A homemade Halloween maze offers a creative way to entertain Halloween guests. Design the maze to be as spooky and as gory as you desire, but it needs to be relative to the age group of people using it. Craft the maze in your backyard or in your basement, adding in dead ends, surprises and Halloween imagery and decorations, such as Jack-o-lanterns and ghost figures. The maze is a fun twist for a Halloween party or as a part of receiving candy for trick-or-treaters on the holiday.
Things You'll Need
- Rods, stakes, racks or clotheslines
- Christmas lights
- Witch and ghost costumes
- Glow in the dark paint
- Chocolate syrup
- Bubble wrap
- Fake cobwebs
- Fake spiders
Lay out the perimeter of the maze. For a backyard maze, mark the perimeter and corridors with stakes or poles in the ground. Enclose the maze for the guests so the stakes or posts will need to be as tall as the maze will be. For a basement maze, use racks or poles to marker the perimeter of the maze. For either option you could also run clothesline through the space to divide the area into a maze.
Hang sheets over the clotheslines, racks or stakes to create walls and a roof for the maze. Add in some dead ends to the maze to throw participants off but create a route that leads players to the exits.
Place Jack-o-lanterns with lights within them in the maze. Hang colored lights to illuminate the paths and place flashlights throughout the maze to cast eerie shadows.
Incorporate spooky Halloween imagery and objects into the maze. Stack pillows and dress them to resemble witches and zombies, hang paper or toy bats from the ceiling, smear the sheets and floor with glow in the dark paint or even gory concoctions like ketchup and chocolate syrup.
Tape bubble wrap to the ground in random places. These create noises when stepped on, causing the participant to be startled and jump.
Spread fake cobwebs across some pathways and position fake spiders and insects on them so participants duck under them to avoid walking into them.