Why spend money on sound effects when many are easy to record around your own house? Look to Foley artists and sound designers - they're the people who make movie and television sound effects, everything from the noise made when a match is lit to a thunderstorm - for tips and tricks. Here are some of the ones we found to be both easy and clever:
- Record ghostly footsteps by knocking the heels of your shoes together.
- Snapping carrots or celery can mimic the sound of breaking bones.
- Pop balloons and slam doors for loud surprises. Slinkys can do more than walk the stairs - jiggle them and they'll sound like rattling chains.
- Creepy moan sounds are even scarier when echoed through paper towel tubes or PVC tubing.
- And when it comes to evil cackles and blood curdling screams? Go ahead and let 'em rip.