Creating an Indoor Halloween Atmosphere




You probably do a great job of decorating the outside of your house for Halloween. I know I do, but a problem that I had is that when the trick or treaters rang the doorbell to get candy and the front door was opened, all of the Halloween themeing stopped. This year I fixed this problem and continued the Halloween atmosphere inside when the front door was opened.

In this Instructable, I am going to show you how to continue a really good Halloween atmosphere inside of your house. At the bare minimum, all you need are some white sheets, something to hang them with, an oscillating fan, and a black light, and then you’re ready to go…

Step 1: Hang the Sheets...

Hang the sheets. I hung my sheets using a system that was bought at an Ikea. It consists of two anchors that go into the walls, and a metal cable that goes between the two anchors. I strung the sheets along this cable and made sure everything was nice and secure.

Step 2: Set Up Black Light

Set up the black light. The way my house is setup, I have the front door open up to a raised tile area, and then off to the side, there is a lower computer room. It is in this room where I put the black light. This way, the trick or treaters couldn’t actually see the black light bulb itself, but they could see the glow it produced on the white sheets. I always feel it is very bad for your atmosphere when setting up a haunted house to allow trick or treaters to see black lights. They hurt your eyes. The ultraviolet light is actually eating away layers of anything that glows. That’s why black lights making things glow, and if you notice, the whites of your eyes glow in black light. I don’t like looking at them for this reason, and besides it is better to have the glow coming mysteriously from some unknown source rather than from a seen light fixture.

Step 3: Fan

Set up the fan. Put the oscillating fan near the black light behind the sheets. Plug it in and turn it on. This produces the effect of the sheets blowing in the wind. With the glow and the motion of the wind, this looks really nice.

Step 4: Add Your Personal Touch...

Add your own personal touch. I have an eye theme going through my haunted house. There are eyeball creatures that watch you as you walk through to ring the doorbell. I thought I would add some eyes on the inside too. I have a piece of colored glass hanging up that represents an eye. I’m not sure where this originated from, since I’ve seen it claimed to be a Native American tradition, a Mexican tradition (although that could still be Native American), and an Indian (from India) tradition. Wherever this originated from, you are supposed to hang it by your front door and it should keep out any evil spirits. Although my paper machie spirits outside will be coming in anyway after Halloween.

I also have a wonderful painting of an eyeball that is also hanging in this raised area by my front door. No one really notices it, but it’s still there continuing the Halloween theme.

Depending on how your house is set up, and what your Halloween theme is, do this to your own liking. This is the way I did it, but by no means is it the only way to do this. Get creative!

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    8 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 2

    "The ultraviolet light is actually eating away layers of anything that glows." ... um, no. The reason certain objects fluoresce under UV is because the substance absorbs the UV radiation, and this absorbed energy causes it to emit light, but this time in a visible part of the spectrum. There is certainly no "eating away"! With regards to your concern over black-lights being dangerous, they are actually harmless. Black-lights do not actually emit true UV radiation, if this was the case you would not see the purplish glow from the light itself as UV is not detectable with human eyes. They actually emit near-UV radiation, which is near enough to the UV end of the spectrum to enable UV fluorescence, but not at a high enough frequency to damage the eyes or cause other problems associated with true UV. Good Instructable though!


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Make sure before you hang the sheets you give them a run through the washing machine...Laundry soaps contain "bluing" which is added to make your clothes look brighter. Without being washed, it may not glow. Found this out when i made a ghost out of cheesecloth without washing it first. Had to put tide in a spray bottle. Porch was very slippery lol

    3 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You can buy just bluing in a bottle in the laundry section of stores. Perhaps a douse in that would make things extra glowy? I never knew that bluing caused glowing in black lights, thanks!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes that would work quite well. I was unaware that they sold it separately. Unaware of the cost of it, but it is very expensive the laundry soap does its job. Although i'm sure that "true bluing' would probably give awesome results! Either way people....just make sure that u do one or the other. Other wise...very glow @ all!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It's about 4 dollars per 8oz bottle online, and I think I've seen it cheaper at the grocery store. You can also grow salt crystals with it!


    10 years ago on Step 2

    i'm going to use this sheet-blacklight method to cover up a baby gate at my halloween party. (the baby gate is to stop my puppies from going in the front room) great instructable!