Wednesday, July 15, 2015

That Time Of Year Again

Funny how quickly time flies. Halloween is only a little over 3 months away! It's time to start thinking about getting a move on some of this year's prop builds! Our "wake-up call" was an email from Spirit Halloween showcasing one of their new animatronic props for Halloween 2015, Cerberus! We could have seriously put that prop to good use in our 2005 Halloween yard haunt!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Krampus!

Not familiar with Krampus? Here's an excellent article from The Daily Beast: Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jack-O'-Lanterns 2014

A few more Jack-O'-Lantern pics from this year's haunt.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Halloween Pirate Theme Water Effect

Back in 2006 we did a pirate ghost ship theme for our Halloween yard haunt. We wanted to really give the impression of a ship wreck on the water on a moonlit night. The solution was to use a DJ water ripple light effect unit. The unit back then used a 250 watt halogen projector bulb and the bulbs are extremely temperamental to finger prints. We went through two bulbs just in testing and finally learned you have to wear gloves to handle the bulbs. Newer versions of the lighting effect are LED based. The final result was worth all the effort though, To see all the pictures from that year's haunt: Halloween 2006 Ghost Pirates Yard Haunt

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mask Enhancements

Years ago we would plug a pair of colored globe Christmas lights onto a battery powered stringer and tape them inside a prop's mask for eyes, but now we install a pair of acrylic eyes and light them with LEDs. With this gargoyle mask that we plan to use for Halloween 2015 the large eye openings proved to be a challenge for mounting the eyes. The solution: Crayola Model Magic in black!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Another Successful Halloween

Cold and drizzling last night, but we still had 80 trick-or-treaters and got lots of nice compliments on the haunt. We were fortunate because today it's 39 degrees, raining, and windy. Clean up was "bone chilling". Still have a few more new pics taken last night to post over the next few days in addition to these below.

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)