Whether your kids are eight or 18, a Halloween haunted house party is a great way to let them and their friends enjoy Halloween in a safe, but fun, environment. This Halloween, host a haunted house party for your kids and their friends, the neighborhood children, or your child’s school class.
If you’re not brave enough to use your own house this Halloween, consider transforming your basement, garage, or shed into a fun haunted house your kids can explore. Use the age of your guests to determine the level of Halloween horror.
Get creative and incorporate some of these Halloween props into your haunted house for a spooky success.
Brain Explosion – Buy bulk amounts of off-brand noodles. A few dollars will buy more than enough for what you’ll need. Mix up different shapes – be sure to get some long, stringy spaghetti as well as shells and macaroni. A day or two before the Halloween haunted house party, cook, drain and store the noodle in large plastic containers.
Pick one or two doorways in the Halloween haunted house for your brain explosion booby trap. Balance a plastic container of cold, cooked noodles on top of the door and door frame. Be sure to secure the container to door, so that it will tip over, but not fall on the children. When your little costumed-guests push the door, the container will dump a pile of cold, clammy “brains” on them.
Creepy Cobwebs – Drape strands of extremely thin, wispy thread over doorways. In the dimmed lighting, your guests will not see the strings. They will only feel the “cobwebs” brush against their face and arms.
Moving Maze – Alter the layout of your house, or whichever building you use, by making moving walls. Frame temporary walls with PVC pipe covered in heavy black fabric or painted cardboard. As your guests wander through the haunted house, have staged “ghouls” move the temporary walls to block off doorways.
This is also a great technique to build a haunted maze in your backyard. You can use splashes of glow-in-the-dark paint (available at Halloween stores) and other glow-in-the-dark props to add just enough eerie light for your guests to wander around.
Be as creative as possible with your haunted house doors and windows. Try to make your costumed guests crawl and climb, head first, into every room. This makes them feel more vulnerable and ups the Halloween spook quota. For example, use cardboard to block off the top half of a doorway and seal the lower opening with a black tarp or garbage bag.
Put on slit in the center of the plastic, from top to bottom. Your guests will have to pop their head through the opening first, and then shoulder their way in, making them defenseless against the Brain Explosion or whichever Halloween spook you have waiting for them.