This past weekend my daughter’s preschool hosted their annual Halloween carnival. Each Fall, it’s a highly anticipated event for families and the surrounding community. This year I was put in charge of the photo booth. Considering my love of holiday decorating and creating vignettes, this assignment was right up my alley! With support from my tech-savvy husband we set up our own camera and used an instant printer for convenience. Families were able to take their photos home the same day and have a cute souvenir from the carnival.
It’s pretty simple to create a festive photo booth. All it takes is a few simple props, some natural elements and fabric or paper for the background. For this one, I put together hay bales, pumpkins, a vintage blow mold ghost, a plastic jack-o-lantern and repurposed a tablecloth as the backdrop. We included small props to be held in the photos, too.
Everyone loves a photo booth at a party – it’s a popular attraction. But have you ever considered making a photo booth work for you? If you’re organizing a fundraising event this is a sure-fire way to boost your numbers/goals. Families will gladly pay a small fee for a great snapshot. It’s a rare opportunity to have everyone in the picture and to capture the costumes worn for that year’s Halloween.
Depending on the time of year and theme of your event, your photo booth could be a winter wonderland, an enchanted forrest, a sports-related backdrop, a rainbow with a pot of gold, a farm scene or something as classic as an American flag for 4th of July. Look around your house and garage to see what supplies you may already have. Try it out and see how much fun it brings to your next party!
Big thanks to Twin Cities Community Preschool Halloween carnival organizers and volunteers!