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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Today, 06:55 PM
    Thanks! Looking forward to what we'll come up with. Ya never know! We've actually discussed doing a "pro" haunt in the area at some point. Maybe when we no longer do our home haunts and can devote the time/resources to it. As lewlew said, not downsizing, just "intensifying"! Actually using less space, and just packing a whole lot into it. I'm thinking we may do this type of thing for a couple years before I actually scale way back but I'm excited to be doing this. It's going to be...
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 04:26 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Paint It Black's profile
    Ohhhhh she is gorgeously decrepit! :D
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 04:02 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Paint It Black's profile
    Thank you for the tips. It really looks GREAT! I'm being serious. I am so grateful you shared yours with me. I hope I do you proud.
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Paint It Black's profile
    OH DANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is gawgeous!!!!!!!! I've still been too intimidated to start! I better get cracking! I love her! Such a great job!!!!
  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    'ya know, I was half-thinking of getting one because I don't own her anymore. Once I get the Inflatable Hell Horse it would be a complete (recreated) set. LOL! Here's the picture I think they used: But they didn't include my improvements on her in '12:
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  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    Love these and it would be a fantastic way to quickly give a haunt that industrial look.
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  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 12:12 PM
    Laughed when I saw this. It's so tiny - just 20" tall. Back when I made my version I had somewhat followed Haunted Webby's tutorial. Did a little research and I'm thinking that Castle Blood was the very first one to do the bride draping over design on the stone. Do notice that the lady itself looks a lot like my version of the girl. Must have seen a picture ;)
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 10:57 AM
    Thank you for the heads up!
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    I've melted the bottom of my last jar of Pumpkin Patch right now. Let's have a moment of silence to honor this beautiful scent. ;)
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 08:48 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    OK. I'm in with the rest of you. Just like Yankee Candle. I think, in sales lingo... they call this going 'past the close'. In other words, they worked us into a frenzy and just took it too far. So we feel depleted, and we don't buy. The amount of pre-HH hype in the past few years was perfect. This year seemed... 'off'. I've been holding onto a little budget from some blowmolds I sold to buy GR... and I don't see any 'must haves'. I wish I could go back in a time machine and buy...
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    I am laughing because I wanted to do a Tah-Dah post on my FB blog when HH opened, and the link shows a large picture of like oranges and summer scene not a Halloween photo. I can't get the large photo to go away. hahaha The link does take you right to their page, but.... That's anticlimatic. LOL
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    Today, 04:03 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Spooky McWho's profile
    Ohhhhhhhhh AND Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!! :D
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    Today, 04:00 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    It was a kitschy pop song back in the early 1980s by Tommy Tutone. That is part of the lyrics. LOLOL It's one of those songs that when you get it in your head you can't stop singing it yet is annoying. hahahaha Oh dangit! Now it's in my head again!! :p
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    Today, 03:57 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Spooky McWho's profile
    Hi Spooky! Yes. Terra knows about Beloved... she added a photo of it on her original Beloved thread yesterday. She laughs along at these things. Such a gracious lady.
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 AM
    Ohhhhhhhhhh I am turning green with envy!!!!! We don't have those stores here in the Northeast. I am totally jealous. :o
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    Every so often there will be a thread that mentions how fun it would be if we lived in the same neighborhood and all decorated to the hilt. I have the pleasure of living not far from two other haunter friends (and forum members); lewlew from Roads End Cemetery, and Motel Sixx who does an awesome walkthrough yard haunt not much more than a mile from me. We've all visited each other's haunts and have collaborated on various projects over the years. Road's End is taking a break for a short time...
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: The tunnel!!!! in Halloween Props
    I like this a lot. Creepy even in the daylight but will be pretty foreboding in the dark with dim light coming through the slats. I'd like to see pics of it decorated and lit. Nice job!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    Lots of potential! I'm trying to guess where you plan to hand out candy from. I agree that using the car port as a scene would be great. Maybe use that as your candy area. Enclose it with black tarps and use blacklight for a ghostly scene or make it a witch shack. The lawn space with the tree would be a nice cemetery. The TOT's have to walk up the drive past the graveyard towards the car port, whch is going to get them nervous to begin with. Can't tell how big the yard is but you have time to...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:47 PM
    A mostly clear, cool night with temps in the mid 50's to low 60's. Light breeze, enough to drop some of the leaves off the trees but not so much as to blow the fog all over. Some big wispy clouds that partially obscure the full moon. The TOT's would arrive on time and we would be ready with the haunt set up, jack o lanterns lit, sound and lights all working to perfection. After two hours of TOT, we would hang around outside for another hour, taking it all in and enjoying the evening. The big,...
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    Saki Girl... Those look GREAT! I have to look for the tall candles. I never saw them before. They are perfect for the hot glue drip treatment. :D
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on blowmoldcrazy's profile
    Howdy! Thanks for the messages! Glad you got to get to Cracker Barrel! Oh yes. I've done that too with trying to paint rubber. Yipes! I used baby wipes to get it back off and then used craft paints. When it's all dry, you can then spray it with a nice clear matte or satin sealer to keep the color on. Good luck with that! I got the Haunted Suitcase when I went. Check out my thread on here for pics.
  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    OK great. That's stuck in my head now. hahahahahaha
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread Dollar Tree 2014 in General Halloween
    Dearest... If they don't. I'll hook you up. ;) :D
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  • Terra's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:34 PM
    Thanks all :) :) :) It was a hoot to see. As I've said before, this isn't my original creation. I just took what Castle Blood did, somewhat followed the tutorial on the web and did my own take on it. But, certainly see the resemblance to the girl I made. Was looking at the dimensions of this and it's pretty tiny. Thinking in a graveyard might look a little weird and missing the whole point of it. The point was that the bride lost her Beloved and her grief was so intense she died keeping her...
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  • Terra's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:39 AM
    Oh hell - that's going to scare the heck outta those kids! Amazing
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  • Hilda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 AM
    Too cute PIB!! Love it!
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  • Terra's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 AM
    Yes - it's not illegal and you are right that it was because we had a bigger haunt. I was initially checking with him to see if we were covered in case of a lawsuit and he specifically said to not serve homemade foods (also don't advertise). The insurance wouldn't cover if someone became ill.
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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.


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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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