Forget about the boring haunted houses in the neighborhood or in the city. Hate leaving disappointed? Make everyone on your block jealous of all the scary features you have in your home. Make the kids and even the adults scream of terror. Here are some Haunted House ideas:
First, It is completely up to you how you want your house to look and sound. But the atmosphere is what is important when decorating and showing your haunted house. You can either make each room a movie scene or come up with your own ideas of a dramatic, scary night. Skeletons, fake body parts, fake blood, fake knives, etc. are known to be the scariest items for Halloween, besides the costumes. The body parts can be scattered on the walls or on the floors, whatever is more convenient. Skeletons can be used to hang in the corners of the room or across the walls, giving the home an eery feeling. It’s always a great idea to have friends or family members to help decorate and give out any suggestions. Having a second opinion always helps. Also, you will need them as the scary guys in your haunted house. What fun is it with no bad guys?
Second, move out any furniture you don’t want ruined by accident or the chance of getting in the trick or treaters way. Space is always important just in case someone gets to scared and decides to run away. Injuries are the last thing you want out of the fun.
The best way to scare the wits out of someone is to make it more of a scary movie feeling. Scary music and scary sounds and of course a scary atmosphere will catch a lot of attention.
Some people prefer to make a small bit of their house a part of the fun and some like to use their entire house. For those of you who would rather use a small portion of your house, this idea is for you. The easiest way to transform your house in to a maze is to use black trashbags or black thread material. The trashbags give a more haunted feeling, but whatever is convenient for you, use it. Use the trashbags to cover doorways, hallways, or just to cover places you don’t want seen or a part of the maze. Tape will be the safest and easiest way to hang the bags and material up on the walls.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Room-
The kitchen will probably be the best place to perform this kind of movie scene. If your house is set up like a maze, have the trick-or-treaters and/or adults come through the kitchen first. The way the kitchen will be decorated is your choice, but in the movie it is set like a slaughter house. You will want to find a man, either a friend or a family member, who is willing to play the part of Leatherface. The costume really doesn’t matter but in some way, match the character to make it more freaky. Then, cutting boards, fake blood, and fake body parts are really the main key of this scene. Have the man in the kitchen seem as though he is cutting body parts and making weird things out of them. Next, to make it more scary, he can taunt and walk slow towards them. This will cause them to freak and run. If you want to include the chainsaw, you can either hide some place in the house or some place outside of your home where you are out of sight of your guests. If you, as the parents, are on a budget and plan to make it cheap, using spaghetti, grapes, and ping pong balls for eyes can be a substitute for body parts.
A cheap way to make a dead body is simple and easy. An interesting way to do it is to stuff old clothing with leaves or other clothing. It shows real effect and looks scary. Throw a mask on the fake head and splatter the body with blood. Another way to do it is to use cardboard and toilet paper. Always add a mask and fake blood to make it look real.
Setting up gravestones is another cheap Halloween decoration that can either be set up in the house or the front and back yard. Outside may be a better option, but you are always welcome to put them on the inside of the house. Using empty serial boxes and/or cardboard is the way to do it. Spray paint or brush paint the boxes in gray or silver and write a false name on each tombstone. Then, (by choice) you can either buy a fog machine to make it look more eery or just simply set up the boxes anywhere.
Michael Meyers Scene-
The garage or an empty room will be the best place to perform this act. If you are using the garage or a room, the entire area should be an open space with no furniture or materials around. A human, a Michael Meyers mask, one or two bowls of candy, a chair, and a strobe light is all that is needed. Once again, if you have arranged your house in to a maze this should be the last place your guests go to. A man or a woman with a Meyers mask on will sit in a chair very still, facing the audience as if it’s a fake body. The strobe light should be behind him or her, giving the room the whole effect of the light. Then one or two bowls of candy should be placed either next to him or her or in front of him or her. Once the children come up for candy, the man or woman lunges at the kids, scaring them. Remember, you must sit very still to have them fooled!
Use a large cardboard box and cut it into a shape of a coffin. Paint it any color you would like and put a scary sign on it. Or have someone lay inside of the coffin and appear to be dead, then when the kids walk by jump at them. It’s a fun way to scare the kids walking by. Also, the coffins can be used as decorations and doesn’t necessarily have to serve a purpose.
Hiding props all around the house will scare your audience just because it is least expected. Like hiding a dummie behind a door or a place not a lot of people would notice until taking a second look. Sometimes they don’t even look at all, which is all the more mystery! Most of the decorations and props used in a haunted house can be made yourself. A small amount of supplies can turn your house in to the scariest thing on earth!