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    Yesterday, 03:34 PM
    jdubbya started a thread Static: witch potion jars in Halloween Props
    I know these are very simple and basic but I had time to kill so wanted to dress up a few of our witch jars. Got some wooden dowel caps at the craft store and glued them to the jar lids. Painted them black then brushed on a bit of brown. The variety will look neat.
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    03-27-2017, 08:09 PM
    So I'm not the only one who does this!
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    03-22-2017, 06:50 PM
    This is what I struggle with as well, for lack of a better way to put it. We've been doing a haunt for over 20 years and we've developed a loyal following. We now have older teens and young adults who come by and tell us they've been coming to our house since they were young. Parents tell us how much they like coming each year and how they appreciate what we do to give kids a fun Halloween. I think of the void we'd leave if we just stopped doing it so hopefully we can scale back gradually and...
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    03-22-2017, 02:54 PM
    Thanks. I thinjk it was like $10.00 or somewhere close. I'll put a bat or a crow in it, something creepy.
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    03-22-2017, 02:11 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Spell book on the cheap in Halloween Props
    Thanks Ana! I just happened to walk by this easel and figured I could use it. It works perfectly.
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    03-22-2017, 03:16 AM
    matrixmom replied to a thread Static: Spell book on the cheap in Halloween Props
    Looks great jdubbya!! The trick is finding the perfect stand for a good price, yours is nice!
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    03-21-2017, 09:28 PM
    jdubbya started a thread Static: Spell book on the cheap in Halloween Props
    Doing little accent props for our witch house. Bought an old book from a thrift store. Aged the cover with paper mache and some paint/dry brush. Printed a couple spells off and stained the paper with a coffee filter. Set it on the easel I got on clearance from Michaels and it came out pretty fair. This will sit someplace in the main room of the haunt.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 03:03 PM
    How many guests did you have? I would love to do this but feel it might be chaotic.
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    03-21-2017, 03:00 PM
    I would love one day when I retire from halloween decorating, just doing projections. Or 1 massive art piece for the front yard. Light up well, and thats it. I have talked with the neighbors and said it would be fun to pumpkin carve- in the range of 20 or 30 pumpkins, then tea light them and thats it. Eventually it will just be my little fave things inside the house maybe. These are all my thoughts when I eventually will start toning it down. But life is funny, and probably when I am 80 I will...
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    03-20-2017, 11:30 AM
    matrixmom replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Termites - good news/bad news in Halloween Props
    Who knew something so bad could turn into something so good!!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-19-2017, 06:56 PM
    Good post and one I identify with. We had actually planned to scale way back three years ago. I was pretty much a one man set-up/tear down crew, and while we had ample help working the walk through haunt on Halloween, come 11/1 I was tearing down all by myself and it got to be a chore. Along came fellow haunter and forum member "lewlew" who lived not too far from me and who's own awesome haunt was on hiatus. We agreed to do a collaborative effort back in 2014 and while it took up less real...
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    03-19-2017, 12:21 PM
    Sweet! TOT always comes through with great detail. Thanks!
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    03-18-2017, 05:11 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: New Kids on the Block in Halloween Props
    Nice looking family you have there. Those things are creepy as hell!
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-17-2017, 12:32 PM
    How about a foam facade to cover up to the white gutters? You can hide fog machines behind it, maybe place /make a cauldron creep mixing a brew in a big cauldron. Maybe make the facade like a witch shack.....I would remove the pumpkin lights and string lights and let the lighting on the facade be its own path...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-17-2017, 10:26 AM
    Picked up a neat cage, a wrought iron easel that we'll use to hold a spell book, and some color changing led tea lights. All from Michaels.
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    03-15-2017, 03:27 AM
    Fine looking mask. I'm a fan of TOT Studio's stuff and have/have had a few of their masks over the years. Would love to see a close up pic of the face/mouth.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-10-2017, 01:53 PM
    Looks like more colors there than just blue.Magenta, some red, the amber in the sconce and some white highlighting the book and table.
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    03-10-2017, 01:44 PM
    matrixmom posted a visitor message on WickedWino's profile
    Yes- OC has a very quick wit. I have literally choked on my drink and sprayed it all over the monitor at times.
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    03-10-2017, 06:22 AM
    I forgot to post the rest of my thank-yous, and one of these days (probably when I end up having to get a new phone), I will be able to upload pics again... I apologize - to say my life has been a little chaotic lately would be an understatement.....but on with the thank-yous! I had thanked hallorenescene earlier in this thread, but it can't hurt to say it again...;) Araniella, that cute little pig brought a smile to my face, so for that, I thank you.... hallowmas, I always dig your...
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    03-08-2017, 05:52 AM
