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    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread I did it! in Member Introduction
    Marcia. Marcia. Marcia!! ;) Welcome to the forum Limjack!
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    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    Yep! That was one of the props I found as well. Eek!! LOL Now THIS one I could use. Minimal gore. Plenty of scare. At FrightProps. THIS is the prop the candle shoppe needs in the cage. Not the zombies! ROFL However, this one by Distortions is too hardcore for me. This is not for the faint of heart. Don't LOOK unless you are one of the horror minded. ;) I must say. The artistry and detail is ahmazing!!
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    Yesterday, 02:26 PM
    Hilda commented on Hilda's photo in album Miscellaneous Props and Projects
    LOL!! Yea baby. More power! ;) However, with all the witches crashing around here. I may have my school charter revoked. ;)
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    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    As I said... this thread is going to be a problem. Now I want one of these orangutan dolls. I never knew such things existed! Wow. Naughty BlueFrog. You temptress you.
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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
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    Yesterday, 12:10 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on ooojen's profile
    Your toad called. He wants to go with you on vacation. ;) hahaha Thank you for the chuckle!!
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    Oh I'm so glad The Haunted Candle Shop has helped launch further conversation about different labs and such. Thanks for the feedback!
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    Yesterday, 08:41 AM
    To your post about a mishmash laboratory ooojen, I have to agree. The one I am planning is just going to cross a few generations and themes. Back to the monkey experiment lab. I had recently researched animated ape in a cage prop and was BLOWN AWAY. Yipes. There are some fantastic (and gory) animated props along those lines. Wow. Now switching channels, here is a small animal cage type prop we made with items from the neighbor's trash. (My neighbor being a church.) The wood,...
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    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    Yes! Yes I am!! :D I am thrilled that folks thought the video interesting. I know I enjoyed my visit there. I have to agree with you. To be honest, I, personally, would have gone either one direction or the other. More haunt-y and fun. OR really seriously creepy and historical. There was SO MUCH to work with from the real backstory. There actually was a great deal of personal tragedy in the doctors life too, that one could have incorporated if you are going with the 'real...
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    05-24-2015, 06:27 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on bobzilla's profile
    Well thank you so much! :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend Batman! ;)
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    05-24-2015, 01:33 PM
    Here's a strange attraction near me. I went to high school near this old beautiful home. In the 80s it was an antique store that I shopped in. At some point, it was purchased and turned into a candle shop and the new owner claimed paranormal activity. Several local paranormal clubs/shows featured the candle shop and it got a reputation for being The Haunted Candle Shoppe of the Poconos. Animal Planet featured it a few years ago. Now why Animal Planet? Well, because the 'haunting' is...
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    05-24-2015, 11:31 AM
    I would love creating bigger stones, but the wind we have here is brutal, so, they would likely end up in my tree, no matter how I secure them. This is why I never manage to put all my tombstones, due to the freaking wind... Everyday, I was chasing them in the street and neighbours front yard.
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    05-24-2015, 11:22 AM
    I am a huge Halloween fanatic, as most of you know, and also should know, I have a huge collection of props, as many animatronics. Well, in my basement, I have a few that I keep around all year round. But, I have also the hobbies and talent, like being writer and comic book artist... and a Transformer collector. A few week ago, I got a rare Optimus Prime, and I took some pictures for other transformers fan to see. Then, a few started making funny comments about the background... I...
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    05-23-2015, 06:38 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on pumpkinpie's profile
    Oh I will miss Bellatrix... but the tiki chief is cool!! :)
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    05-23-2015, 06:35 AM
    Oh your comments cracked me up!! THANK YOU!! I've been slowing gathering things for the past two seasons, I hope I finally get good weather and no one has the flu so I can actually pull it off this year! :)
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    05-23-2015, 04:54 AM
    LOL Yes we are!
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    05-22-2015, 05:14 PM
    Would make great leeches container! ;)
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    05-22-2015, 05:13 PM
    These are neat! Virgil Taylor put teeth in them to make little monster donuts. LOL
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    05-22-2015, 01:19 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on GhostTown's profile
    I am beyond thrilled to read your recent post that you are taking another run at the pumpkin monsters. Please come back and post your progress. Would love to follow along!
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    05-22-2015, 01:17 PM
    Hilda commented on TWISTEDUK's photo in album 2015 Props
    'I KILL U' Ohhhh man. This is fantastic!
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    05-22-2015, 01:17 PM
    Hilda commented on TWISTEDUK's photo in album 2015 Props
    Very cool. Very.
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    05-22-2015, 11:23 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on bobzilla's profile
    That is going to be hard to top!! LOLOL Where's the blankie?!
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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?
  4. 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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    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.
Found out "Haunters" existed in 2010.
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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.

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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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