Thursday, October 07, 2010

HGTV's Scary Halloween Houses

Professional designers help three families will turn their quiet suburban homes into a mystical and frightful sight for Halloween in HGTV's Halloween Block Party, premiering on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Host Sabrina Soto will take the fear out of holiday décor projects with the latest tricks in decor, food, table-scapes and entertainment.

The special highlights the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, one of the longest running youth volunteer movements in America. will support the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign initiative with Halloween decorating ideas on, in the HGTV Ideas newsletter, on Facebook and Twitter.

"This is the 60th anniversary for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign," said Jim Samples, president, HGTV. "The program has raised more than $160 million dedicated to improve the welfare of children around the world. HGTV is proud to invite our viewers to contribute to UNICEF's impactful efforts."

During the special, interior designer Sandra Espinet will create a design inspired by Day of the Dead --a traditional Mexican celebration for children and adults. Sandra will work with the Littlejohn family to transform their home into a haunted house with a church façade and a communal area for food and drink.

The spookiness will continue with home furnishings designer, Kenneth Wingard, who will help the Donovan family tap into the current pop culture obsession with vampires - making their home a contemporary vampire lair. Kenneth's design will demonstrate how to create a cemetery, gargoyles and coffins. Later, designer Michelle Lynn Buckley will team up with the Buckley family to reveal her secrets for building an entire haunted carnival show including decorated traveling tents and a séance room with a fortune telling gypsy.

Halloween Block Party, premiering on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.