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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:24 AM
    Going with zombies this year, after a two year break from them. The genre is still solid and lends itself to some good scares for our haunt. May change direction for the next few years but for 2014, it's all about the undead!
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    Yesterday, 10:17 AM
    Spirit is the SOLE sponsor of the board. There are no others, even though other vendors have attempted to become sponsors, spirit seems to have the say in this. When a prop breaks or malfunctions after 2-3 hours use or even after one season of running for a few hours on Halloween night, it's poorly made. This is not uncommon for these props. Regardless of how many TOT's you get or whether it is an indoor party haunt or a Halloween night, if the thing won't work and they won't make it right,...
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    Yesterday, 09:13 AM
    When you buy a spirit "animatronic" and it's made by a company called "Tekky Toys", that's what you're getting; a toy. They are nothing more than cheaply made toys with plastic gears and small underpowered motors that simply are not made to last or withstand a lot of use. Right now in our spirit store at least half of the display animatronics are not functioning, and many haven't worked right since the store opened around Labor Day, and please don't say it's because they run all day every day...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    10-19-2014, 09:46 PM
    All of our neighbors enjoy what we do, including the elderly ones who live on either side of us. They always stop by when we start putting things out and the one lady comes over with her grown daughters and goes through the haunt on Halloween night. Never had any negative reactions.
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    10-19-2014, 06:09 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Black Swamp Cemetery 2014 in Halloween Props
    Nice! Really like the coffins you made and your tombstones are awesome. You rocked the lighting as well! A nice clean, spooky set-up.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    10-19-2014, 04:30 PM
    Looks fantastic! Great props, nice lighting, lots of animation. The TOT's will love it!
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    10-19-2014, 04:12 PM
    We started buying today. Found bags of fun sized Kit Kats (21 bars in a bag) 2 for $5.00. so picked up 10 bags. That was the best price we found so far. Figure we'll at least double this amount, and then go by the weather forecast to see how much more we get.
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    10-19-2014, 03:52 PM
    That looks great! The kids are going to love it!
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    10-19-2014, 03:51 PM
    Our set TOT time is 6-8 p.m. Anyone who shows up before then waits until 6 or until we are ready. We've had parents and kids show up at 5:45 a couple times and we simply tell them they need to wait or come back at 6. Invariably, no matter how well prepared we are, we are still doing last minute things right up until 6 p.m.
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    10-19-2014, 03:33 PM
    You need to get new minions! We're kind of in the same boat, in terms of set-up. Myself and forum member lewlew have done 95% of the haunt build, and now breaking it down to move it to my place next week. It's a 12x24 building comprised of 32 8 foot wall panels, along with 6 roof sections. All of our helpers are excited to come and scare people but are never available on the work days. Hell the two of us even painted the entire inside of the thing. Can't begin to tally the toal hours we worked...
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    10-18-2014, 07:16 PM
    6-8 p.m. here and while it's not necessarily enforced, it seems as though as soon as it hits 8 p.m., the kids just quit coming. We'll run the haunt until 8:30 as it's a Friday night but don't anticipate a large crowd after 8 p.m. I think if they ever moved it to daytime hours, I'd pack it in and just stop haunting.
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    10-18-2014, 07:11 PM
    We had between 300-400 both of the last two years, and the weather was horrible; rain, wind, chilly. On a nice night, we'll get 600(+). Our personal best was about 625 a few years ago. We'll buy candy for 400 initially and if the forecast looks decent get enough for 600.
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    10-17-2014, 07:40 AM
    Pop the bottom open and find the two wires that go to the sensor, cut the wires to the sensor, connect the two together thus bypassing the sensor. That easy, LOL!
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    10-16-2014, 08:24 PM
    We get a good number of older kids, teens and even into their 20's. We have some college kids that rent a house down the street from us and my wife works at a local university where our haunt reputation is pretty well known. A lot of the kids she deals with come each year. Some are in costume and some aren't. They just want to see the haunt, and maybe just want to relive a part of their childhood that holds fond memories. These kids are away from home in many cases and looking for something...
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    10-16-2014, 07:50 PM
    For those of us who carve out real jack o'lanterns, how many will you do this year? In the past we've done between 5-8 for our yard display and porch. Our theme this year doesn't lend itself to having them as part of the display so we're carving three for our back patio where we'll have a small afterglow party on the 31st with some close friends and neighbors. I'll move them to the front porch after the party as it wouldn't be Halloween w/o jacks on the front porch. How many will you carve out?
