I grew up in the quiet Chicago neighborhood Hyde Park, surrounded by the University of Chicago. For the most part, Halloween was intimate and fun: just a few of us kids going from door to door with our professor parents collecting candy from nice people. But I always stayed clear of one block. 

 

Harper Avenue. It was the hotbed of all things Halloween, and while I ran, my peers flooded the small street. Why? Because it was truly scary. One image is burned into my mind for life: an actress, laying on a porch, pretended to rip her intestines out for all the kids to see. Scary decorations, when done well, have the potential to make Halloween history. Here are 7 decorations that are bound to terrify, lending your house the allure and magic of the legendary Harper Avenue. 

 

1. A scary doll. This one is available here

 

2. Captive Hands. These are made with the help of construction paper and a strobe light. Design by Inspiring Pretty

 

3. Spooky chicken-wire ghosts. Design by Inspiring Pretty. 

 

4. Skeleton pumpkin. This one made me do a double-take. Get your carving on! Design by Inspiring Pretty. 

 

5. Melting people. Design by The Creepy House Next Door. Pinned by Kristy Hodoly

 

6. Terrifying Land-mower Accident. Design by Asylum Design Works. Pinned by Kristy Hodoly. 

 

7. Whatever this is. It's really, really scary. Thanks to Lisa Vecchio. Repinned by Jeanette Fierro Cadena.

 

Have a great Halloween, BUSTies!

 

Images via Ebay, Inspiring Pretty, and Pinterest


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