How to de-creepify a basement?
July 19, 2010 2:03 PM Subscribe
Are basements inherently creepy? Or is there some way I can make it so my kids don't fear our new basement?
posted by bluedaisy to home & garden (53 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My family, including my kids who are 5 and 7, will soon be moving into our new-to-us house. The house is about 100 years old and has an unfinished basement. They've never before lived in a house with a basement.
It's not a particularly creepy basement as far as basements go. It's mostly open and doesn't have any scary rooms or nooks. The washer and dryer are down there, as will be my husband's work area/shop.
But, it does have a big furnace, pipes on the ceiling, boarded up windows, and that general old basement feel. One of my kids mentioned something about thinking the basement was scary.
Short of finishing it, is there anything I can do or say so they never figure out that basements are scary? Or, is fearing a basement something all children with basements must experience?