Ideas on How to Make a Backyard Halloween Maze for a Party

by Sarah Freeman
Use hay bails to build your backyard Halloween maze.

Use hay bails to build your backyard Halloween maze.

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Along with candy and costumes, Halloween is a time to get together with friends and family members to enjoy some scares. Dish out some spooky surprises by creating a Halloween maze right in your backyard. Host a Halloween party and invite guests to test their luck along the winding path while dealing with the festive frights that jump out along the way.


Before building your maze, sketch out the design on paper. Begin by measuring the space where you plan to build the maze. Create a scale version of this space on a piece of paper and sketch a maze design that guests will walk through. Because it's in your backyard, you probably don't have acres of land, so don't make it too complicated. Instead, concentrate on how to make the most of the space you have with a few mind-boggling twists and turns.


Decide how you'll build the maze. Corn plants are a popular choice for larger-scale projects; however, you'll have to plant this corn in the backyard way in advance. Instead, buy pre-cut corn husks to string together as a wall. Or buy bails of hay, which can be stacked to create the walls of your maze. For added dimensions, create other edges using taut tarps painted black. Don't forget to make the most of the space and use any existing fences as walls of the maze, too.


Use the scale model sketch as a reference when bringing the maze to life. Measure how long each of the sketched walls are and enlarge them to real size. Mark on the ground where the walls will go using spray paint or colored tape. Before putting the materials in place, walk through the outline of the maze to ensure the walkways are large enough for people to fit through.


When the materials have been stacked and put in place, add some extra elements to the maze by incorporating scares. Hang spooky skeletons and ghoulish goblins along the walls. Place tombstones and spiderwebs at other points along the way. Add movement to the maze by stringing ghosts overhead, which can be manually dropped as guests walk by. Ask a few friends to get involved and dress up in scary costumes. If a person takes a wrong turn in the maze, these costumed-characters can jump out and scare them.

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