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  • jetskijigsaw84's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 AM
    I know it's probably not the correct character, but he does remind me a lot of King Haggard from The Last Unicorn. P. S. I, too, like what you did with the angel figurine. ��
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:50 PM
    This is what I struggle with as well, for lack of a better way to put it. We've been doing a haunt for over 20 years and we've developed a loyal following. We now have older teens and young adults who come by and tell us they've been coming to our house since they were young. Parents tell us how much they like coming each year and how they appreciate what we do to give kids a fun Halloween. I think of the void we'd leave if we just stopped doing it so hopefully we can scale back gradually and...
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:34 PM
    WOW Looks wonderful!! Enjoy!!
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    The Halloween Goblin Sorry to read all you've gone through and sending all good thoughts & vibes for your continued recovery!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:54 PM
    Thanks. I thinjk it was like $10.00 or somewhere close. I'll put a bat or a crow in it, something creepy.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Spell book on the cheap in Halloween Props
    Thanks Ana! I just happened to walk by this easel and figured I could use it. It works perfectly.
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    Nope moving out of HOA. Tired of paying for nothing. Refuse to live in a Dictatorship.
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    Thank you!!!! I have now found the wording for my Out House shaped tombstone!!!
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:08 AM
    We welcomed a new member to our family. This is Toby. He's a Seal Lynx Mitted Ragdoll. He's 4 1/2 years old. His previous owners surrendered him to a shelter and I was lucky enough to find his page, I think on the day it went up! Now if we can get our 12 year old Seal Mitted Ragdoll to accept him. Still miss my Bengal Gino. :'(
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 AM
    I started one a long time ago. Got the thumb tacks painted and that's as far as I got. Now I wonder where they went.. LOL Won't be at it any time soon with looking to move. :o Lots of great ideas here!
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    Bethany replied to a thread Other Remeber the gourdlets? in Halloween Crafts
    These are really creepy! Love them!!
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:45 AM
    Margaret this is all FABULOUS!! Can't wait to see everything you do for this!!
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  • Bethany's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:19 AM
    Bethany replied to a thread Plans for 2017 in General Halloween
    We are house hunting, so hopefully we find something and are moved & settled in time to do my planned Saturday Nightmare Fever themed party. Graveyard will be out front, different rooms in the house will be different shops. Theme & Invites usually are the only big changes each year, but I do add more each year.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 AM
    matrixmom replied to a thread Static: Spell book on the cheap in Halloween Props
    Looks great jdubbya!! The trick is finding the perfect stand for a good price, yours is nice!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 09:28 PM
    jdubbya started a thread Static: Spell book on the cheap in Halloween Props
    Doing little accent props for our witch house. Bought an old book from a thrift store. Aged the cover with paper mache and some paint/dry brush. Printed a couple spells off and stained the paper with a coffee filter. Set it on the easel I got on clearance from Michaels and it came out pretty fair. This will sit someplace in the main room of the haunt.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 03:03 PM
    How many guests did you have? I would love to do this but feel it might be chaotic.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 03:00 PM
    I would love one day when I retire from halloween decorating, just doing projections. Or 1 massive art piece for the front yard. Light up well, and thats it. I have talked with the neighbors and said it would be fun to pumpkin carve- in the range of 20 or 30 pumpkins, then tea light them and thats it. Eventually it will just be my little fave things inside the house maybe. These are all my thoughts when I eventually will start toning it down. But life is funny, and probably when I am 80 I will...
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  • a_granger's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 12:53 PM
    I kind of set this one off to the side for a bit. I'm still playing with shapes and getting my idea firmed up. I went back to another item I wanted to do for Saki's haunted toy craft. I have a haunted jack-in-the-box on my bench I started working on over the weekend. I will get some pictures up soon. It's going to be very detailed and elaborately gilded like a 1700 or 1800's toy that has been lost and started to decay but wit a slight Tim Burton vibe to is. The jack will be a ghost...
