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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 PM
    Get a lot of this from family even without asking for assistance. Unfortunately we've got at least one "expert on everything". You can't be bothered to even carve a pumpkin but you're certain I'm doing everything wrong. *closes eyes and does controlled breathing* "You know what you SHOULD do..." is the worst phrase in the world.
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Static: Circus minion in Halloween Props
    Awesome!! :D
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 PM
    Think it could be tough to find. Someone here...(I think it was DaveintheGrave) created motorized eyeballs using a reindeer motor, I think. But unless you've got a good foot of space behind the painting, that wouldn't work. There's also the optical illusion where you cut the eyes out of the picture and set the pupils back about half an inch behind the surface and it should appear like the eyes are following you as you wander around the room - but it would be a very subtle effect. The...
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    Today, 04:15 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    I said "Oh, that's Angel. We're internet friends. She's crazy!" Now I now what Macauly Culkin felt like when his friends put on Michael Jackson records. Did is you get the reference? Have you seen Over the Garden Wall?
  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 PM
    Damn, I am a fan of his... One of the few that beats me....
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    Today, 03:27 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Hey you! Just thought I'd let you know that a friend (who really isn't THAT interested in Halloween) shared your site with me today on Facebook, followed by LOTS of exclamation points! "LOOK!!!"
  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 PM
    This is my backyard righ now...,.
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    Today, 01:31 PM
    osenator replied to a thread Your cemetery. in General Halloween
    It'slowly building...
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    Do you have TOT aged kids yourself? If so, I'd send them to school with some flyers for their friends that live in the neighborhood. Do you have a community newsletter? Get an article in there ASAP if so! Post some signs (just like what folks do to direct traffic to their yard sales) at cross streets in your neighborhood. Talk to the neighbors and see if there is any other word of mouth ways to get noticed. Create a Facebook page for your haunt and issue invites? Twitter account and tap your...
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 PM
    Zarko the Headless Clown - $20 costume, $15 mask (both from Oriental Trading), a mannequin I got years ago from craigslist (no darn stand and missing his left hand tho). Stuffed the mask with bags (lucky placement of a Target bullseye created a real eye in the mask hole!) and used an old gardening glove stuffed with newspaper and sewn onto the mask, then taped to the arm. Still need to put on his shoes but he's finished otherwise. :)
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  • osenator's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 PM
    One of my last pages of one of my comics,,,, Scary part, they are brother and sister,,, Kidding! They are in a cemetery In my last page....
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    Today, 01:12 PM
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    Today, 11:49 AM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Yeah I saw that. Maybe two and three come later? You know the creative type - breaking all the rules. ;)
  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    That is incredible... you have a great amount of artistic talent!:cool:
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    BTW, the RIGHT solution to the photo problem would be for Larry to find an upgrade that allows the photos to be rotated after they're uploaded. But maybe that's not technically or financially possible for him at them moment. But you're not at fault. Everyone shouldn't have to come up with a complex workflow to get around this issue. That'd be a little like a tailor telling all his customers to lean right while they walk because he can't get the pant legs the same length. ;)
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    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    Hey you. Just saw your post about your photos being upside down. Don't be too hard on yourself. Probably a lot is related to the forums being built on older technology (such a slow process to upload too). And yeah, just computers in general. Not sure what software you're using (if any) for managing your photos, but if your using some kind of photo manager, it'd probably help to export the photos to a different size or format after you right-side-up them. Basically do anything that makes a...
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    I've got a big smirk on my face after reading your latest Theft post. Glad everything turned out ok. Your friends may be right about what happened. But it reminded me of this anecdote from Douglas Adams https://theoldvillage.wordpress.com/2004/01/28/douglas-adams-shares-a-true-story/
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    Ha! :) Glad the story had a happy ending. I've had the kind of thing happen to me before - I've even ran around the house ranting that my wife had moved something when I had actually put it somewhere and forgot. It's a VERY strange feeling when you find what you thought was gone forever. :o
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    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    This! Totally this! And I don't mind a bit of drama - I mean stuff happens and it's not bad to show it. But a lot of it is so clearly staged - and it always conveniently pops up just before the commercial break. We all know the formula and it's getting really tired. Halloween Wars is just one of a million shows guilty of this though. There's a Canadian home reno show called "I Wrecked My House" which I just love because it IS completely absent of drama, and it's a bit of an oasis in the...
