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    Yesterday, 05:21 PM
    The cauldrons are crazy heavy. Sorry to say.
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    Yesterday, 05:20 PM
    Well I was afraid of my tendency to 'impulse buy' (oh you KNOW what I am talking about!)... So I went in with my 'hit list' compiled from all the wonderful information and photos shared here. I only took $100. haha I promised myself I would stick to that. So it was kind of fun to figure out what I wanted 'most'. Instead of going crazy and getting home and having buyer's remorse. So these were my top picks. Funny thing is, that some things that were on the 'hit list', I didn't like...
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    Yesterday, 01:49 PM
    A few new sketches
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    Yesterday, 05:14 AM
    Hilda commented on vwgirl's photo in album Halloween 2013
    WOW. This is a gorgeous photograph! You can just FEEL Halloween.
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    Yesterday, 05:10 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on RCIAG's profile
    I was just LOOKING for your repainted dead guy. LOL I remembered you had done that. Thank you for posting the photo. I always enjoy your photos. I think we have a similar eye on the indoor decor.
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    Yesterday, 05:08 AM
    A misadventure (being stuck in traffic on 80 West, thus a missed doctor's appointment for my son) led me to FINALLY being in an area with a Home Goods. I echo an earlier poster about how DIFFERENT the merchandise is in each store! I wound up in Williamsport, PA. They had the merchandise all over the store. I mean ALL OVER the store. I understand that from a marketing standpoint (I think), but I feel I probably missed things. Which is kind of a bummer since I only had this one shot at...
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    08-27-2015, 10:18 AM
    I never ordered a box like this before. I am so going to use some items in my haunt!
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    08-27-2015, 07:10 AM
    This is just my opinion. I bought amber spotlights and was very excited to use them. However, I found it... disappointing. I don't know why. I am brand new to using any kind of spot lighting. I had just purchased regular outdoor spotlights and those spotlight bases with the ground stakes. It was just... very boring. I did purchase a couple of the blue and green LED spotlights at Spirit for in a little cemetery and LOVED them!!
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    08-27-2015, 06:59 AM
    I just couldn't get into it. It's the same old same old just with new people and in a city. I did find the concept of seeing 'it happen' ( normal life as we know it ending) interesting. I guess sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much. I will watch. I just neither loved nor hated the first episode.
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    08-26-2015, 11:20 PM
    I sketched this up in 4 minutes, I need to do more Halloween drawings!
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    08-26-2015, 07:56 AM
    In a way... I cannot bear that she is getting made over. She's so gorgeous. The tail is fantastic! I'm sad. :( Until, of course... you share what you did with her next!! LOL
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    08-26-2015, 07:54 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on JasonB5449's profile
    Hey Jason!! Do you still do a large Christmas display as well? Because you are rocking on the Halloween!! I can't possibly imagine you can still do both. I had to choose. I chose the dark side. ;)
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    08-26-2015, 07:51 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on punkineater's profile
    Dang. I was feeling weepy waiting for a response and I came back on and see it is below!! haha Silly me. Thank you!! Yes. I feel exactly as you do. I had so many things planned and now I am SCRAMBLING. I admire people who can focus. Thanks for the info about the snakes. I got about nine stuffed in there and can't fit anymore. So I think I'm good to go. Only had two colors of the snakes at the DT, so I hope it looks good. Now I am trying to think of some kind of voodoo 'spa...
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    08-26-2015, 04:54 AM
    I chatted with Steve yesterday to tell him someone was looking for him. He got a kick out of the 'The Search for Blumke' title. :D He said he was looking forward to hearing from you on FB. I am the proud owner of a few of his The Rotting Vine pumpkins. Great work. Good luck with your projects!!
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    08-25-2015, 02:53 PM
    Congratulations on your newest arrival! ;) LOL Oh dang. Don't tease me like that. I don't want to drive into NJ. hahahaha
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    08-25-2015, 01:11 PM
    Do you Facebook? He has several pages on there. You could contact him. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Boneyard/194017710686855?fref=ts
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    08-25-2015, 11:45 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Pumpkin5's profile
    Stopping by to say hello! HELLO there! Thinking of you often. :)
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    08-25-2015, 11:25 AM
    Hilda replied to a thread Best Spider-Web? in Halloween Props
    I am laughing at all the bags of silky web left behind in the stores with holes in the bags in 2015. ;)
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    08-24-2015, 06:12 PM
    Hilda commented on punkineater's photo in album 2015 Projects & Purchases
    Ohhhhh love it.
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    08-24-2015, 06:06 PM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Trex's profile
    I loved Jason's photos today. Sitting on the porch with the skellies. I said it should be a meme that says 'Just sitting here. Waiting for Halloween.'
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    08-24-2015, 02:43 PM
    I think a lot of it depends on location too. Up here in the northeast. I find letting them lay on the ground, especially on leaves (if they are at all damp) can really stain the fabric too.
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    08-24-2015, 12:04 PM
    haha Now we are seeing a whole other side of you Scatterbrains. :)
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    08-24-2015, 12:00 PM
    There were several inflatables forums years ago. I belonged to two of them. One was sponsored by Gemmy. It was a great resource. Unfortunately, I guess it just was not worth the cost of upkeep for the forum owners. They both closed. I do enjoy inflatables displays. I found it a very lovely online community too. One of my favorite inflatables displays is Twisted Vegas. Lee and Laura Yarbrough are really nice people and do a nice job for charity in their community....
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    08-24-2015, 11:52 AM
    The manufacturer suggests they not be run 24 hours a day. I will be honest, and say that I can't stand how dirty and twisted and sometimes ripped they get from inflating and deflating (at least on my rugged terrain, I don't have a manicured lawn I am placing them on). So I wait until two weeks prior to Halloween. They are the very last decorations to go up and then I plug them in and let them run 24/7 for 14 days. Then they are the first things to get unplugged, dried out and packed away....
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    08-24-2015, 11:48 AM
    I'm chuckling. I knew you couldn't hold out until actual 'Autumn'. ;) You go girl! Living on the edge! hahaha :D
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    08-24-2015, 08:59 AM
    Hilda posted a visitor message on Trex's profile
    Honestly... LOL @ "there must be hundreds of groomsmen getting rid of these things" Guilty. I think we gifted those too! hahaha Well, you did a fabulous job. I bought one new and put a Holy Water label on it, but AFTER the fact I was thinking that is stupid. The top is all shiny still. I like the aging job you did and I'm glad you finally located one. Everything is coming together really well for you this year. I can't wait to see it all together.
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    08-24-2015, 06:42 AM
    'The proper disreputable look.' haha Only you. Perfect!! :D
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    08-24-2015, 06:40 AM
    I'm trying to think what character I can do this to that is not a pirate to fit in my themes. Such a fun idea. You really nailed it setting the mood for the party from everything to menu to decor. I love it.
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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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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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