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  • LT Scare's Avatar
    10-16-2014, 07:38 AM
    Looking good! A suggestion FWIW: Keep the body as light as possible unless you plan to add an "extra" support. I used PVC legs too and the first year they held the body up just fine. The next year, no change in weight, the PVC joints had become brittle and started breaking. Last year (our final haunt for a while) we used a 3/4" plumbing pipe painted black, mounted vertically (not a leg) to support the body. Because ours was mounted on the roof of the Haunt, the breeze would move the body...
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    10-16-2014, 06:48 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread GrandinRoad 2014 in General Halloween
    I wasn't going to buy anything else this year but seeing the 25% off and free shipping got me to spring for the large skeleton dog. I won't even use it this year but I liked it from the get go and figured this was too good a deal to pass on. It will come in handy, I'm sure.
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    10-16-2014, 06:44 AM
    Using the jawless walker mask and walker chest piece from the licensed Walking Dead line. This is me in my zombie get-up for this year's haunt. I'll come bursting out of a metal locker once people enter the first room of the haunt. Should get a reaction.
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    10-15-2014, 08:36 PM
    Bumping this up for new members who might get some ideas.
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    10-15-2014, 08:24 PM
    The latest from Accuweather. I must be dreaming!! 28Sunshine 52 Lo 41 Hist. Avg. 57 Lo 42 29Partial sunshine 60 Lo 37 Hist. Avg.
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    10-15-2014, 08:19 PM
    This year, we are managing to get in on the scare action, something I haven't been able to do much of in the past several years. I'll be a zombie who bursts out of a locker when the patrons enter the first room. It also positions me in a spot where I can have a heads up of any potential problems and hopefully deal with them. Can't wait!!
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    10-15-2014, 12:26 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: My cut mouth Sadistic Suzie :) in Halloween Props
    Creepy! Looks good!
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    10-15-2014, 12:21 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Am I just Evil? in General Halloween
    I'd rather see little ones enjoy the night and not be terrified, making them want to take part in Halloween rather than instill fears in them. I rather dislike making young kids cry. Scaring people can be fun if they're in the right age bracket and they have the ability to discern reality from fantasy, which most younger kids do not. ^^this^^
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    10-15-2014, 12:01 AM
    On our street, there are 5 or 6 houses with some kind of Halloween decor. On the next block over there are a few more, one with a large inflatable cat who's head turns back and forth. Some college kids next to them have green/purple lights and spider webs out on their porch. A quick drive around the neighborhood shows several houses with some stuff out. I know many of the homes who don't decorate will put out jack o'lanterns on Halloween night and pass out treats so thats encouraging. Overall,...
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    10-14-2014, 11:52 PM
    We're in a holding pattern right now. We need to dismantle our haunt structure and then move it to my house for reassembly. The move won't happen until the week of Halloween, however the dismantling will begin any day now when both of us are available. Yesterday, I touched up several of my tombstones that i've neglected for the past couple years, so that's a little project off the list. Today I'll wire some speakers for our main sound system. We have everything we need but it's just waiting for...
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    10-14-2014, 07:02 PM
    Consider the source. We're the lucky ones who get to see the kids faces and make memories they'll have for years to come. Your come back was spot on!
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    10-14-2014, 06:12 AM
    Sorry to hear this, Dan. You're right in that the stock photos posted on their site often look a lot different than the actual mask. I can honestly say that the Death Studios masks are not like this. The mask you see is identical to the one you get as they are all made right there is his shop by him alone. Give them a try if you see anything you like. You won't be disappointed.
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    10-14-2014, 04:14 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Facade build - Concept to Completion in Halloween Props
    I'm officially impressed! So much attention to detail and the painstaking finish you applied is perfect. This thread was a pleasure to see!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    10-13-2014, 06:51 PM
    That's a nice mask. but check out the witch masks from Death Studios too. His masks are excellent. Thick latex, great detail and hair. All hand made. http://www.deathstudios.com/Masks/Index.cfm/go:site.Group/Group:11/ID:1/index.html
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    10-13-2014, 04:13 PM
    Nice looking mask and the hands are a decent match too. I had purchased Ravenger this year with the matching hands. I like the mask with the exception of the bib, which is small, and difficult to tuck into a shirt or costume. The hands are a great match but fit tight. This Doll Face that I got last year. Love this one!
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