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Video:How to Set Up a Haunted House at a Kids Party

with Christina Gavenda

Setting up a haunted house is all about creating an eerie environment. Check out how to make an age appropriate haunted house for a children's Halloween party.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Set Up a Haunted House at a Kids Party

Hi, I’m Christina Gavenda with About.com, and today I’ll be showing you how to set up a haunted house at a kid’s party.

Set Up Spooky but Safe Lighting for the Haunted House Effect

First it’s important to find the best amount of lighting. If it’s too bright then you’ll lose the spooky factor, but if it’s too dark than it can be dangerous to the kids. Lamps and clamp lights create an eerie environment, especially when placed behind homemade walls of sheets and eerie decorations like spiderwebs and Halloween props.

You can use black plastic trash bags and cut them in thin strips. Hang them in your doorway so that your guests can’t see what’s coming up behind them or in front of them. To save time it is best to stick with the functions of the rooms. The family crafts section of About.com has so many more detailed ideas for your party.

Design an Age Appropriate Haunted House

Enlist the help of family and friends. You can have them dress up in costumes and stand around the house. When the kids get close, you can have the jump out and scare them. You don’t have to go over the top scary. Remember, the kids imaginations will do most of the work for you.
Remember that the kids are very easy to scare. Also, what’s scary to a 12-year old may be terrifying for a 6-year old. Please keep your party age-appropriate.

Details and Accessories Make the Haunted House More Interesting

Some other ideas for your party can be hanging scary props such as ghosts or caution tape around the room. Make your lamps look creepy. Take a piece of aluminum foil, cut holes in it and then drape it over your lamp shade. Placing your jack-o lanterns of top of your lamps can create a very spooky flair. Spice up your sheets with holiday garland and colored lights. The lights will also add safety for your guests.

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