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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Well I feel a bit dorky. Went to Lowes tonight (Canada) but I didn't take much in the way of photos because I thought it was all old news. They had their endcaps out with some neat stuff. Some cool inflatables, the Edison bulbs in large strings and as ground stakes (which didn't make much sense to me personally but YMMV) and what seemed to be fire and ice type lights in orange/yellow and shades of purple. The also had this guy. And a simple inflatable Reaper that must have been 16 feet...
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    GobbyGruesome added 1 photo(s) to album 2015 pre-Halloween
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    Yesterday, 02:43 PM
    I think this is a killer point. You don't want to become the equivalent of a bedroom community for TOTers. If you have people in your neighbourhood who are making an effort, make sure to stop by and show some appreciation - it'll breed more participation in the future. But yeah, we get people from other communities all the time and it's great. Ask me again when we get 800 TOTers and I might have a different opinion but with the 75-100 we get now, the more the merrier.
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    08-30-2015, 05:41 PM
    It probably IS just a matter of the photos being large as WitchKitty said. I believe there's software on the server that resizes the photos and it can get bogged down if too large. And I think the bigger the photos, the longer it can take. I did a tutorial for uploading photos from the computer a while back, because there are a couple "gotchas" that tripped me up initially. http://www.halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/137823-uploading-photos-new-members-screenshots.html I should probably...
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    08-30-2015, 05:33 PM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Dragon test in Halloween Props
    Very impressive.....looking forward in seeing a finished dragon!
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    08-29-2015, 06:16 PM
    It's been Ok. No huge wins but nothing awful either. Picked up a wee bit of freelance work this week so that's a plus. Probably get going on Halloween stuff in the next week or so. Hoorah! My wife has her niece and nephew coming - I probably mentioned that before - so she's got an extra dog in the race this year, so that could make things interesting. I should probably buy a lottery ticket. We're overdue. ;)
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    08-29-2015, 06:11 PM
    I thought this was funny. It's the Haunted Horror Pre-code Coloring book! It doesn't come out until November apparently so you won't be able to use it to de-stress this Halloween. :( But might make a perfect stocking stuffer for your favourite haunter. :) http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/916?stockItemID=SEP150490
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    08-29-2015, 05:55 PM
    Oof. Well, don't go sawing your blowmold in half for nobody! ;)
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    08-29-2015, 05:27 PM
    Doing ok. Starting to get in a Halloween mood. Would love to get out into the pre-fall weather but we're getting smoked out from Washington fires down south. How about yourself?
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    08-29-2015, 05:21 PM
    Wow! Buy a lottery ticket! ;)
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    08-29-2015, 01:13 PM
    Whoa! That looks fantastic! Love the lights!
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    08-29-2015, 12:42 PM
    Ooof! That's horrible! Impressed by your resolve though - sounds like you're taking it mostly in stride. Hope the weather is better for you hear on out. (Looks like your skeleton is totally prepared to ride things out!)
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    08-29-2015, 11:24 AM
    Hey you! Nice find with the bellhop! I think you're gonna get a lot of use out of him.
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    08-29-2015, 11:23 AM
    Hey welcome! Great looking mask - kudos to the girlfriend on the sculpt. Great retro feel!
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    08-29-2015, 11:19 AM
    GobbyGruesome replied to a thread Hello! in Member Introduction
    Hey Michelle! Welcome to the forums! We can always use more party experts! :)
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    08-29-2015, 08:45 AM
    What an awesome idea!! I have one that can't be broke down and is SOOO heavy that it is a pain getting it out every year.. I love this so far!!
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    08-29-2015, 07:54 AM
    What a wonderful Reap!! So fun seeing pics! This is my favorite part!
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    08-29-2015, 07:45 AM
    Oh this is SOOO good to see! You UK folks have been getting by with scraps for far too long! At this rate it won't be long before you're jaded and complaining that there's too much poorly made, over-priced crap, like a real American Halloween. ;) I love the Night Owl Inn sign. (Hopefully you totally missed out on the Halloween "glitter-on-everything" phase.) It'd be great if they eventually start making some items exclusively for the UK. I know Halloween is just on the upswing there...
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    08-29-2015, 07:31 AM
    Looks pretty awesome! You know what you're doing!!!
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    08-29-2015, 07:28 AM
    Oooh! I like that set from Harry & David! Nice!
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    08-28-2015, 05:56 PM
    Check this thread for various solutions. http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/117303-tombstones-flying-away-solution.html We build our own so we do the bit where we sandwich some PVC tube (electrical conduit I think) between the two slices of foam and then slide that over rebar posted into the ground. Has the added benefit of making the tombstones a bit thicker and adding something solid down the centre to prevent snapping. Really happy with the way this works - we...
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    08-28-2015, 01:31 PM
    Yup on the Angels. Also agreed on the Silence - freaky as heck, although...it seems like their story was kind of spread over seasons so I don't know what I'd pick. I did really love the "Hide" episode from season 7. Seemed like a proper Haunted House story set in the 1970s (although it didn't end that way). Featured Doughy Scott and Jessica Raine as kind of paranormal investigators. Loved the characters - would have watched a series with them. Doctor Who has a habit of coming up with...
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    08-28-2015, 01:24 PM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Building a Shooting Gallery in Halloween Props
    Looking good Goosta! Should be a BIG hit at your haunt.
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  • Kymmm's Avatar
    08-28-2015, 08:56 AM
    Pictures!! Pictures!! PICTURES!!
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    08-28-2015, 08:54 AM
    Dave, I think... actually, I'm pretty sure you need to sell this to me :D
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    08-27-2015, 10:31 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    I have no clue how long you can store pumpkins for. Pretty sure if it's got any kind of scratches or blemishes it's not long. I'm sure there was a thread about it here though.
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    08-27-2015, 09:24 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on vwgirl's photo in album Halloween 2013
    This is my favourite. Halloween in a bottle! :)
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    08-27-2015, 09:23 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on vwgirl's photo in album Halloween 2013
    Just amazing!
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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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