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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 AM
    The first Christmas I had my haunted house I sewed up a large Santa hat and a large pair of brightly colored Bermuda shorts, both of these items went on my large Pterodactyl skeleton I have hanging on the outside of the house,(the long Santa's hat slid over the long almost pointed end of his skull) then I strung Christmas lights over his boney "Wings". I actually had another reason for the Bermuda shorts being on him. I made the skeleton as accurate as humanly possible. Pterodactyls have a...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 AM
    "Man overboard!" All engines ahead, full speed! The hammering engine, the drilling engine the back-bending engine, push him to the red line! See what he will do!" I have been working on and working in my Haunted house for 27 years, my full-time "Job". Last night a woman came through the house (she had been here once ten years ago) She looked around and said, "You have been working on this place for 27 years, haven't you!" I say:"Go For It!" Nobody really wants to ever be the old...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-21-2014, 07:52 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Paxley's Haunted Castle 2014 in Halloween Props
    Like Weird Al says: "Just eat it, eat it...DUN-dun-dun-------DUN-dun-dun...eat it, eat it........:)
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-21-2014, 09:51 AM
    Call the station back and tell them they were Christmas decorations that were stolen. You'll probably see two news trucks pull up in front of your house! :)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 08:59 PM
    I had a theory once that maybe people are spiritually connected to "ghosts" of their own ethnic back round, via DNA, if you will? This concept came to me as a young woman who was on the tour here was upset because she was the only one in her group who saw (or could "See"?) a woman standing in the next room. I was in that next room seeking what could have caused a Bumping sound that we all had heard. It did sound like someone stumbling around in that dark room, I had actually expected to find...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 05:30 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Rocking Granny Question in Halloween Props
    I just wanted to say "thanks" to Diabolik for his solution to my problem. I built a similar platform for my Rocking Granny and it worked like a charm. Also by using the platform, I was able to put Granny anywhere in the yard I wanted and not have her restricted to the sidewalk. Just had to level it with some wood scraps to make her rock steady. Thanks again for a solution to my problem! (Oh, I used 3/4" PVC on my chair instead of 1".) Video of Granny in action:
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 05:18 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Short Video of 2014 Haunt in Halloween Props
    Your yard looks great, SavageEye! I love the talking skeleton.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 02:36 PM
    Seems as if they were sending a mixed message. Should everyone desire jewels and gold? Especially in the after life? 'Harder for a rich man to get into heaven that for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle." "HMMM?" They are all dressed up, with no place to go. Well, maybe to a Pawn Shop?
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 10:40 AM
    Looks really great! I love all the pumpkins.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 08:40 AM
    I left you a post on your other mentioning of this-Jim Warfield-Ravens Grin Inn
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 03:44 AM
    I am Jim Warfield owner, maker, of The Ravens Grin Inn in Mount Carroll, Illinois. My haunted story is similar and at the same time totally different from most (Yes, we all say,think that don't we?) I had childhood Haunt in my parents basement and coal bin (Just like Timmy McVeigh! , yes he did) I was in the JCs doing their haunts. I was always in the local Halloween parades and costume contests. ("They" let me win too many times, others didn't like that!) First place prize was Three...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-20-2014, 03:14 AM
    "Dinsmore-Densmore?" Was the name of the family who had a stables and tavern in what is now my haunted house,The Ravens Grin Inn from maybe 1905 to 1924 The young girl who rented a horse from them one day was riding just 2 blocks away when one of them new-fangled automobiles scared the rented horse , he threw her, she hit her head on the brick street. Three days later she regained consciousness , her worried Father was sitting right there, the first thing his little daughter Ruth said was...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-19-2014, 10:24 AM
    Another sort of a negative thing concerning mere displays is that so many people have no idea of what went into it, so it is appreciated less. Unless they work with tools for their living or have to be constantly planing and getting things to make it possible for something important to happen, they might just shrug if off and assume a whole yard -worth of incredible machinery, displays , art work was just a 30 minute task. I love an audience of people who have also struggled and worked then...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-19-2014, 08:48 AM
    Yea, I said the same thing--how can a 5 RPM motor power a fan or a "warm air blower"??? LOL I would say the bottom motor would work for the cauldron creep head. The other two props, it would depend on how heavy they are and how much torques is needed. A lot of these synchronous motors (especially the 5-6 RPM ones) are the exact same motor that's inside the plastic housing of a reindeer motor. Which means if the motor feels too much resistance, it will reverse direction. This feature is...
