Friday, May 12, 2023

Swamp Zombie Skeleton Props Version 2.0

Take two on converting a couple of our older skeletons into swamp zombie skeleton props. The Rust-Oleum matte camouflage spray paints achieved the look we were going for versus the glow in the dark aqua and green neutral pigments. Some green creepy cloth and faux vines draped on these two along with some complimentary accent lighting should do the trick for both daytime and nighttime viewing. Side Note: The red jewel dome eyes have battery powered LED lights behind them (these were the moviegoer skeletons from last year). We'll save the glow in the dark treatment for our 2024 ghost themed haunt revisit.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Swamp Zombie Skeleton Prop First Version

This is a great example of why home/yard haunters start early on their Halloween props and projects. We want to have a couple of "Swamp Zombie Skeleton" props posed around the maple tree in our front lawn for this year's haunt. The plan was to adorn them in green creepy cloth and faux vines and moss, but thought "Wouldn't it be cool for them to have an eerie fluorescent glow to them?" based on some Baron Samedi/Voodoo art we found online that inspired the color palette for lighting this year's haunt. So this past weekend a mixture of Mod Podge glue and neutral fluorescent green and aqua pigments (look white under normal light) was applied to one of our 5' tall plastic skeletons. While it definitely has presence, it looked more "Haunted Mansion" ghost than "Swamp Zombie Skeleton". Great concept for a ghost themed haunt, but not sure yet for this year's haunt theme. Next test round will be painting another skeleton with various Rust-Oleum matte camouflage colored paints. Part of the trick from a photography perspective is to have a convincing looking prop in both daylight and at night that fits the theme. One of the nice things about the Mod Podge mixed with the neutral pigments is that you can go over any base color and still maintain the bulk of the base color underneath, so that may be test round three. A matte polyurethane finish coat is required to protect the Mod Podge glue from rain exposure.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Happy Halfoween!

Happy Halfoween! We're currently busy curating creepy dolls for our "Haunted Bayou" themed Halloween haunt this year.

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Funny SNL Parody Horror Movie Trailer

Somehow missed this from around 10 years ago. Love Wes Anderson movies and this really captures the feel of his movies.

Friday, March 17, 2023

2023 Haunt Jack-O-Lantern Candles

We just recently received our custom order of Bananas Foster scented candles from The Smell Of Fear Candle Company for this year's Haunted Bayou yard haunt theme. Last year's Caramel Buttered Popcorn candles were a huge success, as well as 2021's Smoky Cinnamon Whisky candles. We love to make our annual Halloween yard haunt display a multisensory experience.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Jack-O-Lanterns 2017

We don't believe we ever posted this jack-o-lantern group photo taken after our 2017 haunt. We often try to do a group photo of our carved jack-o-lanterns after each haunt, but weather and timing don't always cooperate. Sometimes we're so exhausted after Halloween we just want to get the front of the house cleaned up before the weather gets really bad!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Halloween In The 70s

Mr. Haunted Eve found the following article the other day and found it to be quite humorous! It accurately describes what trick-or-treating on Halloween was like for Mr. and Mrs. Haunted Eve when we were children in the 1970s.
The Treats Of Halloween: The Little Things by Jason Marshall