HELL HOUSE.

For the second year running of our zombie making I wanted to try for less laughs and more scares. I wanted this group of zombies to be really creepy. I opted to just make the heads this time and light them up with flameless candles to scare passing neighbours and kids trick-or-treating.

You will need:

  • Cheap bag of balloons
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Masking tape – You can use packing tape but the candle will shine through the masking tape better
  • Some cheap plastic kids masks from the pound shop or dollar store.
  • Paint. Spray paint will be best for easier coverage, but any acrylic paint would do. You will need white for the zombie skin and black and red.
  • Fake blood
  • Plastic eyeballs (optional)
  • Pair of scissors
  • One flameless battery operated candle for each head – FLAMELESS!!!!. Do not attempt to use real candles or you will burn your house down.

Method:

Blow up the balloons so that they are approximately the size of a human head and tape a mask to each of the balloons. Keep wrapping the masking tape around until the whole head (mask and balloon) is covered.


I used cheap masking tape for these ones. The cheap tape does not stick that well but it worked as the bits of tape coming off the head added to the rotting effect of the zombies.
You don’t need to bother with the eyes. Just leave them open. You can pop the balloon and cut out the eyes if you want, as the head will retain it’s shape, but I left mine as they were. I also used orange because this works well with the candle. You will need to make sure you leave a candle size opening in the bottom “neck” area of the head.

Now paint them up. You don’t need to do anything artistic, just some rough skull-like paint will do. Just make sure the openings (eyes, mouth) are very dramatic looking.

Here are my 6 heads completed

At this stage you can puncture the balloons and just leave the balloon remnants inside. Remember to leave a candle sized space on the bottom to insert the candle. You can cut around the eyeballs or leave the balloon over them as I have done on some. The orange balloon will help to create a glow once the candle is inside.

I taped mine to an old CD rack which worked great. Here you can see me setting them up in the window.

Because they are so light you can tape, glue, sew or staple them together to create one mass of screaming hellish heads.I stapled mine together and attached them to an old CD rack.

Now you will want to place the candles inside the heads with the on/off switch in an area that is easy to get to, so make sure the candle bottom sits just at the back of the head and tape the rest of it inside, so it is secure. They will now be a bit heavy because of the candles, so use lots of tape to make them secure. The beauty of Halloween is that everything is designed to be viewed in the dark, so you can’t see the sloppy bits.

Here are some of mine at the window during the day - not too bad!

Now you will want to place the candles inside the heads with the on/off switch in an area that is easy to get to, so make sure the candle bottom sits just at the back of the head and tape the rest of it inside, so it is secure. You can use lots of tape because the beauty of Halloween is that everything

is designed to be viewed in the dark, so you can’t see the sloppy bits.

Beginning to get the candle effect right.

Now for the fun part

On Halloween night all you have to do is light up the candles. Here are my 6 on Halloween night. It would have been cool to double the amount. They are so easy and cheap you can do as many as you want. I added cobwebs to the window which also caught the light of the candles. If you can get flameless candles that flicker that really adds to the the hellish effect. The nice  thing about masking tape is that the light from the candle shines through the entire head so you can have more or less light depending on how much tape you put on, so you can get creative and really use your skill s to create some great looks.

The flickering candles look amazing through these heads. A true vision of hell.

Here are the 6 heads on Halloween night. I added cobwebs to the window which also caught the light of the candles. Some of the flameless candles flicker adding to the fires of hell effect.

The great thing about masking tape is that the light from the candle shines through the entire head so you can have more or less light depending on how much tape you put on, so you can get creative and really use your skill s to create some great looks.

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