Easy Ways to Create Your Own Haunted Attraction
Pictured: Fog machines,
iron fences and faded tombstones help turn any backyard into an eye-catching Halloween attraction.
You've seen people come up with all sorts of Halloween haunts right in their
own backyard. Haunted houses, hayrides, walk-throughs and other small attractions
that become the highlight of a night of trick-or-treating. If you have the
desire to build one of these yourself but have put it off because you think
it would just be too complicated and expensive, here are some easy steps
to simplify making your very own haunted attraction.
First, get a bunch of your friends or family members together who want to help create the attraction. Decide where you want to have it: your yard, a garage, in the woods, etc. Then divide up the project assignments. Giving each person their own tasks is key in simplifying your haunt. Divide up as the tasks as follows, and let each person choose which they would like the tackle:
- Design a floor plan
of the attraction.
costume ideas for any characters in the attraction; buy clothes/fabrics
at thrift stores
and flea markets for the costumes and any additional fabric
props (such as curtains, tablecloths, draperies, etc.).
- Purchase additional props at thrift stores and flea markets; ask friends,
neighbors and family to loan some items to be used in the haunt.
- Build the stage
for the set, such as haystacks, scarecrow poles, gates, doors, etc.
- Design ads and flyers for the event to be posted at your local library, online,
or just to be handed out to friends. You can also design specially-made tickets
to your attraction.
- If the attraction is going to be one that is high-cost, have someone contact
local businesses to sponsor the event in exchange for free advertising in your
flyers and ads, or in a large sign outside the attraction saying who it is sponsored
Different types of Halloween attractions to try are:
Haunted house in your house, garage, basement or shed
- Walk-through haunted
cemetery, pumpkin patch or scarecrow show
- Haunted hay-ride
through your backyard or woods
Here is a list of items
and props as a starting point for your haunted attraction. Some can be
built, others can be found at thrift shops
donated by friends:
When you have your floor plan finished, you’ll know more about the specific
look you want for your haunt. You can also think about if you want your haunt
to be on Halloween night, or during the last few weekends of October.
Don't be afraid to ask
small businesses for financial support. Some will jump at the chance to
be part of a fun
Halloween event that is sure to draw big crowds, who, for them, are potential
customers in town who will see and remember their name.
Dividing up the time,
effort and costs among everyone putting together the haunt can really get
off the ground. So don't wait! Start planning your very own haunted attraction
today, and bring it to life to thrive this Halloween season!