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  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 PM
    You are very welcome and loved making this for you. Seeing all you've done to help the Halloween prop/craft building passion here it was a joy to have your name and the trust of your likes for your Halloween theme given over to me. Yay! that you like it :) Sorry for the loooooong wait you had to go through to finally see it. Muh ha ha ha! Looking at your like of the swamp/voodoo theme jumped out as a huge challenge. Loved every bit of it... including digging out the pastel paints. heheh....
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 PM
    Going with this banner as outdoor advertising. 2x4 feet, heavy outdoor vinyl and 4 metal grommets. Should get the buzz going!
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  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 04:48 PM
    more stuff today!
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  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    Wow, theses are amazing!
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 04:35 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread Walgreens 2014 in General Halloween
    Exactly!!! I went to CVS and they had one and I immediately felt like I had scored something. I shoved that huge box onto the cart and got up to the cash register and realized I had no place to use it, I had not planned on it, I didn't need it. LOL I put it back. I think I got caught up in the excitement of reading the thread and felt like I couldn't leave it behind. hahahaha Godspeed horseman. I wish you happiness in another person's home. :)
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread Walgreens 2014 in General Halloween
    I've been to Walgreens five times recently and... I hate to say this. Our Halloween selection stinks this year!! No NBC. Only one broken pose and stay. No bats. It's a total bust this year. :(
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    Our CVS didn't have the wolf head. Bummer. However, the talking human skull is quite chatty and amusing my children to no end. :D
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 PM
    I just now saw the visitors message where you tell me your killer plants are done. LOL I had found them earlier on my own somehow!! Absolutely fantastic! I really really love them. I'm inspired. I'm going to put this on my list for next year!
  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    I think most of us are already looking ahead to next year! With regards to our plans; we've tossed around the idea of securing a larger space to possible do a pro or semi pro haunt. I'm sure that with enough help and some backing we could put together a haunt that would rival anything Erie already has. Of course that would mean giving up our home haunts and also devoting a large chunk of time to the venture, something I'm not sure I'm ready to do yet. If Mark is able and willing to help me...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Today, 10:26 AM
    Went again today and got the chattering teeth since they came so well reviewed here, and picked up a third crow skeleton. They only had four of them left. Think I'll also send them a note of appreciation for the nice selection and tell them that good items sell well to a big Halloween community.
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  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 09:23 AM
    I will do some nice Halloween drawings this weekend. Here a few of my own comics I done recently.
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  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 09:19 AM
    You are welcome (S) here is one of my latest comic page...
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:39 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Pumpkin5's profile
    (standing ovation) Papa Voodoo is as good at it gets! Your work is over-the-top incredible. :)
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread Mechanical: Papa VooDoo Rises From the Grave! in Halloween Props
    HOLY MOLY! That is seriously fantastic Halloween magic right there! My jaw is on the keyboard. WOW. Wow. Incredible work. Incredible VISION! Beautiful. Beautiful. Papa Voodoo is a work of art. The fact it is a collaboration is... beyond fantastic. He's everything I love about Halloweeniacs. Great job!
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on bobzilla's profile
    UNfreakingREAL..... LOVE Papa Voodoo. That is seriously crazy stuff right there.
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on blowmoldcrazy's profile
    Those signs in the SR thread... they had a bunch of different ones in the front of Target at Arena Plaza yesterday. Only $1 each and they are double sided.
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:14 AM
    I didn't already write to them. See below... but I bet if we go to their main website, there must be a 'contact us' option. :) EDIT: Oops. I posted before I scrolled down and saw Defenestrator's response. Thank you! :)
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:04 AM
    Hilda commented on Hilda's photo in album Miscellaneous Props and Projects
    Thank you so much!
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 07:04 AM
    Hilda commented on Hilda's photo in album Miscellaneous Props and Projects
    Thank you! :) Put this together a few years back... He's my first 'grown up' prop. LOL
  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 06:02 AM
    Terra posted a visitor message on queen's profile
    Hello back and thanks so much. I do miss Beloved... The girl isn't attached at all. I had planned to but after mudding and letting her dry on the stone - realized that she wasn't going to go anywhere, lol. Then the 3 coats of Drylok completely glued her in :)
  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 AM
    Thanks! It's coming together nicely. We're scavenging paint now. Got two cans of olive green/gray "oops" paint for $8.00. The halls will be black. It's not pro level but lewlew has done similar builds before for his haunt and I've learned a lot from him. The thoughts of going bigger next year have crossed our minds more than once! Yup! The machine gun nest will be against the outer front fašade. It will have a dead guard, some flames, a couple guns and other props to simulate an...
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  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 04:22 AM
    Thank you. I think that is one of the reasons I liked it too, you can use her in many ways. I can have her even sitting in a chair and looking freaky. As I joke, i wanted to lay her in bed with me, but my wife forbaid me into doing it (L).
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 AM
    Hilda added 4 photo(s) to album Miscellaneous Props and Projects
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    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    http://www.zagonestudios.com/ Zagone has a nice selection of real people masks. They are a good company, made in america and are comfortable to wear.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    In the next couple weeks, we hope to have it painted and then begin to place all the props and lighting so we can have it all assembled as it will be on Halloween night. We need 12 actors to make it work well and we have ample help lined up again this year. Since only two of the rooms are prop heavy, we can get those out of the way fairly soon. We have pretty much all we need in terms of props. Painting the interior halls and ceilings will take some time. Most of the walk through will be pitch...
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    LOVE it!! I ran out and got a pair as well! :D
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    That's a great idea! I was telling my husband last night how impressed I was with the whoever was in charge of making their decisions for their Halloween line. Great job!
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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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Steal Like an Artist

by JustJimAZ on 04-11-2012 at 06:17 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 06:09 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 12:41 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 08:02 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 07:45 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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