I've tried to be as specific as I can, I know some of you will have questions and I'd be happy to answer them as best as I can.
8:27 PM- 9/15/2010
After about a year's worth of planning and parts gathering, I am proud to unveil the crank spider!
8:44 PM- 9/3/2008
I hope the winter holidays are keeping you out of too much trouble. I got an e-mail today from someone named Cyd asking me why I hadn't put up my 2007 photos yet. Laziness had a lot to do with it, to be sure.
There are a few really good ones in this batch, enjoy!
Have a great "other holiday" everyone!
8:10 PM- 12/26/2007
This year HGTV will be airing a Halloween Special dedicated to home haunters called "What's With That Really Haunted House?" They came and filmed us for the show, it rained cats and dogs during filming, but we had a great time.
The show will be airing Sunday October 28th (07) at 9:00pm.
4:22 PM- 10/24/2007
Hey all you crazy kids,
Nosferatu (Mortuus Per Diluculo means "Dead By Dawn" in Latin) This one also has the distinction of being my only tombstone with built-in lights.
Celtic Tombstone and our Budget Bart skeleton, "Twitch". He has light up eyes and a quivering motorized jaw.
9:48 PM- 9/14/2007
Brewster yard collects food - and attention - for Halloween
12:42 PM- 10/20/2006
I've been working steadily on my scarecrow, a few new tombstones and the W.o.T.
I have a ball that screams when you throw it coming soon from ebay (hopefully) and I'm going to try to put it inside my victim's head for some real torture sound!
No Guts, No Gory...
8:28 PM- 8/24/2006
My neighbor was throwing away an old round picnic table and asked me if I wanted it. I brought it home and my wife suggested that I use it to make a prop. The table diameter is 5' and made of redwood, it is heavy.
After some planning and a few key purchases I was able to construct a sturdy base complete with heavy-duty castor bearings allowing it to be spun around. Next, I plan to shackle a skeleton to it and have the kiddies give him a whirl! This prop is gonna look great in my torture chamber (guillotine, pillory, rack, chopping block, cage...)
Here are some photos sans victim!
I'll post more photos as the prop evolves...
1:56 PM- 8/11/2006
Laurie and I built this tombstone for HauntForum's Tournament De Tombstone contest. We didn't win (seriously, 4 votes for Claymud?, please...) but we did get a great new stone for our yard.
see how we did it here: http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/the_guardian.html
10:03 PM- 7/26/2006
Hey you haunters,
7:31 AM- 5/28/2006
Hey all you kids out there! Don't think that I've forgotten you! I've just finally put the last touches to our haunt video: http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/video_.html
8:50 AM- 3/27/2006
I got some of my night-vision shots up, very creepy... I'll have some better color pics shortly. I've said it elsewhere, but this was by far our best year. Perfect weather, perfect exectution. The props all worked and the batteries didn't run out until it was over! The night was filled with screams and giggles. Everyone waited until it got dark (a first) and those seeking a good scare or three were not disappointed... More than a few victims, I mean GUESTS... mentioned the web site as their main reason for coming (another first). We got over $200 in cash from the donations boxes and over 650 lbs. of food donations for our local food pantry!
check out my photos http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/halloween__05.html
6:48 PM- 11/2/2005
oh that's right, beeyotch! our 2005 gallery is here:
as of 10/24, we are now 95% done with all props and lighting...
check it out!
10:54 AM- 10/24/2005
I didn't think I'd get a chance to make any new tombstones this year, but I had some down time last night and made this guy up.
The stone is a 1" foam sheet cut to shape. I used my Dremel and router attachment with a 1/4" cutting bit to do the lettering. The face is made from Sculpy and is attached with 2 1 1/2" screws... The phillips head of the screws makes for some cool looking "x" eyes!
8:41 PM- 10/12/2005
I finally finished my donations box... following some instructions I found on the web ( http://www.ghostsofhalloween.com/projects/donation_box/ ) (and subsequently taking liberties with them), I came up with this:
The box itself is an old cigar box with a slot cut in the top. I cut a section out of the front and made a window with some stenciled lexan. The blue glow was made with blue painters tape inside with a small battery-operated fluorescent light. I screwed on some handles and some sculpy accents to make it even spookier... Neighbors have been coming by and putting money in it for the past couple of days and we now have over 15 bucks!
9:51 PM- 10/6/2005
As you can see, we finally got around to putting up the pillars and fence! The panels are 2" pink foam insulation with white foam caps. They are held together with 6" screws at the corners and 3' green garden stakes to anchor them into the ground. The arch was built by laminating 3 layers of 1" foam together and using a shure-form tool to shape. The entire structure is around 12" high and very stable. People are always asking if they are permanent!
9:56 PM- 9/24/2005
Another prop done! This guy was great for about 3 days after we took him out of the box. He came complete with wireless mic, motion sensor, light-up eyes, working pointer finger and three of the funniest phrases I've ever heard out of a skeleton. Unfortunatly, he shorted out somewhere and I was forced to shelve him for 2004.
This year, I tinkered endlessly to get him working again. I was able to get the motors and sound unit working with a contact switch, I attached him to an occillating fan motor, painted him up and threw a shroud over him. As the fan motor gets to the end of its travel, the switch makes contact and "HEY BUDDY! STEP CLOSER!" eminates from his flapping mandible! I have him wired to a remote so he can survey the yard and cackle at unsuspecting guests at the push of a button.
4:43 PM- 9/13/2005
I shot this video of my completed grave grabber! Check out this link: http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/gravegrabber.AVI
8:54 AM- 8/26/2005
This is the completed motorized Grabber, he is called "Gus", I'm going to set him up with a hacked motion sensor, a yellow bulb and place him somewhere dark... I bet he'll earn a few screams this Halloween.
see Gus in action!: http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/DSCF0230.AVI (668k)
For more information about how this prop was made please click: http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/the_grave_grabber.html
9:13 PM- 8/16/2005
Well after posting my entry to the http://www.halloween-l.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=193 forum, I have gotten some great reponses on how to best light the yard. This site: http://www.skullandbone.com/tutorial_01.htm had the best lighting tutorial I have yet seen, it will really help. I have also created a spooky lantern to use for great effect, I will post pics asap.
12:50 PM- 8/16/2005
The Brewster Yard Haunt is an out-of-control project put together by a bunch of neighborhood kooks... Why? Because it’s FUN!
My haunt site
- One-Armed Grave Grabber
- Motorized Crank Spider
- Brewster Yard Haunt Photos are up (finally)
- We are going to be on TV!
- New Tombstones for 2007