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Halloween Safety for Yard Haunts
Everyone loves a good yard haunt for
Halloween! For those creating the haunt, be it a simple yard haunt or a home walk-thru,
the planning and creating can be the most fun!
Draw out a "floor plan" of what
you want to do before hand, to make sure you have the room for
the lay-out. Decide how much you want to spend on
putting it together, some props can be expensive but well worth it as far as
and friends involved in helping you to put it
together and start a tradition that will carry over to your kids
when they grow up and have families of their own. If you
have single friends, get them involved, if they
want to help out. Setting up the haunt can be as much
fun before hand as it is when people go through it!
Plan ahead for next year. Hit all the after Halloween
sales to pick up what you need for the next year and get it at a fraction of the price! Get a head start on next year's
haunt and build
your props early. By starting early, you can take your time and not be rushed in October.
When planning a yard haunt there are some things
that you want to keep in mind for safety reasons. You want to make your haunt scary,
possibly bloody and gory but when it comes to your visitors, you don't want the blood to
end up being real. Here are some ideas that might help you make it safer.
The number one
item is to get extra home owners insurance for the nights that you will be allowing people to
view your haunt. Nothing can spoil the fun more than a law suit because someone tripped and
fell down. Most insurance companies can help you with the problem of extra insurance for the
time needed, even if it's for a single night. The expense of a nights insurance will far out-weigh
what it could end up costing you without it!
When building your
haunt, make sure that the walk ways are far enough away from things so that people can't trip
over them or hurt themselves. This also is good for you,
as it means that some rowdy visitors won't
be able to ruin your props and sets. Some people just have to vandalize at this time of year
and ruin it for others.
If you have a lot of
Jack-O-Lanterns, you might want to try a battery powered light source or light sticks to light
them instead of candles. This cuts down on the fire hazards, such as catching costumes
or props on fire.
Use something like
Pumpkin Lights for a realistic candle
Your best bet is to
just not use any live flame items but if you
have to, make sure there is no chance of
anything blowing into the flames, no cloth,
crepe paper streamers or anything that could
start a fire.
If you are using
fake blood, make sure that it won't be coming in contact with anything stainable like
visitors, pets and children. Not only is some fake blood sticky but it can stain like crazy!
Invest some money in a high quality fake blood
like the kind at DearBloodyMary.com
If you have a
particularly gruesome haunt set up, make sure you have warning signs up so that those with a
weak stomach can be forewarned. Maybe make a lighter
version for little kids and their parents that's
more fun and not scary. While it may take more
time to build two haunt areas, your
trick-or-treaters will love you for it and come
back next year.
If your haunt is
going to be publicized, make sure that you get some volunteers to help with crowd control and
public safety. Off duty police and fireman are often willing to help out.
If you are doing it for charity, make sure and
have sealed cans for donations located at the
beginning and end of your haunt. also make sure
that this is appropriate for a home haunt.
Read Halloween Online's
Surviving a Haunted Attraction article.