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Topic: YMCA "Feely" Haunted Mansion  (Read 844 times)
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« on: October 31, 2010 03:43:10 PM »

I work at the YMCA with the after school kiddos, and this is what we made for the annual Halloween at the Y (like a fair). We used my old bookshelf as the base. We then figured out the cardboard part of it, figuring out where we wanted our windows, and cut that out. We put the cardboard on the bookshelf with the black fabric sandwiched inbetween and were able to figure out where the "curtains" would have to made in the fabric. We used a white crayon and then made the appropriate slits. Essentially it was the bookshelf, the fabric with slits, and then the cardboard on top that we decorated with butcher paper.

The kids decorated nearly the entire thing. They also made their own tombstones that we put off to the side to be the cemetary that was next door to the house. In each window, you could stick your hand in it, and then there was a shoebox (taped down) with the following: ghost slime (goo we made = equal parts of liquid glue and liquid starch), Frankenstein's brain (steamed cauliflower with oil), werewolf eye balls (large grapes that were at room temperature with oil), graveyard dirt (sand in floral section of walmart), and live worms (cooked spaghetti). Each window was labeled with a wooden looking sign.

The kids that attended the fair got a kick out of it. I sat right next to it and would talk the children through each one, counting their fingers beforehand and asking them to keep it that way, lol. I'd also randomly scream when the kids had their hand inside one of the boxes, that was funny.

All in all, it took a lot of time to get the base together, the cardboard and fabric to align and what not, but it was well worth it. The Haunted Mansion was hit at the festival. Not seen in this picture, we added a wooden sign that the school's name on it and lots of spider web. You can also see our tree... laying in the front yard.


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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010 08:22:25 AM »

Aww! That's a great haunted house.

« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010 09:34:02 AM »

Aww! That's a great haunted house.

Thank you! I just wish I had taken a picture of the kids actually using it and/or what it looked like once EVERYTHING was on it! Oh well, ya live and learn Smiley

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