Haunted Swamp Trail

This year we differed from our usual Halloween Party to hold something a little different. Normally all of our efforts go into decorating the inside of the house, but this year we moved our efforts to the backyard for a Haunted Swamp Trail tour!

 Our backyard is not large but due to my mother’s gardening efforts it is a maze of trails that make it seem larger than it is. We took full advantage of this for our swamp trail, adding a few black dropcloths to strengthen the effect. Then we invited my dance school to come through!

 

We didn’t get the chance to take pictures during the event as we were all busy ‘acting’ but we took some during the day after everything had been set up:

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The entrance to the 'Swamp'. We built a shallow pond and a plank bridge for the people to walk over.

The entrance to the ‘Swamp’. We built a shallow pond and a plank bridge for the people to walk over.

Looking down from the bridge

Looking down from the bridge

Bone vulture

Bone vulture

Another pond, we added drop cloth behind it so you couldn't see past it.

Another pond, we added drop cloth behind it so you couldn’t see past it. Once it got dark we lit a dozen tiki torches to light the way, it really helped the atmosphere!

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The fork in the path. Which way out?

The fork in the path. Which way out?

 

The voodoo queen's lair. she offered the children live worms in a bowl but then handed out candy and alcoholic shots for parents.

The voodoo queen’s lair. she offered the children live worms in a bowl but then handed out candy and alcoholic shots for parents.

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Leaving the Voodoo queen's lair.

Leaving the Voodoo queen’s lair and heading towards the Hillbilly zombies. But first I jumped out of the thick bushes to scare them!

Spider dude helped to fill in a somewhat blank area.

Spider dude helped to fill in a somewhat blank area.

Cannibals!

Cannibals!

The hillbilly zombies had a still and sat around the fire cracking absolutely teeeerrible jokes!

The hillbilly zombies had a still and sat around the fire cracking absolutely teeeerrible jokes!

Here's Bar B. Que, she had a fake fire under her to keep her roasting.

Here’s Bar B. Que, she had a fake fire under her to keep her roasting.

 

A wrecked canoe sticking out of the bushes.

A wrecked canoe sticking out of the bushes. And here, when everyone thought they were done, a werewolf jumped out of a bush and scared the &%$@! out of everyone!

My costume, I was the White Lady, ghost of the swamp. I jumped out as the people walked towards the Hillbillies, then circled around to tell them to leave my swamp.

My costume, I was the White Lady, ghost of the swamp. I jumped out as the people walked towards the Hillbillies, then circled around to tell them to leave my swamp.

 

One of the hillbillies, taken by Melissa Price.

One of the hillbillies, taken by Melissa Price.

 We had a blast setting it up and running it and everyone seemed to have a great time. We were hard pressed to out it together in time with everything else going on but we did it and it was definitely worth it!

Next weekend, Pirate Fest!

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