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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    We live a block away from a busy elementary school so we get the buzz going a few weeks before. We normally put our cemetery fence and columns out the first week of October. We'll add a couple things each week, usually inexpensive tombstones, or props that can be secured against theft, etc. If we do the cemetery scene in the yard display, we'll set it all up a couple days before with lights, etc but any expensive props don't go out until Halloween day itself. Our haunt structure goes up a week...
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    Yesterday, 06:01 PM
    Thanks! I think it's one of our favorites from last year. Lewlew nailed the lighting with a small blacklight spot. The mask and costume really popped in the darkened room. He got a lot of great reactions from guests when they walked into the last room!
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    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Mechanical: Slow dropping/climbing spider in Halloween Props
    Saw this on Haunter's Hangout. Nice work. Love the slow movement. Another winner!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:48 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Grave Digger Skeleton in Halloween Props
    How did you loosen up the joints in the shoulders and elbows? I've got a pose-n-stay skelly I'm starting to try to transform into one of these gravediggers. Also did you have to change the position of any of the arm sections with a heat gun or anything like that? Thanks for any help!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:32 PM
    Congratulations! The pic looks terrific.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-21-2017, 08:24 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Pic of a witch scene we did a few years back.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-21-2017, 08:11 PM
    Jeff Death is featuring one of our haunt photos from last year as this weeks "picture of the week. The pic is an actor wearing one of his masks and hands. Needless to say, were flattered! Pic link to Death Studios home page. Scroll down a bit to see photo http://www.deathstudios.com/Masks/Index.cfm/go:site.Page/Page:1/index.html
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-21-2017, 07:58 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    The front yard display portion of our haunt will be a witch forest scene. There will be a coven of three witches, one stirring a cauldron, and some movement on at least one of the others. We'll have a couple of tombstones, tree stumps, skeletons, rats, bats, toads, etc... Should be a nice, creepy witchy scene for folks to look at before they make it to the walk through portion
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    02-21-2017, 12:12 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    That's really a great looking mask! Good witch masks are not easy to come by but I like that one a lot!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-20-2017, 07:19 AM
    In one of the tutorial videos, I recall he said that it's about a 6 hour project. This would not include the drying time for the glue/paint. I think right now I have 3-4 hours into each one. The painting will be time consuming to get the desired detail. given the amount of time until Halloween, I'm good spending time on them. I don't think I would have started these in September though.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-19-2017, 10:49 PM
    While looking for witch related things for this years haunt, I came across Gourdin Fester's tutorial videos on these really cool looking "rot jars", or witch lanterns/swamp lanterns/whatever you want to call them. I've never worked with paper mache before save for projects in school so this is a fairly new endeavor for me. These are just too cool not to try. We'll have 5 in total in the front yard display part of our haunt and here are some progress pics. Rot Jar 1 - YouTube
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    02-19-2017, 08:16 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    These two are being made by DSS, formerly Dark Side Studios. I wanted witches to compliment my Death Studios Swamp Witch, but Death Studios other witches didn't have the look I was after. Dark side had these two and they'll look great with Swamp Witch.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 03:10 PM
    Check out this thread from hauntforum too. Might give you some ideas and inspiration http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=42870
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    02-18-2017, 02:55 PM
    Can you describe the space? How much area do you have to work with? one car? two car?. Is the garage attached to your home or detached? We've used our garage before and now have a free standing structure that is 12' wide by 24' long. How many visitors do you normally have on Halloween? This would determine what you need to do for traffic flow (having both an entrance and exit door vs just a space where people walk in and look around. Give some more info and it would be easier to give...
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    02-16-2017, 05:48 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Witch lanterns in Halloween Props
    I have a length of waxed twine that I used for a handle on my latest one. I think it will hold up well. You an easily coat twine with beeswax to give it a protective quality. The twine handle was so much easier than the wire too!!
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    02-16-2017, 02:31 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    My guess is one of the Megs is yours! Love the paint jobs on these, and the cataract eyes are cool!
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    02-16-2017, 05:40 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Paint is complete, now just the hair.
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    02-14-2017, 07:51 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Bat Prop in General Halloween
    https://www.partyshopwarehouse.com.au/collections/licensed-batman/products/1049
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    02-14-2017, 07:26 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Bat Prop in General Halloween
    It's about 19 inches between the wing tips. I recall these being sold by Big Lots a few years ago but haven't seen them since and not sure who makes them. I paid 10 for this and remember them being about $16.00 when new? Check ebay and also some of the online Halloween retailers to see if they still carry them. Might still be available.
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    02-12-2017, 09:03 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Stock photos of the three witch masks. I have Swamp Witch from Death Studios, pictured first. I think the other two will be a great compliment to her
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    02-12-2017, 08:22 PM
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    02-12-2017, 09:37 AM
    I'm curious but what do you think of a Frankenstein ballet? http://www.san-francisco-theater.com/theaters/war-memorial-opera/san-francisco-ballet-frankenstein.php
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-11-2017, 05:59 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Grave Digger Skeleton in Halloween Props
    Great movement! I love this prop. And I like the way you hid the motor mechanism. Very ingenious. Nice job!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 12:33 PM
    The movement of it reminds me of someone exercising in the gym--pulling on those ropes that lift the weights. I guess it's an alternative to an FCG if someone can't build their own. And hopefully it will last longer than one season of use.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 12:27 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Pneumatic: Window silhouettes in Halloween Props
    Well, if he likes them during the day, he'll probably get used to them in the nighttime as he gets older. I hope so. You can do a lot with window silhouettes.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 12:25 PM
    That's a super looking prop, Nightfisher! I've got all my parts to build a skelly grave digger for next Halloween. Thanks for the video!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 12:18 PM
    Nice looking luggage! I don't know if I'd buy it, though. Be kinda creepy to fly with luggage that screams: "Day of the Dead". :)
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-08-2017, 04:52 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Grey 3 Inch Foam!! in Halloween Props
    Nice! Perfect for tombstones. Is it the same density as the pink stuff?
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-08-2017, 04:50 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    LOL! I'll be sure to post updates!
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    OK, got the pics posted. I used the flanges on the flowers and bases, and the adjustable joints on the trees and creature armatures.
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    OMG Ryan, do you really not have any spider joints instock???? Aaaarrrggghhhh!!!!! I just tried to order 10 more. HELP!!!!!!
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    Got em. Thanks for the speedy delivery!
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    Yes thanks. I have been sort of preoccupied. My husband tore his bicept from his bone and is having surgery Tuesday to re-attach. I am sort off debating on weather or not I can do all of this years stuff on my own or if I should just cancell untill next year.
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    Nothing yet!!!!
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    Hey buddy, I just ordered 10 more mounting bases
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