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    Pumpkin5's Mostly Ghostly Haunt 2016 WIP
    :jol:Hey Peeps! I'm starting on my 2016 yard haunt and I have a few new ideas for this year. First off, I am going to pay homage to Ray Bradbury and make my own version of his Halloween Tree. I've talked with my good friend Bobzilla and he and I have bounced some ideas around. I have a surprise that I will reveal a little later, (thanks to Robert) but for now suffice it to say, I'm going to do Mr. Bradbury proud. I am borrowing from one of the forum members, Hilda, and her rendition of The Halloween Tree.

    It has always been a big favorite of mine. Another forum friend, Laura, The Halloween Lady, created this photoshop picture after I told her of my plans and what I had in mind. She knows how much I love Hilda's tree and she took my book reading skeleton and added the tombstones and viola! The picture comes to life. I tell you, without all the friends I have here, I would probably still be having just a few skeletons and pumpkins as my Halloween display. This is one of my big new ideas for this year for my haunt. What do you think peeps?

    Of course, the ghosts will still be porch bound, but a few may make it into the cemetery this year. I'm going to extend my fence to surround the Halloween Tree portion of the display and then work on the lighting in the graveyard so that all the tombstones can actually be read. I'm working on the cemetery entrance as well and I have ideas flooding my big-old-pumpkin-gourd-brain, and as I come up with new idea and complete the projects I will post the results here. It's always nice to hear what you guys think and get your input. The Pumpkin5 has started her build. (don't you just love it when I refer to myself in the third person??)

    My plan is to use one of my existing Dogwood trees and fill it with glowing pumpkins. I'm sure I will add more pumpkins each year, but this year I'm going to start with around 25 or 30. I am going to string twinkle lights in the branches, and then have the pumpkins all lit. I am going to have a talking skeleton under the tree, sitting on a giant pumpkin, reading excerpts from the story, The Halloween Tree. And from Laura's creative mind, I will add tombstones in and around my new skeleton. That is my basic idea, and I'm sure it will grow and develop as the season nears.

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    I can not wait to see this it will look amazing

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    Holy $hit, P5!
    How cool is this!
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    i've loved the movie Halloween Tree since i was a child! never got to read the book and not sure how well the movie transfered it...but i think this is an absolute fabulous idea! perhaps you could have a sign with Moundshroud's name, and maybe a line with "appointments only"?

    i also can't help but think perhaps a few ghosts hanging out in the tree as well be good. oh and a few pieces from different cultures covered in the book/movie! a mummy or sarcaphogus or heiroglyphics, a candy skull or skeleton pinata, a few gargoyles, a witch or a broomstick...^^

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    Thank you Saki, Bobzilla and CemeteryGirl! I love your idea CG about bringing some of the characters from the book into the scene. That is brilliant! Not sure about the ghosts, because the front porch is mighty ghostie as it is, but what if I made trick or treaters standing at the base of the tree listening to the skeleton tell the story? I may not be able to get them all made for this year, but it's definitely something that could be added to through the years. A flying Moundshroud would be really cool, sort of 'taking off into the night'.....the possibilities are really endless. Oh, and trust me, the movie was good, but the book is phenomenal! A very special friend gave me a Ray Bradbury signed copy of the book from the dedication at Disneyland of the Halloween tree there. It's really quite special. I even have one of the leaves from the actual tree that stands there, pressed in the pages of my book.
    P.S. The special friend that I mentioned is Bobzilla. He is the absolute BEST that there is.
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    Wow you are starting with 25 or 30 pumpkins! That's a lotta gourds. Do you have them in stock or will you make them? I was a little disappointed when you said you were using a dogwood. Now I like dogwoods a lot but thought you might actually have that wicked looking black tree in the second picture. Gonna be cool.

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    ^Well....I kind of have to use what is handy...and making a 25 foot tree isn't in my skill set. (ha, ha) I may actually carve a foam base to fit over the existing tree to give it more character. I could probably come up with something so that it would have a bigger trunk with some interesting things going on there. Maybe holes and craters for glowing LED eyes looking out....what do you think? I have the foam pumpkins, I just have to carve a few faces and rig up the lights to go inside of them. I am sure that it will evolve over the years with different focal points each year. I just really want to pay homage to Ray Bradbury though with my tree. He's one of my favorite authors and he brings Halloween like no one else can.
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    I have a poster upstairs from an art show I had some videos in many years ago.
    A drawing that fills up most of the page of this poster is just a line drawing of a huge tree with numerous limbs spreading outward in every direction.
    People in the drawing are wearing clothes from maybe the 1700s? There are some soldiers in the drawing.
    The most incredible part of this rendering is the fact that maybe 50 people have been hung from this large tree!?
    And.. they are all comfortably... dead.
    What event this depicts? I don't know, maybe it is just totally fictitious?
    I like to at least think that it is.

    The man who wanted my videos for this show worked for a museum in Detroit.
    My videos were very home-made featuring me acting like a lunatic children's show host.
    He told me that two men from Japan could not stop watching those videos! ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumpkin5 View Post
    Thank you Saki, Bobzilla and CemeteryGirl! I love your idea CG about bringing some of the characters from the book into the scene. That is brilliant! Not sure about the ghosts, because the front porch is mighty ghostie as it is, but what if I made trick or treaters standing at the base of the tree listening to the skeleton tell the story? I may not be able to get them all made for this year, but it's definitely something that could be added to through the years. A flying Moundshroud would be really cool, sort of 'taking off into the night'.....the possibilities are really endless. Oh, and trust me, the movie was good, but the book is phenomenal! A very special friend gave me a Ray Bradbury signed copy of the book from the dedication at Disneyland of the Halloween tree there. It's really quite special. I even have one of the leaves from the actual tree that stands there, pressed in the pages of my book.
    P.S. The special friend that I mentioned is Bobzilla. He is the absolute BEST that there is.
    I am going to have to check out this book I have never seen it or know anything about a Halloween tree.

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    Oh how SPOOKtacular!!! Thank you so much for the shout out!

    "So I wrote the novel of The Halloween Tree... and along the way, when people read it, The Halloween Tree began to appear in front yards across the United States. I am so glad of that because now I realize I am becoming part of my favorite holiday. And when I go home tonight, I know I will find a few Halloween Trees in front yards... So you see how much this means to me." ~ Ray Bradbury October 31, 2007, at the dedication of The Halloween Tree at Disneyland.

    It is our honor to put up a Halloween Tree in our front yard. Ray Bradbuy is and always will be, a part of Halloween.
    You know I adore this idea. You are going to knock this out of the park P5!!

    Laura, dang those are some great skillz. I wish I could create a storyboard like that for my plans. I'm envious. I LOVE the photo. I am going to have to share that!

 

 
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