View Full Version : plan for next year.

11-01-2008, 06:40 PM
hey i just got done with a home haunt and i was ok. i am 14 and i want to do better next year and i will have about 700 to a $1000. i want to do a evil clown/wild people thing with actors that just go crazy. i am a few props that hang and strobs and fog but i want to go bigger. i dont know what to make the walls out of. i used plastic this year but people could just push it away i want a more think wall that people cant push away. And i dont know what ind of rooms i should have and what kind of props i should have in each of the rooms. the space i have is like 30 feet by 28feet and i am thinking about building a thing in my back yard that will be around 40feet by 70 to 80 feet. i would like to start building props after cristmas so i will have time to build all the props that i will need.
i would love to read all the help you people will write.
p.s. and if someone would like to draw up a plan cause i am bad at using all my space to the best of it i would really like that.

11-01-2008, 07:00 PM
Walls - I would use wood, just supported 4x8 sheets of plywood usually will do the trick, plus they are more customizable so you can have paintings on them, different wall pattens, ect.

You can get some designs for wall panels here (http://bananaman165.home.comcast.net/~bananaman165/2002WallDetails.htm)

11-01-2008, 07:30 PM
thanks is the the cheapest way to go. or is there one that is cheaper but u can use the wood ones a long time.

11-02-2008, 09:52 AM
and does everyone know what place to go to that you can get ideas for clown props.

11-02-2008, 10:39 AM
here is something we did in our clown room that worked well was building a "jack in the box" one actor was hidden inside while another would stand still in the room, they thought he was a dummy and then the box would fly open revealing the other actor...it worked real well.
We made it from some scrap wood left over and just out neon paint on it....



11-02-2008, 05:55 PM
thanks man that looks cool

11-02-2008, 06:17 PM
well for over the top..
we had two clowns one had air horn and then we had him jumping off the walls and then in corner we had a clown juggling real machetes it was amazing!

11-02-2008, 08:09 PM
o thats cool but idk if i will have a lot of people to have 2 in a room.

11-02-2008, 11:10 PM
o thats cool but idk if i will have a lot of people to have 2 in a room.

Then that brings up one of the quandaries (spelling?) in putting on a haunt, and especially in doing one on a budget.

Do you have a lot of animatronics (expensive) and few actors, or do you have few animatronics and a lot of actors (also expensive)?

You can always seek out volunteers, but you need to figure out how much you can spend and what you can realistically do with that money.

11-03-2008, 05:16 AM
i said how much $ i will have in the first post and i have few actors. so idk what to do.

Lord Barnabus
11-03-2008, 03:31 PM
Another way to do wall panels on your cheap budget is to use pallets. You can usually get them for free from places like K-Mart, construction companies, newspaper and printing companies. You can either strip the planks off and build your own panels, or screw the pallets together to form wall panels.

Or check with companies that haul manufactured homes. They use wood panelling to transport the homes, and some of these companies throw away the panels after a home has been moved.

Moving companies like Roger Ward, Red Ball, Allied and others have large wood crates that get beat up over the years. At some point in time they fall apart. You could check with these companies to see if you can have the boxes that fall apart.

11-03-2008, 03:39 PM
thanks i will look into that

11-05-2008, 03:34 PM
dont the people just see right through it then

11-06-2008, 08:35 PM
i am looking for props walls mask so f u have same u want to sell send me pics at dhoff_13@yahoo.com and i will look at them and see if i like the tell me the price u want to sell them for to.

Front Yard Fright
11-06-2008, 11:18 PM
Talk to your friends about helping you out. I started my haunt when i was a freshman in high school and I had some of my friends help out.... Then as time went on and we got bigger we had people contacting us wanting to help out... And this year we had a crew of about 20 people a night and we had a few nights we had to turn people down because we simply just didn't have the space or costumes for that many people.

As far as walls go, there are two ways we do our walls for our haunt. For our outdoor haunt we used plywood with 2x4 frames. For our indoor (Garage) haunt we use OSB with 2x3 frames. OSB is much cheaper than plywood (1/2 the price) however, it doesn't hold up after being in the rain for long. You can get "wafferboard" (A really thin sheet of OSB) for about 4 to 5 bucks. 2x3s run about 1.75 around here. It's relatively cheap, but things do add up!

We've done a clown room for the past 3 years and next year I plan on adding a whole new haunt with a circus/side show/fun house theme to it. Some rooms that I'm planning are a jack-in-the-box room, a monkey cage, hall of mirrors, a "wheel of death" room, and a hallway with tons of doors that they have to find their way out of.

It all comes down to time, money, space, and actors. If we all had plenty of that the world would be a great place.

Good luck!

11-07-2008, 02:27 PM
thank i was going to do a jack in the back and the door thing maybe 2. thanks for the help

Front Yard Fright
11-07-2008, 02:43 PM
And if you're looking for props and masks (Thought it might be a little too late now) But check your local Halloween stores for after Halloween sales. Each year we go out a buy as much as we can seeing as they have 50% to 75% off discounts.

Spirit has/had a bunch of stuff 50% off on their site. Might want to check that out too. www.spirithalloween.com

11-07-2008, 02:45 PM
thanks man i will do that

Front Yard Fright
11-18-2008, 02:27 PM
Also, if you are short on live actors, you could look into making some mannequins and dress them up to be clowns. Then you could have a room full of about 3 to 5 clowns and have one a live actor. And even then you could maybe switch out the masks on the mannequins ever night to change things up if somebody were to come through again.

The cheapest way to do a haunt is of course to build as much as you can on your own. So rather than buying different props and stuff like that, try and make your own. I highly suggest you check out www.hauntforum.com and www.halloweenforum.com and see what they have to offer. I have a feeling you'd get a lot more help there than on here because this is more of a place for pro haunters.

11-18-2008, 02:31 PM
thanks a lot i will look at them

03-21-2009, 06:33 AM
We build our walls out of a wooden frame (2 x 8; 3 x 8) and streach sheets over them staple then paint. after two or three coats of paint the sheet gets hard almost like wall board but much lighter. We have almost 200 now. We build a few new ones every year. Sheets and paint can be gotten for free. Call the paint stores for "oops paint" and call motels for their old sheets. I use 2 X 1 X 8' furring strips that cost about $2. each to make the frames. They are light, easy to move, can be painted different for different years. when we put the pannels up we leave gaps that are just hung with a sheet. That allows the actors to move back and forth between scares.
You paint old sheets black and hang on walls and ceilings to cover. Paint the sheet before you hang it or it will bleed through to the wall. We have a couple of hundred painted sheets and add some every year.

We have not had to pay for any sheets. Most of the paint has been donated. One paint store was willing to put the tint for black into their oops paint for me.

A bonus is that latex paint won't burn. although the wood frame and the material under the paint will. I buy New York Invisishield and spray everything down every year. 5 gallons is around $250. When we are haunting with only about 3,000 sq. ft., the 5 gallons lasted for two years. Last year with 10,000 sq. ft we used the whole 5 gal.

Keep a staple gun and some screws handy as someone always gets scared and runs through a wall pannel. repairs are quick and easy however.