DIY:: Eco Friendly Haunted House

My family loves Halloween, it is our favorite holiday. We love to watch as our front yard and porch is transformed into The Sweet Greens Haunted House. Our favorite part about our haunted house is that everything that we used to create it, is either recycled, upcyled or purchased from a thrift store. Would you like a tour? {enter a witch cackle laugh here}

The first thing you will encounter when you arrive at The Lyon Haunted House is our mason jar pumpkin lantern walkway. You can find the DIY workshop for the lanterns here, then all you have to do is add some wire for hanging. {Mr. Sweet Greens make the lantern stake holders from a wooden pallet, the kind that grass is delivered on, that he found in a vacant lot.}

Next, you can peek over our rickety and spooky black fence into the graveyard. {Again, Mr. Sweet Greens used the slates from the pallet to make the fence and painted it black.} The tombstones and crosses were made from pieces of lumber also found in a vacant lot. The we added dead flowers from the garden.

Next, walk up the front walkway to be greeted by the lanterns and organic pumpkins and gourds sitting on the stairs, but be careful Eben’s toy mice and spiders might bite your toes.

As you reach the top of the stairs, our ghosts floating in the breeze may startle you. {These ghosts are simple to make and will be listed as next week’s How Tuesday.}
Next, You will have to push your way through the spooky witches curtains. {These are made from old black tablecloths}
Then find our spooky front porch complete with white sheet covered furniture, a crow in his nest, our little organic pumpkin patch and a witches broom leaning next to the front door. {I made the broom out of a tree branch that we found while on a hike and a bunch of hay, cut to fit.}

What do you think of our spooky haunted house?

Were you scared? hee hee.


8 Responses to DIY:: Eco Friendly Haunted House

  1. one4earth October 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    SOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

  2. Sweet Greens October 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi one4earth,
    Thank you so much!
    Sweet Greens.

  3. karen October 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Jennie
    I think your house is the cutest, I mean the scariest, haunted house I’ve seen in a long time. Very tastefully done and of course, my favorite part is the fact that all of the decorations are upcycled and not store bought. Imagine, once you make these, they will last forever since they are not the cheap plastic kinds that get destroyed after one season.

    I just blogged about Green Halloween too and will be adding some more Green Halloween related stories. I’m definitely adding your Haunted House post. Can I have your permission for connecting it here and using your lovely photos?

    Great job, as always.


  4. shopannies October 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    love you looks like a fun haunting is to be had

  5. Sweet Greens October 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    Thank you, I am glad you like it. I agree, this decorations will last forever. You are more than welcome to link back to this post.
    I will check out your green Halloween.
    Sweet Greens.

  6. Sweet Greens October 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi shopannies,
    hee hee. Lot’s of fun to come.
    Sweet Greens.

  7. babalisme October 9, 2009 at 4:21 am #

    I’m a Halloween freak, and I’ll say this is so cute and toddlers friendly!! I hate picturing a toddler wet his pants upon a too scary decorating. Great job! (on being green too!)

  8. Sweet Greens October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Babalisme,
    I agree, I don’t like the houses that are so scary that the little ones won’t go to it. I am glad you like it, thank you.
    Sweet Greens.

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