I've been trying to get some horrifying props for our yard haunt this year, so I'm trying to get an idea of some of the creepiest props that you guys have seen.
'It's all about the surroundings.
Towards the end of Oct., like so many of us i spend a lot of time in my walkthrough finishing up and getting ready for the big night, some times i work alone in there late into the night by myself and even though i built it and everything in it, the atmosphere will still creep me out now and then, so i walk out and have a smoke to relax.
My point is, anything is scary in the right environment. you can have the scariest prop in the world but without the right surroundings it takes away from the effect.
LOL...I'm so glad I'm not the only one that freaks themselves out like this.
That reminds me, a friend of mine that has diabetes gave me an extra box of syringes to use in my haunt. I forgot i had them, thanks Nicholas.There's only one prop that has made me seriously uncomfortable to be near...
One year at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Haunt they had a maze based on the Saw movies. Most of it was pretty generic gore that didn't bother me, but one room included a live actress standing in a clear tub filled about waist-high with medical syringes. The gal had a number of syringes also carefully attached to herself, as if poking into her. Being a bit needle-phobic, that hit a nerve.
This last Halloween I carried a syringe prop with me, dressed in scrubs. It kind of made me feel good to realize how many other people really hate needles.
Thanks Halloween King but trust me you're the best prop you can use. A store bought prop can only do so much. Oh don't forget the music and learn what is scary and what is not. Some people like to add any music that has some Halloween related title. That is so not scary. I prefer to play Baroque music and some later classical pieces. Really stirs me. Last year I played a lot of horror movie themes but movie themes are often supportive of the film/acting. They don't have much weight on their own. They're like playing lead guitar while the singer is singing. They often don't do much. I love playing Bach. Really gets me going. For prosthetic masks I prefer Screamteam and Boneyard FX. However scary doesn't have to cost a fortune. Does any company still use burlap flour sacks? There's Friday the 13th part II. What to do with the flour though? Make masks!!!! That's how old fashion masks were made. Flour, newspaper strips and warm water. You apply them to your face for a custom fit then paint them. Look at old Halloween photos those kids were creepy!