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!

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.