Less is More
I’ve been studying other haunts for ideas of my own and Cheap Halloween Props has some good advice.
The author believes keeping it simple in making a haunt will cause less issues because switches break and other variables exist. To maintain them throughout the Halloween season is both time consuming and costly.
Fine Details can be Ignored
I think simplicity is the key. My props are far from perfect. If you get up close to them in daylight, I’m sure imperfections can be seen.
However, the space between my yard and the street(where most people view) is perfect for both day and night.
So my advice for the prop makers of 2012 is to keep it simple. No one is really going to see the imperfections that can happen.
Work with lighting versus movement to enhance props. Add live actors to interact with your Trick-or-Treaters and enjoy spending your energy on watching the reactions from your visitors.
Great points. I think fussing too much just makes things ultimately less scary. There is something so spookily elegant about spare designs like this one.
I originally learned to keep things simple because of the practicality of time and cost, but with each new prop I make I now take into consideration what is really needed in order to achieve the results. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, just effective. It’s good to hear others feel the same.
My Ring Girl, which I consider is pretty basic has caused havoc for drive-by viewers for years. I’ve literally been told that some of the drivers have had to use an alternate route because she terrified them!