My kids were 8 and 10 at the time when I was walking through my yard one night and realized the layout was perfect for a Haunted Pathway. It was almost pitch black with many creepy country noises of hundred year old trees bending and creaked in the breeze. I had only a few months to plan but my first year I was successful in setting up a very creepy haunted pathway which became the highlight of our Halloween parties.
|You can fine this great piece of fine art for purchase at ETSY shop Mommy Makes at |
|This great luminary was found in ETSY shop SniKitty @|
|This creepy tombstone would have been an excellent addition to my creepy graveyard. You can find this beauty at ETSY shop SigsRose at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sigsrose?ref=seller_info|
My children helped me pick out the prizes from Oriental Trade to fill the 20 buckets that were strategically placed along the pathway. Anything from little notebooks and cute erasers to obnoxious, but fun, baking soda bombs and candy that turns your mouth red.
Next was our costumes...Many of which were comprised of salvation army or garage sale items but some were investments and were more expensive, we used these every year. When I was building my handmade costumes I found it a little funny that in the past I had said "why would anyone try to sell this" when I would find an torn up garments at a garage sale for a 25 cents. Well...I guess I would because those were what turned out to be mad scientist, Frankenstein, witches and the living dead outfits. Often those old clothes were not tattered enough so I would run them over with the car which produced a much more realistic tears and wear apposed to cutting them with a scissors.
|For the costumes that we would use every year we would invest in quality masks and even full suites. This mask would look excellent with my "ran over" tattered clothes. Put some fur around your neck, hands and feet and you could scare anyone! This great costume was found in ETSY shop Sans Soucis Studios, a real Artist and Mask Maker at|
The first few kids spotted the next bucket on their own and ran towards it with their friends close behind. Suddenly a werewolf leaps from behind the tree, growls and grabs at them. Several kids jump, scream, then giggle as they realize what had just happened. They all grabbed their treats and moved on again gleefully chatting about what could be at the next bucket. Often the boys would insist that they were not scared and were daring the next haunt to come after them.
|I wish I could have found these amazing luminary buckets back when I did the parties; they are perfect for the pathways! I found these in ETSY shop LizzieJeans @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/lizziejeans?ref=seller_info|
I hope that some of my tips can help you set up a haunt for your family and friends. (Halloween-party-ideas.html) Luckily now we have ETSY and can find many items handmade by those creative artists and crafters. Happy Haunting!!!