I'm going to start doing book reviews as I can instead of just waiting until a Thursday...
The Complete Haunted House Book
Written and illustrated by Tim Harkleroad
I have several books on how to make a haunted house even though I don't run a haunted house per se (I'm a yard haunter by definition). I got them in the early days when I was trying to decide what to do with haunting.
This book (and I didn't pay $210.22 for it) is an excellent guide for the beginner and the more advanced haunter, either if you are just doing a small haunted house or something a little more elaborate. From finding a house to haunt, construction, making money, making monsters, making props, making scenes, making special effects, this book can guide you each step of the way. The directions to each effect are clearly illustrated, workable, and doable for most everyone who has put up some shelving or hung a ceiling fan. He has a small section on party and home haunts with a couple of recipes and even some tips for haunted hayrides. Even if you're strictly a yard haunter like me, you would still benefit from the make-up, masks and costumes section, the illusions section as well as the special effects section.
This book is a great resource for the home haunter and pro haunter alike so would I recommend you get it? Yes I would, but scout around for it a bit, $210.22 is a bit steep.