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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    No go on the hatch. Just had to chop the foam down into side-door compatible bits. I hope things come together for you. To me it seems like there's often one thing that kinda surprises me and makes everything come together. Sometimes that thing never comes. And sometimes it comes too late. I've been checking my watch a lot lately. (actually my phone - who has watches these days?) ;)
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    10-08-2015, 07:24 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    Your wall is pretty awesome. Finally got some foam today. And the missus is mostly done Spooky Town. So we're making minor progress. Still not sure what things are gonna look like this year. I kinda feel like I've missed the boat on this one. How are things on your end?
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    10-08-2015, 05:37 PM
    I visited both Lowes and Home Depot today...both had basically no Halloween left on display and Christmas was everywhere. Never did see those stand alone Edison bulbs. :(
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    10-08-2015, 11:20 AM
    Thanks for the link Frankie's Girl. I thought that mechanism was way deeper. EPD, welcome to the forums! Looking forward to seeing your pics!
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    10-08-2015, 11:17 AM
    Last year we had three kids probably 13 years old come to the door. One of them was dressed as someone sitting doing their business in an outhouse. The costume...I think it was all cardboard, with little fake legs hanging down from the "seat", but it was HUGE. Then the kids said "will you double our candy if we dance for you?" and proceeded to do a little 30 second boyband style dance routine, with the one kid in this giant outhouse costume. It was something to see. Also had a four year old...
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    10-08-2015, 10:05 AM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Pneumatic: Slight upgrade to my MIB in Halloween Props
    Hey J - Nice MIB! I love the little twist at the end.
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    10-08-2015, 06:45 AM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    I saw that! Pretty cool! They don't leave much time for getting this stuff done though, do they? But it's good to have him back. That hole in my heart is almost filled. ;)
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 07:28 PM
    You're back! How goeth Halloween?
  • Phantom Blue's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 01:58 PM
    Hey FS - Look what I scored today for FREE! The first thing I thought of was you and this build thread. I thought about trying to make big Kraken tentacles that are built in 3 or 4 sections for storage. Maybe using a bent conduit as a center spine and making smaller wooden circles that continue up to the end, then using your technique for the skinning. Any do's, don'ts advice? I am running out of time, so maybe for next year, but I love how yours turned out and couldn't turn down...
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    10-07-2015, 01:41 PM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Static: Our "Scary Tales" so far in Halloween Props
    Cool Concept....and great work!
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 09:45 AM
    Hey thanks for the heads up on the Short Circuit bulb! I'll have to check out Home Depot again - hope I haven't missed it! (Welcome to the forums!)
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 09:08 AM
    Always cool to see people dive into this build! It's not a small project at all but all the results I've seen are amazing! Definitely check out Mizerella's blogspot and Facebook page (see her first post) - she's done a bunch of impressive projects.
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  • Kymmm's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 07:45 AM
    I had the same issue.. I live on a quiet culdesac and while the neighborhood behind and beside us seemed to have plenty of tots, we would only get about 25. 2 things that helped up is loud, creepy music and a spotlight in the sky... It made people aware of our existence. Good luck and keep up the fight! it will pay off!
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    10-06-2015, 06:51 PM
    Get a lot of this from family even without asking for assistance. Unfortunately we've got at least one "expert on everything". You can't be bothered to even carve a pumpkin but you're certain I'm doing everything wrong. *closes eyes and does controlled breathing* "You know what you SHOULD do..." is the worst phrase in the world.
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    10-06-2015, 06:42 PM
    Think it could be tough to find. Someone here...(I think it was DaveintheGrave) created motorized eyeballs using a reindeer motor, I think. But unless you've got a good foot of space behind the painting, that wouldn't work. There's also the optical illusion where you cut the eyes out of the picture and set the pupils back about half an inch behind the surface and it should appear like the eyes are following you as you wander around the room - but it would be a very subtle effect. The...
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    10-06-2015, 04:15 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    I said "Oh, that's Angel. We're internet friends. She's crazy!" Now I now what Macauly Culkin felt like when his friends put on Michael Jackson records. Did is you get the reference? Have you seen Over the Garden Wall?
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    10-06-2015, 03:27 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Hey you! Just thought I'd let you know that a friend (who really isn't THAT interested in Halloween) shared your site with me today on Facebook, followed by LOTS of exclamation points! "LOOK!!!"
  • Phantom Blue's Avatar
    10-06-2015, 02:27 PM
    Great prop, awesome artwork! Something like this could make a great photo op.
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    10-06-2015, 02:18 PM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Mechanical: Skeleton Bob in Halloween Props
    Great Prop SP!
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  • Phantom Blue's Avatar
    10-06-2015, 02:09 PM
    Great work....love the movement!
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    10-06-2015, 02:05 PM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Static: Monster Mud Giant Clown in Halloween Props
    Clowns have never bothered me, but for those who HATE clowns, I believe that you will be giving them NIGHTMARES! Great Work!
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    10-06-2015, 11:49 AM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Yeah I saw that. Maybe two and three come later? You know the creative type - breaking all the rules. ;)
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    10-05-2015, 08:32 PM
    BTW, the RIGHT solution to the photo problem would be for Larry to find an upgrade that allows the photos to be rotated after they're uploaded. But maybe that's not technically or financially possible for him at them moment. But you're not at fault. Everyone shouldn't have to come up with a complex workflow to get around this issue. That'd be a little like a tailor telling all his customers to lean right while they walk because he can't get the pant legs the same length. ;)
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    10-05-2015, 08:18 PM
    Hey you. Just saw your post about your photos being upside down. Don't be too hard on yourself. Probably a lot is related to the forums being built on older technology (such a slow process to upload too). And yeah, just computers in general. Not sure what software you're using (if any) for managing your photos, but if your using some kind of photo manager, it'd probably help to export the photos to a different size or format after you right-side-up them. Basically do anything that makes a...
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    10-05-2015, 08:08 PM
    I've got a big smirk on my face after reading your latest Theft post. Glad everything turned out ok. Your friends may be right about what happened. But it reminded me of this anecdote from Douglas Adams https://theoldvillage.wordpress.com/2004/01/28/douglas-adams-shares-a-true-story/
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    10-05-2015, 08:04 PM
    Ha! :) Glad the story had a happy ending. I've had the kind of thing happen to me before - I've even ran around the house ranting that my wife had moved something when I had actually put it somewhere and forgot. It's a VERY strange feeling when you find what you thought was gone forever. :o
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    10-05-2015, 07:58 PM
    This! Totally this! And I don't mind a bit of drama - I mean stuff happens and it's not bad to show it. But a lot of it is so clearly staged - and it always conveniently pops up just before the commercial break. We all know the formula and it's getting really tired. Halloween Wars is just one of a million shows guilty of this though. There's a Canadian home reno show called "I Wrecked My House" which I just love because it IS completely absent of drama, and it's a bit of an oasis in the...
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    10-05-2015, 07:07 PM
    Hey John! Welcome to the forums - it's an amazing place. I could barely tie my shoes when I got here, but I've learned to make a lot of cool stuff I never would have dreamed of with the help of these talented folks. (Still struggling with the shoe-tying though.)
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    10-05-2015, 06:56 PM
    Yeah, I just took a look and it looks like their on to Simpsons "Back to School" toys according to their website. Guessing there was some kind of supply issue or something because - it would make more sense to have those two reversed on the calendar. But I appreciate the heads anyway. :)
  • Phantom Blue's Avatar
    10-05-2015, 02:29 PM
    SWEEEEET BUILD! Thanks for sharing the details. You are adding projects to my to-do list and now I cant say 'How Do You Make A Giant Octopus"? Love the detail.
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    Yup! Plus you could almost do it as a study for your haunt, at a fraction of the expense due to the scale.
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    Dude, you got crazy skills, and you know it. Definitely an artist. I'm sure you could be a set designer if My wife has a friend who has been doing the "Haunted Dollhouse" thing on Facebook. I keep prodding her to join the forums because she's done an amazing job. I think that'd be another cool idea in regards to having a small project where you can still get creative. I'm almost wishing we'd done something like that because it's a little less restrictive than the village stuff.
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    Well I can certainly see how last year could have been overwhelming for you! Just went back and took another look at your photos and it definitely looks like a fulltime job for 8 or 10 set designers. You really outdid yourself! I have no idea where you'd even go from there.

