Halloween is a favorite holiday for many people. Decorating, handing out candy, or having an all-out Halloween costume party are in the plans for many adults. Whatever the case, creating a haunted house that is not only super spooky, but super easy as well, can be done on a simple or elaborate budget.
There are five key ingredients to creating the perfect Halloween haunted house.
- Choosing the Location
First, begin with the location. Since most families are spending the evening at home either handing out candy or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, a person’s home or yard is the perfect place due to convenience. If your house or yard is not suitable for the type of haunted house you desire, you may consider renting a nearby building. Take into consideration the space you have once your plan for the haunted house is made.
- Deciding the Type of Haunted House
A simple do-it-yourself haunted house can be done by homeowners with a few scary props, sheets, or other Halloween themed items placed in or around the house. Some families like to go all-out with a Hollywood-style production, complete with noise effects, actors, and all the thrills and screams seen at a commercial haunted house. Just remember to maintain any HOA rules and regulations when deciding on the scope of your haunted house.
- Making Props
Once the initial plans and location are in place, it’s time to focus on the props. Every good haunted house needs the standard fare and range of props, such as:
- Fog machines
- Sound machine
- Smoking cauldrons
- Spider webs
- Black lights
- Floating candles
Decide where the items will be placed and what scary effect will go with it, such as lighting, movement, someone who will “pop out” from behind a built prop, and more.
Included in the plans should be decorations to surround and add to the props in order to set the mood. Music, lit candles or candelabras, and mood lighting all add to the scary appeal of a haunted house. With a bit of ingenuity, many foods can be made to mimic human organs such as peeled grapes for eyeballs, a gelatin mold for brains, and the always popular ketchup for blood.
A haunted house wouldn’t be that scary if everyone were wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Costumes can make or break the entire haunted house experience. A costume party is a fun way for invitees to show off their creativity, while hosts can dress up in the theme of the haunted house and even be part of the action!