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Planning a Spooky Haunted House on a Budget

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-10-03 7:00 am --

Are you looking to create a spooky haunted house this Halloween? So eerie, your friends will have nightmares for weeks? So scary, your haunted house will be the talk of the town? Planning a truly terrifying haunted house is no easy task, especially if you’re on a budget. However, if you start prepping early, you can craft a petrifying experience that will send shivers down the spine of all who dare to enter.

Start with a Theme

Every haunted house needs a great theme, so you can create a compelling ambiance that will immerse visitors in a petrifying haunted dimension. Whether you opt for a haunted asylum, a living graveyard, or a live chainsaw massacre, that parts up to you. Choose a theme that’s scary, will resonate with your desired audience and age group, and will be easy to create based on the resources you already have on hand.

Take Stock of Your Supplies

Before you head to the store to stock up on supplies, take note of what you already have around your house. Check the tool shed for possible weaponry that can be decked out in fake blood. Make use of all furniture, sheets, and scrap wood that you already have available. Scour your closet for any clothing that may fit into an ideal costume. By making use of the resources you already have available to you, you’ll reduce your overall spending a lot.

Browse Neighborhood Thrift Stores

After gathering the supplies needing to construct the haunted house, the next step is preparing the costumes. Thrift stores are the ideal place for gathering costume supplies, as they always contain an eclectic hodgepodge of clothing and décor. There, you’ll likely find lots of clothing, wigs, and accessories to suit whatever genre you’ve chosen.

Purchase What You Can in Bulk

Many of the supplies you’ll need will be required in vast supply. Fake blood, weaponry, wigs, face paint – you’ll need a lot to accommodate all of your various characters. Find bulk wholesale venders that offer all of the Halloween supplies you need at bulk wholesale prices, so you can conquer your shopping list in a single trip and get the best possible discounts.

Find Your Cast

Setting the scene is only half the battle. The characters you choose for your haunted house will compose the majority of the spookiness. You need compelling actors that will immerse themselves in the role to give all attendees an experience they’ll never forget. Set auditions in your neighborhood to attract local talent, and choose an array of characters to add an element of surprise to your haunted house.

Don’t Forget to Set the Mood

In addition to the obvious Halloween props, you need something to help set the mood as well. Creating a compelling haunted house largely depends on the ambiance. You need dim lighting, such as candles or lanterns, spooky Halloween soundtracks, and, if you really want to wow your audience, emitted scents that are reminiscent of the scene you’re creating.

Haunted houses are a Halloween favorite for children of all ages. Designing your own haunted house can be a fun and creative undertaking, but it takes a lot of hard work to make it a reality. To save money on your haunted house, you need scary props and costumes at low prices. Browse our Halloween store today to find the best bulk rates on all of your Halloween needs.