If you’re going for a haunted house look, you can probably find an old, abandoned house that fits the bill right in your own neighbourhood or close by. Always scout the location in the daytime first and make sure it’s safe.
Historical homes and properties will sometimes allow scheduled photo shoots for a fee. You can also look for an Airbnb that matches up with your idea and rent it for an evening. You might also have a historical district in your community with older buildings and features to play off of.
If you rent a house, be sure to get a property release! This will allow you to use and publish the image afterwards, without any legal hassles.
Once again, make sure you’re not trespassing when you go out to shoot, especially if there’s an active hunting season in your area. That said, you’d be hard-pressed to find a creepier location than the open woods as the sun is going down. You also have extra flexibility in terms of setting up some of your own props and shooting without a curious audience.
Lighting Tips and Tricks
Your lighting will set the tone for everything else in the shot. Halloween is the perfect opportunity to go big and bold with it!