DIY Halloween Photo Booth

Hi Ya’ll,

One of my favorite things to do at a party (especially when there are costumes involved!) is cram into a photo booth with friends and pose for silly snapshots.

Unfortunately, renting a photo booth for a party can be very expensive, which is why I came up with a few suggestions on how to make your own photo booth!

First, create a fun backdrop for your guests to pose in front of. This could be a plain white sheet, or a great wall in your house, a pair of curtains, in front of your garage, or some spooky shrubbery in your backyard—just make sure the booth is in a large enough space that it won’t cause a traffic jam at your party when people start flocking to it in groups.

Tip: When it comes to photos, it’s all about lighting! If you don’t have sufficient equipment, head to a local camera shop and rent a lighting kit for your party—it will only cost you about $30 and will be well worth it. Or, grab a few flood lights, screw in a few amber light bulbs, and shine them in the direction of your subject to clear up a grainy or slightly dark shot.

Here are some fun ideas for backdrops:

Plain white backdrop by macworld.com

Fun & trendy backdrops by dropitmodern.com

Classic orange and black polka dots by wordbk.com

Here's a cute photo booth from etsy.com/people/FunOnAStick

Vibrant and colorful backdrop by rsblog.ca

Fun and fresh set up by acmephotobooth.com

When in doubt, use an orange sheet, or a white sheet with some red paint for blood, or get those cotton spiderwebs that multiply as you spread them and a few giant spiders! Also, don’t forget that a black tarp with some florescent paint and a black-light or a fog machine can also make a cool backdrop.

Next, decide what you will use to take the photos. Some options include an iMac, iPad, iPhone or a PC with a web cam, and of course, a digital camera. Simply mount whatever you are using on a tripod (yes, they make tripods for iPads and iPhones!) and connect a remote to it so that your guests can snap their own photos without someone being behind the camera. Or, if you don’t want to purchase a remote, you can have your guests use the timer function and leave instructions on how to do so near the booth.

Once you’ve got all of these items gathered, set up your photo booth and snap a few test shots to make sure everything is in working order. Also, be sure to set out a box of props for your guests to pose with that go with your party’s theme.

Tip: People LOVE to see photos of themselves! If you decide to use a digital camera, go the extra mile and connect a laptop to it so that each photo snapped pops up on the screen. Bonus: You can save the pics to your hard drive instead of filling up memory card after memory card, and you can post immediately to Facebook and Twitter!

Let me know if you’ve ever set up your own photo booth for a party in the comment section below. Do you have any tips or advice for someone putting one together for the first time?

I hope you’ll share some of the pics from your extraordinary Halloween experiences here with me and I’ll be sure to do the same!
-Brian

11 thoughts on “DIY Halloween Photo Booth

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  2. I’m setting one up this year and going with the theme of a witches lair. I’m excited to put it all together and hopefully everything comes together just great! I’m thinking of using a purple backdrop with black spiderwebs what are your thoughts?

    • This is a GREAT idea for a photo booth theme! Hmm… my thoughts go straight to some sort of cauldron with a layer of dry ice inside to make it look like it is smoking, and then a table with a bunch of beakers and odd looking accessories like rats, you know, creepy and crawly things laying around this witches kitchen!

      Also, guests love photo booths where there are props that they can play with and use in the picture. Maybe have some witches hats, fake noses, and broom sticks!

      You can also add some candelabras with battery operated taper candles (you don’t want people having too much fun to knock them over and burn the house down!). My last thought: Maybe a few broken mirrors!

  3. Do you have a link for hooking up the laptop to show the picture taken automatically? Also, I got black cloth and the cotton cobwebs… Not sure if this is too dark for a kids Halloween party. Thoughts?

  4. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in
    your content seem to be running off the screen in Firefox.

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The design look great though! Hope you get the issue solved soon.
    Many thanks

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