This is the 2nd Halloween in the new house and my wife wants to "do it right" after an innocent suggestion from me that snowballed into a large plan.
I need help!
My idea is to start off "slow" and build up every year. Adding a merry go round, non-functioning, She wants a Ferris wheel, etc.
The basics for this year are:
- A carnival arch in front of the driveway with a ticket booth directly behind,
- An inflatable obstacle course in the driveway,
- A fog machine in the garage pumping smoke into the driveway,
- One of those photo ops cutouts that you stick your face in like at amusement parks,
- A clown mouth arch over the front door, this is the big problem,
- Converting the outside of the garage into a carnival tent.
The details like whether to chill the fog and what liquid to use, and the "best" way to project a ticket booth attendant is helpful.
What I'm really concerned about however securing both arches.
I have the rough drawings done and ideas to start construction on both, but need more for safety.
For the driveway arch I'm thinking 2 sections of 3" PVC, coupled to 24' high, on each side of the driveway, drilled about 12' high for 3/4" PVC to be inserted across and pinned in place. That will hold the "carnival" banner. I hope that makes sense.
I haven't quite figured out the base yet, but I'm thinking 4x4s, or a flange bolted to a few layers of thick plywood, and sand bags to weigh it down. Ideas?
For the doorway arch the idea is the lightest wood I can find to brace, and screwed to 2x4s on the backside.
I figure a floor base can be done on the front and braces on the rear going to the columns, but more the top still needs to be secured.
Any design is greatly appreciated.