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  • victor-eyd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    victor-eyd replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Help with Vixen and 8 channel Relay board in Halloween Props
    Ya, I finally posted there too but such a newbie member my post will take some time to be processed. I think its either a plugin issue but the only thing I can verify is when I turn everything on all the lights stay on and I hear a strong click so I think the relays are working and then nada. As to building a board I'm not really that good at circuit board construction and prefer pre-built items such as the board I got (which was gifted so even better)
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  • victor-eyd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    victor-eyd replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Help with Vixen and 8 channel Relay board in Halloween Props
    Thanks for responding. How do I ascertain that when using Vixen?
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  • victor-eyd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    victor-eyd started a thread Electronic/Software: Help with Vixen and 8 channel Relay board in Halloween Props
    So I got this 8 channel relay board a few years ago from Carls Electronics: https://www.electronickits.com/parallel-port-relay-board-assembled-tested/ And following these direction from circuit basics I wired it in a similar fashion, with the only exception that I extended the hot (black)wire from the plug to the relay via soldered wire. Everything else remained the same. The relay board came with a 12v 800mA power plug. ...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    The most purely "SEXY" costume I ever lost a costume contest to was a young woman who dressed as a Playboy Bunny. She had mostly both of her Parents DNA to thank for that costume, yes she did!
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:50 PM
    As the surreal creatures of the "Dirt" huddled around a small fire at the bottom of this large hole, most were now talking because they had lost that ability as they got older (This was in their DNA, as it should be) But some could still, for now, speak. "How many years?" "Have I been living as this"Monster?" "Sorry if I bother you with that question.' "You asked me that because you are trying to determine how long you have left before you can no longer communicate, aren't you?" "well,...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    Any film crew will edit themselves to look like nice, wonderfull people and edit the home owner to seem to be some variety of idiot, if this so pleases them. This is how it is. Maybe the home owner needs to have a friend videoing them (the film crew) at the same time to arrive at the finish with some truth?
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    I built a wall in my attic using sheet metal. I also mounted a huge old steel wheel for opening a large valve of some kind, there is also a small window in the wall. People ask me WHY? "It's my anti-Squirrel wall for when they get into the attic!
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  • MrNightmare's Avatar
    08-25-2016, 07:39 AM
    What a great post, one that I and many others needed to hear. Many of us, myself included, put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make the perfect Halloween, Display, or Haunt and the end result is stress, fatigue, burn out, or even resentment. And sometimes we look back after the night is done with a sense of missed opportunity and wasted time. As the saying goes: "You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather." Last year, we had 10+ inches of rain before Halloween which...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-25-2016, 04:59 AM
    I wake up, lay there thinking (or trying to think?) Then i begin again. SO MANY Things to do and it never ever stops. The Summer agenda, followed by the Fall workload, then Winter shoveling snow. I spend nights either waiting for someone to show up or running up and down many stairs, in and out doors as I lead patrons through my haunted, haunted house. A few local people think I'm a millionaire-Not even close at all! BUT I LOVE doing this! Entertaining people, meeting more new people,...
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  • halloweencreature's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 07:01 PM
    Okay I think I've pm'd everyone so far. If I missed you let me know ;)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 06:37 PM
    "Is there such a thing as "Murder" in a War?" "There sure is, you know that there is." "Yes, I know." (His mind flew back a few battles ago, he "Sees" a Yank with both hands in the air, no gun, no knife, just nothing at all. A shot rang out, then echoed against the woods a quarter of a mile away, he was dead before his body came to ground. Men just can not control tempers when they see their best friends and closest relatives killed next to them in battle. Maybe Armies should be made up...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 06:07 PM
    "Well look at this! We got us a talking Feinsmucker!" The muzzle of that speaker's gun was pointed and lowered from just a few feet away! "I get a sense that you may wish to capture me and interrogate me." "In-tar-o-g-what?'" "It's a fancy word for what yer wife does when you come home late and drunk." The one with the pointing gun turned his head towards the voice with the attempted humor, "THE only time I will be coming home late is if I have to crawl back home wounded because we...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 02:42 PM
    I was told about the following scare many "Moons" ago (sort of like the "Flying Table" ) There was a "T" shaped hallway. As the patrons walked straight, as they passed the leg of the "T" a large man wearing a Werewolf costume would come running at them at full-speed, hit the Lexon and fly backwards! My Lexon scare is effective because of the way I set it up (in their minds) I have scared Haunters and Haunt owners who told me:" They had Never been scared in a haunted house!" The man is a...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 11:51 AM
    Great job, BIGANT ! The illusion looks fantastic! Nice hearse, too!
