Create an amazing attraction for your students and their friends this Halloween.
You can turn your home into a spine-tingling haunted house for under $30
by using recycled goods. This is also a great way to
reduce the carbon footprint of your Halloween and save some money for candy!
Decide where you want the haunted house to be. Using your garage or garden
is a great idea as it’s easier to transform these places into scenes
of disturbing horror. If you want to do it in your home, choose a room
and move as much of the furniture out as you can.
Cut black plastic garbage bags open along the sides and lay them down to
create a path or tape them to furniture and walls to create a corridor
down which your victims must walk. You can buy cheap black plastic on
large rolls from the hardware store for large areas. Use fishing line
to hang strips of cut black plastic from the light fixtures and ceiling.
Create a scary atmosphere by playing spooky Halloween soundtracks. You
can download these for free download or tune into Halloween radio stations.
Here are some you can try:
• The Blue Smoke Band
Free Halloween Online Radio Stations
AOL Radio – Halloween
• Pandora – Halloween Music
• Doomed SomaFM
Create some gruesome and scary scenes or tableaus along the path through
your haunted home. You can make a cemetery by using polystyrene packaging
from your local appliance stores. Use a knife to cut out tombstones. Use
a sponge and some black acrylic paint to give the tombstones some character
and paint the names of party guests onto the tombstones.
Get a pile of your old clothes together. Pick a few items and stuff them
with the leftover old clothing. Now add masks as faces or cut off arms
and legs and add ketchup to make severed limbs. Put ketchup on your hands
and make bloody handprints on windows and furniture or drag your fingers
across the floor to leave ketchup marks. Attach fishing line to the dead
bodies and severed limbs so that you can make them move and twitch.
Turn off the lights and use candles instead. Place them in mason jars or
vases to prevent fires. Using coloured vases will add to the mood. You
can also replace your light bulbs with red or blue bulbs for added effect.
Jack-o-lanterns make the perfect candle holders.
Get volunteers to line the path and dress them up in scary costumes. They
can jump out at students who are walking along the path, or touch them
on the shoulders as they pass by.