Halloween outdoor lighting trail, in an enchanted illuminated forest in North Wales
Surreal and eerie otherworldly atmosphere
It was the evening of Halloween. The forest seemed alive as cats, bats, pumpkins and spiders shimmered in an otherworldly light. A haunted graveyard glowed as an eerie mist emanated from all around. Was there a ghost around the next corner?
Or was it just a trick of the light?
Halloween is an eerie and otherworldly time of year, where strange things can happen. All you need is a little imagination – and here at Illuminated Events, we embraced our imaginations when we were invited to create an exclusive, family friendly illuminated Halloween trail.
Our concept for the event was to create an eerie enchanted and illuminated forest trail, using our outdoor lighting, together with a range of Halloween props and our creative imaginations.
The experience was like nothing seen before in North Wales and the feedback we got from those attending this exclusive outdoor lighting event was overwhelmingly positive. The audience loved the surreal, otherworldly Halloween atmosphere of the enchanted, illuminated forest that we created.
Halloween cat of light
Along the path leading in to the forest we installed some of our warm white, vintage filament Edison bulb festoon lighting, ran between the trees, to create a warm and friendly after dark atmosphere and to illuminate way in for the guests.
At the entrance to the forest itself we projected a huge gobo image of a beautiful Halloween cat face and lit up the nearby trees and wall in red with our chauvet outdoor LED floods and IP LED batten up-lighting.
Pumkins, cats and illuminated bats…
As the groups of guests entered the enchanted forest and left behind the warm atmosphere of the beautiful cat, the trail began to turn a little more eerie.
Overhead were masses of flying UV reactive bats glowing vividly in the dark amongst numerous randomly flickering strobe flashes, created using our outdoor ‘stobing’ festoon lights. It really seemed as if the bats were alive and flying through the air.
Either side, the foliage and shrubs were lit in green and red to add to the eerie Halloween feel.
Progressing deeper in to the winding, woodland Halloween trail, the audience next encountered large octagonal spider webs, fluorescing brightly amongst the trees in the UV light.
Behind them was an eerie, yet enchantingly beautiful backdrop of colourfully up-lit trees, illuminated by our exterior LED citycolour and Chauvet IP65 flood lights.
Making their way along the illuminated trail, the children were getting excited as they started to see Halloween cats and pumkins, glowing vividly in the UV lighting at the side of the path way.
The trees along the woodland path of the Halloween lighting event, were beautifully illuminated in haunting shades of green and blue, with their canopies glowing in a deep red.
The way through the trail was guided by our cold white connectable LED light string, running along the side of the pathway, so as to safely lead family groups through the enchanted forest.
The spooky Halloween bats, cats and pumkins were custom manufactured using a CNC machine by our very talented creative genius Jake Carpenter, whose creative input into the event was invaluable.
Fluorescing UV skeletons
Suddenly the trail came upon a clearing in the forest and a strange haunting scene became apparent. As if trapped there for many centuries, glowing skeletons could be seen entombed inside glowing cages, fluorescing vividly under the intense ultra violet lighting and surrounded by a magical alternative reality world of strange glowing bushes and trees.
We achieved this using our outdoor IP65 cob ultra violet flood lights, in conjunction with our Chauvet exterior LED par 64 and IP65 batten lights and UV active tree marking spray paint.
Next to the skeletons entombed in their cages was a strange pulsing glow emanating from within the exposed root system of long dead tree, with what seemed like long creeping tentacles of light radiating out from it.
This was created using our Chauvet and I-pix outdoor LED flood lights, together with our cold white LED light strings.
Huge spider web gobo projection
Walking onward along the illuminated Halloween trail the guests encountered more glowing pumpkins, cats and eerie illuminated trees. The trail next came upon a huge spider web gobo projection made of light. At many metres across, this was a spectacular effect, which completely took over the forest floor, fully immersing the audiences’ senses in the surreal enchanting atmosphere. This wonderful Halloween illumination was created using a custom designed gobo, which we had specially made for the event
Glowing webs and giant spiders
Moving forward along the trail through the eerie surreal atmosphere, the audience suddenly found themselves surrounded by a mass of huge glowing webs and giant spiders, amongst a hypnotic backdrop of green and blue illuminated tress. They had now entered into the heart of a strange and creepy spiders’ nest, where numerous giant glowing spiders were sat poised in their webs, waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting passer-by. The atmosphere was alive as the visitors heightened imaginations ran wild.
We created this effect with UV reactive rope webs, several metres in length. They were strung from high in the trees and stretched down to the ground. Each massive web contained a giant UV reactive spider, with a leg span of around a metre. The spiders and their webs were then illuminated with a combination of our outdoor IP65 cob UV flood lights, in conjunction with our IP65 LED batten lights, so as to glow intensly. The backdrop of trees behind the giant spider webs, were up-lit in green and blue with our Chauvet exterior LED par 64 and I-pix outdoor floods.
It all looked so eerily real, yet with a strange and mesmerising beauty, which heightened the senses. Just look at the pictures and see for yourself.
Haunted Halloween graveyard
Leaving the sinister spiders’ nest, behind, the groups of visitors progressed along the illuminated trail, their imaginations running wild. They began to make their way up a gentle slope, where an eerie mist crept sinisterly through the air. The colours of the enchanted forest started to change from green to a dark shade of blue, as the visitors heightened senses worked overtime.
Suddenly they came upon a strange and eerie sight….. A haunted Halloween graveyard!
With a multitude of ancient gravestones glowing intensely within a backdrop of deep blue light, the spooky graveyard looked so vivid and real. Like a haunting scene from a classic horror movie!
At the centre of the haunted Halloween graveyard sat an uncannily realistic looking fire place, with intense orange and red embers glowing brightly from within its heart.
The atmosphere in the graveyard was intensly haunting and the imaginations of audience ran wild.
The illuminated Halloween grave yard of light, was very well received by all attending the event. We created it using very realistic grave stone props, sprayed with ultra violet reactive paint. The spooky Halloween bats and cat were also painted to be UV fluorescent. These were all illuminated by our exterior 100w COB UV flood lights mounted high in the adjacent trees.
The centrepiece fire was created using stones and wood found locally in the forest, with a pair of our outdoor LED flood lights, set in deep red and orange, placed within to produce the incredibly realistic fire glow.
All around the trees of the illuminated Halloween graveyard were up-lit in green and blue by our Chauvet Colorado IP65 flood lights,
It was the evening of Halloween. The forest seemed alive with the surreal and eerie otherworldly illuminated atmosphere.
The cats, bats, pumpkins and spiders shimmered in the light along the illuminated Halloween trail.
The haunted graveyard glowed as an eerie mist emanated from all around.
Walking the illuminated Halloween trail, you were instantly transported to a surreal magical other world of haunting shades of colour.
Was there really a ghost around the next corner?
Or was it just a trick of the light?
Only your imagination can decide!