When the word "house" is in the name of the story, it's no surprise home is a theme. Of course, not every house is a home. The house in The House of Dies Drear might be the home of some rowdy ghosts. It's haunted. Or maybe it isn't. You'll have to be the judge. What we know for sure is that this house was a stop on the Underground Railroad, the network of people and shelters that helped runaway slaves escape to freedom in Canada. When the Small family moves into the house, a generations-old family feud is revealed, and even some hundred-year-old secrets.
The House of Dies Drear shows that having a happy home is more about who you are with than where you live.
Pesty makes Mr. Pluto's house (cave) a home.
Mac has a difficult home life.
Mac has a happy home life.