This year's Halloween haunt was a bit too scary for some of the younger kids who went screaming from the house before even getting to the front door. Perhaps I shouldn't have chased them in full makeup but I couldn't help myself. All of the props along with the lighting and a little dry ice made a downright horrifying effect.
Nearly all of our props were homemade or adapted from dollar store finds with a few bigger ticket items thrown in that we got on the day-after-sale at the Halloween store last year.
Step 1: Brick factory wall
this brick wall was made with a large roll of corrugated cardboard that we purchased from a local packing/shipping company - 24"x 250' for about $40. We also went to the local paint store for mis-mixed paint, which you can get for next to nothing. We also shopped at the dollar store for bottles of acrylic paint, which allowed us to mix the colors we wanted. The paint store also threw in two industrial metal paint buckets which we also used as props by creating a template for a nuclear symbol and spray painting it onto them.
Back to the brick - first we cut lengths of the corrugated cardboard that we would need to cover our walls & wall frame. Then we rollered on grey paint, let it dry and taped it with painter's tape (also from the dollar store since we used about 6 rolls!) to get the mortar pattern for the bricks. Then we rollered on the brownish-red color of the bricks. It dries pretty quickly since it's on cardboard too. Finally we mixed up some greenish brown and some black acrylic paints and distressed the bricks before removing the painter's tape. When it's all dry, just peel up the painter's tape to reveal the brick pattern.
To hang, we simply used a staple gun and two people - you really need two people for that job!