January 26, 2007, Newsletter Issue #122: Household Items Can Make Spooky Sound Effects

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So you're throwing a Halloween party and you want everything to be homegrown -- from the costumes, to the food to the sound effects. A great (and economical) Halloween party idea is to use regular household items to create creepy sound effects. Here are some tips, courtesy of www.familymanagement.com, for creating your own spooky Halloween party soundtrack.

To simulate thunder, bang on a large piece of poster board or sheet metalUncooked rice poured onto a cookie sheet sounds like rainCrinkle a handful of cellophane to create the sound of a roaring fireSnap carrots in half for the sound of breaking bonesFlap a plastic bag in front of a microphone for the sound of batsSlowly blow bubbles with a straw into a bowl for a bog soundA squeaky hinge can sound like a coffin opening

If you're looking to save money at this year's Halloween party supplies, just look at household items in a whole new light. Plenty of household items can double as spooky sound effects. For example, a squeaky hinge can sound like a coffin opening and snapping carrots in half sound like breaking bones. Make a tape of these noises or have someone stationed around the house with a different household item to "play" throughout the evening. Volunteers can take shifts!

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