No, this is not Disneyland, it’s our house! I made our front window into a display as a tribute to the Haunted Mansion ride. Complete with the ride sound effects. As much as I wanted to try to replicate an entire scene from the ride, I knew that it would be impossible given my house set-up. As a result, I tried to highlight some of the ride’s features into a literal window display at my home. So the set-up that you see is through the screen of the front window. I also blasted my the soundtrack so that you could get the total effect.
You can see how I pulled this off if you scroll down.
I started with getting a large floral or fishbowl that you could get at a craft store. Then I inserted a perfect photo of Madame Leota on the inside and surrounded it with tulle. The trick here is to get the photo color right so that it can glow against a black light. Then I flipped the entire thing over onto a silver charger. Voila. Instant crystal ball! And no, it doesn’t talk, but it’s just the idea that makes it cool, right?
I also wanted to recreated the wallpaper from the ride. I used the same print that you see at the beginning of the ride where they have the long hallway, the grandfather clock and etc. It has a really cool purple and black gothic pattern with eerie eyes. I printed these out on large pieces of paper and then I simply taped them together to create the look. I flanked both of these faux wallpaper strips on both sides of the inside window.
I found a few of the images online of the famous stretching photos and then I printed those out on large 11″ x 18″ sheets of paper and tried to perfected cut the edges. Then, I mounted these onto foam core boards.
I made a sign for my front door. I was so tempted to get the one from Disneyland, but really feared that it would break or walk-off. So I found a mirror at a craft store which I painted so that it looked the part, I created letters using a Haunted Mansion font that I found online and printed it against a black background to cover up the entire mirror by using a little bit of Modge Podge or decoupage technique. Then I mounted this on my door. I think that it turned out pretty good for about $20!
I did purchase the Haunted Mansion outfit from the Disney Store. It’s actually the apron and not the shirt that they had available. I liked this options since it had ruffles and I could wear anything black as an outfit. It is a great cosplay option.
I also added a few battery operated flickering candlelights for decor. There was no way that I would add real candles, especially with this set-up and the windows being open. Add in a few oversized tarot cards and flying fluorescent instruments. Most of these items were either placed on a table or mounted behind the window using a faux pipe and drape set-up. It made it easier to position and tape or hang fishing wires from the pipes. I also had a big boombox which played the Haunted Mansion soundtrack. You can download a copy or purchase a CD soundtrack which they do sell at the Disneyland resort. Then add in a LOT of big black lights and voila! The entire thing will light up and transform your house.
I learned a few things about this process and set-up:
1] This set-up appealed to the little kids as well as this was deemed not-so-terrifying. Since it’s Disney related, it certainly had more appeal to them.
2] The adults LOVED the set-up and I think that it offered a visual break to their chaperoning efforts.
3] The bugs love it, too. I think that the UV lights attract them from the black lights, so keep that in mind.
NOTE: I do plan to expand on this decor as I pulled this off without much planning. Stay tuned to see my additions to this decor!
“We are ready for Halloween! 999 happy haunts! Happy Halloween!”