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    What Are You Making this Year?
    One of the sure signs of spring seems to be that the head count on the Halloween Props forum skyrocket. There are 411 folks out there right now looking at the same stuff we are. We're pretty sure we're all out there looking to get ideas and help on what we're hoping to make this year.

    We hope to finish filling in the front stairwell's mausoleums, including one with an eternal hallway, one with a floating candle, and one that will have a furry grave grabber crawling out from under. As you can see, there are big gaps showing the stairs to the house. By October of this year, we want them all filled in. Other things may be added to the list as time goes on, but right now, that's at the top of any list we make.

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    So, what's on your to do list? How are you going to captivate or terrorize your Trick or Treaters this year? Let us know, and of course show lots of pictures, because some of us love seeing your handiwork.

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    I need to make two brick or stone columns to set off a gate in my fence. One column will hold my projector to project on the house.

    Would love any links to tutorials on building freestanding columns and covering with faux brick.

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    What Are You Making this Year?
    Oh my gosh, where do I begin?

    One project I've been really happy with so far are the swamp lanterns for our Troll scene:



    Next on my list is a collapsible tree for the same scene. Not really sure how to execute it, but I'm thinking of using those kids' collapsible tunnels and hanging them from the 11' ceiling, then getting butcher paper and making the "bark" from it.

    This will be followed by making our elastic cave wall, which will really require its own thread for. For the most part, I'll be making that one up on the fly.

    After that, it's the facade sign (that the great Chubstuff weighed in on in another thread), and then our entrance cave/arch/portal thing. And then after that....well, one thing at a time, I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by wackychimp View Post
    I need to make two brick or stone columns to set off a gate in my fence. One column will hold my projector to project on the house.

    Would love any links to tutorials on building freestanding columns and covering with faux brick.
    Here are a couple of tutorials that might help. The first is actually from right here on the Halloween Forum. This really is one of the best places to go wandering if you're looking for help on projects. https://www.halloweenforum.com/tutor...y-columns.html is a basic look at the bones of any square column used for cemetery fences.

    http://highburycemetery.blogspot.com...-entrance.html is a nice blog that shows another version of making the prop.

    Here's a video from Hollywood Haunter that shows a pretty rare approach to gateway pillars. They're made entirely out of wood. But they are right; those things will stand up to a lot of wear and tear. https://youtu.be/WCiG2ZvLZG0 .

    Other videos that might help can be found at https://youtu.be/H5XxWXAeY0A a stone set of columns that could easily be made into a brick version. You can try Halloween Forum favorite Oak Lane Cemetery's take on the pillars: https://youtu.be/D2bBdrWYQR0 . This works if you can find a source for the block foam. We asked every tractor supply place in our neighborhood and none of them have the blocks available. They don't ship that way to our neck of the woods apparently. But if you have a resource, what a great way to go. And lastly, Hallmark Chanel's take on columns at https://youtu.be/0gnerHEVoOI

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg. While everyone probably has their own way of finding info, two of my favorite are to just type it into this site's search engine. It's not really great, so you get all sorts of suggestions that are all over the place, and that's why I like it. It might show me what I want, but more than likely, I'll find something I love that I never knew I wanted. The other way is to do a Google search and click on images. Follow the images that most closely approximate what you're hoping to make and see where it leads. For instance you might want to type in Halloween Cemetery Columns tutorials, and you come up with this https://www.google.com/search?newwin...mg.MgMLqodG3eI.

    Hope that helps.

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    I kinda cannot believe we are about 6 months out. We normally do a witch display with a ton of handmade witch “kitchen” ingredients and spell books. This year we’re expanding the witch kitchen to a demented garden/farm. Have scarecrows, hay bales, and I’m working on a series of spooky produce. Actually made some ghost fruit tonight. Trying to come up with others. Putrid potatoes? Crazy Carrots (Easter clearance maybe). Still need another witch. Also need to build a massive moon for our new werewolf prop.

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    These look great!

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    What Are You Making this Year?
    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow View Post
    This year we’re expanding the witch kitchen to a demented garden/farm.Trying to come up with others. Putrid potatoes? Crazy Carrots (Easter clearance maybe). Still need another witch. Also need to build a massive moon for our new werewolf prop.
    While his approach might be a bit too light for your needs, David Lowe created a farmer's market of sorts one year for the people over at Hallmark. We might never do anything like it, but we socked it away in our files of things we thought were great. You can find more pictures and details at http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2017/10...rightfuls.html

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    As for the full moon for your werewolf, https://blog.homedepot.com/spooky-ha...erewolf-scene/ was one that impressed us.

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    What Are You Making this Year?
    Actually, that stand from Dave Lowe started our gears turning. I’d love to build it but my attic is completely full. Halloween Forum member Skelly215 did an awesome farm set up as well. My yard space is limited and my audience is little kids so trying to keep it “cute”. And the moon idea, totally using it. We managed to get that exact werewolf last year on clearance for about $50. I have a friend whose husband is a garbage collector and he managed to get me tons of Christmas trees, faux of course but they make an excellent forest.

    There’s the first piece of produce that will go in a wood crate. Ghost fruit for the win. They’re not complicated but get the point across.

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  11. Talking Horse drawn hearse .

    Yup time to build the horse drawn hearse.

    Found Jens haunt tutorial but if there are others please send them my way !

    Thanks

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    The lanterns look great. Trolls are pretty ingenious. Are you making trolls too?

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