Oh yes! If you have kids comming, Why not a Haunted Mansion theme? You could encourage old early century style clothing, or ghost like costumes.
Cover all the unused furnishings with white cloth, drape everything with spider webs. Get some of those black candleabra things. You can find paper/cardboard ones at party stores.
Print some old scary looking b/w photographs from online, frame and hang.
Dim the lights, use black lighting or candle light ( real or battery).
Play some creepy organ music or the Haunted Mansion movie for kids.
Wow, I think I have just redecorated my own house for Halloween!!
I love this site! It gets my own creative juices flowing!!!
I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright,