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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on lionsteeth's profile
    Welcome to HalloweenForum! I just happened to see your crafts in the February thread. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.
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    Yesterday, 04:48 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    Thanks GoS!! Yes. They are crazy heavy! When he put that box down the UPS man actually told me to be careful lifting it. I could not imagine what was in the box. Four little frames could not weigh as much as a full life-size prop. LOL Yes they do. I bet they are some kind of plaster. I believe they could certainly damage a ceramic tile floor if they fell. I'll be using them in the lab in the basement, so it's concrete. I'll be safe. I am really impressed with them overall. Nice...
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    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    I agree! I totally just bought them for the cool frame. Then I thought I could use the body parts for something. Once I got them in my hands, I am thinking they look totally legit for laboratory 'art'. LOL
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    Yesterday, 12:10 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    I didn't know whether to start a 2015 GR thread (since it is a new year) or tack this onto last year's thread (since it is last year's merchandise). I chickened out and decided to just add it on here. LOL I had seen these set of laboratory framed 'specimen' items last year, but thought they were just a little off. Yet, I was on GR the other day and had free shipping and they were marked down to $5 each, so I thought I would grab the four of them and I could repurpose the items into...
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    03-04-2015, 03:04 PM
    :D :D :D :D :D hahahaha
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    03-04-2015, 02:22 PM
    Oh how exciting! Does the wrapping paper or on the envelopes hold any clues? I love when that happens.
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    03-04-2015, 02:07 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on bobzilla's profile
    haha :D Yep.
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    03-04-2015, 01:43 PM
    Oh how delightful!! I just recently got one of those hands. It is gorgeous!! Your reaper did a fantastic job!
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    03-04-2015, 10:11 AM
    Oh dang. I just saw an interview Norman Reedus did on Entertainment Tonight and he said about the season finale... Bring your kleenex and you will be screaming at the TV. No. No. No. :(
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    03-04-2015, 08:50 AM
    There are folks that say they see a lot of different occult symbols peppered all throughout The Walking Dead. Who knows. Perhaps. Off the top of my head, I believe owls are a favored symbol representing the Illuminati. Or... they are just really cute critters. :D I personally feel the director does this on purpose to stimulate conversation and conspiracy theories. :)
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    03-02-2015, 07:58 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on bobzilla's profile
    BRAVO!!!!!! (standing ovation) BRAVISSIMO!! (genuflecting)
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    03-02-2015, 07:54 AM
    I'm going to jump into this one with a previously-done quick craft that I did. This is a ridiculously cheap and easy redo on a twig wreath based on a very pricey Williams Sonoma wreath. I simply hot glued some spanish moss (nest) and a Dollar Tree crow into an old wreath I already had. I was really happy with the way it turned out. It's in my kitchen year round. :)
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    03-02-2015, 07:44 AM
    I thought I didn't see Father Gabriel either, but I watched the replay and he was there. Always in a back corner looking like a deer in headlights. I really liked all the symbolism of things last night. We thought Rick had lost his humanity in the last episode, and when he wound his watch it was like 'He's back!'. :) Carol's decision to play it this way is very interesting too. I also got caught up in the ridiculous dynamic on the supply run. I cheered when Glenn knocked the...
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    03-01-2015, 02:56 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread Static: My cut mouth Sadistic Suzie :) in Halloween Props
    Wow! All your dolls are gorgeous. Such impressive work!!
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    03-01-2015, 02:51 PM
    LUNA is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful job.
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    03-01-2015, 02:48 PM
    Holy Smokes! I need a moment.
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    03-01-2015, 01:16 PM
    The Hauntcast Scream Team will be there to hang out, chill and take in the sights.
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    03-01-2015, 11:54 AM
    Joining thread to see what's up for this year. :)
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    03-01-2015, 11:12 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on StacyN's profile
    So lovely to see you are checking in! :)
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    03-01-2015, 09:11 AM
    I started this back in January, but then it got put aside. I finally got back to them this weekend. Two more directional signs for our display. Inspired by a pin floating around Pinterest, of course. LOL So better late than never...
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    03-01-2015, 09:00 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on blowmoldcrazy's profile
    Just say your Madam Leota sign. Love it!! You did a great job.
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    02-28-2015, 07:37 PM
    Terra replied to a thread Static: Bit to carve tombstones with in Halloween Props
    It turned out fantastic and this is one that I would think would become a classic idea for any graveyard. So creative!
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    02-28-2015, 03:31 PM
    You do a wonderful job!! There is so much great stuff. So much fun. I agree with your guests... the witches kitchen is really cool. I would walk through several times. I am claustrophobic and would probably walk around the tunnel too if that was an option (and I love Halloween stuff). I have found there are people who are into straight Trick or Treating and like to look at decorations, but don't want to get in any way 'involved' in the experience (like walking through a tunnel). ...
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    02-28-2015, 10:14 AM
    I shall simply repeat. Oh. My. :rolleyes:
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    02-27-2015, 12:49 PM
    Hilda commented on mindlesscreation88's photo in album Makeup and costumes
    Gorgeous!!
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    02-27-2015, 07:04 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread Static: The gate Keeper in Halloween Props
    Welcome to HF!! Love your gatekeeper!! Wonderfully creepy.
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    02-27-2015, 06:32 AM
    Terra replied to a thread Static: The gate Keeper in Halloween Props
    The lifelike pose takes it to the next level. Awesome prop.
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    Getting there would be the problem. No car.
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    Hi Jim, catching up with everyone. Is your haunt this year coming along? We just finalized our 'theme/story' for this year and now, the preparations! We're going to go with a story/haunt based on one of the tombstones I made....Little Rosie. You can see her and her grave in my pictures under "my work". I did a 're-do' of her headstone, she now has a last name, same verse. And now a background story to base our haunt on! I'm excited!
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    Hey sorry havent been on here for a while thats why I did not reply. No I am not a member of AZ Haunters. What do they do?
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    No im not a member of AzHaunters.com, i rarely am able to get on this website because of my packed schedule right now. I worked for a pro haunt in 2010, with the Crypt and Asylum at fiesta mall, they were awsome and treated all of their actors really well. You should check them out sometime.
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    Holy cow, I havent been on this forever! You guys still getting together? I'll check out the site!
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    Agreed!
    Guess I gotta make another YouTube shout-out video also
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    Yessss!!! So excited too. Hope it can be done
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    Hi Jim! Happy New Year! I have now posted halloween 2011, daytime shots only tho. I was too busy to remember to take night shots...RATS! Waiting for a neighbour to burn a dvd for us when he videoed his experience of our haunt. All the best for 2012!
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    Hi JJ, just creeping by to let you know I've blogged my walkthrough. No pictures yet as I am having trouble loading. Made some comments on your photos. Love the glow fx that came out! What kind of camera did u use? If digital, what setting?
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    Thank you so much. Was so pleased to hear the news.
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Instructor of Jeet Kune Do since 1993. Been doing my own Halloween costumes and makeup since 1980.
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Steal Like an Artist

by JustJimAZ on 04-11-2012 at 07:17 AM
I present you with some excerpts from Austin Kleon's new book, ""How to Steal Like an Artist". Don't we all "steal" ideas, inspiration, techniques wherever we can find them?

Whether you think of yourself as an artist or not, it's hard for me to see haunters as anything else. The designing and construction of props seems as artistic a pursuit as sculpting. Even those who don't build anything design their show as carefully as any producer. Scare acting

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La Isla De Las Munecas

by JustJimAZ on 03-21-2012 at 07:09 AM


There's a lot going on in the world.

So many places and cultures that explore themes similar to what we as haunters explore with our own little subculture. La Isla De las Munecas is a fine example.


It began as a haunt in the first sense of

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Ray Bradbury at the dedication of a REAL Halloween Tree at Disneyland

by JustJimAZ on 03-15-2012 at 01:41 PM
This is a little video made by some people attending a private dinner with Ray Bradbury at Disneyland on Halloween 2007. How amazing would it have been to get invited to THAT party?
Bradbury talks a bit about his extraordinary life, and of course about the Halloween Tree. Disneyland now has a real oak tree that is the official Halloween Tree with a dedication plaque and appropriate decorations.

I hope you enjoy this. I know I did.
http://youtu.be/L6ndeK9saNs

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The Halloween Tree - On YouTube!

by JustJimAZ on 03-08-2012 at 09:02 AM
I admit I never heard of this until ShellHawk mentioned it on HauntCast.
It does not appear to be available on DVD at any price, but it is available on YouTube. My kids loved it, and I did too. It is a classic story explaining some of the meaning of our beloved holiday as it tells the story of some children fighting and sacrificing to save their friend.



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Of Light and Shadow - Reprise

by JustJimAZ on 02-29-2012 at 08:45 AM
The last time I wrote of the use of light and shadow, it was specifically about Carl Dreyer's "Vampyr". In that film, shadows act of their own accord - sometime independently of the objects casting them, and sometimes with no original objects at all! It just seemed like such a great idea to me...
Anyway, I got to thinking about the other ways old B&W directors had to use light and shadow to create effects. They had no computers, of course, but they also could not simply

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