I usually burn out after Halloween but this year is different. I have so many ideas that I need to build.
What are your ideas for being kid friendly?As many here have, I am already preparing for next Halloween. Many items are on sale now so I have been busy picking stuff up. I realized this year that my neighborhood has changed a bit. The older kids have all grown up and gone and now I have a large group of very little ones. I need to make things more kid friendly. I made a lot of kids cry....
Halloween 2020 falls on a Saturday!I realize Halloween has just ended, but I am curious, when do you start planning for next Halloween? Do you start immediately, or do you wait until after Christmas and New Year's?
Yeah, I think while the last one is still fresh in your memory is a great time to contemplate the following year's. I'm going with roughly the same set-up next October, so I can hopefully just improve on prop placement and lighting that need it.I start planning November 1st. I already have an idea what I want to do so I start writing down what I have and what I need.
Our haunt is pretty kid friendly. We have things like a cauldron creep and a talking skeleton, but nothing gory or bloody. That really seems to be the turning point for most young kids. One of the youngsters was fine until the skeleton talked to him, and at that point he reached out to his mom and said, "I think I need to hold your hand now." We have most of our props wired in such a way that we can turn them off or show the kids how they work. That calmed him down when we let him press the button that makes the skeleton talk. I think making things kid friendly means removing things that are a bit too real. Our haunt is a bit scary, and a bit funny, so that the whole family can enjoy it. Parents with frightened kids point out all the funny stuff and that helps.What are your ideas for being kid friendly?
Yeah October 2020 planning started this past Summer. We are now doing a Creepy Christmas haunt for December, then we will get to actual building.
We second that request. We'd love to see folks who extend their haunting into December.Post pix of this in December, please! 🦇