When planning a yard haunt there are some things
that you want to keep in mind for safety reasons. You want to make your haunt scary,
possibly bloody and gory but when it comes to your visitors, you don't want the blood to
end up being real. Here are some ideas that might help you make it safer.
For more ideas go to:
Halloween Safety Guide
The number one
priority is to get extra home owners insurance for the nights that you will be allowing
the public to
view your haunt. Nothing can spoil the fun more than a law suit because someone tripped and
fell down. Most insurance companies can help you with the problem of extra insurance for the
time needed, even if it's just for a night. The expense of a nights insurance will far out-weigh
what it could end up costing you without it!
When building your
haunt, make sure that the walk ways are far enough away from
Halloween decorations, props light fixtures, extension
cords, etc., so that people can't trip
over them or hurt themselves. This also is good for you, this means that your visitors won't
be able to ruin your props and sets. Some people just
seem to have to vandalize things at this time of year
and ruin it for others.
If you have a lot of
Jack-O-Lanterns, you might want to try a
battery powered light source or light sticks to light
them instead of candles. This cuts down on the fire hazards, such as catching costumes
or props on fire.
If you do use real
candles, make sure there is no chance of anything blowing into the flames, no cloth, crepe
paper streamers or anything that could start a fire.
If you are using
fake blood, make sure that it won't be coming in contact with anything stainable like
visitors, pets and children. Not only is fake blood sticky but it can stain like crazy!
If you have a
particularly gruesome haunt set up, make sure you have warning signs up so that those with a
weak stomach can be forewarned. Nothing spoils a good
haunt more than an irate visitor that wasn't expecting blood
and gore and throws a fit about it.
If you have
any friends helping out as ghosts, goblins, or any other
creature walking around your haunt for effect, let them know
that it is NOT okay to touch the patrons under any
circumstances. This is a main rule in commercial haunts as
well as home haunts.