As the time draws near for the first trick or treaters to arrive, we often are looking to add one more feature that will make our haunt run more smoothly or provide an extra special treat. However, with time so short, what choices do we have? Well I’ve got a few you may want to consider.
The first is one of my favorite, simple to set up effects that still packs a big attention grabbing punch. Adding a projection element is easier than ever as more companies began to market a wide selection of clips to choose from. Everything from crawling bugs to dancing skeletons are now available. I incorporate a variety of different projections but the one that I enjoy most is the singing pumpkins as even the youngest visitor to your haunt can enjoy it. Suitable projectors can be purchased used or you can pick up one of the economy projectors now available from the same companies that supply the video clips. One nice thing about having a more dedicated projector like those used for home theaters is you can also set up your own outdoor theater for other evening gathering entertainment.
Another place where a little time and effort will go a long way is to make some improvements to your lighting setup. This is something I try to do every year as it always has room for improvement. Don’t put off planning the lighting until the last minute. Remember, all the hard work you put into building your props is for naught if no one can see them!
One final suggestion is to take a few minutes to check the load you are putting on each of your electrical circuits. A great tool to check this out is a Kill A Watt - https://amzn.to/31BiydT (this is an Amazon affiliate link. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases). This task is especially important if you plan on using fog machines as they are notorious electricity hogs. You may find it necessary to pull power from a variety of circuits so as not to overload any single circuit.
What tips do you have that others may incorporate into their plan? Please add them in the comments.
Take a few minutes to think about these and other quick tasks that you can do in order to improve your haunt. A little time spent here can go a long way towards making this year an enjoyable and successful Halloween!