Michael Schaffer (mws@WAEIY.YWC.YK.DOE.CA)
Tue, 16 Aug 1994 06:07:05 UTC
Here are some more ideas for a Haunted House. I also have games,
stories, songs, and craft ideas suitable for Halloween.
This article is extracted from C71-Halloween, Catalogue of Creative
Program Ideas, Newfoundland Provincial Council, Scouts Canada.
Enjoy (in a macrabe kind of way) Michael
House of Horrors
A Haunted House or Ghost Walk is always a popular event.
It can be in any small building; a shed, shack, barn or garage. If
there isn't a building available, use part of the dining hall
or a large tent.
Hang blankets over the windows to darken the room and hang
a sheet or blanket just inside the doorway to keep things secret
from the boys lined up outside. You can use flashlights or lanterns
to light up parts of the room, but avoid candles because they are a
Have campers blindfolded and barefooted. Let them enter one
at a time.
Doubtlessly, the boy who prepare the 'house' will have lots
of gruesome ideas, bit here are a few to set imaginations rolling.
Hang a web made from sting and cotton batten from the ceiling.
As 'victims' pass through it, the older boys in charge add scary sound
effects by banging on pots and pans, drums or gongs, giving loud yells,
whistles, shrieks and moans; playing a record of eerie music; blowing
along the top of a pop bottle; or shaking and rattling a large sheet
of tin. To add further to the terror, flash lights on and off.
Hang water-filled balloons from the ceiling; just high enough
that they will touch the victims faces as they pass by.
Force each victim ti stand on a large board, door or plank
while two strong boys or leaders lift it. The blindfolded victim puts
his arms on the shoulders of the lifters. Although the lifters only
raise the board about 30 cm from the ground, they wiggle it and lower
themselves as they do, so that they give the victim the sensation of
being lifted high. Then they order him to jump off. To avoid
possible bruises, you can place a gym mat or mattress under the board.
Keep cubes of ice in a freezer and use as needed. 'Brand'
blindfolded victims with 'hot coals' by rubbing ice across their fore
arms. Have victims crawl through overturned chairs or barrels, over
mattresses or sponge rubber mats and finally step into a pan of ice
You may 'force' blindfolded victims to touch a 'vampire'
constructed from articles like a kitchen mop (hair), onions (eyes),
chalk pieces (teeth), and feathers (body). Have them walk through hanging
plastic bats or spiders and plunge hands into a 'pail of worms' (cooked
spaghetti and porridge in a bucket).
Later, remove the victims blindfold. Shine a flashlight into
the mouth of a leader dressed in a white sheet who utters moans and
ghostly laughs and serves a 'magic brew' of fruit drink mixed with
Just before the exit, the victim watches a 'guillotine blade'
chop a papier mache head off a hanging skeleton. Then swear him to
secrecy so that he won't reveal anything to those who still wait. If
possible, have him leave by a back door.
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