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    Exclamation How to build A tunnel

    I want to build a scary tunnel, but i"m not sure what to make it out of, i have made it out of black plastic before, but its not sturdy enough to hold things on the walls. And really do not want to spend a ton of money on plywood any ideas?

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    You can use 1x3 8' long planks, old/used hardboard or pegboard for structural support, and some old chicken wire or mesh to shape it if you can aqquire some. Use old sheets or screendoor mesh dipped in monster mud(search the forum for recipe) then staple it in place. Search for cheapest items at your local hardware store, but hopefully you can find some used items locally. Place a want ad possibly for the items you may need. Good luck!
    A Halloween prop is a terrible thing to waste..

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    Quote Originally Posted by HalloweenHaunter View Post
    I want to build a scary tunnel, but i"m not sure what to make it out of, i have made it out of black plastic before, but its not sturdy enough to hold things on the walls. And really do not want to spend a ton of money on plywood any ideas?

    I used wood pallets for the walls and scrap plywood for the top on my tunnel . I used packing foam that I got for free by calling around to give the illusion that you are walking down as you go through the tunnel. All the foam blocks are Styrofoam used in shipping of lamps, mirrors and many other things. The ground is level and I sloped the Styrofoam blocks on the ceiling to get the effect I wanted. I used reject 2x4s that I got at HD for .25 each to tie the tunnel together. My tunnel was 30 feet



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    At the end of the tunnel (which has a turn at the end) is walls made of plywood and on the walls I used paper towels and carpet latex cement to give the feel of dry skin and meat on them. I had a strobe flashing every few seconds on the walls.



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    OMG! that flying prop thing is awesome!!! (so was your tunnel)

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    I made mine from 2x4s and old plywood, with scrap pieces of wood as braces in ceiling. This was covered in window screening, then all was sprayed with monster mud mix and painted. Then just add your custom lighting to the scenes.

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    We have done All the walls in our haunt with old pallets.. Ask around many places have to return them but many places are glad to get rid of them!
    Some pallets we left 'uncovered' and just touched up with black and brown spray paint. Its a cool effect. Other places, we covered with died old sheets that we had donated to us by a hotel. Other places we covered them with peg board we got at a local dept store who was going to throw them away anyway.
    If you get pallets... you can build the basic walls.. then attach chicken wire at the top from wall to wall to give it the shape you want. then do the monster mud on that. This way the walls will BE solid enough to attach stuff to !
    Ask around..... youd be surprised what you can get if you ask !!!!
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    This year I was going to try rebar for the ground, then slide pvc pipe over the rebar and use chicken wire/paper mache to complete the outside.
    halloween is a super cool holiday.

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    Instead of using chicken wire and paper mache you could use black plastic but the only problem would be it wouldn't be as sturdy But it would be cheaper.

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    I used wooden pallet for my app 100 ft haunted maze. Wooden pallets for the wall oldold 2x4 on top to hold together and help with roof. Then took the black plastic from the inside bottom of the wall up then over then back down the other side.Made a very bad to the bone dark maze...good luck

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    Or use the black landscape fabric inplace of the plastic.... very sturdy but is a little see through....
    Lynn

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