The church was across the street from our first house. The members used to do a Halloween party every year. There would be a dinner, costumes and activities.
People would gather in the multipurpose room to begin with. And there were 4-6 rooms off to the side where the children could go and participate in various crafts, games and stories.
One Halloween my family was asked to host a room. We found one that did not have windows. We set up a large cardboard box in the middle of the room. Roland and the boys worked from inside the box.
On the outside we had painted pictures of tombstones, skeletons, ghosts and maybe leaned toward the scary icons of Halloween and not the cute pumpkins and such.
Our room was rather simple. We turned out the lights and invited people to “walk through the maze” which was just a trip around the box. We had placed “scary creatures” in three of the four corners of the room. The first encounter was with a motion censored skeleton – as someone would approach, the eyes would glow and the skeleton would dance to the tune of “The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out . . . “
In one corner was a homemade monster. We had hanging eyeballs and had blown up a ton of balloons to be walked on. Plus one of my four guys would operate a rat moving back and forth as he would push and pull out a fuzzy ball tied to the end of a broom stick.
In our final corner was a button that read “DO NOT PUSH”. Those who did got to hear the sounds of an obnoxious horn while having confetti thrown at them.
Our “haunted maze” was a big hit with the teenagers – but too frightening for the majority of children under eight maybe ten. I think that was actually the last year that a Halloween party was held in the Church building. They did (and still do) a trunk or treat out in the parking lot – but I don’t think they do the parties anymore.
I really think that was the last one. I can’t help but think our maze was the reason that the inside parties were done away with. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. But it gives one something to think about.