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  • Wolfbeard's Avatar
    07-19-2016, 06:52 AM
    I love the AmericaN Science & Surplus catalog and website. They often have things that are very useful for home haunters. Chjeck out these wooden coffins, perfect for invitations and party favors! https://www.sciplus.com/p/6-LONG-UNFINISHED-PINE-MINICOFFIN_50884?trk_msg=1BQO08R9GU343CR7FGTICJQUT8&trk_contact=PTGBJC9DQVSVLP9NTS5PIR50FK&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.sciplus.com%2fp%2f6-LONG-UNFINISHED-PINE-MINICOFFIN_50884&utm_campaign=Sale+items Eric
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    07-19-2016, 06:19 AM
    I agree with Matrixmom. They look worn and distressed. Just match the paint in the chipped areas, then some dust and weathering. I may actually chip up some of mine on purpose, after seeing your photo. Eric
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    07-18-2016, 11:35 AM
    About 12 years ago, during our annual Boo Bash, I had a friend of mine with a chainsaw (cutting chain removed) and wearing a mask come through the front door, rev the saw twice and run out the back door. There was no blade on the chainsaw and the fumes were not that bad, as he was only in there for about 20 seconds. It really freaked people out. We did leave doors and windows open for a few minutes afterward, to ventilate the house. It was a great startle scare and not related to that...
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    07-14-2016, 11:24 AM
    It is ideal if you can use three TV's, or rear project onto framed screens. I did not have a chance to do that with mine and just projected onto a green painted wall. It was washed out, but people at our party really enjoyed it anyway. In between lightning flashes During a lightning flash. I do plan to build a false wall and do a rear projection the next time I use the DVD
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    07-13-2016, 08:42 AM
    Welcome aboard! Eric
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    07-13-2016, 08:36 AM
    I make a lot of my own props on a tight budget. Feel free to scroll through my gallery for some ideas. I'll answer any questions too, as to how things were made. There is even a drop panel idea I made for a blacklight 3-D Asylum theme our Lions Club did one year. I think that is on page 3. Here's the link to my gallery. http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/wolfbeard-albums-wolfbeard-s-photos.html Eric
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    07-13-2016, 08:23 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Prop Showcase: OMG I want this: Cauldron creep! in Halloween Props
    That looks cool, but is quite expensive. They are very easy to make on your own, on a budget. I made this one with a spare Bucky skull and arms, plus legs from a $10 grave grabber, some pvc pipe, chicken wire, creepy cloth, a garden hose container for the cauldron, and a vent motor to slowly turn the stirring stick. An afternoon's worth of work and about $100 total. I even set it up for fog, when used outdoors. I'm sure you could use an inexpensive Wally skeleton too. I wish I had...
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    07-12-2016, 10:43 AM
    We did a Scary Tales theme one year. I needed a space filler, so threw together a "Little Mermaid" meets "Deadliest Catch" prop. Simple, but it received some nice comments at our party. Eric
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    07-11-2016, 08:06 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Other: Standing skeletons in Halloween Props
    HA, that's only half of it. I heat the whole house with our wood stove. I burn 4 cords for the entire winter. Way cheaper than the 3 tanks of oil my neighbors all go through. :rolleyes: Eric
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    07-11-2016, 07:39 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Other: Standing skeletons in Halloween Props
    I use rebar as my primary support for free standing skeletons. Last year, I was doing Special Effects makeup and acting at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, here in CT on Halloween. It was the first time I was not home on Halloween in over 20 years, so I did not want to do an extensive full yard set up. I did a really quick set up with Wally skeletons. These are not self supporting. I esentially used wire ties to support them in natural poses. This set up was so my wife would not...
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    07-11-2016, 07:29 AM
    We change themes every year, but we did do pirates. Pirates is a fun theme. We had a fun time and our guests enjoyed that theme.I used skeletons for my pirates years ago. Here are a few ideas from Our Boo Bash about 7 years ago that might be useful for you. Lookout in Crows Nest: Animated Helmsman Treasure Chest
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    07-06-2016, 11:54 AM
    That is the first thing I thought of too when I saw it!!!
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    07-05-2016, 12:44 PM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Egyptian theme in General Halloween
    I sealed the eye and mouth openings with electrical tape, then just sprayed and prayed... :rolleyes: I did a thin coat on all of the interior surfaces to provide rigidity and crush resistance. The center was a bit hollow after it dried, but that was ok, and I did have to trim some from near the edges. I was afraid to put tape on the exterior of the mask, out of fear of damaging it. I work with Great Stuff often and have a feel for how much it will expand. I figured I could do a second...
