Your homemade Halloween haunted house can include a number of truly scarifying effects that will make it the toast of the neighborhood. Adding a few tried and true concepts that have worked for Halloween haunted houses in the past will greatly increase the effectiveness of your aim to scare, chill or fright.
The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes used to start out with funny tombstone sayings like “Disco” and “Elvis: Get Used to It.” Gravestones are an easy Halloween decoration to make. You can use cardboard, Styrofoam or wood to make the Halloween graveyard tombstones. Using paint or markers, you should adorn the gravestones with either funny or scary sayings. If you can’t think of any humorous tombstone sayings yourself, consider the list of gravestone epitaphs you can find use by following this link.
The Unexpected Sideshow Attraction
Have you ever been to a sideshow that promised something truly amazing, but delivered something that was less than amazing? You can do the same thing without disappointing your Halloween haunted house customers by utilizing humor. Set aside a room that offers the unique chance to see a Man Eating Chicken or Man Eating Shark. When the Halloween haunted house customers pile into your sideshow room, provide them with the exact item you promised: A man sitting at a table eating either chicken or shark.
Coffins R Us
Coffins are a trademark element for the Halloween haunted house that you make yourself. Believe it or don’t, Ripley, but you can make a passable coffin from nothing but a few cardboard boxes of the type that are utilized as folders. Cut out one side of those on the end and two sides of those on the middle and line them up so that a person can lay down inside them. Line with some silk to create the illusion of a funeral home casket. Paint the coffin and utilize the special effects tricks used to give the boxes the look of wood grain. Follow this link to learn more about creating a faux wood grain for your homemade Halloween coffin.
Your homemade Halloween haunted house will work most effectively if your limit your completely darkened rooms to just one or along a hall. The rest of the rooms should be lit using some kind of Halloween effect. One good effect is to take plastic gallon milk jugs and decorate them to look like a vampire, Frankenstein’s creature, a black cat, a ghost and any other scary Halloween icon you can think of. Cut off the spout and handle of the plastic jugs unless you can use them as an integral part of your Halloween creature décor. Insert either a candle or battery-powered lighting device. The flickering of the candle adds a scarifying element, but the battery powered devices are much safer.