We’re only a scant two weeks out from the Camp Awesome Halloween party. Two weekends and a handful of days to get everything ready. Normally this is where I’d post about feeling overwhelmed and uncertain that we’ll be able to pull it off, but this year we were much, much smarter about organization and prep, which made the whole enterprise go by oddly smoothly.
It’s weird, all that chaos and anxiety and mad rush to complete everything, while stressful and sometimes unpleasant, always led to a great Halloween party. There’s a small part of me that wonders if having everything well in hand is actually some sort of a bad omen. But I’m not superstitious. I feel confident.
The haunted house walls are going up as we speak. To make an example of how this year’s Halloween progress differs from last, last year the haunted house walls couldn’t go up until two nights before the party, because I hadn’t designed it in such a way for the garage door to be able to open and close easily with them in there (I also had to build them). This year the entire thing has been redesigned, allowing the walls to go up two WEEKS in advance. I’m using that extra time to refine the haunt much more.
I really can’t wait for people to go through it. I’ve said before how giving people that unique type of fear you only get with haunted attractions is ridiculously intoxicating. This will be our second year doing it for the public, and I can’t help but wonder if the turnout will be greater than last year due to word of mouth. I’ve now spoken to two people who started doing home haunts exactly like this and both ended up getting popular enough to necessitate going commercial. I don’t know if that’s in our future, but it’s certainly intriguing.