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8 ways to get spooked in Las Vegas

No Halloween costume party invites this year? Lucky for you, there is a slightly better alternative to candy corn at the neighborhood Halloween social. “Halloween has been continuing to grow as a focal point in Las Vegas for the past 10 years,” says Lark Ellen Gould, author of “The Little Black Book of Las Vegas.” But has it reached its full party potential? Not quite, says Rick Garman, author of “Frommer’s Las Vegas” and founder of Vegas4Visitors.com. “No one is taking over the casinos and creating some huge Halloween attraction; instead, they are taking what’s there and making it fit into the season.” Well, if losing your shirt to a bad poker hand isn’t scary enough, here are a few of the most terrifying trick-or-treat attractions in Las Vegas.

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To Setup Your Home With Halloween Decorations

How hard is it to come up with Halloween decorations for your Halloween party?  Sometime it’s very hard depending on the theme you choose but other times you’ll have most of everything you need right in your house.  Halloween is on of the funnest festivals around because it gives everybody a chance to dress up as their favorite character.

Halloween gives the imagination numerous and innovative ideas not only for costumes but for decorations.  When you’re the one throwing the party, especially for Halloween, you have to adhere to the standard scary decorations but you can add other decorations to match the theme of your party.

Decide on your theme the start measuring your yard and rooms for Halloween props and other accessories.  Some of the props can be homemade but others you’ll need a little help with.  Along with the Halloween decorations you’ll need food, drinks, and the most important, candy.  Using your imagination you can come up with some amazing decorations for an unforgettable Halloween experience.

5' Haunted Halloween Door Cover

Don’t forget to start out with the Jack O’lanterns, spiders and spider webs, ghosts and various other traditional Halloween decorations.  These props are standard fare for Halloween and should not be forgotten or not used.  It wouldn’t be a Halloween party then, would it?

This year instead of using candles, which might catch fire to something or cause serious burns, use the LED or flickering bulbs.  They now have a variety of different colored lights for Halloween decorations that will fit with any theme. You can also use them indoor or out and make outlines with them to look like skeletons, tombstones, and even graveyards.  Let your mind take off with ideas for decorating your home for your party.

Don’t forget the witch’s cauldron.  One of the easiest decorations to make.  All you need is a large bowl or pot, dry ice, and water.  Be careful and don’t let the kids or adults play with the dry ice.  It will burn their skin and be sure to use thongs or gloves when handling it.

After you’ve hit all the traditionally decorations then you can go wild with any other items such as the gore that goes with vampires and graveyards.  These are easy to make with a little foam, glue, and paint.  Just think of the horrifying creations you can come up with.

Halloween Candy Bowls - Halloween Decorations

Halloween has always been gruesome with decorations to frighten as well as impressing your guests with your innovated ideas.  So put on your thinking hat and try to come up with Halloween decoration ideas that will “knock the socks” off your guests.

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Haunted House Safety

So you want to get in on the scare craze this Halloween do you? That could mean having a haunted house or a yard haunt for friends and neighbors. Before you begin here are some safety tips to protect you as well as your guests.

1. Contact your insurance company. Hosting such a venture on your property involves liability. Be sure that any incidents during the night are protected under the policy. If this is your first time dealing with this issue, contact them at least two weeks ahead of time.

2. Light the path. We’re not talking flood lights all around the house. Lighting the path ensures that all guests go the proper way and no one ventures off of the track. Also, people can see where they are going without ruining the suspense.

3. Post warnings or have a release for guests to sign. This informs others that what they may see could be too frightening for the elderly and the very young. A signed waver and clearly posted signs protects you from prosecution should something happen.

4. Inform the fire department of your activities. They can go through your setup and identify points of danger. Also, they can be on alert to deal with calls from your home that night.

5. Check with your neighbors. The noise from so many people coming to your home could make you the least favorite person around. Inform neighbors about the upcoming event. One way to deal with this is to of course make sure all your neighbors are invited! Neighborhood associations may have rules and regulations regarding such activities so consult the association president.

6. Keep the gathering small. If this is a yard haunt, the fewer people the better as far as safety. With too many kids running around, someone is bound to have an accident.

7. Use battery operated candles in pumpkins instead of real candles. In the fun of the evening, pumpkins can be turned over or costumes can catch fire. No one wants the evening to turn tragic. Take all precautions.

8. Have enough guides along the way. To ensure safety in the haunted house or yard haunt, have other adult parents to guide small groups of guests through the haunt. This way, the guide always goes first and can comfort any scared kids.

A haunted house is great fun on Halloween. People love to be scared out of their wits. As they scream with fear and delight, you’ll need to be sure nothing goes wrong.

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