Do you need more living space but simply do not have the funds to add a new room or two? Perhaps you have a baby on the way or you need a home office. Or maybe two kids sharing a room need their own space. The answer may literally be right under your nose!
They reported the building was safe, but recommended the library be closed for one day as a precaution. The library re-opened on March 23rd. By the end of the month, a fireplace had been installed in the Adult Reading area, and carpeting had been installed on the north side of the lower level.
That was because the shopping aisles were barricaded by demising wall construction and product display cases from the door all the way to the checkout area. Why, I don’t know, but you couldn’t enter the store proper without going through the checkout stations towards the merchandise. That strikes me as a bad idea; as I explained to the cashier, if the store happened to be mobbed, and a hundred people wanted to put their purchases through the checkout stations, there I would be, fighting traffic to go the wrong way through all those people, trying to get into the store. Explain it to me, please, because it doesn’t make sense.
Once you have the “skeleton” of the haunted house finished you can begin to bring lighting and extension cords for added electrical outlets. Since we have a fog machine and over 15 heat lamp/drop lights we need a lot of power out there.
Make a green coverlet. A green coverlet is a fun and easy way to change out the color of your bed linens to one with a St. Patrick’s theme. For this item, you will need some green Rit dye ($3) and a cheap, full sized white cotton sheet which can be found at the thrift store for $2 or less.
Also be wary of children who linger too long in your garage, last year we had a child steal items from our haunted house in all of the commotion. Some kids will come through multiple times taking candy each time so it’s important to have someone keeping track of who is returning just for a scare.
If the budget is bigger, more customized remodeling can be done. Perhaps a new room in the basement can be built so the playroom does not take up the whole thing, or the reverse, a wall or two could be knocked down for more space. With paint, the same idea holds true, fun colors will make the area playful, perhaps a mural with the child’s name in it. Built in cabinetry and or desk stations are a great organizational idea. Make sure these are low enough for young children to reach, but also big enough to grow with the children. Cork board walls or chalk board are great to display and create artwork.
By the way, you can still have refreshments after everyone has gone through the Haunted Garage. I have made a Haunted House in my 2 car garage for a Halloween Party and everyone had so much fun.