    BTW kp...if you run out of foam, I resorted to nice square boxes, and painted them. Just need a lot of browns,yellows, black and white paint. Its basically drybrusing the box. They looked great at night too. http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/matrixmom-albums-pirates-life-for-me-2014-a-picture247357-cardboard.html
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-08-2017, 05:48 AM
    Nope. Just plain acrylic paint or Latex paint. Only spray paint or oil based paint will melt the foam. And...your welcome. Anytime!:)
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    03-08-2017, 04:49 AM
    I'm putting this info out here for anyone who may be holding gift cards that can't be redeemed. Another forum member who has requested to remain anonymous, shared this with me. If you've done business with HA in the past several months, you, like myself, may have noticed your credit card bill or paypal invoice listed Action Figure Planet instead of HA. I knew that they were into action figures and looking to start this venture. A google search revealed a facebook page for AFP and there are...
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    03-06-2017, 06:35 PM
    I talked with another on line vendor about this and was told that HA is done and likely not coming back, I feel bad for anyone holding gift cards hoping to use them.
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    03-05-2017, 07:00 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: This year's starting line-up in Halloween Props
    Yup! The center mask will be the cauldron witch. One of the others will be holding a spell book and the third will have something in her hands, possibly a lantern/skull. We plan to animate one so the head goes back and forth. The mask stands were actually purchased from Spider Hill Prop Works a few years back but I no longer see them on his site. You can source the parts and I made a few of my own. Round wooden disc from Michaels, one of the Spider Hill pvc mounting bases, a half inch to one...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-04-2017, 06:09 PM
    Our two new witch masks arrived today. They are from DSS (formerly Dark Side Studios). Paul did a fantastic job on the paint, detail, hair, everything!
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    03-04-2017, 06:05 PM
    With the arrival of our two new witch masks from DSS (Dark Side Studios), our coven is taking shape. The center witch is from Death Studios, while the two on each end are the new additions. Excellent workmanship from Paul at DSS
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    03-03-2017, 01:26 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Wip in Halloween Props
    Interesting! The bucket lid works well. Fleshing out pvc armatures is always a challenge and I like seeing different methods. Looks good so far!
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-01-2017, 11:29 AM
    Thanks for all the good deals GoS!. The projection/kaleidoscope lights has new pink/fuschia one, its actually quite nice.
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    02-28-2017, 08:20 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Paxley's Haunted Castle 2016 in Halloween Props
    Love the cat perched on the door lol! Halloween is def a year round thing here too. We've been working on small projects since last November and just completed our floor plan for this year's haunt. Different theme so different things that need to happen. I love working on stuff throughout the year. Makes the time go by faster until the big day!
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  • kmeyer1313's Avatar
    02-28-2017, 06:21 AM
    Yay! Mine will probably be a mix of Easter & St. Patty's day, even though technically since Easter is so late this year, the St. Patty's day part of them will be late.... Can't help it - I love both holidays! Though I'd trade them all for a second Halloween.... Anyway, I will send anywhere and no limit! Will start sending out the PMs tomorrow...
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    your haunt is amazing...just subscribed to your you tube channel looking fwd to whats next.
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    Defen...anything you do always turns out spectacular.....now no pressure there..... I was contemplating an all pumpkin thing next year too. But the fam wants clowns and freakshow. I never really liked that theme, seems to difficult for the small space I work in.
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    OHHHHH!!! ok got it. Card exchange!! I thought it was a game.
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    So were these invites or a game?
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    Those cards actually have a funny backstory....with the move, and all of the associated rushing around, I'd decided I was going to do store bought cards for the exchange.

    We bought some nice cards, and when we got home from the store, the EXACT same card had been sent to us. Suddenly, I needed a concept for a card!

    Luckily, I'd written a little poem around the 'Skeleton Jamboree' concept for the house/yard, and that became the inside of the card. Then, the image was something that I found that was basically a silhouette of the costume I'd come up with for the year.

    Add a little Haunted Mansion inspired damask paper to the front of a black-framed greeting card, and all of a sudden, we had a card! We added some twine nooses, and origami bats, plust a little personal touch with our skeletal violinist custom stamps, and we ended up pretty happy with them.





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    Those beautiful cards for an exchange? Do tell the workings of that!
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    Your comment was duly noted.....thanks for that...
    I got in over my head on this build...Halstaff and Bobzilla and Pat are out of my league...but a nicer group of guys you'll never meet. They were splendid.
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    Thank you for the card. We love the Spider Cut out and nbc is big in our house. My son thought it was a snowflake. I think others may be getting your cards and not realizing it's from you if they don't go back through their list. It took me a second to connect your family name with Defenestrator, so maybe that is what others are not noticing, too. Thank you again.
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