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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    Thanks! Wow, I thought this thread was dead and buried lol! Went back and read through it again and it was fun to remember all the little details of last year's set up. Yeah, the kissing booth was a blast. The actor really got into his role and interacted with the guests while they were waiting in line. Lots of fun! We're busy with this year's theme now and have started the mock build in our secret warehouse!. A much darker and more sinister theme for this year!
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    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    Hi Spats! Always good to see you crawl out of the darkness and grace us with your class and insight. As usual you're on point with your comments. I'm guilty as charged with regards to always wanting to up our game each year and it can be fun coming up with bigger and better sets, scares, tricks, etc. I'm also looking ahead to the day when I can no longer do what we do now and have already made plans for a major scale back. As a kid trick or treating in the 60's, I can remember the thrill of...
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  • MrNightmare's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 AM
    What a great post, one that I and many others needed to hear. Many of us, myself included, put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make the perfect Halloween, Display, or Haunt and the end result is stress, fatigue, burn out, or even resentment. And sometimes we look back after the night is done with a sense of missed opportunity and wasted time. As the saying goes: "You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather." Last year, we had 10+ inches of rain before Halloween which...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:48 AM
    The two in the entrance of our store did not have the RIP on them, as pictured on their website, but looked like the ones sold at Costco. Same gargoyle but a different design on the base. I looked on the back of them and didn't see a fog attacment fixture. I didn't even see an off on switch. I'll check them out better next time i'm in there. It's an impressive looking prop but not for $300.00
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  • halloweencreature's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 07:01 PM
    Okay I think I've pm'd everyone so far. If I missed you let me know ;)
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  • Its the Great Pumpkin's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 06:50 PM
    Its the Great Pumpkin replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Disneys Ichabod Crane Wip in Halloween Props
    Thanks very much!
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  • Its the Great Pumpkin's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 06:47 PM
    Its the Great Pumpkin started a thread Prop Showcase: Animated Pop Up Ghost in Halloween Props
    just got this video from a talented customer of ours using our Pop up Ghost. He did a fantastic job! http://youtu.be/BqBZG-4ghPM
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 06:34 PM
    Lookin' good B! I really like the decorative touches on the side of the carriage, also that you left the wheel natural. Nice contrast. Did you order one of those skellie horses from Home Depot? lol! This has to be in the running for most original prop of the year. The bar has been raised again!
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  • Diabolik's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 04:02 PM
    Here is a link to our prop plans for our static kits. Prop Plans . If you are using regular PVC off the shelf fittings such as 45 / 90 degree elbows, you will need to add 1 3/4" to the length for each end of the pipe that would ordinarily go into a Spider Joint. So for the upper arms you add 3 1/2" but for the forearms only 1 3/4". Hope that makes sense? :D
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 10:23 AM
    Ours is open. Stopped by today. They said about half the stuff they were supposed to have didn't come in on time. Store is in disarray; boxes all over the floor, only a couple animatronics working. Kind of a weird layout compared to year's past. The supply issues are nothing new. I'll go back in a week or so and hope they have more stock in. A lot of the same old same old. The gargoyles on the pillar is really nice but $300 compared to less than $100 at Costco! Really?
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 07:16 PM
    Here are a couple examples. The plain pvc frame is standard sch 40 1" pvc and stock elbows. It has a base so it stands on a flat surface but I can also take the legs out of the base and slip them over rebar pounded into the ground. The last two pics with the foam pool noodles is using the adjustable pvc spider joints from Spider Hill Prop Works, so the cuts are a bit different. I can give you the cut measurements if you want Let me know if you have any questions. also member Diabolik (owner of...
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  • Its the Great Pumpkin's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 01:00 PM
    Just got done with another version of the pop-up ghost from the haunted mansion. This prop is completely foam filled. Hope I did him justice
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    08-22-2016, 10:18 PM
  • MrNightmare's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 05:14 AM
    Thanks for the reply! I am looking to make a scarecrow this year using a mask and frame, but I have had prop makers block trying to figure out the costume. Yours has given me inspiration. I plan on using a black trench coat, distress it, and use your idea of coating with rubber spray to make it rigid and water resistant. Thanks again!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 01:59 AM
    I normally take two weeks vacation at Haloween. This year it's the 23-Nov 5. Takes us a week to get the haunt set up. We do a trial run "friends and family night" the night or two before Halloween, just to work out any bugs and make last minute adjustments. The folks who come to this go through and give us their impressions and tell us what worked and what didn't. On Halloween day, we do final set up, bring out the good stuff etc. Since we have a crew of about 20 helpers, we have them come over...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 01:23 AM
    Yikes! Scary stuff. Glad you'e on the mend and looking forward to more good stuff!
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    08-21-2016, 07:15 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Target 2016 in General Halloween
    Love these! How tall/wide are they? Gives me a great idea for another tombstone.
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  • MrNightmare's Avatar
    08-21-2016, 12:54 PM
    The scarecrow looks great! What fabric did you use?
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  • halloweencreature's Avatar
    08-20-2016, 07:03 AM
    I'm in again too! Love receiving everyone's cards! No limit, and will ship anywhere :)
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  • halloweencreature's Avatar
    08-20-2016, 06:43 AM
    If you do decide to sell individually, please post a link to your Ebay site. Very interested! Thanks :)
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  • Its the Great Pumpkin's Avatar
    08-20-2016, 04:00 AM
    Its the Great Pumpkin replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Disneys Ichabod Crane Wip in Halloween Props
    Halloween is coming!!
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    08-20-2016, 03:50 AM
    Its the Great Pumpkin added 7 photo(s) to album Ichabod Crane
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