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    Today, 04:17 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on InIrons's profile
    I was wandering around the internet last night... and stumbled upon your blog (via Pinterest) and saw an older post with some extremely generous and kind words for me. What a wonderful surprise. I was choked up!! Thank you so much. Honestly. That made my day!
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    Today, 03:41 PM
    Oh man. I never should have checked out this thread. Curse you PIB!! Now I am craving curiosities and that is NOT this year's theme.
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    Today, 03:38 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread Skele-A-What in General Halloween
    'Boy, I say Boy...' don't you recognize ole Zombie Foghorn Leghorn?!
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    Today, 10:43 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread Skele-A-What in General Halloween
    You know what's funny?! I LOVE the rooster most of all. It's so goofy! Although, you are right. It has nothing to do with a real chicken that has turned zombie. LOL Everything is exaggerated and cartoon like.
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    Today, 06:15 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread Skele-A-What in General Halloween
    Oh thank you so much for the report!! I am sorry you are frustrated with the frog. I do appreciate your honest feedback. I think my flat cheap frog will work just fine now for what I want to do. LOL I can totally relate to the curse-bombs. I am a little famous for mine too. LOL The squirrel is adorable!! I bought a bunch of critters the same style as your parrot and I was sort of apathetic about them until I put them out in they are and they are a great touch!! Thanks again...
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    Yesterday, 06:33 AM
    Hilda commented on Nightfisher's photo in album SPIDER!!!
    This is wonderful!!
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    01-27-2015, 12:59 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on bamtunebam's profile
    Thank you for stopping by!! I work on setup all the month of September. I really enjoy that time of year and love puttering each day. I really do try to aim for the official 'light up' the first weekend of October. Yes. Storage has gotten insane. We have a 13 by 35 foot storage unit for all the Halloween. We live in a small country town, so we don't get tons of traffic, but it's a nice steady drive by of families in cars the whole month, and somewhere around 140 ToTs. I've never really...
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    01-26-2015, 02:10 PM
    Ohhhh they look great!! :)
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    01-26-2015, 06:35 AM
    Hilda added 1 photo(s) to album Lighthearted Halloween ~ House
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    01-25-2015, 01:57 PM
    If anyone tries this on a prop, PLEASE come back and report your experiences. I made a large pumpkin out of Great Stuff last year and I won't tell what I used to finish it (because I'm an idiot... LOL), but it looked so beautiful and smooth until it started cracking. So I have been doing research on the different products you can use to fill and hardcoat the great stuff projects. Thanks!
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    01-25-2015, 01:34 PM
    Thanks, Bob. Spread the word! :cool:
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    01-25-2015, 07:41 AM
    Hilda added 1 photo(s) to album Skeleton Invasion
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    01-25-2015, 07:39 AM
    Hilda added 1 photo(s) to album Pumpkin Hill Cemetery
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    01-24-2015, 02:06 PM
    Hilda replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Haunted Mansion Caretaker WIP in Halloween Props
    That is absolutely incredible!!!
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    01-24-2015, 12:37 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on blowmoldcrazy's profile
    LOL Thanks!! Take it easy shoveling! I sent my hubby out to shovel, and I'm working on a vampire killing kit. hahaha
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    01-24-2015, 07:41 AM
    Hilda added 1 photo(s) to album Pumpkin Stand
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    01-23-2015, 01:30 PM
    If you haven't seen this blog yet... I thought I would add it here. Poke around, there is always some interesting curiosities and props. http://propnomicon.blogspot.com
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    01-23-2015, 01:10 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on doto's profile
    Thank you so much for all the information. Greatly appreciated!! I found it odd, but I just can't pass up a rubber rat when I'm in the stores at Halloween. LOL Thanks again for all your kind words.
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    01-23-2015, 12:44 PM
    Hilda commented on doto's photo in album Halloween 2014
    OK. I am in love.
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    01-23-2015, 12:41 PM
    Hilda commented on doto's photo in album Halloween 2014
    ANOTHER great shot!
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    01-23-2015, 12:40 PM
    Hilda commented on doto's photo in album Halloween 2014
    I agree! This is a fantastic shot! I love that little guy. Where did you find him?
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    01-23-2015, 12:39 PM
    Hilda commented on doto's photo in album Halloween 2014
    Great scene!! I LOVE the chandelier. Did you make that?!
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    01-23-2015, 12:38 PM
    Hilda commented on doto's photo in album Halloween 2014
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    01-23-2015, 12:37 PM
    Hilda commented on doto's photo in album Halloween 2014
    I LOVE your rat collection! I have a thing for the rat props too.
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    01-23-2015, 12:35 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on doto's profile
    Thank you so much for your comments on my blowmold creations. I loved doing them, and probably could keep going, but have used every square inch of property out front and storage is a nightmare. So I've retired from blow molding, and am switching over into the creepy side of Halloween decorating for inside the house. I am like a kid in the candy store with all the creative and fantastic things there are to create! I'm working on a vampire killing kit and some laboratory props today. Nice...
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    01-23-2015, 11:23 AM
    Hilda commented on punkineater's photo in album My Props 2013~14
    LOL Yes! :D
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    01-23-2015, 11:22 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on punkineater's profile
    Oh yes! Please!
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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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    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.

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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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