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!

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Apparitions 2024

Making some progress on the standing mannequins for our 2024 haunt. The Chiller and The Duchess props are new for this year's haunt. Thought the blue light candle lantern for The Chiller made for an interesting prop accessory. The blue apparitions' hands are also a new addition this year.

Friday, April 12, 2024

2019 Haunt Photo

For our 2024 Halloween yard haunt we're revisiting our 2019 ghost theme. We have to work out a better system for mounting the digital projection screen in our front window this year. In 2019 we used 3M removable double sided adhesive mounting dots to mount the screen fabric to our vinyl window frames, but the adhesive couldn't keep the screen fabric taught for the entire duration of the haunt. We started to get visible wrinkles and creases in the fabric due to the flexible/stretchy nature of the dots. This summer we're going to test out 3M Command Velcro strips on the window frames paired up with sew on Velcro strips on the edges of the screen fabric. The hope is that the Velcro strips can keep the screen fabric taught or at least allow for quick adjustments.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Late Night With The Devil

This may be surprising to hear, but we're not huge fans of modern horror movies, e.g. most movies of the genre made after 1999. But this newly released 1970's set period piece horror movie looks rather intriguing and in the same vein of the old Tales From The Darkside, Tales From The Crypt, and darker themed Twilight Zone/Outer Limits type stories which we always found entertaining. 

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Dracula Approved!

One of our favorite places to visit is Lake Effect Ice Cream in Lockport, NY. We managed to squeeze in a visit last weekend and had their special St. Patrick's Day "Guinness Extra Stout" ice cream and picked up a "I Vant To Eat Lake Effect Ice Cream" pin. Every October they release their "Trick-Or-Treat" ice cream which is Mr. Haunted Eve's favorite flavor they make. Here's their description of the ice cream flavor:
"If you've never had it, here's the idea: You come home from an awesome night of trick-or-treating and dump out your candy bag on the floor, and take a look at the big pile of candy bars in front of you. Well, pretty much that's what we put in this flavor. This year, we mixed Heath bars, Snickers, Kit Kats, Twix bars, M&Ms, Reese's pieces, and Nestlé crunch bars into our Silver Cloud Vanilla ice cream."