Halloween sounds or music is a great way to invoke emotion. You need music or sounds at your Halloween Haunt to get that emotion all stirred up.
Have you ever watched a scary movie and once you hear the background music the intensity of your feelings climb? Same idea that you want for your haunt.
Scary sounds and music can be set up in different ways. I have hooked up a computer in the upstairs bedroom (that faces the front yard) and put the speakers in the window and played my favorite list of sounds/music.
We have also used one of the kid's portable CD players and hooked up a computer speaker to it and played the CD in it.
If you have the time and money and knowledge, you can set up a large system outside. Right now I tend to work more on the haunt props and not so much on the electrical part of it. Give me time - I will soon enough. For now I have to be happy with the way I set up for now and I am.
There are a couple of CD's that I prefer over the rest. One CD is one that has theme songs from scary movies, called "Drew's Famous Fright Flicks by various artists. I usually listen to the whole CD to get an idea of what kind of mood that I want. Then I copy the particular songs over to another CD.
I usually end up with at least two and sometimes three songs. This new CD is what I put in the CD player to repeat over and over to pipe out the sound and/or mood that I was hoping to achieve.
To get just a scare, Halloween sounds are great. The CD's usually have a list of howls, chains, and screams that you can have just as loud as you can (without distorting the sound) for your yard haunt.
Inside the Halloween party just about anything goes. Depends on the age group of your party of what kind of Halloween sounds or music should work.
Halloween sounds or music are a must for any haunt!