We love Halloween time! From visiting pumpkin patches, to trick or treating and everything in between, it is one of the most fun times of the year! We have even started turning our home into a haunted house! We transform our two front rooms into spooky places to visit, and we have learned some easy ways to turn any home into a haunted house!
Here Are Our Favourite DIY Spooky Haunted House Tips:
1. Play the Right Music
Bring out your old school CD player and put some Halloween music CDs in there, and set them on loud. Nothing spooks people out as much as chainsaws and screams!
2. Keep Things Hazy
Set up a fog machine to make the rooms look even creepier! Place it right up at the front of the room so that guests have to walk through it to get to the next section! This is a great way to really make things scary!
3. Include Flashes of Light
Keep party strobe lights set up to flash light and shadows throughout the haunted house. It will really set the mood for the scares to come! Bonus points if the light has a red glow to it!
4. Keep the Pathway Clear
We love to add decorations that jump out at you, but we always make sure that there is a clear way for people to walk through the haunted house. Safety first!
5. Let Your Guest Get Tangled Up in Fun
Put thin spider webs at arm's length so that people get stuck in the creepy mess as they walk through. This should go where their arms are so that they can still safely walk through.
6. Keep the Scares Coming
Pack the haunted house with as many creepy Halloween decorations as possible. Leave no space empty. Everywhere your guests look should be as scary as possible. Don't forget to look high and low for the perfect spot for your decorations.
7. Don't Forget to Dress Up
Make sure everyone working the haunted house has elaborate Halloween costumes on. That is one of the best ways to create a great haunted house...by making sure everyone is playing the part of a creepy character.
8. Reward the Survivors
Keep big sweet bowls waiting for them as they exit, and encourage them to reach in and grab some sweets to enjoy as they leave. I also like to keep party bags for them to put the treats into.
9. Consider Having Two Levels of Fear
We like to separate our haunted house into two parts. One really scary and one less scary for the little ones.
10. Gather Help
Hosting a haunted house can be a lot of fun for those going through it and those working it. If you get offers of help, be sure to say yes!