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Kid-friendly haunt - Opinions needed

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:undecidekin:1st - sorry if this is in the wrong place.

So I've said we're going to do a full-blown haunt for charity. Now we're trying to decide if we want to do a scary haunt geared for teens/adults or doa kid friendly haunt.

St. Louis has, arguably, two of the best haunts in the country so they have the scare factor (and money) on their sides. That's leading me to think about doing something different. Maybe a walk through geared toward the kids - more whimsical I guess.

There's a lot of kids in the area and most of our friends have little ones (how we ended up being the oldest ones in the group is beyond me). So I'm trying to decide what theme to use - fast - so I can get started.
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I think mine is kid friendly...yet adaptable. Cemetery out front, some scary-ish guys (corpses but no blood) in cemetery...porch is all creepy, dark & webby. We don't scare or freak out the little kids..big kids get a scare. We have no blood at all (except for a bit of dripping red paint on a tombstone that is almost all worn off)..we used to have severed limbs but put them away last year as we get so many little kids. (We do still have the spider victim).. It's the *anticipation* of a scare that makes it worse...when a kid is absolutely petrified to come up to the porch, we go down there & explain its pretend/fake, makeup, nothing will jump out at them, etc. Part of Halloween is learning that its all a big joke & laughing at being scared & laughing at our eventual mortality. And candy. :)

I think you can still have scares without gore for the adults. I like what I call "ninja scares" ..when you have no idea there will BE a scare(there is no set up in the area hinting a scare will come), and it gets ya....Gore isn't really scary any more. It's just gore, and has become expected and bland.

EDIT: Too much Mountain Dew on this day..holycrap I'm rambling on this post....
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But I didn't address your question. I never know what exactly IS "kid friendly".I would think something like turning your house into a beautiful candy house, with candy canes, gingerbread men cut outs, candy around the windows & candy pillars, & happy music box music would be kid friendly..but then to have a horrible witch who threatens to EAT YOU and put you in a big cauldron sounds kinda perfect..LOL.
I really wish I had that natural talent to draw like those people do...it's amazing.
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