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    11-19-2014, 07:31 AM
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    11-19-2014, 05:05 AM
    Morning DJs from the Quad-cities, Dwyer & Micheals once went to ride on a home made roller coaster, it went from ground level then the tracks went up and over the garage roof, it was a very old shacky-looking "Garage". One of them got sick on this ride and vomited! (To Never hear the end of that! ) To me, it looked Very Scary and much real injury can happen from just 12 or so feet above the ground! I hope you have the best of luck in your amazing project! I would have a "Go! button for...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-18-2014, 10:54 PM
    Maybe just 300 feet from my haunted house is the city cemetery . One stone up there says" James Warfield-died 1952! " (Have always wondered why deodorant didn't work for me? Another stone there is 16 to 18 feet tall, it also says "Warfield" on it, it belongs to my Great, great grandfather. I used to always feature it in my haunt videos I would show here.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 07:01 PM
    Wow,wow,wow! Your whole set-up is totally breathtaking! Such a unique theme and you pulled it off fantastically. Let's see--where to start--it all looks so amazing! I love the bone pentagram wreaths and all of the details put into the indoor scenes (especially the bathroom). And the green lighting really creeps up every room. Awesome! Must have taken you forever to set up your haunt, but it's worth every minute you spent on it. (Now I understand why you said you're still not done putting...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 04:48 PM
    "Ahhh.. yes, the cards tell me.. that you love standing in long lines, sometimes for hours at a time...' (Insert evil laugh here~)
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  • mickkell's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 11:30 AM
    Then why cant the Hackers be caught and hung up by their short hairs and shot in the head????
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 10:43 AM
    Ohhhhhhh my.... This is exciting!! I'm like a kid at Christmas!!!! I just don't know. Um... um...um.... Im thinking maybe a picture? What do you think is best? BTW - you got everything put away?!?!?!? Omg I am soooo jealous! Ugghhh, I probably have about another weeks worth of work. If you get the chance take a look at my thread on this years haunt. Voodoo on the Bayou. This one about killed me.
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 10:05 AM
    DaveintheGrave posted a visitor message on slash's profile
    That's great! Thanks for letting me know. I'm glad the Ouija was a big hit. Be sure to let me know if you ever have any problems with it.
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:55 AM
    Heeeey stranger, how the heck are you guys??? So nice to hear from you. How was your Halloween? Did the house sell? My Halloween about killed me this year. I bit off waaaay to much and I think my hubbies party has grown out of control. It's become a monster with a life of it's own. If you get the chance you can check out my thread "Voodoo on the Bayou".
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:51 AM
    Thanks so much! When the dump does this get easier????
  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 05:16 AM
    From "Day-One" I have always had and done inter-active little things with customers . One little act I was always doing got to be a routine that always got results, but it seemed to just suck a ton of energy out of me doing it, so I stopped doing it. I started doing the routine again last Fall. Somehow my energy didn't all become invested so heavily any more? I even began doing the second room myself again, just to make the customer's experience a bit More. Since I had quit it for a...
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  • Terra's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 04:46 AM
    Those tea lights that I saw at the store - the plastic flame was fully illuminated but it is by reflection. It is lit by an LED light that is underneath it. The little plastic flame part is not a light. But, it looks like it is the thing that has the light in it. When the Luminara candle first came out in 2011 I got one. The technology and the color of the LED has improved since but it's still the basic design that I'm showing here in the video I took (back in 2011):
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    11-16-2014, 10:57 PM
    Wow what a top notch cemetary! You have some extraordinary pieces. Just beautiful.
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    11-16-2014, 07:17 PM
    Thank you for your compliments and kind words you left about my Voodoo haunt. :)
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