Here are a couple of projects that took less than an hour to build using mainly materials found on the curb

Step 1: Walls and roofing

OK I cheated a little here because almost all of the walls are made from recycled fence panels,
however each panel only takes a couple or minutes to erect, dig a hole, insert a post, tamp it down and attach a fence panel standing on it's side for an 8' wall or attach it normally with about a foot of space on the bottom for a 7 foot tall wall, more panels can be laid across the hallways to make ceilings. Extra pickets can be used to make a really rustic looking gable end
Using hay and carpet padding is a bad idea since they are very flammable. Fire departments are noticing home haunts and are enforcing fire codes just as they to commercial haunted houses. Our local chief showed up just as we were opening our first night a couple years ago with fire codes in hand. Thankfully he left happy after we walked him through and showed him the haunted house and pointed out the emergency exits, fire extinguishers at each exit and low voltage lighting and the two way radios. The next year he asked that we post a drawing of the haunt layout with exit and extinguisher locations. We had also added radio controlled electrical outlets that allow the door greeter to kill power to all effects lighting and sound in and outside the haunt in an emergency. (There are also hand held remotes in use.) <br> <br>Keep your guests safe and keep the fire chief happy! <br>

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