Thinking of keeping the neighborhood tricksters busy this year with something besides toilet papering your favorite trees? Hold your own spooktacular haunt this Halloween season! These simple to implement ideas will transform your home or backyard into a seething pit of fear . . .
Before you hold your haunt, you need to decide which areas of your home you want to transform. It’s imperative that you block off any additional doorways or areas of your home you don’t want your guests to access. Cover windows and doorways with black trashbags (or black shower liners- dollar store!) If the area is quite dark, consider adding some “caution” tape (which is available at lowes or Home Depot). If creating a backyard haunt, be sure to block off areas that may cause injury (potholes in the lawn, tree roots that jut out, etc). It’s no fun if your guests twist their ankles or break a leg!
Fill Clear vases with Dark red water (food coloring!) and a single black rose (available at dollar stores). You can add body parts to the vases as well.
Wet yarn hung from the ceiling creates a vastly creepy experience for guests- when the yarn brushes the sides of their face, you’ll get screams of fear! Be sure to add plenty of spiders, rats, bats and other creepy crawlies sure to induce unnatural levels of fear. Add a fake mouse in a mousetrap (place in a well lit area of the haunted house). These look very authentic and will make your guests cringe.
Create Zombies & Ghouls with their Guts hanging outas props, or dress friends and family members in scary costumes or as maimed characters.
Add an antiqued look to your furniture and mirrors by draping cheesecloth (spattered with blood of course!) over them.
Be sure that any candles or dry ice is protected from being touched or knocked over!
Don’t forget to complete your frightening haunts with Sound Effects, use cds of various scary sounds (some triggered to go off by motion), as well as bat sound effects(this one works very well in rooms with wet yarn hanging from the ceiling!)
Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.