posting here now.
12:36 PM- 8/3/2007
4:56 PM- 11/7/2006
10:33 AM- 10/19/2006
10:32 AM- 10/19/2006
Well, things a little bit better than before. I moved into a house in St. Charles, Illinios and the landlord was kind enough to let me bring some groundbreakers and put them in his yard. So Halloween won't be the same but at least it isn't a lost cause. I have few picutres below. So I am still fighting to stay alive. I know I said in the last blog that it was my last but hopfully I can continue.
I had a gentleman from the local paper contact me about my haunt. Of course this year is shot to hell, but maybe next year. The wife had told me that she is hopfully that I will be coming home by next Halloween. It all depends on us and if we can work things out. I hope so. So I guess I will cross my fingers for next Halloween then.
6:41 AM- 10/18/2006
9:10 AM- 10/9/2006this Creepy Coffin commercial prop. When I saw it online and in the stores, I liked the concept and the look. However the commercial version was static and made of Styrofoam. And it cost $99.
Instead of buying that prop I took the money and built this 6-foot animated version. It uses a wiper motor to open and close the hinged front. The outside chains and lock are plastic and foam but inside there are five pieces of real chain swinging and banging. A couple of ACC arms replaced the foam ones on the commercial version. It cost me less than $100 to make and will outlast the commercial version by many years.
Here's a picture. A how-to project description will be posted next month. Here's 10-second video clip showing the motion.
9:03 AM- 10/9/2006$25 Toe-Pincher Coffin. Here's a picture.
11:38 AM- 10/8/2006Ultra-lite Crazy Camo Nets from Barre Army Navy Store. I placed my order last Wednesday and it shipped the same day and arrived Saturday. They have a good price on high quality netting that meets anti-fire certifications. Good stuff.
11:28 AM- 10/8/2006half-size coffin we built back in 2004. I posted a project description on the ScareFX.com site. Here's a picture of the coffin that will be the home for a new corpse I'm currently making.
10:30 AM- 10/4/2006Spirit and the spider from Spencer's. The demon will be in the graveyard and the spider will be on the porch. Both are nice sized props. I really liked the details on the demon and black widows are the creepiest spider to me. It will replace the tarantula on the giant web this year.
7:19 PM- 9/21/2006ScareFX.com web site. The content from the old site is still in place with the same page names so links and bookmarks will not be broken. I'll be adding new content continually over the next couple of months.
2:55 PM- 9/20/2006
9:38 PM- 9/19/2006
Here is what he looked like on Halloween night 2005.
The mask is a display copy (no cutouts for the eyes) called Gravedigger from Death Studios. A wig head was used inside the mask (with some plastic grocery bags stuffed into the gaps. The wig head was placed over a 1/2" PVC "neck".
The hands are Star Wars Emperor Palpatine latex hands from BuyCostumes. Heavy wire was placed in the hands so they could be positioned on the shovel and lantern.
The frame is 1.5 inch PVC pipe and fittings with chicken wire to provide some "body". The frame is slipped over iron re-bar driven into the ground. The 1/2" PVC neck is inserted into a reducer fitting placed in the 4-way fitting. Here's a great calculator that can help with proportions.
The coveralls are from the local Tractor Supply Company.
4:19 PM- 9/14/2006
I saw a nice Black Widow spider at Spencer's. I think I might add that one to my spider collection. They also have the Scary Demon with Cross which is definitely on my list to add to the graveyard.
Halloween Express has tons of costumes and quite a few props. I saw a couple of spiders and a giant roach that looked pretty good. They had a couple of latex vultures that looked better than the one in Spencer's.
I picked up a couple of the large poly-resin gargoyles and a poly-resin cross from Target today. Last year I waited too long to the get the bigger ones and had to settle for the smaller canine gargoyles. Those poly-resin props are nicely detailed for the money.
My giant toad arrived from the Toy Lounge today. I like him.
1:18 PM- 9/14/2006It looks like this will be my last entry at blogcrypt. The wife and I have decided to get a divorce after 5 years. That means no more Halloween prop making for me. I will miss writing in my blog; it was something I truly loved to do. I will miss my dogs and the fun times I had. Thank you everyone for all the kind comments over the years. I will treasure it always. My props were left back at ex-wife’s house. Maybe she will get into Halloween without me. LOL.
10:34 PM- 9/13/2006
1:33 PM- 9/12/2006
I have bit of some news today. I don’t know how legit this is, but I got an email from a lady representing HGTV that wanted to come to my home and film my haunt this year. Like I said, I am not sure if this isn’t just spam but I thought I would reply. You just never know now a days if people are pulling pranks. She goes on saying that HGTV is producing a new show this year called "What's With That Really Haunted Halloween House?" with host George Grey. It is a spin off “What’s With That House?” So, I thought I would contact her and see what is up. I will keep you informed if anything plausible happens. It might be kind of cool if it is.
11:30 AM- 9/8/2006
Since I had time this weekend to work on the witch, I drape the cloth on her, just to see what it might look like. Also messed with the motors to see if there would be any problems. Of course the hood doesn't want to stay on. I might have to do something different like attach it to the head in some way or form. The face is still under work. My wife still has to fix the face and then she will apply latex. I need to do something different to her cloths, but what? Maybe muck it up a bit. So, here is a picture of the witch as of last weekend. I can't wait to put this out. I have already had people driving by with big smiles on their faces. So, I think the witch is starting to shape up a bit. As you can see, I took this picture after a rain storm, so the witch looks like a wet puppy. I had her hair dropped over her face. Now it is just stuck to her face. LOL.
6:37 AM- 9/6/2006
As of yesterday I actually got started on this years Halloween projects!! I know, I know too little too late probaly but I feel good about it...lol!
We went to got the wood we needed to get our new castle walls built, and built 5 out of the 9 we need already! Not a cool new prop or anything like that but it's a start and that's all that matters at this point! We got the fabric to do up our wolves too, doing the animated reindeer conversion to a sitting howling wolf, should look pretty cool when done. Then I have to get moving on the pirate ship, UFO and dragon...Only a month to go I can do it.....
7:56 AM- 9/5/2006
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