Turning Your Playset into a Haunted House

October 29th, 2012 by

Make your backyard spooky!Halloween is right around the corner, and here at Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores, we like to celebrate by giving our playsets a little makeover for the scary season (as well as eating our fair share of fun sized candy bars). Turning your playset into a haunted house is easy, fun, and a great way to get the kids back outside with their friends when it seems like school and cold weather have put your yard into hibernation for the winter. Just make sure to wait until Hurricane Sandy has passed!

Read on for some inspiration on how to make your playset spook-tacular!

1. Ghoulish guests

Swings, monkey bars, and gliders are great places to hang up figures of skeletons, witches, scarecrows, or ghosts. You can find these decorations at most general stores this time of year, or go to the party store if you have a particular character in mind.

2. Creepy cemetery

Who knows how many could be buried underneath your playset under the mulch or grass? Put up fake gravestones around your playset—your kids can help come up with the names and descriptions of the dead. You can make games avoiding the gravestones or use them as obstacles. Just be sure not to stir up any ghosts!

3. Bats in the belfry

What haunted house doesn’t have its share of infestations? Try putting bats up in the corners of the tree house portion of your swing set. While you’re at the party store, you can pick up some rats to put in nooks and crannies where your kids will find them unexpectedly.

4. Pumpkin patch

You can recreate a hayride to a pumpkin patch right in your backyard. With a few bales of hay or straw and some pumpkins, you’ll give your playset a fall feeling. You can use the hay bales to proudly display the pumpkins you and your kids carved.

5. Enter if you dare

Make your haunted playset extra spooky by adding a spider infestation. You can buy spider webs at most party stores and it’s a quick way to get your playset into haunted mode. You can also hang large black trash bags from the entrances to the tree house part of the swing set and cut them into strips to make a dark passageway into the playset.

Turning your playset into a haunted house is a fun and easy way to get into the Halloween spirit. So dust off your best costume, hide some candy in the corners of your swing set, and enjoy the fun with your kids!

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About the Author: Robert Unger is sales manager at Play N' Learn's Playground Superstores 26 year old chain of 5 Maryland & Virginia stores. Since 2002, Rob has sold thousands of playsets, trampolines, & basketball goals to area families.