Decorating a yard for Halloween is a lot of fun, but you could do something even better: a haunted attraction. These popular scare mazes aren’t as hard to make as you would think! Turning your lawn into the perfect Halloween trick or treating spot can be done cheaply or you can go all out. It’s all up to you! Here are a few essential steps to transforming your lawn for the scariest of all holidays.
Decorate Your Lawn and Maze
Whether you plan on buying expensive animatronic latex monsters from your local Halloween super store or doing DIY spiders and other kid-friendly creepy crawlies, you will need decorations. Try going for a theme inspired by the latest horror films, TV shows, and novels. A cohesive aesthetic will make your haunted attraction more alluring than a hodge-podge of random assorted decorations.
When decorating your yard, consider the type of trick or treaters you are expecting. Young children won’t respond well to gore or too realistic monsters, but if you have an older crowd of teenagers and young adults, you can go all out! Having the right atmosphere is essential or else young children might just skip over your place.
Try to avoid decorations that might damage your grass such as things that require large spikes to be placed in the ground or particularly heavy objects. Anything large should be kept off the lawn as it will block sunlight and could kill your grass. If you want to use larger decorations, try waiting to put those particularly pieces out until the days leading up to Halloween or even just on that particular day. A dying lawn is scary only for its owner!
Set Up Some Walls
One of the most deceptively challenging parts of creating a haunted attraction in your yard is making the walls. There are some simple solutions, though. Cardboard boxes are a safe, cheap, and available option. Just stack them and cover them with black tarps or fabric. Painting them is an option, too; making them a part of the decorations themselves. Make tight turns and hide-aways for people to sneak into and scare your maze runners. Stage different scenes by leaving larger sections of open space, giving you the opportunity to create a cool tableau of horror.
Before you start setting up your walls, it’s a good idea to plan the layout so that you know you have enough space and material to do what you want. Measure things out with a tape measure and make sure to leave enough walking room for everyone.
Cultivate an Atmosphere
A popular way to make your haunted attraction all the creepier is to use fog machines and strobe lights. This will create a haunting ambience for your ghouls. Music can also add to the effect, but don’t leave it on too late or your neighbors won’t be too happy. Make sure there is enough lighting for people to see their way through the maze or you might have a few toppled walls during your night. Some decorations will have lighting effects that won’t ruin the aesthetic of your maze while still providing much needed light. Remember, a lot of people will be wearing masks, which makes it difficult to see, reducing their field of vision.
Keep things safe! Don’t leave anything that could trip a maze-goer or catch on them, making them trip and most likely knocking parts of your maze over.
Of course, Halloween isn’t complete without candy. Provide your maze-goers with a nice reward at the end. The final candy grab is also a great way to stage the last scare – someone acting as a dummy holding the bowl can get in one last fright. Just remember to only frighten those with the nerve to take it.
Keep your Lawn Healthy
All these people walking on your lawn might make you nervous that it will be damaged by the foot traffic. If your lawn is healthy and well-maintained, that shouldn’t be a problem. Just don’t water the day of and it should be fine. If your lawn isn’t as nice as you would like or it’s simply unhealthy, using a professional can assure that it will survive your haunted attraction. Contact Lawnscape today for all of your lawn maintenance needs!