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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    Halloween is still my favorite holiday, but I do also decorate extensively for Christmas, too. I use my Gemmy Light Show Box with the music pumped into it from a CD Boombox. And I use a small FM transmitter to send the music to car radios for the passersby. Here's a video of last year's display: Here's a video walkthrough of the yard showing the lights and props (no music): http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v630/DaveNTracy/Christmas%202013/053_zpsb3e8ddb5.mp4
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    OK, Mike! I hope you have time to grab a few driveway alerts. I might stop by and pick up one or two myself. Actually, I got a sales flyer in the mail today from Harbor Freight with a coupon good now for something called a "Wireless Security Alert System", but it looks like the Driveway Alarm. Price $13.99 w/coupon. Those two books sound really good. I though you already built moving props? This site is very helpful for making moving props: http://www.robives.com/mechs Have a safe...
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  • Halstaff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    Joiseygal did one that might give you some ideas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9N3bOJRDWU&list=UU3sKbxgwrLdkaBa2f8Z3Zyg
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 AM
    Sound can be startling,scary. A man gave me an old cheap 'stick" vacuum cleaner he got for nothing because it made this Gawd-awful racket when it ran! I thought it would probably not be running, making any sound much longer, but I still hid it inside of a wrapped torso in a huge Spider web, that hung above where some customers would be seated for awhile. It worked scaring people Very Well! It kept running for YEARS!? When it finally quit, I opened it up and surprisingly the only thing...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 07:14 PM
    If you can't find any other option, let me know, Mike. I can run up to my Harbor Freight and pick up some for you. It's about 7 miles from my house.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 07:08 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Rocking Granny Question in Halloween Props
    LOL Yea, she does the same thing at the Old Folk's Home when she's off her meds. Cops are always having to round her up. :)
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 07:06 PM
    Thanks a lot, Kurt! I'll definitely try to be as involved as I can. Muffy, I can't think of anything I would have changed about our group. I think we all just did the best we could with the short times we had together.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 07:05 PM
    Survey says: People hate chainsaws much more than mere Clowns! Chainsaws are dangerous mechanical devices, carrying potentially explosive fuel, Chainsaws operate at high temperatures with very hot surfaces, They make air pollution, don't use indoors! they create noise pollution, don't run them inside a tiled locker room shower or a meat locker. Remove the chain, the hot surfaces will still be able to burn you and if running, the rotating sprocket drive gear can still tangle up hair (this...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 02:19 PM
    Very clever and impressive! My wife wanted us to have a different kind of a scavenger hunt here in 5,000 sq. ft. of house. There already are many features here to make it very interesting for most people. But then , just having them play Hyde & Shriek is simpler...but then....hhhmmm?
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    11-24-2014, 02:10 PM
    Are you Lion? Or is it the truth? "GGGRR!" Just before I saw this picture a loud cat growly noise came from a room away, but all the cats seemed peaceful and no hair-bits were laying around.....
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 02:05 PM
    Gym Whourlfeld replied to a thread Haunted House in Wanted to Buy
    A word of warning. A "Haunted Woods" has a different group,like a Fire Dept. or Boy Scouts,or a Service club man the haunted woods each year, which seems to be a nice way to run it.. except the actual reason for the annual changing of the Guard might have more to do with the workers not realizing upfront that scared drunks can punch you very hard, and if your helper is a teenager, "Mommy And "Daddy" will NOT be "Happy" seeing this happen. I can be much more than just a "Walk In The Woods"....
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 01:54 PM
    .. So.. how do I join the Troll Group? Where is it in hiding now?
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 10:01 AM
    I'd like to be included on all the information about the group. But I can't promise when I could make it to an actual meeting. I was in the old N.C. Haunters group.
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  • Terra's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 04:57 AM
    Terra replied to a thread 2014 grave yard in Halloween Props
    That tree really adds to the spookiness of the graveyard and your Beloved looks so beautiful. Love your graveyard :)
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  • Terra's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 04:48 AM
    Very helpful information. When you first start sculpting you immediately figure out why artists study muscular structure first. (I had to move this thread because the tutorial section is for member created tutorials).
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 08:54 PM
    It can be quite the power-trip to feel in control as you watch motorists drive around the block to see something that you have made or set up. Maybe someone who might have experienced being in trouble for distracting traffic could tell us all about how they might have fared with the legal system ? I made a huge skeleton, made him opening an upstairs shutters, leaned him out with his arms spread almost like wings as he held on to the shutters. I was living on Clay St., the major road...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 10:23 AM
    I almost forgot my Thanksgiving display I did one year. I first asked permission if I could put up some very simple decorations on the old shell of a 1836 stone house at the edge of town? In front of the house in the yard I put my plywood cut out of a Pilgrim (life-sized) I designed him half-turned around looking behind himself. Looking out from the second story window was the Turkey.. holding a Blunder buss rifle. I had permission to do this, after Thanksgiving the Pilgrim and the...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 08:06 AM
    THAT is quite educational! Thank You and Thank You MPR! I never heard any of this before! I understand how in 1940 begging on the street was suddenly unfashionable, since so many had already spent from 1929 to 1940 begging on the street everyday! That mention about Germany making many of the popular masks rang a "bell" for me. The first time I was in the French Quarter of New Orleans I found a mask shop there, it had been a mask shop for a long, long time (think "French Quarter"...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 07:52 AM
    OHHH, Unorthodox, you don't understand their motive! "3 Haunts!-- $10 + $10+ $10=$30! But we will sell you a bargain ticket for just $27! To maybe see the same stuff you once saw as one haunt for $15? BUT IT's THREE! Not one or two, but THREE! "Yawn!"....... There can never be too much "Truth in Advertising", it would discourage Bu$$ine$$
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 07:45 AM
    Gym Whourlfeld replied to a thread Ebola in Off-Topic Stuff
    .. but then, Getting hit by a truck was very remote, I thought, 14 yrs. ago, until I looked in my mirror and saw a semi coming at me 75 or 80 MPH! I' I had stopped for the 25 cars in front of me on a 4 lane highway, the sign said:"Road Construction-Be Prepared to Stop" He hit me going 75-80, I walked away with just a cut lip! I guess Ebola can't hurt me, then, Right? That's how it works, right? Years ago a very informative book detailing what Ebola does to the body was printed. My Wife...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 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
    11-23-2014, 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.
    9 replies | 333 view(s)
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