Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Haunted House 2010

Continued from First You Need a Plan.

I'm happy to say that the haunted house was a giant success this year and not because of the turnout, although 150 people isn't a bad turnout, but because of how many families contributed in one way or another.

We started construction at 10am and didn't stop working until after 8pm on Friday.  Then we got up and started working at 9am on Saturday and didn't stop until shortly after 3pm, which was just long enough for me to get all dressed up and put my makeup on.  We came out at 6pm and already had families outside wanting to get in. 

The doors officially opened to families of the construction crew at 6:30pm and then to the public at 7pm.  We shut it down after 9:30pm. 

On the inside we had 9 people scaring, two of which were rotating and two teenagers running the entrance and the exit. 

I would have to say of all the 4 years we've been putting this event on in our cul-de-sac, this year had the least amount of drama and/or conflict. 

Actually the only real issue I had was getting the video embeded at the bottom of this post. 

I tried to upload through YouTube but they stripped the music so I've since gone through Facebook (otherwise this post would've been up on Monday.  All well, minor issue).  I'll let the slideshow speak for itself. 

P.S. Speaking of haunted things:  IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE BOO-FEST ON OCTOBER 28TH.  SIGN UP IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. We want to know your real life ghost story, or a ghost story of someone you know.  Click HERE and use our linky tool at the bottom of the post before the comments.

Okay, so I got rid of the Facebook one and added the YouTube one, but there is no sound as of yet. *Darn YouTube, shaking head*


  1. That's awesome!!! I wish we had haunted houses like this in my area!

  2. Nice Work! And have I mentioned that I love your blogfest button? I need to learn how to creat those things...and add text to them. Very cool! (I haven't started my blogfest post yet. I'm excited to post it though!) christy

  3. I LOVE that you guys do this. I know it's a lot of hard work/hours to pull something like this off. But man I bet the kids (and adults) love it! I wish we were neighbors...I'd help and donate.

    And that evil clown? YIPES!!! Scary clowns are the scariest monsters ever! (Pennywise FREAKS me out in IT by Stephen King)

    I don't do FB, so I couldn't see the slideshow, but I LOVE this post and pictures you've shared here and the framing in the past posts.
    Thanks for sharing and for being so damn awesome. :)

  4. As always Patty, I'm impressed. I'm not surprised how cool everything looks. I still think it's great that you do this for the neighborhood, All that work for just one evening of pleasure. Give yourself a pat on the back.

    At some point I need to do the scary story.

    Oh, by the way I couldn't see the video, it's on some sort of lock.


  5. This is so awesome!! SO cool of you to do it for your neighborhood.

    Couldn't see the video, though.

  6. I'm so glad the haunted house went well and was a success. And I love that pic of you crouched down ... so damn creepy ... it's great!

  7. Thanks for commenting everyone.

    I went ahead and added my soundless YouTube version of the video because the Facebook one wasn't doing it's job. (Great conflict in the conclusion of my haunted house story, right?) Lol!

    So, watch the video but play some Pandora in the background so it's not so darn quiet. :)

  8. erica and christy - for the blog button with code I went to this blog for the how-to:


  9. That looks cool! I worked on a haunted house many, many years ago.
    And is that my book on your "I want to read next" list???

  10. The haunted house looks great! What a neat idea, and what a super way to build community. Way to go!

  11. Looks like you had a great time! Awesome!!!

  12. Alex - Of course that is your book over there. I just got it in the mail from BN this week. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    christy - No problem!

    Ishta - Thank you. I was at the school the other day and we had another family ask if they could join in next year. I love that. The community aspect of this project is great.

    Danette - Thanks for commenting! It was a great time!