Sound tracks, loud noises work well.
Except in my Haunted, Haunted House. Ambient sounds here have often got people's "attention" and increased their awe and wonder???
A dog and two cats upstairs right above their heads, scurring around chasing one another also suddenly becomes some harbenger of fear to come for many .. (are you laughing yet?) All TRUE!
If a din of sound is simply way too loud, I think many turn it off in their head, unless it is so loud it is rattling their teeth in their sockets!
As patrons travel through Ravens Grin I am narrating the tour, and they have the opportunity to speak to me or express themselves. When people know each other in the group these communications can add to their fun and happy memories of their time here.
I tried using a Big, Noisey sound track once when I first started, it was definately a mood influencer, but it didn't create or help the mood I was seeking .
Anyone remember some ancient ad on TV:"If you want to get someone's attention... whisper.?"
When the house is more quiet than not, I have scared people with very slight noises and making loud noises uncommon also sets up the loud sound (if it is to happen?) to be more scary and effective.
So as all of this is how my house is, now maybe it can be understood how much incredible fun I can have here , scaring grown adults by simply shuffling my feet as I very slowly walk across a very dark room!
A few weeks ago a man who is getting into the haunted prop business was here alone and I was only half way across the dark room, shuffling, when he suddenly says loudly:"OK! I've had enough!" Very scared !
He later had to laugh at himself.
A female writer for Chicago Magazine also wrote about these kinds of things she experienced here during her tour, it was hysterical!
I am sure there has never existed any sound track that could generate as much fear and fun as what I have just described here.
Then to Make use of sounds you already have.
Like a small air compressor that was not going into my compressor room, 90 feet away from where I neded the air, so I put the little compressor under the hood of my wrecked car.(Weather Proof too!) I use the noise it makes as an engine noise (which can fool some people) which all fits in with what happens next.
"I don't believe it! My wrecked car hasn't run in 12 years!?"
Then the air from this compressor makes the hidden UFO fly up and out of it's hiding place, which in Hollywood logic could be a rational explaination for my junk car being able to run again!
The UFO is piloted by our "Designated Driver", "He will give you a ride "Home", although it might take awhile, since he has those prodding experiments to do on you first."