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 11:34 AM
    Haunted submarine? Gee, how did you ever come up with that as a theme? Sounds really cool, though. I love what you've come up with so far. I spent five years on a real submarine and that was scary enough for me! :) You should look online for a recording of the sub diving alarm (the alarm that goes off as the sub is about to submerge) and play that occasionally. Just the sound of it would give the TOTs a good scare.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 10:30 PM
    It was a very dark night after a very confusing attempt at nocturnal warfare. Someone struggled to walk. Another drug himself along staying in the wild shadows or foliage also victim to gunfire and other abuses. A few glimmering hot "coals" barely made enough light or heat to be worth worrying about, yet live people were there, grouped around this tiny glimmer or dancing shadow-eaters. "They think they are putting on quite a "Show", don't they?' "You mean those bits of glowing orange...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 09:51 PM
    There are much safer ways to jump-scare 1) be around a corner and always be on their right side, since most are right-handed and swing with the right hand. 2) buy a large piece of Lexon unbreakable plexiglass and then just appear to be "right there" as you seem to menace ...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 09:14 PM
    With the soft reddish earth now filling his eyes, nose and ears, his new mission was to grapple with the beast! "What have I gotten a hold of? Is it a part of this Monster?" The texture and shape reminded him for a second or two of an over-stuffed sausage like his Uncle accidentally made one time when he was a 12 yr. old boy. He now twisted this item and that made the Beast Howl! ( "I Do have a hold of a piece of this Monster!") He thought as he began squeezing and twisting it as...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 08:15 PM
    You know a spider is big when it's eyes reflect your flashlight beam back at you from across the room! A man who moved here (to Ill.) sold his nice house in Arkansas when his headlights hit the big spider's eyes as the automatic garage door opener worked. That reflection spanned quite a distance, I guess? Here it's just maybe ten feet? (Smaller Spiders)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 07:45 PM
    I always saw Halloween celebrated very well here in little Mount Carroll, Ill. (Mutt Carnal!)? When i was a kid almost 60 years ago, it seemed as if the entire town was into Halloween decor and fun. There were still some outhouses to be toppled in town. My Dad (an adult) was listening to man brag how nobody could tip over his outhouse because he would be right there watching it all night! So my Dad and the third man in the social setting went down to look at something in the basement, ,...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 10:39 AM
    A small town haunt in the old school, still owned by the school dist. operated as a charity haunt. A woman recognized her old friend walking toward her. She jumped out, scared him. He punched her very quick and hard, she hit the floor. He apologized many times. He has post traumatic stress , he was in Iraq
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 10:41 PM
    The Confederate campfires were wavering now as the late hours approached. As men sat there staring into the flickering flames, some thought of a home fire in their own fireplaces and the true feeling of physical and emotional warmth so commonly found there, aided and at one time represented as a flame with it's brightness and calming warm, saying"Everything will all work out, tomorrow will come, things are changing for the better...." But was it? It sure didn't seem much like it to most of...
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    08-22-2016, 10:18 PM
  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 03:46 PM
    There is also a sign out on the highway courtesy of the State of Illinois (costs us $ every year.) BUT my most effective sign is my Spookmobile car. It is usually parked two blocks away on rt78 It has several unique features, guaranteed to attract attention. There is a suitcase on the luggage rack, it;s wide open, clothes are blowing out as a skeleton is popping up out of the suitcase, his arm is high in the air, he's holding an old license plate of mine (vanity plate) it says Ravens...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 02:24 PM
    I wrote down maybe 80 different names for my Haunt. Then I crossed off any that might be a bit too difficult to spell for a number of people, , crossed off any definitely foreign sounding or looking words. It came down to either "Halloween Inn" or "Ravens Grin Inn". I ditched "Halloween Inn" because that might make it sound as if I was only open one night or one month, and I knew I would be open year-round. I guess for a year or more there is now a Haunt in southern Illinois called "Ravens...
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  • ROCKNRUDE's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 12:28 PM
    ROCKNRUDE replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Need Advice for Neck Movement in Halloween Props
    LPF, you wouldn't happen to have a close of the servo would you?
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    08-22-2016, 11:06 AM
    halloween71 replied to a thread Halloween Memes in Haunted Humor
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