Directory: Decorating for Halloween for Your Frightening Pleasure
Decorate for Halloween
Haunted House Ideas
Set Up Your Own Terrifying Tour With Easy, Simple Effects
“Dead” bodies can be lying nearby, made by setting up stuffed clothing,
shoes, and a full-face mask. Ketchup is a good alternative to fake
blood, but it smells like you’re having a barbecue.
Someone dressed in a vampire costume lies in a coffin, which you can
build from a large cardboard box cut and formed to a coffin-like shape
and painted black. As guests walk by, the vampire suddenly opens his
eyes, sits up and bares his fangs.
Lighting is your most effective special effect. Use flashlights, red
light bulbs, green spotlights and night lights to create low lighting
that is safe enough to move around, but which highlights the scary
things on your tour.
Here are some simple ideas for rooms in your haunted house:
Mad Scientist’s Lab
Gather up all your old science fair equipment, beakers and tubes from
the microscope set, and anything in your kitchen that resembles a
scientist’s lab. The performer wears a white, wild-hair wig and a lab
coat. A fake head or a full-faced mask stuffed with newspaper can sit on
a table nearby.
For an eerie witch’s cauldron, fill a black, plastic Halloween cauldron
with hot water and add dry ice and a glow stick. (Don’t let children
handle or get near the dry ice.) Your performer, dressed in the
traditional witch regalia, is at the cauldron, stirring and telling a
Yucky body parts are easy to mimic, using spaghetti, peeled grapes and
other foods. Set aside part of your haunted house to have guests put
their hands in these slimy, gooey and scary things while the performer
tells the story of Hal O’Ween.
Set up gravestones (large cereal boxes painted gray and marked with
black letters) in a dark room. Add a fog machine (available at rental
stores and for sale with the fog juice for about $40) for a spooky
effect. If your haunted house is outdoors, tiki torches stuck in the
ground along the path will create an eerie effect.