Friday, July 19, 2024

Ghostly Blue Skeleton Props Get A Done Stamp!

A grand total of 6 of these custom painted skeletons have been made for this year's haunt.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Ghostly Blue Skeleton Prop Modification

Finally got around to making a prototype "Ghostly Blue" glowing skeleton. The prototype currently is a coat of matte white spray paint over your common 5' tall skeleton prop with an initial coat of Montana Cans UV-Effect transparent spray paint over the white spray paint. We only used half a can of the UV-Effect spray paint and still need to put on a second coat for a more intense effect under black light, but we're getting precisely the effect we wanted for this year's haunt. In daylight, it's your typical bone colored skeleton. We included a side by side photo of a "before" skeleton with the prototype "after" painted skeleton for comparison.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Victorian Madam Morticia Plaque

We got this plaque this past December for only $26 on Amazon in anticipation of this year's Haunted Mansion inspired ghost themed yard haunt. We weren't sure if we were going to display it in the bookcase prop on our front porch for Halloween, but it really pops on our aedicula prop! It may have been the last one available because it's currently unavailable on Amazon. We have learned over the years that if you see something special or unique for Halloween snag it ASAP because a lot of Halloween decorations, props, masks, etc. are produced in limited run batches and you may never see such items available ever again.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Halloween Candy Humor

With Halloween only 4 months away we thought it would be fun to share this really funny bit by Matt Mitchell.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Front Porch "Barricade" 2024 Upgrade Plans

The 2020 pandemic created a bit of serendipity when we crafted a "social distancing/treat bag self serve" fabric covered wooden barricade frame for our front porch that Halloween. Our small front porch entry at this house had become problematic on Halloween night once we had a storm door that opened outward installed. Trick-or-treaters would create a bottleneck as they all clambered on our front porch to get their treats and would then have to all step backwards for us to open the storm door (we often have Halloween nights in the upper 30s to low 40s). The porch barricade put an end to the bottleneck and allowed us to utilize more of our small front porch for our haunt display and has since become a permanent addition to our haunt. For our 2024 Haunted Mansion inspired "Ghost" themed haunt we wanted to embellish the barricade with wood panel details. We've started working on some of the design elements using materials left over/unused from our 2022 porch bookcase and 2023 aedicula prop builds. The porch barricade upgrade should be completed by later this summer. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

JoAnn Fabrics Halloween 2024

They've already started putting out Halloween merchandise and printed fabrics at JoAnn fabrics. This year's Halloween decor at JoAnn Fabrics seems to be based on a moon/celestial theme. Some may have issue with such things being out so soon in stores, but for the home/yard haunter who is always thinking one, two, or three Halloweens in advance, it sparks the imagination and gets the wheels turning. We picked up a new skull plaque that has red LED uplights hidden in the top of the skull for our 2023 built aedicula prop.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

"Good Enough" Stamp!

Decided to not bother with adding a skeletal hand holding a candle lantern on the ground breaker "Hat Ghost" prop. We're either going to place a candle lantern with a blue or green LED flame light on the ground next to it, or we'll use a small LED colored spot light like we did with the jack-o-lantern monster ground breaker last Halloween. Good enough!