As the weather becomes cooler & the days become shorter, we come upon a holiday that not only brings the child out in all of us, but also dares to reunite the living and the dead. Yes, folks. It’s Halloween time! The one time a year little children cut faces into orange gourds and dress up in adorably tiny costumes to come over and ask for tasty treats. The night always has an eerie vibe to it with its spooky décor and creepy crawlies roaming around. Tis the season to be scared and what is scarier than a haunted house? From the famously sinister to the classically homemade, a trip to a haunted house is the epitome of every Halloween celebration.
If you are one that falls on the side of haunted house creator, there are a few things that not only scare the pants off of your visitors, but also makes your house stand out amongst the rest. Transforming your home into a house possessed by evil spirits isn’t an easy task. It takes lots of creativity and planning.
A haunted lair can be as large or as small as you’d like it, so planning the path you’d like your visitors to follow is definitely the first step. Will they go thru all of your home’s rooms or just focus on a few? Will it only involve your garage or will your backyard be included in the frights? Once you plan your haunted path, next is to devise a theme. Something important to think about is your audience. If it is mainly children, you may not want to make it excessively scary; if you anticipate older visitors, you can go nuts.
Once you have your basics, now the real planning can begin. First things first: create a theme. Are you going traditional or putting a spin on it with an asylum or abandoned hospital? No matter which way you go, once you have a theme, it will be much easier to figure out the spookiness that will lie in inside.
After the theme is in place, then comes the ambience. To guarantee an exceptional experience, you must tease the senses. Lighting will be the first thing to consider and there are various ways you can set this lighting to give an eerie flare. The less lighting, the scarier it will be, but also be cautious that your guests are able to get thru your haunted maze safely. Adding various accents, like fake spiderwebs & things that cast creepy shadows in the dark will enhance the heartbeats of all your guests. After lighting is in place, embrace the handiwork of some classic special effects. Fog machines, mirrors and black lights not only make a difficult maze to see more difficult, but it also allows for some creepy surprises to hide from the visitor’s sight.
When it comes to sounds, getting some friends to volunteer would make the experience even creepier. Not only can they dress up & frighten unsuspecting guests, but they can emit various noises to enhance the experience. Keeping most of the maze silent will not only make your guests feel on edge, but will also make noises like footsteps or screams all the more spooky. Make use of those friends of yours to not only create a scarier atmosphere, but also to play certain roles that go along with your theme, like a serial killer or a victim.
Once you have their eyes and ears on full alert, why not add to the fun by testing some other senses by giving them something to do? Classic teasers are things like a bowl of peeled grapes for eyeballs, or spaghetti for worms. Fill a tub with cold water & fake snakes and have your guests search of coins at the bottom, or bob for apples carved like skulls. Having an activity or two will definitely add a creepy, but perhaps a little less heart-racing ending to your Halloween haunt.
And there you have it…just a few tricks of the trade to turning your humble abode into a heart-stopping domicile. Happy Halloween!
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