    Those villages can be deceptively time consuming. But nothing like a home haunt. And if you get in too deep it's a little easier to extricate yourself. Not quite as easy to just "stop" when you're vacuuforming walls.

    Nothing really new here. I think my wife's brother and his family are coming out for a visit at Halloween so we should probably add something new to the yard. Haven't given it a ton of thought yet though.
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    Hey Bam! How you doing? Are you starting to gear up for Halloween already?
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    Congrats on being featured in Pumpkinrot's Blog!!!! Too cool!!!
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    Oh my gosh, that looks delicious! I love how your oranges came out - very fierce looking. Is the second picture - I can't tell for sure - cheeseburgers with the cheese on top? Or biscuits with cheese?

    Can't go wrong with pretzels and chocolate, that's for sure.
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    Well thank you kind Sir. Ended up being rushed so not quite a tpost. We had heavy rain and some wind all morning till just about TOTing time. With a paper mache coffin, we ended up with a few problems.
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    Yeah, Beetlejuice is new this year. He was kinda the one thing I had in mind that would be new. But then my wife showed an interest in doing a coupe more tombstones so we focused on that. Wasn't sure that I'd get time to get to him, but he came together pretty quickly in the end. I busted the crank arm on the motor putting him away though, so I'll either have to change it out or do something different next yar.

    Mummy has been around forever, but we change the lighting up on him periodically. The arch still needs better lighting. My goal eventually is to do those skeleton arm light sconces but I've just never gotten to it.

    No plans to add Casper, but I've had a Slimer mask that I hoped to turn into a tombstone peeper or something. He may show up next year.

    Thanks for the nice words Bam. You know I think you haunt is pretty much perfect, and getting better every year so it means a lot.
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    Thank you! Not sure which you are referring to..I think I have pics of 3 or 4 different ones on here. Super easy AND cheap to make-simply awesome lit up at night!!! Intellegirl made some really beautiful Victorian ones-check those out too.
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    Thank you for stopping by!! I work on setup all the month of September. I really enjoy that time of year and love puttering each day. I really do try to aim for the official 'light up' the first weekend of October. Yes. Storage has gotten insane. We have a 13 by 35 foot storage unit for all the Halloween. We live in a small country town, so we don't get tons of traffic, but it's a nice steady drive by of families in cars the whole month, and somewhere around 140 ToTs. I've never really been able to keep a real count. People do stop by and walk around in the evenings. It's such a nice experience for us.
    Well, thanks again for checking us out. I'm honored.
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