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-20-2017, 11:30 AM
    matrixmom replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Termites - good news/bad news in Halloween Props
    Who knew something so bad could turn into something so good!!
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  • Hollowman68's Avatar
    03-20-2017, 10:39 AM
    Wow! Those are amazing!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-19-2017, 06:56 PM
    Good post and one I identify with. We had actually planned to scale way back three years ago. I was pretty much a one man set-up/tear down crew, and while we had ample help working the walk through haunt on Halloween, come 11/1 I was tearing down all by myself and it got to be a chore. Along came fellow haunter and forum member "lewlew" who lived not too far from me and who's own awesome haunt was on hiatus. We agreed to do a collaborative effort back in 2014 and while it took up less real...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-19-2017, 12:21 PM
    Sweet! TOT always comes through with great detail. Thanks!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-18-2017, 05:11 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: New Kids on the Block in Halloween Props
    Nice looking family you have there. Those things are creepy as hell!
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  • moonwitchkitty's Avatar
    03-18-2017, 01:09 PM
    Harry potter, graveyard.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    03-17-2017, 12:32 PM
    How about a foam facade to cover up to the white gutters? You can hide fog machines behind it, maybe place /make a cauldron creep mixing a brew in a big cauldron. Maybe make the facade like a witch shack.....I would remove the pumpkin lights and string lights and let the lighting on the facade be its own path...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-17-2017, 10:26 AM
    Picked up a neat cage, a wrought iron easel that we'll use to hold a spell book, and some color changing led tea lights. All from Michaels.
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  • a_granger's Avatar
    03-15-2017, 09:07 AM
    Oh thank you punkin!
  • jdubbya's Avatar
    03-15-2017, 03:27 AM
    Fine looking mask. I'm a fan of TOT Studio's stuff and have/have had a few of their masks over the years. Would love to see a close up pic of the face/mouth.
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  • dawnski's Avatar
    03-14-2017, 11:31 AM
    I was on the Darkside Displays website today and they have the Animated Spirit Board on sale for $25 (original $40). Plus they have a 10% off SAV10 code if your order is $50 and up. Sounded like a good deal. Here's a video of how it works:
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  • a_granger's Avatar
    03-13-2017, 02:22 PM
    Thanks Ambj226
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    Not at the moment, but I could surely make something for you if you wanted!
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    Hello, I had a question about your cardboard barrel tutorial, did you get my PM? I don't know if it sent or not.
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    How is your Wrongling Bros coming along? Is your setup all in your front yard? Haven't seen you post anything lately, but then I haven't been on here much. I've pinned a ton of your stuff from the Plague and Wrongling's-inspiration to revise & improve on some of my own props. I also want to make several of your boxes you used in the Pirates...either for the cowboy scene, zombie babies, etc..good dual use of a box! I'm busy with end stages of setup, and now watching it all blow away, literally. High winds, again, today. Several things broke, collapsed, blew away, you name it Hope your weather is cooperating!!!
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    I started 2016 in July.

    Got 30 new blank stones painted, waiting for the epitaphs to be selected and written.
    30 New crosses painted, waiting to be assembled.
    Made a cemetary sign, hanging with chains...

    Trying to narrow the new ones down from roughly 600 notes I have, trying to make the best puns...

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    You did a great job with "eyeing it up"!
    Knowing the name comes from a combination of the facts that I love tropical fruit, and that I happen to have a houseplant that produces a smaller version of those-- a little smaller than a ping-pong ball.
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    I'm so behind!!! First the vacation, then we foolishly started a project for the non-Halloween portion of our life. (What?!?! Non-Halloween isn't allowed within 18mos of October!!! Haha) Of course Murphys Law was in effect so it's still only 95% done. But we should be finishing in the next couple days and it was adding a pool. So on the upside, have a pool to swim in to cool off while working on Halloween in this HEAT will be good.
    Wish me luck. I may make myself crazy(ier) trying to get my list done.
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    Just recently saw a carousel horse version of the packing tape ghost. Something for you to consider if you want to add more.
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    I have paid $25 in the past.
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