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    07-01-2016, 08:43 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Other: Share your Organ make overs in Halloween Props
    That looks great! I love the detail !!! Eric
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    07-01-2016, 08:07 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Other: Share your Organ make overs in Halloween Props
    That would be an awesome effect. I left the pipes open at the bottom, so I could pump fog into the base and it would come out of the pipes. The problem is that fog and the hard wired smoke detectors for my home alarm system do not get along. Guess how I found that out...:rolleyes: :o Eric
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    07-01-2016, 07:41 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Other: Share your Organ make overs in Halloween Props
    Thank you. It was mostly all scrap wood, except for the fence finials, pvc pipe and the 1" pine for the base. Eric
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    07-01-2016, 06:43 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Skeletons in Group Buys
    That is a projection on the wall. It was the ATMOSPHEREFX "Unliving Portraits" DVD running on a loop. Eric
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    07-01-2016, 06:36 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Other: Share your Organ make overs in Halloween Props
    Saki.Girl, that makeover is beautiful!!! I built an add on pipe organ piece for our piano at home. It simply sits on top of the piano. I did'nt match the stain well, but it looks ok in low light. It is all pvc pipe and fence post pieces, a couple of drawer pulls and scrap wood. I am able to hide a couple of Bose speakers in the body of the pipe organ add on, for great sound. Eric
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    06-29-2016, 08:26 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Egyptian theme in General Halloween
    Thanks Ghost of Spookie. Mine had the elastic strap to hold it on the head too. With my mask, the bottom chin extension was molded as a separate piece all together. That is the piece that attaches to the chin with a couple of velcro squares. That's what I was talking about. The mask was essentially two pieces. I'm just curious if it is the same mold or manufacturer for both of our masks. Is that chin extension going down from the chin all one piece withthe rest of your mask? You...
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    06-29-2016, 06:32 AM
    Storage Unit, way too organized! Naaahhh, just stack all the crap up in your basement, creating a fire hazard and making most stuff inaccessible, like I do!!!! ;) The clown in the Little Tykes car, sits atop Mt. Halloween.
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    06-29-2016, 06:25 AM
    My big pet peeve is that my Town decided to do a Huge Trick or Trunk on Halloween night, about a mile from my house. I used to get about 350 to 400 kids and adults a night in my yard, now it is down to about 125. It is so much easier for parents to watch their kids fill up bags of candy walking through a parking lot, than it is to go door to door. I think the parents are doing a major disservice to their kids by making it way too easy. The biggest loss for the kids is eliminating the...
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    06-29-2016, 06:14 AM
    Gym, it would have to depend upon the context. Most Haunted Attractions are the run of the mill, variation on the same things. The Raven's Grin Inn (On my bucket list to visit) would be another story, so you have an advantage there. There is nothing run of the mill about your place, and that's a good thing! ;) The big thing is, that in an attraction I paid to go to, I am expecting to be scared. Having something happen that looks like it is not supposed to happen, would scare me, or at...
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    06-29-2016, 06:08 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Skeletons in Group Buys
    It depends on the volume, type and quality you want. I buy my 4th class Bucky's directly from the Anatomical Chart Company, during their summer sales. Otherwise I have a lot of Walley's from Walgreens and a bunch of the Pose and Stay from Costco. I have not dealt directly with distributors. Bucky's for close up detailed scenes: Wallys - Good for background and where lightweight is needed: Pose & Stay from Costco:
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    06-29-2016, 05:48 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Egyptian theme in General Halloween
    G.O.S., great find on that mask! That looks a lot like the same vacu-form mask, but the colors are a bit different. Mine came in the colors you see on the sarcophagus. I just put electrical tape on the inside to seal the eye and mouth openings, then touched up with paint. On mine, the chin piece is attached with velcro. Is yours all one piece? After carving the sarcophagus, I filled the mask with "Great Stuff" foam to prevent crushing and attached it to the extruded foam sarcophagus...
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    06-29-2016, 05:33 AM
    If you are doing a Sci-Fi Theme, you could always do a 1950's/1960's style "super computer" for a mad scientist scene. I built this to cover our dining room china cabinet. You can paint it silver or use silver mylar type table cloths. I added some rope lights and assorted junk to complete it. Cheap and easy to do. Just be sure to reinforce the joints with overlapping foam board. I would use Gorilla tape to attach the panels and then reinforce it on the inside of the prop with...
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    06-24-2016, 07:13 AM
    For everyone interested in making a "Potions" Cabinet or labratory scene, check out these bottles and vials: 10 for less than $4. :) https://www.sciplus.com/p/8ML-AMBER-GLASS-VIAL_58202 I am not affiliated with this company, but have bought some great items from them. Eric
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    06-24-2016, 03:26 AM
    Wolfbeard replied to a thread Egyptian theme in General Halloween
    Thank you. Yes, I made the sarcophagus. The sarcophagus is a plywood toe pincher coffin I made. The lid is carved extruded styrofoam, stacked and laminated with contact cement, a plastic mask and covered with Durham's Water Putty and gold paint. The mummuy inside the sarcophagus is just garden burlap over a body form and latex mask. It was an easy project. Eric
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