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    Yesterday, 07:49 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Carnival Lighted Sign in Halloween Props
    Really awesome sign! I wish I knew how to do the flashing lights effect because it really looks great for this type of sign. And you can't go wrong with Vincent Price's laugh... he was the master!! Great job!! :cool:
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:07 PM
    Hey John! Welcome to the forums - it's an amazing place. I could barely tie my shoes when I got here, but I've learned to make a lot of cool stuff I never would have dreamed of with the help of these talented folks. (Still struggling with the shoe-tying though.)
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    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    Yeah, I just took a look and it looks like their on to Simpsons "Back to School" toys according to their website. Guessing there was some kind of supply issue or something because - it would make more sense to have those two reversed on the calendar. But I appreciate the heads anyway. :)
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    Yesterday, 05:32 PM
    I finished one project, did not take me as long as I thought seeing as I found something else in my stash to make it with than I first planned on, I like this better!!
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  • bethene's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:07 PM
    I received a FABULOUS painting from kelloween, a welcome sign with the wicked witches feet,,,, LOVE love love it!! I have issues with my camera and the phone is having issues.... but will try to get a picture up asap!
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    Oh that's nifty! I love the effect, and wish I had a window to use it in!! :D And LOVE the crazy clown in your front yard too. :cool: Not sure how many sheets of posterboard you ended up needing or if it was better quality, but the Dollar Tree does carry posterboard too (two sheets for a dollar if I am remembering correctly).
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    What I would suggest is adjusting the cape the way you like it to fall with her arms down, then mark a 1-2 inch section (using chalk) across the tops of her shoulders where the cape overlaps the top seam of the shirt. Then I would sew the cape onto the shoulders through the top seam. If the shirt does not have a shoulder seam, I would still do some careful sewing around the neck and shoulder area using a fine needle to minimize damage... But if the cape is heavy, it still might pull. Better...
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    Hi Marie, just catching up with everyone, it looks like you've been busy at other things. Hope all is well and that your halloween plans for this year are going ok! All the best!
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    Happy New Year Marie! I have now posted my 2011 pics. I was disappointed that I didn't remember to take night shots, so there are only daytime shots. I have also started an album of wrought iron and graveyards. I started this when I was searching for wrought iron designs for my Gothic Garden, so a new little hobby was born! I will post my garden sometime too. All the best for 2012.
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    Hi Marie, I hope your halloween went well. I have blogged my walkthru, no pictures yet, working on that. It went well, we made our Creepy Carnival interactive for the kiddies. You have to play games at a carnival. Big kids asked...."Is there clowns inside?" insert evil laugh here!
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    Love all your cemetary pics. My kids tease me about all of the cemetaries they were drug through on family vacations. As a result they have threatend to burry me in one of the newer genneric cemetaries. You know the ones with flush ground momuments, topped with bunches plastic flowers. I told them I would haunt them forever if they did that!!!
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    Hi, Marie!

    How are your plans coming along for this year?

    We're starting to feel the crunch as the clock ticks down, but hopefully it will all come together (or at least some of it!)
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    Hi Marie! Just an update on the anniversary stays. So far, no haunted hotel nights. Haven't booked any - out of our budget right now. Something to save for though. Thanks for the suggestions, have written them in my Halloween Idea book!
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    Thank you so much for your comment. Compared to other people's haunts and talents I was not feeling as confident about what we put together. Thank you again!
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    Thanks so much Marie for the kind words and the friending. Our display has a long way to go but it gets a little bit better each year. The skeletons are the one big yard project my wife has each year. She sets 'em up and decides what they'll be doing. (I think she said they'll be playing The Game of Life this year!)

    Shoppers used to be great for Halloween. I picked up some really nice univerrsal monster masks there on clearance. They had the skeletons for 3 or 4 years and then switched them out for another big impressive item (Giant skulls, I think?) Not much there last year though.

    I'd live to see a night shot of the ghosts in action. I'm sure they look amazing. And as for the riser, he is perfect. I guess old Halloween props never die (because they're already dead?)

    Thanks again!
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    Ha, that is very tempting... maybe I will keep an eye out for one. Thanks for the info!
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    I love your cemetery pictures too - what a great collection of different places.
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