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Halloween on a Budget
Title: How to Article : Halloween on a Budget
Author: Paul " DragonMaster " Pendragon
Its that time a year again when we think about Halloween and
many of us think about how elaborate we can decorate our homes,
or in my case our local Haunted House.
Props, and decorations can be expensive and it pays to show
around. In this article I wanted to cover some inexpensive ways
you can be the hit of the town with affordable decorations.
About a month before Halloween I begin " dumpster diving " going
to county dumbsites in search for usable items. I have found
glass panes, mirrors, and more that while I would not put it in
my own home, the items would fit great into a Halloween Haunt
You can take old clothes and stuff them with newspaper, top it
with a latex mask like you buy at the store stuffed with paper
and you have a halfway decent monster. You can take sheets of
styrofoam from a home improvement store, score brick lines,
words etc into it, shape it, paint it with cheap spray paint to
make stones and tombstones. When you score the styrofoam and
then paint it with cheap spray paint, the paint will eat away at
the styrofoam giving the item an old decaying look.
Another trick I use to make guts etc is a can of expandable foam
found in hardware and home improvement stores.
A little searching, a little work, and a whole lot of
imagination you can fix you home or haunt into a first class
experience for all your victims
When decorating on a budget remember it will be dark when
victims come to your home. Your home should be well lit
especially pathways but lighting is also important for creating
the haunting atmosphere you want.
Finally remember that haunting involves all the senses. Your
home or haunt should look, sound, and feel like a haunted house
( or whatever theme you pick ). Go all the way a little money on
one or two big items added to many smaller homemade or cheaper
props and decorations will go a long way to making your home or
haunt the best in town. For ideas, and inexpensive props and
costumes visit the site of my haunted house - The House of Pain
About the Author: About the author:
Paul " DragonMaster " Pendragon is senior event co-ordinator for
DragonMaster Entertainment, He is Co-Founder and Co-Designer for
the House of Pain Haunted House in Middle Tennessee. He has been
designing and working in haunted houses since 1977. If you have
any questions or comments you can email him at