"Yes, mom! YES! We can have it dark and scary and I want tombstones that say rip." Not R.I.P., mind you. Rip. Like you do with a paper. "Luke, do you even know what rip means?" "Yes, I know, it's rest in peace, but rip sounds so much better. Rip." as he slides his arm to the side like some kind of new dance move.
So. How to make a scary - yet appropriate - Halloween party for a 9 year old boy that won't glorify this stuff I hate but will still be fun for a 9 year old boy? While keeping it tame enough for the 6 year old sister and her friends.
My brain went to work.
I am okay with skeletons, after all they are just the bones in our body. Bats and spiders and rats: all okay. Even monsters are okay, since they are just made up. As long as they aren't bloody. I can even consider a tombstone with rip. As long as there isn't something bloody coming out of it. I could do this. After all, I love a good kid party :)
Around the first turn. The entrance was a long hallway that got darker and darker...
At the second turn. Looked a lot better without the flash of the camera. It really was pretty dark in there! These skulls have built-in strobe lights and there was a black light above them.
More strobe lights and a black light down this hallway. The arrow led to this:
Getting close to the exit, I tried to trick them :)
Black plastic and bats hanging from the ceiling. With another strobe light. Right before the exit, there were several twists and turns. Nothing too dramatic or scary, but it was a hit!