I'm starting to plan for next year. I was hoping to get some group help on coming up with some ideas on things to do with my house. I thought I would have a contest of sorts where we compare ideas and then I try to implement what I can and share the results in pictures after next Halloween.
I have a pretty large front yard, including the driveway and narrow side, it is probably 1/4 to 1/3 of an acre. I can give a site plan with measurements if that helps, but I'll start with photos. I can also provide some pictures of what I've done the past 2 Halloween's I had the house.
I don't need to have the perfect "theme". I want to be able to mix the things I have that some might think clash, such as TOT friendly stuff with the macabre. I want to expand my graveyard and perhaps add a Mausoleum with a Pepper's CFG in it. I want a Monster in a Box, a bottomless pit, to haunt my mailbox and more. I obviously can't do it all in one year, but I can get a good start.
I like to light the house like Christmas also and cover it with lime, orange and purple lights. My front porch becomes a mad laboratory with several black lights that could use improvement, and I have some decorations in the windows.
Right now, we set up a few inflatables, including a vampire Mickey Mouse along the front of the house set back from a culvert. The trees have purple lights in them. I have tiki torches at the front of the drive, I use chemicals to make them green. The graveyard is close to the porch and is mostly small commercial animatronic tombstones. I may move most of that inside and replace it with a more life-size graveyard.
Currently, I don't use the driveway or the narrow space to the left of the driveway.
Here are some ideas I had in no particular order.
a.Expand and enhance the graveyard and improve the lighting
b.Add the flying Axworthy ghosts between all the trees.
c.Do something with the driveway to turn it into part of the haunt. Put my MIB d.there near the left garage door.
e.Make a projection effect on the left garage door like the talking skull and blinking eye effects, or put that in my porch center window with a pepper's effect.
f.Open the right garage door and create a torture dungeon scene with a g.Jacob's ladder, chains hanging from the ceiling, maybe an electric chair or frankenstein table, etc
h.Make fake wood slat covers for boarded up looking windows
i. use the Disney projection bust effect for singing pumpkins up front near the mailbox
j. Build something to make the mailbox open and close and talk.
k. Make fencing from palletes or from pvc and wood for effect and to direct people where I want them.
Basically, I would love input about layout and lighting. Where should I put things? How large an area should things like the graveyard cover? Where should lights go? If it were your haunt what would you create given a large but not insane budget. So lots of things you could buy or build for under $300. None of the $3000 pneumatic commercial stuff.
I am decent with woodworking, and excellent with electronics. I know that things like the singing pumpkins, MIB, and Bottomless pit will require a controller for what I want to do. I use the Arduino open standard controllers, but could look at a Prop-1 if I need to.
Anybody want to help me with my challenge?