Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Our Ideal Halloween Weather

For as long as we've been doing a yard haunt (going on 19 years), one of the most critical elements to its success is the weather on Halloween night. We've had more good Halloweens than bad ones, but "great" Halloween weather has been a rarity. We'll always take "very cold but dry" over "warm and raining". Our best Halloween night thus far goes all the way back to 2003. The high of the day was 73 and the overnight low was 51, and it was a dry and calm night. The temperature dropped in such a way by late evening that it created a natural "fog chiller" effect and the fog from our fog machine hugged the ground. Would love more Halloweens like that one!
Halloween 2003

Friday, October 13, 2017

Personal Jack-O'-Lantern Carving Record

Our personal Jack-O'-Lantern carving record for Halloween is 32 pumpkins going all the way back to 2004. If you count them in the group picture below you'll count 31, but there's a Jack-O'-Lantern inside a Jack-O'-Lantern making 32 total.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Halloween Yard Haunt Update

Only 20 days to go before the big night. We're in pretty good shape overall, but still working on acquiring more pumpkins for our jack-o'-lanterns. One of our local supermarkets got several large bins of them in for a great price per pumpkin, but the entire lot are wider than they are tall, so not a lot of carving real estate for faces. Takes time to acquire a lot of pumpkins that are good sized and shaped at fair prices. The small local farm stands have been gouging on prices the past couple of years. If you're going to charge $10+/pumpkin, they better be "super big" pumpkins that we can barely lift! We never bother with the large "fall festivities" farm markets that sell pumpkins by the pound, we leave that for the amateurs.

Yesterday we c
ompleted another standing prop for our yard haunt display on Halloween night. This one will go inside the mini mausoleum. The cape is from a costume shop, pants and shirt are from Goodwill, hands are from Spirit Halloween, feet are from Amazon, and the mask is from Lord Grimley's Manor.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gruesoestein Pumpkins

Found these at one of our local Wegmans stores.