Lighting

 

The black light enhances the webs and the ghoul in an eerie glow.

 

Blacklight enhanced Black on Black effect.  The black material disappears under blacklight showing only a mask on the wall.  In reality, the material conceals a hole in the wall, the actor in the mask comes out of.

Blacklights
Blacklights are made with a glass that filters out most visible light, creating a glowing effect when used with blacklight posters and other special materials. They can be especially useful in highlighting ghost scenes (FCG?) or in concealing Black on Black effects.

Types of Blacklights
There are several different types of Blacklights available on the market. It's important to know the differences for safety and to get the best effect for your haunt. Make sure that any UV sources used for your haunt fall into UV-A, preferably 345 to 400 nm. Lamps sold for entertainment purposed probably fall into this safe area. They should be specifically marked "black light" (Example BL in the tube designation (F40T12/BL) means blacklight. There is also a BLB designation that is also a blacklight but the effects produced are diminished.

Avoid UV lamps designed for rock-hunting; many minerals fluoresce under short-wave UV, and rock lamps are designed accordingly (some are switchable between long and short wave). . Short wave UV can be dangerous and is primarily used for certain germicidal applications. There are also white colored UV bulbs like the type used in tanning beds or even Lizard cages. Never use bulbs not specifically designed for entertainment purposes.

Some items that Flouresce under blacklights
Many other substances fluoresce naturally under black light, including liquid detergents, quinine (in tonic water), urine, and some types of paper money.
  Flourescent Paints
  Laundry Detergents
Some of the whiteners in detergent work by making your clothing a bit fluorescent. Even though clothing is rinsed after washing, residues on white clothing cause it to glow bluish-white under a black light. Blueing agents and softening agents often contain fluorescent dyes, too. The presence of these molecules sometimes causes white clothing to appear blue in photographs. The best example of this is RIT Super Whitener Fabric Dye
  Tooth Whiteners
Whiteners and some enamels contain compounds that glow blue to keep teeth from appearing yellow.

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One of the best Haunt Lighting tutorials can be found at SkullandBone.com

For Larger Haunts and Stage Light, see the tutorial at The Stage Crew

Lighting and makeup tutorials can be found at www.roscoe.com

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