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Boarding Up Your Exterior Windows and Doors for Halloween

It seems preposterous. You had the perfect exterior windows and doors installed. Why would you want to board them up? And then Halloween comes around to Des Moines and all that efficiency and style just isn’t enough to spook trick-or-treaters.

Decorating your exterior windows and doors can be one of the most fun parts of getting ready for Halloween. You can go as big as you want, turning the entry door into a mummy or placing a witch behind your windows. However, if you’re looking for simple decorations that leave more to the imagination (and are easy to take down), boarding up your windows and doors can be a popular choice. Boarded up windows and doors gives the appearance that the house has been abandoned and that something horrible happened there, perfect for the season of scares. Best of all, it’s so easy to pull off that any homeowner can do it.

Making the Wood Boards

One option is to use reclaimed or upcycled wood for your boarded windows and doors. This is especially handy if you do woodworking throughout the year and might have some spare boards lying around. If that’s the case, you can cut them to fit the windows and doors. However, not everyone has wood lying around and styrofoam can be easier to work with. In fact, as light as it is, styrofoam is the popular choice. Cut the foam in the shape of the wood boards and paint them beige or brown. You can use a wood grain brush to create the effect of real wood. Here’s a tutorial that can help you make your foam boards look eerily real.

Making it Stick

Once the boards are ready, you can nail them or glue them together with gorilla glue. Next it’s a matter of affixing them to the windows and doors. Because this is only a temporary decoration, you don’t want to nail the boards to the door. Instead, use sturdy double-sided tape to affix the wood boards. The lighter the wood (or “wood”), the better. During this stage, you also want to make sure that you aren’t too neat about it. Don’t be afraid to angle the boards at a tilt or move one board in a different direction than the others. The messier it looks, the creepier the effect.

Finishing Shivers

Want to up the creep factor? You can add a few finishing touches that will really hammer the spooky point home. One option, is to stick a pair of eyes in a gap between boards — whether googly eyes or drawn-on in luminescent ink. Plastic spiders can also be attached to the boards, or you can curl a skeleton hand around one of the boards for a final scare. You can also use a sound system to throw occasional creeptastic noises like distressed screams or ghostly noises from the other side of the door or window.

However you decide to board up your exterior windows and doors this Halloween, just make sure you have the right ones. Contact Zen Windows Des Moines today for a free quote.