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Creating a Halloween Graveyard Scene Display

Halloween Graveyard Display Essentials Quick Links:
Tombstones | Skulls and Skeletons | Chains, Wire and Fence Props | Character Props|
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A graveyard scene is the most commonly used display for creating Halloween atmosphere. It's easy to set up and is very effective. The possibilities are endless from a simple scene to an elaborate display.

  Using faux tombstones of different shapes and sizes not only makes the scene more interesting but makes it more realistic as well. Today's Halloween decoration manufacturers have made it easy by creating 3 dimensional tombstone props in a variety of textures, colors and sizes. Most have already been "weathered" with cracks and aging effects making them appear like the real thing. The most common are constructed of foam or plastic. They are lightweight and will need to be secured with stakes that are usually included. You can further age your tombstones by draping Halloween spider webs, or Spanish Moss over and around them.

Halloween Display - Graveyard Scene   Dead flowers, real or simulated, are a nice touch and bring a little "softness" to your graveyard scene. These can be laid on top of graves or placed in vases and urns around your tombstones. 

  You can create the illusion of "fresh graves" by placing soil in front of your tombstone and shaping it into a mound.

  Take your Halloween graveyard scene to the next level by adding zombies, and Life-sized characters to bring the display to life. Use feathered birds and perch them atop tombstones. Sit a black cat with glowing green eyes in your graveyard. Hang bats, and ghostly characters in flowing gowns from trees, porches and rooftops. More is better here!

  Place skeleton hands upright in front of your graves, or use latex creatures complete with "dirt" to create the idea of the undead returning from their grave. 
Creep them out with Fog Effects!To show off your hard work, add some black lights and low light spot lights on some or all of your tombstones so they won't get "lost" in the dark. Battery operated versions are the best for this. No messy extension cords.

  To maximize the impact of your Halloween graveyard display, use fog effects. Nothing is more creepy than some low lying fog in a graveyard, just like you see in the movies. Fog looks great on the porch to! Blast a few puffs right before the trick-or-treaters walk to the door.

  Finally, play a Halloween music CD or Spooky Sounds track. Hide your portable CD player in a bush, behind a tombstone in the graveyard, or in an open window where it can be heard near your display. This mix of visual and audio effects will create the spooky atmosphere you desire. Although well received by most, this can be disturbing for the little ones. Be prepared to deliver some of your Halloween treats by the curb!

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