Great ideas for making a haunted house don't need to fill you with fears of an empty wallet. A trip to the party supply store can fill you with dread when you see the cost of some of the more elaborate haunted house effects, but you don't need the latest animatronics to give your guests a good scare. Try these haunted house ideas for low-cost decorations that still pack plenty of thrills.
If your budget is small, consider doing a few scary rooms instead of a whole house. You can settle on one theme, like a dungeon, torture chamber or Dracula's bedroom. You can get maximum scares from minimum space.
Selecting one specific theme is a great way to keep costs down. You can build a theme around movie monsters, like the mummy, Dracula or the Wolfman, which can be reproduced with just a few supplies. You could also go with a ghost theme and decorate with various styles of ghosts, like sheet ghosts, garbage bag ghosts and paper ghosts.
Inexpensive strings of purple, orange and even white lights can be hung throughout your house to lend an eerie atmosphere. Try placing the lights behind the stretchy spider webbing for a very creepy effect. Changing a lamp's bulb from white to purple can alter the mood of your room. Using low-wattage bulbs adds to the spooky atmosphere and you can leave some areas in total darkness.
Consider renting a fog machine, which is much cheaper then buying a fog machine. You can also use dry ice in water to create fog. Remember to never touch dry ice with your bare hands or leave it in a place where kids can reach it. Touching dry ice causes immediate frostbite.
Low-Cost Decorating Tips
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These tips will show you how to make a haunted house that's filled with surprises for every guest.