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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    Here is our corn maze from last year made from pallets. It was easy to set up and tear down and best of all, everything was free!
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    08-18-2014, 05:55 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Other: Need an arm stump in Halloween Props
    Yur killin' me Dave! LOL!!
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    08-18-2014, 05:41 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Haunt Name in General Halloween
    What town/city do you live in? What's the name of your street? Any good urban legends in your area? These can sometimes be used effectively in a name.
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    08-18-2014, 12:56 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Other: Need an arm stump in Halloween Props
    Another good idea. Thanks!
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    08-18-2014, 11:24 AM
    Thanks MM. I think starting now will make it a lot more manageable. We have helpers, mostly teenagers, but they are excited, willing to learn, and can do some of the basic stuff like screwing plywood to the frames. We'll really use them when it comes to setting up and painting/detailing each of the rooms. I think the daunting part will be tearing it down and moving it to my place, which is only about a mile away but it will involve several trips and a couple of trucks. As always, the screams...
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    08-18-2014, 09:38 AM
    So the haunt build begins. Spent 5 hours this past weekend framing up most of the 28 wall panels we'll be using, along with getting a start on the drop panel scare. It was a productive day.
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    08-18-2014, 09:15 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Other: Need an arm stump in Halloween Props
    Thanks Kev! Looks good. I think that could work.
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    08-17-2014, 08:45 PM
    jdubbya started a thread Other: Need an arm stump in Halloween Props
    Need an arm stump to come out of a long sleeve. Basically I need it to look like the hand was chewed/ripped off at or above the wrist. A link to something for sale or ideas on how to make one cheap and quick would be appreciated. TIA
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    08-17-2014, 06:26 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Making stones with the family in Halloween Props
    Really nice to se the kids get into making props. It will surely keep their interest up, but please, when burning any kind of foam, do it outdoors. The fumes are toxic! I cringed when I saw her using a soldering iron on the foam board inside!
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    08-13-2014, 05:08 PM
    Our homecomings were always on a Friday night; traditional football night for high schools.
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    08-13-2014, 05:07 PM
    Ouch! We had a similar situation when my son played football in H.S and Halloween fell on a Friday night. We worked it out though. Start recruiting helpers now from other sources and explain the situation. You may just get new recruits for the following years as well if they enjoy themselves. Let the band kids know that you'll still have a place for them next year when football isn't a conflict.
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    08-12-2014, 02:21 AM
    We did a corn maze using pallets last year and the walkway was less than three feet. It made for a tight squeeze but allowed people to move through in a single file line. This year we are constructing a walkthrough where the halls will be 30-32 inches wide. It is going to be quite claustrophobic but workable. Personally, 2 feet might be a bit too lean. I think you'll have some patrons that will have to go through sideways and some large people may not be able to fit at all.Our 30-32 inch path...
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    08-11-2014, 07:08 PM
    We saw a sign today at our local mall. Last year, there were three stores in our town; two fully stocked and one in the mall itself with just costumes, masks and accessories, no props. I'd expect to start seeing them open in the next couple weeks. Ours were open by the third week in August last year.
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    08-11-2014, 06:44 PM
    That looks like a Death Studios mask, RIP. If so that's an awesome deal. http://www.deathstudios.com/Masks/Index.cfm/go:site.Item/Item:53/ID:1/Group:13/index.html
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    08-10-2014, 11:48 PM
    tpt594 replied to a thread Prop Showcase: PVC prop question in Halloween Props
    duck tape it to the spine.
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    08-10-2014, 11:46 PM
    tpt594 replied to a thread Prop Showcase: PVC prop question in Halloween Props
    use chicken wire with plastic over it so the clothes go over it easy.
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    08-09-2014, 04:35 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Lighting: Best lighting color for cemetery in Halloween Props
    Whatever you decide, try not to over-light it. A spooky graveyard lit up like a Christmas display kind of defeats the purpose. We've gradually decreased our lighting over the years and are happy with a "darker display" that has varying degrees of light/shadow. This is what we've done using colored flood lights alone. I lean towards amber and blue Last year we went with blue led spots from Spirit. Really like this look too.
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    08-09-2014, 05:55 AM
    Sorry! Spoken for. Thanks for the interest though.
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    08-08-2014, 10:27 PM
    I have two pair of these, brand new never out of the box. Will sell for $10.00 a pair plus shipping. PM if interested http://www.halloweenasylum.com/flexible-pumpkin-vine-arms.html
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    08-08-2014, 10:05 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: New Angel Tombstone in Halloween Props
    Stunning! Love the scale, and the details you put into the base are perfect. Nice to see some of the larger monuments in graveyards. Very realisitic!
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    08-02-2014, 03:25 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Other: PVC painting in Halloween Props
    The overspray will dry, and IME, eventually wears off after walking on it, etc. I've used Krylon Fusion spray paint which is formulated to use on plastic. It works very well but is expensive. Cheap Walmart black paint is good enough and it's a matter of touching it up every year. hth
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    08-01-2014, 11:00 PM
    I live between two bars seemed appropriate.
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    08-01-2014, 10:49 PM
    tpt594 replied to a thread Lighting: what to do with a street light in Halloween Props
    Use the laser I do. knocks the light out for 1 hr. at a time
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    08-01-2014, 05:12 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Mechanical: Spiderhill Prop Works in Halloween Props
    I have two of these child frames. A simple way to flesh them out is to use pool noodles over the arms/legs. Chicken wire can be used to form an fuller chest area, or if you want to keep it simple, just a plastic grocery bag stuffed with papers and hung around the neck stem. Once you dress the figure, you can also stuff papers/plastic bags or fiber-fill in the clothing to fill it out a bit. Here's the goblin I made last year using the 4 foot kit.
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    08-01-2014, 05:04 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Mechanical: Spiderhill Prop Works in Halloween Props
    Here's a link to a thread about these kits. bought two of them last year. They practically build themselves and the end result is awesome. This is not the cheap crap you get at Spirit with plastic gears and cheap wire frames. This prop will last a long time. http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/131486-swaying-zombies.html?highlight=#post1548143
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    07-31-2014, 07:40 PM
    Didn't see it mentioned so I'll toss this in as well; Start NOW!! Tomorrow is August 1st. If you are planning a haunt, regardless of size, and you haven't started the ground work yet, you're already behind. Don't wait until October to start putting your ideas on paper. Inevitably, someone posts about huge plans for an elaborate display or haunt on October 1st and asks "where to begin." By then, in most cases, it's too late and the person just gets frustrated. Have a plan and start on it as...
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    07-31-2014, 05:52 PM
    Thats the stuff I like at Michaels. Things you can use for props. They seem to have some different stuff this year, a bit more variety than usual like the chains/hooks. Thanks for the updated pics.
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    07-31-2014, 08:56 AM
    Glad to see them carrying orange led spotlights. I'll pick up a few of these as orange wasn't available last year
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