With all the electronic and computer capabilities available today, setting up your home as a Halloween fright house can be a lot of fun for all members of the family. When you’ve put together a plan, get together and assign each a task.
Before you invite people, consider how your scary features will affect guests. If any are very young, you shouldn’t expose them to all the noise and sudden effects. If so, tone it down or ask visiting parents to keep those children safely away from the potentially frightening happenings.
That said, make your plans to out-scare every Hollywood movie ever made about monsters, devils, slashers, ghosts, goblins and zombies. And then some! First, after your planning meeting, assign family members to purchase or make the background decor typical for a haunted house.
Use some of the Halloween materials for decorating the outside front of your house, so that when guests arrive, they’ll have a hint of what horror awaits them inside. Some items could be ghostlike cloth and skeletons hanging from trees, music and sound effects. Instead of the usual doorbell ring, substitute a spoken warning or some blood-curdling screams. When the door opens, your guests are greeted by a gang of zombies of all ages, each clomping around and reaching for victims. Scary!
Party stores offer crepe paper, false cobwebs, costumes, paper witches and other Halloween needs. You can also make some of the items yourself. That old bed sheet with eye holes cut in it can serve as a perfect ghost. All you need to create a zombie is white face and black eyeliner make-up. For that ragged look you can create from old clothing you have or can get at a rummage sale.
The most effective scary tasks in your haunted house will be setting up the continuous electronic sight and sound effects that will play while your guests are venturing throughout it. With several CD players located in strategic spots, they can provide warnings, screams, groans, eerie music and other effects.
In your living room, set up a large-screen TV, and with the room darkened, show DVD composed of a continuous series of short clips from famous Hollywood horror movies. Continue the sound effects while various family members, dressed in their scary costumes, jump around to interrupt the TV program with sudden appearances and appropriate noises.
Haunted house scare tactics are inexpensive and easy to create. If you have spooky ideas and can enlist family talent, you can make your house rival every Hollywood horror movie ever made. Well, at least you can try.