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How To Create A Halloween Graveyard Display

A graveyard scene is the most commonly used display for creating Halloween atmosphere. From a simple tombstone scene to an elaborate cemetery display, it can be easy to set up and is very effective.

Halloween Graveyard TombstonesUsing tombstone props of different shapes and sizes not only makes the scene more interesting but makes it more realistic. Today's Halloween manufacturers have made it easy by creating 3-dimensional tombstones 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 Moss over them.

Dead flowers, real or simulated, are a nice touch. 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. Set a black cat in your graveyard. or hang bats, and ghostly characters in flowing gowns from surrounding trees and porches. More is better here!

Place creepy 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.


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 as there are no messy extension cords.

Finally, add audio to your Halloween graveyard scene. Play a Halloween music CD or Spooky Sounds track on a hidden portable CD player or MP3 player.

Halloween Graveyard Props

Place your audio device in a bush, behind a tombstone in the graveyard, or in an open window where it can be heard near your display.

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.

This mix of visual and audio effects will create the spooky graveyard 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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