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How To Make a Haunted House

Watch more How to Make Halloween Decorations videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to make a haunted house that will thrill all this Halloween. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Pregnant women, people with heart conditions, and those who are photosensitive to flashing lights, like some epileptics, should not visit haunted houses. Step 1: Build on a theme Base your design on a theme. Classics like "insane asylum" or "serial killer-plagued campground" will give you lots of material to play with. Tip The more thorough and specific your details, the scarier your haunted house will be. Step 2: Pick a scary location Consider holding your event at or near a scary location, like an old graveyard. Tip Make sure it's a safe — and legal — location. Things will be less scary if the cops shut you down halfway through the night. Step 3: Work in live-action stunts Liven up your haunted house with live-action stunts. Enlist a few costumed friends, and have them grab onto guests, create eerie effects, and make stationary tableaus come to life. Step 4: Incorporate different textures Incorporate different unidentifiable textures. Create sudden mists using spray bottles and force guests to walk through black thread or clingy cotton webbing, which is available at craft or convenience stores around Halloween. Step 5: Tailor your sound effects Instead of the same old cackling witches and clanking chains, tailor sound effects to your theme. Give each room a different soundtrack, and work in a few unexpected noise triggers. Tip Use silence to your advantage. A lack of sound can help to build suspense. Step 6: Create a mist Use a fog machine, which you can rent or buy at a stage or lighting store, to create a ghoulish creeping mist. Step 7: Set up strobe lights Use strobe lights to disorient your guests. Set the lights to make the action seem to take place in an eerie slow motion. Step 8: Use blindfolds Consider blindfolding your guests and having them feel their way through parts of the house. Alternately, keep things dark, and make your guests find their way with flashlights. Step 9: Provide one way out Let guests know at the start that there's only one way out -- the exit at the end of the tour. This single-exit strategy will help to ratchet up the excitement and tension, and keep your guests eagerly pushing forward through your house of horrors. Did You Know? In 2005, a four-story haunted house named Erebus in Pontiac, Michigan, was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest walk-through haunted attraction.
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