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Kathy S.
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  • Minneapolis, MN
  • United States
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The most important question! Do you build the elements that go into your haunt, and/or want to learn more about building props? Oh, and if you choose no, we're going to have to delete you.
How long have you been haunting:
Three to five years
Your haunt comprises...?
Your haunt - Do you prefer?
Spooky ambiance
Tell us a little about your haunt..
I have been throwing two annual Halloween parties a year for the past 5 years. I used to invite the entire grade for each of my two kids (the two kids who are still at home), each on a different night. I would empty the first floor of my home of everything resembling normalcy and would decorate so elaborately that I had to patch and repaint the walls and ceilings each year after the Halloween season. I often repaint the walls in colors that match the mood and theme for each room; I change out the chandelier and install antique gothic sconces, etc. One year the theme in the living room was a New Year's Eve Party, which was done in purple, black and silver. I painted the walls violet, hung a disco ball that turned in the ceiling, had a display of an awesome skeleton wearing a fine Tim Burtonesque frilly tuxedo and top hat, sitting on top of my grand piano with one leg crossed, holding a martini up in a toast (of course the martini bubbled with dry ice). He played host for the party, while his piano playing friend sat with his hands bent over the keys, banging out some jazz on the keyboard. (This all required elaborate stringing of nylon thread from points in the ceiling to the skeleton props to position them in place) Meanwhile dancing skeletons and other revellors spun in circles from the ceiling while my Marie Antoinette bust presided over the night from her perch. She was decked out in pearls and a stylish velvet top hat from the 1800's. And THIS was just ONE ROOM! OMG, I am crazy! LOL

I always have a DJ, a photo booth, bonfires outside, a palm reader, and other activities. My palm reader's "tent" is my mudroom coat closet transformed with blue satin fabric with silver star and sparkle curtains draping floor to ceiling on all four sides, with sheer irridescent billowing fabric that meets in the center in the center. The palm reader sits at a small table in the middle with a chair for her and two for her 'guests'. There is only just enough room for the 3 of them. It is very cozy with an authentic atmosphere and she can work in relative peace away from the dance music.
I also decorate my front yard mainly for my neighborhood's enjoyment. I have an awesome Graveyard, if I may be so un-humble. And I decorate the front of my property elaborately to set the mood. I am a perfectionist when it comes to the materials I use. As examples, I use real wrought iron black 19th century style fencing (purchased off season at Menards) and gates for my cemetery. I converted lamp posts that were designed for permanent installation (on close-out at Home Depot for cheap cheap cheap) so they could be plugged in. They are mounted to plywood stands that I weigh down to stay secure. I searched high and low for the best fogger and fog juice to make rolling ground hugging fog (which is not easy to accomplish in cold Minnesota temperatures!) I have finally figured out how to mount my flying crank ghost so she is outside behind my cemetery without a housing that I feel makes them look less scary. My favorite new addition last year was my awesome full moon which I place in the back that is so eery and cool looking, it stops traffic. ;) Even though I said I am the friggin' FX department, I pride myself on being really resourceful in figuring out ways to repurpose things to incorporate into my decorations/haunt and I do make as much myself as possible. I could go on and on!

This year's challenge: I am trying to move the party to my basement rooms. I can't keep destroying the main floor of my house year after year! We DO live here afterall! And this year, my challenge is I want to make it scarier and eery rather than exquisitely decorated. It has to appeal to 15-17 year old teens. (I now have only one at home (15 years old). He is inviting 165 kids!
When it comes to props/decorations in your haunt, would you say you are:
The friggin' FX department of a major Hollywood studio
Which statement comes closest to describing your haunt's attitude toward kids?
for the kid's - not too scary
You understand that any non prop related content will be deleted?

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