Halloween signs enhance your haunt: As juvenile candy collectors creep up to your haunted home wouldn’t it only be fair to give them some warning of what’s to come? Using Halloween signs to enhance your display is a great way to complete your theme. Lately I’ve been thinking about creating a Salem witch theme, like a dark bubbling cauldron with led lights on the inside, prominently displayed on the lawn. Then a great sign out front to warn the kiddies of the witches inside. Something like The Wicked Witch Inn is great for a more whimsical feel. I prefer something a little bit more scary like Witches Gather Here. Finish off your look with a little trick-or-treater that has been captured in a cage and awaiting the stew. Of course when you open the door you have to be dressed to the nine’s in your spookiest witch costume and makeup serving gummy toads and worms.
Undead abominations break new ground: There’s no doubt that zombies are huge right now, which make them ideal for decorating a lawn or yard. Here’s what I’m thinking: zombie props and body parts buried in the earth, sticking out enough to look like a poorly constructed graveyard. Accent the scene with green lights and smoke machines to create a swampy, murky feeling. But I want to go one further: dress myself in dark clothing that I don’t care about and bury myself in some loose dirt. When a trick-or-treater wanders by, I’ll leap out and scream and watch their face curdle. Glorious!
Flicking lights for fearful scenes: Like photography, lighting makes all the difference in a Halloween scene. Any professional haunter will say the same thing. But simple lighting can only heighten the scene so far – shadows, eye direction, pathing. Flickering Halloween lights, however, are designed to attract attention and create a spooky visual. For example, no one likes it when the electricity goes out, it’s spooky and horrifying, which is why lights designed to turn on and off at intervals would be ideal for a haunted house. I once designed a hallway with three lights on each side, with each light on a different interval. When one went off, another turned on, and so forth. It allowed attention to be focused off the actor creeping up behind the victims. Definitely going to do it again this year.
As we get closer to the Halloween season, we’ll continue updating our blog with ideas for haunts. If you have any great ideas you want to share, let us know and we may showcase your work. We love hearing from our customers.