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Subject: Haunted House Ideas Anyone?
Date Posted: 8/21/2008 10:52 AM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2006
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Every year, I create a haunted house for my children's PTO sponsored fall festival. I build all the props and everything by myself, so I usually get started around this time of year. Our theme this year is a dungeon of horrors, where visitors will be sentenced to prison by the judge and be forced to walk through the dungeon, the torture chambers and the graveyard. I have a headless ghoul waiting for them at the very end. I have three large rooms to work with, all part of a boy's locker room (which is scary enough, lol!). One room has six large shower stalls, so I have lots of areas to fill and I am always looking for new ideas, so anyone care to share?

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 4:51 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I love haunted houses, my old girl scout leader used to do the best! The upstairs was the scardey cat friendly part of the house with games, spooky decorations, food etc, the basement was enter at your own risk, with the coup de grace of being chased by her husband with a chainsaw as you left.  They always had dummies & stuff in displays of medieval torture scenes & gothic stuff.  One area was "the Madhouse" where the "keeper" lead you through and there were kids acting as lunatics.  That was pretty scarey.

A couple friends of mine always get part-time jobs in the haunted house in the local park.  The best one there had a kid planted in the audience with each group who then got abducted by a ghost/monster/murderer and dragged away from the rest of the group...then the guide would advise us to hold hands so no one else got snatched.  And one of my favorites is the freaky dinner party, where they always had a family of ghouls feasting on fake body parts & blood and inviting the audience to join them.

Not sure what age group your serving or how extreme things can get, but I love to imagine & plan how I'd run a haunted house if I got the chance.  It sounds like so much fun!

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Thanks for the ideas, Vanessa!  I usually have all ages come through the haunted house, but we try to put the younger ones together and tone it down a little for them. I love the dinner party and the confederate ideas, I may have to put those in somewhere.