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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-24-2017, 08:11 PM
    I found a brand new Wagoner paint scrapper for $3.oo at a Goodwill store. It has a small blade that goes back and forth, maybe 1/4 inch, very quickly! What did I do with it? I had a small steel frame I built, then I put the paint scrapper inside. I took a small pecice of kind of thick steel (2inches by 2 inches?) Drilled a hole in the steel, hung it inside of the framework on a small scrap of steel cable so it could freely swing back and forth. I was given a small strobe light, so when i...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-24-2017, 05:49 PM
    They all showed up Sunday afternoon, ten people, Mom.Dad and the rest were their kids and their kids boyfriends. The Father and Mother first came here just a few months ago, the Father had just experienced his first season as a pro-haunt owner 2 hours away from here. I did happen to Save" a few things during Mom and Dad's first visit here, things I didn't show them, things that helped get loud reactions from the kids! (I do love scaring people in a sunny, bright room !) I scared the one...
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    04-24-2017, 05:34 PM
    A few years ago a "Halloween" store set up in the empty K-Mart. Many of their cheap masks would not even make viable Land-Fill. They must hire three year olds to paint those so-called "Masks". All they would be good for is giving them to your kids if you wanted them to hate Halloween, because everyone else would be laughing (evily) and pointing at them.
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  • Halstaff's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 05:39 AM
    I usually use foam pool noodles on the arms to help keep the clothing out of the material. This year I am making foam body forms for this. Here's a video on how i do that -
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 06:25 PM
    This may be a "record", even for me. Today I used a piece of steel that I have had in my parts collection for maybe 25 years! I never used it before because it wasn't a normal piece of steel beam of a common shape. It is beyond a 90 degree bend, then the shorter end of the design has a few odd little 90 degree bends, but today all of this oddity became a ceiling beam in a small room . It was originally part of the frame of a refrigerated case from a Grocery Store.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 06:07 AM
    On another forum the question was :"How does one maintain their enthusiasm for Halloween and keep motivated?" My answer was:"I like an "Audience", that stimulates me. My audience is on the next hill watching me. It's the City Grave Yard in which most of my Mother's and my Father's familys have been buried for 150 years. My Great grandfather even tended Bar right here in my Haunted House during the 1880s for 7 to 8 years of his life. I grew up living in his old house another valley "Over"....
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  • Halstaff's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 05:56 AM
    I love the mechanism harboe posted above but it is bulky. I redesigned it to be more compact. Although the version in the video doesn't have the arm movement, it could be added. You can see the video at I also have a video showing how I converted one of my Halloween characters to use for Christmas. It shows some details of the motor setup that might prove useful for you. You can find that here -
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 05:54 AM
    Over these last 30 years we have had phone calls and E-Mails from people who would want to work here in October. Some assume they would be living with us because this old house is huge, but only the part we live in is livable and the rest is "Haunted House". We have had couples work here, but unfortunately we are interested in them "working" here not the drama of "He-Said-She Said" while everyone else is actually paying attention to the task at hand and making this house operate more...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-19-2017, 01:27 AM
    In "Season" we have Tour guides who lead people in groups through the house. Each group has a Leader and a Follower. There are also some workers here who have a "Station" where they wait for the tour to pass by , although often the "Follower" could also be in those locations. The dialog of the tour is flexible and can be changed by the employee leading the tour. For some reason ("Rebellion"? ) many times they simply walk through the house making fun of ME! (Which I have no trouble with.)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-19-2017, 12:58 AM
    I try to make an arm like a Teeter-Totter with a counter-weight to remove the strain from any motor no matter how small or weak it may be. Having an actual bearing also helps , versus just a hole drilled into "something". I was given a strong electric motor from a "Toast-Making " machine. (A conveyor slowly running bread into and out of the machine) I found two stiff springs and they helped the 15foot long piece of PVC which was the artillery barrel for the motorcycle with a sidecar. I...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-17-2017, 08:28 AM
    In such situations as I described (late night, last tour, small group) I have quite an advantage to scare or entertain those people. I can take even more time and lull them, until the un foreseen Scare arrives... yes there are some old "Fans" who have come to realize this over the years and try to be here for that last "Show" of the night.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-17-2017, 08:22 AM
    I could see you working in a UK tourist attraction like a Castle where there would be no chainsaws but you could quietly pretend to be a statue , then come to life, scaring most people. Before I met my Wife she traveled to England and experienced this very thing. After the scare, you may be able to visit with those you scared and there by meet people, interact with them normally.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-17-2017, 12:32 AM
    "Giddy-Up! and away I went for several hours doing the last house tour of the night! I was adding numerous ad-libs in with the actual routine, and my tiny audience was "Lovin It!" We were ALL Laughing for most of the time! "He" had been here before "She" had not been here. I was so charged-up that I felt as if it was 15 years ago! (Subtracting 15 years from my current age of 67 , makes quite a difference in many ways.) I felt So Good, making those people laugh that hours later I was...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-17-2017, 12:12 AM
    I suggest looking into a local charity haunt where maybe they don't have such loud displays and take more actual care with their employees. In this State a criminal back round check is required, as they are checking for child molesters and people who have been caught with a prostitute. As a new Haunt worker, you should be working close by with an experienced haunter. Always keep an arm's length of distance between you and a haunt customer. IF a haunt patron comes right at you, back up. If...
