Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 Yard Haunt Pics

Happy Halloween! The photos from this year's yard haunt are up. Click the link below:
Halloween 2014 Yard Haunt Theme - Dia De Los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Last Minute Prop Build

We started playing around with where props and decorations were going to go yesterday and decided we didn't want to overcrowd the garage wall. Came up with the idea to build a Day of the Dead alter for in front of the dining room window for some specific props. After a trip to the hardware store last night and a quick build this morning the alter is complete. All that's left to do is for Mrs. Haunted Eve to cover it with skull print fabric and add the candles and other decorations.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Papel Picado Banners

Since the weather was so nice today (Halloween sounds like it's going to be very cold and wet) we decided to start putting up some of the decorations for Halloween night now, most importantly the Day of the Dead Papel Picado banners (these ae actually plastic so they can get wet).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Sometimes what makes a yard haunt successful are the little details. Many years ago we learned that when you have a concentrated area of a dozen or more jack-o'-lanterns lit by high quality scented candles the smell literally permeates the air. Quoting one trick-or-treater, "Your house smells yummy!" So we always try to use festive fall scented candles. Last night we went to Yankee Candle and filled our basket with the traditional "Pumpkin Pie" votives but stumbled upon a delicious smelling "Chocolate Layer Cake" candle, which led to the idea of "Mexican Hot Chocolate" for this year's Dia de los Meurtos themed haunt. So we complimented the chocolate scented candles with "Cinnamon Vanilla" scented candles, hoping we achieve the desired effect on Halloween night. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Yard Haunt Audio

Ordered a couple of HMDX Burst rechargable speakers in gray to use with a small inexpensive battery powered MP3 player for Halloween night. Need some Dia de los Muertos music playing in the background to complete the haunt. While not weatherproof, I like the fact I don't need to run a power cord to it. It can easily be stashed behind a tombstone or placed in the corner of the front porch if the weather isn't cooperating. It's small enough that it could be hidden in a prop for sound effects. Way back in the early 2000's we had a wireless outdoor speaker but it continually lost signal and played more static than sounds/music. For the past several years I've used a pair of small powered computer speakers with an MP3 player which always became a hassle with running the power cord and all the speaker wires involved. The reason I ordered two of these little speakers is they're pretty inexpensive, so why not have a spare!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween 2015 Sneak Peek

Halloween 2014 is only a week away, but we've already started procuring materials for next year's haunt. 2015 is going to be a "Gargoyles" theme. We didn't do any major prop builds for this year's "Dia de los Muertos" theme, but next year we're going to try to build some castle stone wall facades for along the walkway and the front porch.