesecloth was dyed black to match the aesthetic, the dinner plates, goblets, and flatware are all from The Home Depot! No, I’m not kidding.

Arranging the Photo Booth Area

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I created the copper frame for the photo booth in a similar way as the drink sign a couple years back, and I knew I wanted to use it as a backdrop for this event. Since I already had the white fabric and curtain lights attached, I just added black sheer fabric I had laying around along with the skull and chains (similar) I got from The Home Depot a few Halloween’s back. Also, I added the zombie girl, her zombie sister, tombstones, skulls, a skeleton, and the head of a zombie horse I also received from The Home Depot a few years back.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

This is specifically where I wanted all of the Halloween decor to shine! I set up a little graveyard area and used the Halloween decor as props to use. Everyone was thoroughly entertained by the creepy sisters, especially.

The Final Reveal

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

The final look of the space was magical, especially at night. The soft light from the curtain lights coupled with the dark colors, and Halloween decor made the space just gorgeous.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I hope you’re inspired to decorate your space – whether indoors or outdoors for Halloween! Check out my YouTube channel if you’re interested in seeing videos of  how the products look and sound on camera!

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Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Ghouls and goblins may dominate the Halloween scene, but a giant dragon is sure to also delight and fright. Scott Stoll of Stolloween is back with another unique project for The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. This time, he’s sharing how to create a haunted mine dragon lair. Enter if you dare!

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

In the small town that I grew up in there is a local legend that is passed from generation to generation. The story revolves around a very wealthy man known only as “old man Grafton.”

Grafton trusted no one except his faithful pony that hauled gold from the mine and his cat named Mr. Sparkles who was said to have the ability to sniff out gold a mile away.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Every night Grafton and his small mine crew would come to town, spend a few hours at the local tavern, raise a little ruckus then be on their way.

One day they suddenly stopped coming into town. After a few weeks the local towns people started to wonder what became of Grafton and his crew. Several expeditions ventured into the dark forest in search of the mine, some never returned.

Later that year on All Hallow’s Eve, a man frantically burst into the tavern screaming a tale of finding Grafton’s mine and how it was home to a gigantic fire breathing dragon. The fact that the man’s clothes were severely scorched would seem to support his tale. Sadly the man died the next morning and the mine remained a mystery.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

To this day it is believed there is still a lost gold mine in the dark woods of northern Michigan, and on Halloween night, if you listen very closely, you will hear the roar of the giant beast echoing across the land.

If you have not heard this legend don’t feel bad because I just made it up.

This year The Home Depot asked me to incorporate a dragon, pony skeleton, and cat skeleton into a spooky scene for the 2020 Halloween Style Challenge and I thought it would be fun to create the legend of old man Grafton.

Challenge accepted.

Developing The Concept

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

When I found out what Halloween products The Home Depot was sending, I developed a back story and challenged myself to turn our garage into a haunted mine shaft/dragon lair.

The mine shaft would depend on the forced perspective technique, an optical illusion to make objects appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than they actually are.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

In addition to the dragon, pony and cat, I visited homedepot.com and ordered some skeletons and barrel planters of different sizes, as well as lanterns, a fog machine, builder’s paper, paint and vinyl plank flooring. The Haunted Mine Dragon Lair theme would nicely support the variety of different products.

Creating The Design

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Armed with paper and pencil I drafted concept sketches to give me an idea of what I would need to create the illusion of our garage being the entrance to a lost gold mine.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

To ensure the effect would work, I made a small prototype of how I was going to approach the project. The miniature version proved that the effect would work and then it was time to build.

Shopping For Products

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Most of the products were delivered to our house or local store very quickly, making the whole process very easy.

Building The Backdrops

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The mine shaft forced perspective illusion was achieved by making five different backdrops. Each consecutive backdrop would be 50 percent smaller than the previous.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Our garage door entrance is 7 feet high by 10 feet wide, which meant that the first backdrop would have to be that large.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The backdrops were made using builder’s paper, a heavy brown craft paper used to cover floors and such when painting. The builder’s paper was glued together to get the needed size. Then I carefully crumpled the paper to give it a very stone-like texture.

The texture was emphasized by spraying flat black spray paint at a 45 degree angle which added a nice shadow effect.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Next, the mine shaft support beams were made by simply gluing vinyl plank flooring to the paper backdrop. Due to the size of the first two backdrops, wood boards were attached to the back of the backside. Adding structural support.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The second backdrop was created in the same method, only 50 percent smaller. Each backdrop was hung from the garage door rails using wire and clamps.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Finally, a floor to the mine shaft was made from more of the builder’s paper. Crumpled and painted using the same techniques.

Designing The Display

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

Setting up the finished display was pretty simple. After the backdrops were hung and properly aligned, a variety of different scale props were added to reinforce the optical illusion.

The first backdrop featured some 5 feet tall skeletons and the second backdrop used 3 feet tall skeletons. Barrels of different sizes were used in the same manner.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The last three backdrops were much smaller. So I drew some skeletons and barrels that were appropriate for the scale and attached them to the backdrops.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The barrels were created by duct taping two barrel style planters together, a simple and economical means to make barrels.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The dragon took center stage in front and the 5-foot skeletons, pony and cat took their positions.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The entrance was accessorized with some cool Halloween themed lanterns and black plastic chains. Antique tools and crates finished off the scene nicely, giving the space a rustic mine shaft type of vibe.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

The Legend Continues

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

During daylight hours the scene was very fun and convincing. The 3-dimensional aspect of the forced perspective mine shaft tricked your brain into believing that the tunnel extends hundreds of feet into the distance.

Once the sun goes down the scene becomes magical. The dragon was lit with a blacklight spotlight and the remainder of the scene lit with red LED floodlights and yellow bug light bulbs.

The dragon performance is sure to delight the trick or treaters that dare to visit, animated mouth, snarling audio, glowing eyes and great plumes of “smoke” using The Home Depot 400-watt metal fog machine, Fog Liquid and Fog Hose Accessory Kit.

Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene

One of the cool things is that the fog spewing from the dragon’s mouth picks up the red and yellow light which makes it look like fire.

This was a fun and challenging project. It really proves that The Home Depot has everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween.

Wishing you and yours a fun and safe Halloween!

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