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    04-16-2017, 11:04 PM
    I think the biggest question would be: Why are you considering doing something that you don't sound like you'd enjoy doing? You don't like being touched, you would have to get used to nights/long hours and lots of visual/audio stimuli like screaming and flashing lights and loud horns and such (which could be potentially exhausting for someone with sensory issues), and most of all, you're not a super fan of Halloween. Also, scare actors are not highly paid. They do it because the LOVE being...
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    04-16-2017, 06:46 PM
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I felt sort of like a turd making an album for this past year since I did so little. But sometimes ya just need a breather. How are you? LOVED the anniversary pic!!!!!!
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    04-12-2017, 11:50 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Static: Guillotine Build in Halloween Props
    Thanks for the tips ! Now I'll have to google "pocket holes". LOL
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-12-2017, 11:00 AM
    My Haunt-Ravens Grin Inn is 24 feet from a 30 ft. cliff, below the edge of the cliff was the city Dump from 1911 to about 1963? A few years ago my Wife saw something sticking out from under a large, dead tree stump. She and I both worked very hard doing this, standing on a very steep side-hill in mud and cold. The reason she began digging was because a part of what ever the thing was had the word "Gargoyle" on it and she assumed it was something I had once made? It was a porcelain-coated...
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    04-12-2017, 10:38 AM
    Before I was even born, a local druggist would send insult/comic Valentines to about a dozen citizens of this small town, before Valentines Day. He was "picky" about who he sent them too, just well-known public professionals like Lawyers , Doctors, local Politicians. Then when these cards arrived, most of these people were soon in his store each buying a dozen or more to mail to they thought might have sent the insult card to them. (My Dad figured this out easily because he was working in the...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-12-2017, 05:29 AM
    Although, thinking about this subject, when I first opened up my Haunted House 30 yrs. ago many of my early patrons were Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Morticians, Chiropractors.........I have always used humor here (morbid humor?) Maybe that was a part of their fascination?
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    04-12-2017, 05:26 AM
    As far as Cremation for your dog or Cat, around here there are several places that offer such services. some even can put the ashes into a more substantial form for a lifetime keepsake. Before I met my Wife she was not impressed by one Crematorium who handed her a small tin can with her large Cat's ashes in it. it was the size of the smallest Campbell;s soup can!?
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-12-2017, 05:20 AM
    Some people who come to my house, The Ravens Grin Inn will share their personal ghost stories with me, but as far as questions about death.. no. This house is haunted, but it's not at all like a "Holly Wood" horror movie, and maybe those extreme things really only mostly happen in a movie? One theory says that a place may be "Haunted" because underneath it is a huge, piece of a certain type of rock. My house is directly astride a HUGE rock which maybe 250 foot thick and happens to be at...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-12-2017, 05:05 AM
    Scary Nature is actually all around us!
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  • MrNightmare's Avatar
    04-11-2017, 09:52 AM
    I have had The Count since 2003. I first used him lying in a casket and later used him in my living room. I removed the red cape on mine and like it better without it:
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    04-10-2017, 08:02 PM
    Hey GOS. I've had this guy for many MANY years. He was one of the first really good props I splurged on well over 10 years ago and I'm happy to say he's held up great!!!! He (along with a similarly made witch I bought the following year) is probably one of the most favorite pieces I own! Unlike my latex props, I store him in the attic. It gets well over 100 plus degrees and I haven't had any issues. I am also able to carry him by myself. I think you'll be really happy you got him.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    04-10-2017, 04:53 PM
    "I was taking a walk through the back of the City Park when I saw a cave! I walked into the cave, I fell down through a big hole in the floor, I was now deep under ground, and there was THE DEVIL!" Then Mickey the neighbor boy who lived up the hill just a few houses away would grab me in the ribs and harshly tickle me! "Then the Devil grabbed me AGAIN!" And Mickey would grab my best friend Mike in his ribs and tickle him! This all happened in the dark inside my Parent's abandoned Coal Bin a...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    04-10-2017, 09:57 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Static: Guillotine Build in Halloween Props
    Your guillotine looks terrific! I've always wanted to make one, too. Don't know where I'd store it, though......
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    04-10-2017, 09:54 AM
    Yea, I'm old enough to remember that commercial. I think it debuted during he Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that year. Brings back memories.......
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