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    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Angel of Death in Halloween Props
    Dang! That looks amazing!!
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    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    Always one of the best! A true labor of love. I'll go back and watch this several times!
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    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    Yours is one of the stand out displays, year after year, and it just keeps getting better! Love the pirate theme and you do it right!
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    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    Our city has observed 6-8 pm TOT hours for years. I'm not sure if it's enforceable and if kids come to our door after 8 or even up until 9, we'll give them something. We put a ton of work (read months) into our walk through haunt and display and we often talk about the limited time we have to show it all off. I can see the reasoning behind it to a degree but I'd like to see it go until 8:30 or 9. Hell, we used to stay out until 10 p.m. when we were kids and folks were still handing out treats!!...
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    Yesterday, 12:14 PM
    Last year, we had a Halloween gathering Halloween night using our garage. To keep the elements out and still have privacy, I used six pallets with black plastic sheeting behind them and left enough space for exits: To hold them in place, I screwed a small board behind the pallets and wedged it between the garage door and wall. Note - Turn off the garage door motor or unplug it to avoid damage. Hope this gives you an idea.
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    10-25-2016, 01:13 PM
    MrNightmare commented on Kelloween's photo in album Halloween 2016
    I agree... Classic Halloween photo!
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    10-25-2016, 01:09 PM
    Very cool! Creepy and realistic!
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    10-24-2016, 05:25 AM
    Your purple lighting looks great and the ghost in the upper window is creepy!
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    10-24-2016, 05:21 AM
    So far the weather forecast for N.TX calls for sun, upper 80's, and close to a record high for Halloween day. Not thrilled out the warm weather but it sure beats last years rain.
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    10-22-2016, 07:10 PM
    He turned out awesome! I don't want to hijack this thread but I wanted to answer some of the kit questions, :) We typically use the larger pool noodles for the arms and legs. You can make a torso pretty easily out of hardware cloth. To get the lantern handle through the hand I start by pushing a small metal rod carefully through the hand to get a guide hole. Next remove the handle from the lantern, bend one of the end hooks straight, and carefully work the handle through the hand. Once...
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    10-20-2016, 06:54 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Ragged Grin, MEAN '16, Lockbox in Halloween Props
    You know I'm a fan of anything you do. No exception here!
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    10-19-2016, 09:35 PM
    I checked out the site today. Very little left. I did snag a costume for 50% off and shipping was only $7.50. Was hoping to find a few things that I could use or wanted but truthfully most of the desirable stuff was gone. I'll miss this compamy.
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    10-19-2016, 09:09 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Other: ghillie suits??? in Halloween Props
    We have one we purchased from an Army surplus store years ago. It is without a doubt one of the best scares we have used. We don't use it every year so it doesn't get stale but we plant the actor near or tucked into some bushes and he literally disappears. No one expects it and all he has to do is move a little or make a noise. This scare gave us our first "pants wetter" several years ago. People were exting our yard through a gate and he was sitting on a small three legged camp stool next to...
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    10-19-2016, 08:40 AM
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    10-18-2016, 08:46 PM
    I remember seeing this and loving it! Old school scare and you got great reactions and interaction from the crowd. Well done!
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    10-18-2016, 08:23 PM
    We've used our 1.5 car garage as part of our display in the past and it was really fun. Like you mentioned, being able to work and set up out of the elements is great and you can really get creative with such an enclosed space. I think if you found a way to post some kind of sign in your yard a few weeks before sying "haunted garage" or something , you'll generate interest and people who have come to your place for years will certainly enjoy your new endeavor.
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    10-18-2016, 07:51 PM
    Those look great! We don't carve until the day before, otherwise they tend to rot pretty quickly.
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    10-18-2016, 07:30 PM
    That doesn't sound very good at all. Again, they were a really great on line vendor who went above and beyond to accomodate customer requests. Nancy even went out of her way to order a couple things I'd seen elsewhere that they didn't carry. Additionally they carried some really unique things from quality manufacturers. Sad to see companies like this go out.
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    10-18-2016, 01:45 AM
    Sounds like you guys need a serious break from all of this so by all means, take a year off and focus on getting well. It's frustrating to realize that something you're passionate about and that you've gotten so much pleasure from is beyond your reach right now but it all of us. My buddy Mark (lewlew on the forum) and I had this same discussion a couple days ago and we've opted to scale back and simplify next year. We'll still do a haunt structure but it's going to be a simple floor...
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    10-18-2016, 12:00 AM
    Cool! I'll let you know what we have right after Halloween. Thanks!
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    10-17-2016, 07:52 PM
    My own experience with them this year was luke warm, as in the past few years. A lot of the same old stuff. The displays for the most part are well done but wasn't at all impressed with any of the new props with the exception of the gargoyles, which they didn't have for sale. Picked up some bats for our display. Still might go back for a msak or some small accessories I can use but it just seems rather blah to me. Glad you found some stuff. It's always fun to walk around in their stores to get...
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    10-17-2016, 07:31 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: New witch scene in progress in Halloween Props
    Sweet!! Came together perfectly!
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    10-17-2016, 07:27 PM
    Definitley one of the downsides to a themed haunt is having to change everything around year to year. We had sold off many of our zombie releated props and all of our clown stuff after the last two haunt seasons. We'll likely do the same after this year as we purchased a lot of bats, skulls, nice vampire masks, and related items. We'll likely decide on next year's theme in the next couple weeks so we can keep what we can use again and pass along the rest. Anyone wanting some vampire stuff for...
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    10-16-2016, 07:41 PM
    Up until two years ago, I went with a largely generic haunt theme; traditional graveyard, skeletons, bats, etc..Added a few witches one year. In 2014 I teamed up with my buddy and forum member lewlew and we dug in to themed haunts. We did an over-run zombie research facility in 2014, a carnevil last year, and this year is a vampire crypt. While a themed haunt can be restrictive, it also allows for some really creative ideas and a change from the routine. It gives your haunt a focus and can be...
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    10-16-2016, 07:30 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Tombstone Upgrade in Halloween Props
    Nice looking graveyard!
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    10-15-2016, 07:59 AM
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    10-14-2016, 06:51 AM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread Pneumatic: Animated Toe Pincher in Halloween Props
    That is really great! I need to start making more props like this...
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    10-13-2016, 10:14 PM
    I had asked them on facebook awhile back about their gift card promotion (which was always huge!) and was simply told they weren't doing that this year. I did order a couple masks and large foam gargoyle prop back in August and got the stuff with no problem but it does look pretty bleak. Thinking if it's listed as in stock you'd be okay to order but you could always call them to make sure.
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    10-13-2016, 09:47 PM
    This late in the game, I'd simply give the osb a couple coats of Dry Lok. It will seal them well enough. I have some haunt wall panels made from osb and they have held up quite well for over 10.
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