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How to Build a Haunted House

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As we move into October and truly dive into all things fall, many of you are probably already thinking about what costumes you need to get for Halloween, the number of bags of candy you’ll need for all the little ghosts and ghouls who’ll visit your home, and maybe even which corn mazes to explore. If you love the thrill that comes from being scared in a haunted house, then you may have thought about creating your own. In today’s post, we’ll look at some of the steps you need to take to build a haunted house.

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1. Determine Your Audience

While this might seem like a minor detail, it’s really important to think about whether you want to attract an adult audience, or if you want your haunted house to be more kid-friendly. For haunted houses designed to attract adults, feel free to amp up the scare and gore factors. If you want kids to enjoy it, however, make sure that you rely more heavily on design and include only a few mild jumps and scares. Additionally, you might want to have candy or another treat for them at the end.

2. Plan the Path

Before you can start building, you need to determine the path that your visitors will follow. This will help you figure out the amount of lumber and other materials that you will need to purchase. Part of your plan should also include whether guests will see things on just the inside of the haunted house or on the outside as well. There is no set size for a haunted house, so be sure to build it according to the space you have and the amount of work that you want to invest into this project.

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3. Create a Theme

It’s important to create a theme for your haunted house since this will make it easier to determine what should go into each room. It will also be beneficial if you’re trying to create a truly scary haunted house. This way, the further that people go into the haunted house, the more intense each room can be. A couple theme possibilities include:

  • The home of a serial killer
  • An abandoned insane asylum or hospital
  • A home haunted by the ghost of the previous owner

4. Select the Material for Your Walls

There are several good choices when it comes to the materials you can use for the walls of your haunted house. From wooden pallets and cardboard boxes to PVC pipes and old sheets, there are many possibilities that should suit almost any budget. One pro tip to keep in mind is to make sure that your plan allows for a few easy-to-find exits for children and any others who may not be able to handle complete darkness and creepy figures. No matter which material you choose to use, be sure to have your side-mounting cargo carrier from SidekicK VSC in the trunk of your vehicle so that you are prepared to take home all of your purchases.

5. Build the Walls

Following the plan that you designed for the path, you should be able to place the walls in the right places to help guide your visitors through the haunted house. Depending on how dark your haunted house will be, it might be a good idea to spray paint arrows or other indications for which direction they should go. Most haunted houses have just one path with an obvious flow of traffic, but if you offer different path options, then make sure to help your guests find their way through the house.

6. Sit Back and Enjoy

Once your haunted house is built, make sure to pay close attention to all of the details that will bring your plan to life and provide a great experience for your guests. After all of the hard work that you put into building your haunted house, it is sure to be a rewarding experience to listen to your guests scream and laugh their way through the house. If you plan to create a haunted house each year, then make sure to ask for feedback from your guests as to ways that you can improve upon your plans.

At SidekicK VSC, we love all types of projects, whether they’re home improvement projects, or projects that are just for fun. All of this work means that we make a lot of trips to our local home-improvement store, so we understand the value of being prepared to haul all of our cargo home in one trip. If you’re tired of dealing with rental trucks, lumber hanging out of the trunk of your car, or trying to find a friend who can help, then be sure to order our side-mounting cargo carrier, and be prepared for all of your lumber-hauling trips.