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    05-15-2019, 10:24 PM
    I think functional jewelry is always a good idea. When one can look fashionable and wear their lunch around their neck, it's a bonus. :) (And really a great idea if someone just wants to step their Voodoo Halloween costume up a notch.)
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    05-14-2019, 01:26 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: Chuck the Dragon in Halloween Props
    I have to say that you're inability to find the dragon you were originally hoping to buy is creating a much more remarkable beast. It really is wonderful.
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    05-14-2019, 12:56 PM
    ahhh... We're sorry to hear that. We have neighbor cats that come in and mess things up in our yard. They kill our snakes, squish our frogs, and of course see the entire backyard as their littler box, especially my little potato container which is mostly sand. But our number one nemesis in the Northwest is the slug. They chew down new growth faster than I can throw out slug bait. We mourn your loss because we know they cost you quite a bit for the experiment. And of course, on a somewhat...
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    05-12-2019, 10:03 PM
    Seems as if Borderlands 3 is on hold. Don't ever mess with the Halloween spirits who expect everyone to be out there decorating. :)
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    05-09-2019, 01:14 AM
    Like J-man, we have the little Blue-tooth Jam speakers that can be used either as separate speakers or paired. They're small, and certainly not a speaker that would work with an overall yard ambiance approach, but they're great fun for a single prop needing a specific sound. We have a single speaker in our cauldron creep for his bubbling and fire noises. It works great because it's not enough to drown out the overall sound track to the haunt, but as you walk by him, you distinctly hear the...
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    05-09-2019, 12:32 AM
    By the time it is all said and done, I might go the way Paul suggested in his video. Hiding the string could be problematic, but that too is something I will just have to check out. I'm kind of hoping that the flicker LEDs won't put out enough light to make the string real issue. Folks will be seeing the mausoleum from about 15 feet away, so that too might affect just how much I have to hide things. The number of crank ghosts that have multiple counterweights was one of the things that...
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    05-09-2019, 12:29 AM
    I only have one candelabra, but I suppose I could do three separate candles. I realize that a standard FCG set up would be overkill for a single candelabra, but that's why I was hoping to figure out a way to basically shrink it to fit the size of the candelabra I'm using.
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    05-07-2019, 12:04 PM
    I realize the more I use Halloween Forum, the more I owe a debt of gratitude to the members who post on multiple platforms. I've watched all your videos, JCO, including the explanation of the crank ghost while investigating what I wanted to do. It is, indeed, what I am hoping to accomplish. I just think I'm going to have to buy myself some aluminum bars, a motor, and all the rest and start experimenting. It's early. I have time. hahaha. I said that about our cauldron creep two years ago. Last...
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    05-07-2019, 11:31 AM
    Home grown tomatoes in June... Hmmm... I will try not to be bitter. :) Where we live in Oregon where planting our tomatoes in June is the norm. Enjoy your early season.
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    05-07-2019, 09:57 AM
    Thanks, J-Man. I have watched both of those videos before and returned to them to see if they gave me any guidance, but they're both addressing a different presentation that doesn't quite work for what I'm hoping to acheive. Paul's great tutorial includes components of the display that are used to hide the mechanism. I won't have any props to work with, just a simple black background. In the case of D-minor's equally great approach, the floating lantern layout was created to compensate for the...
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    05-06-2019, 08:08 PM
    Hi All, I have an idea for a floating candelabra that I think will look great in our haunt if I can pull it off. Which is why my first step is coming here and asking you all what you think the best approach might be. I am thinking of taking my little plastic candelabra and turning it into a crank ghost of sorts. The actual candelabra is very light weight plastic. It came with "candles", but they're simply white plastic that's lit up from the base with a white, non-flickering light. It...
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    05-06-2019, 01:13 AM
    Absolute genius. This is the kind of wonderful prop not everyone will even notice, but those who do will be talking about it for days. :)
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    05-06-2019, 12:59 AM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Lighting: Solar versus Low voltage in Halloween Props
    We live in Oregon where by the time Halloween rolls around, most days are cloudy. We've tried using solar lights for walkways and some props, but they never lasted more than two hours into the evening. Some of the solar lights we use for props were rewired so that they would stay lit all night. For us, they didn't work out. Depending on your sun exposure, you might be luckier.
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    05-02-2019, 11:18 AM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: Wall Masks in Halloween Props
    We all enjoy Halloween for different reasons. Most enjoy the decorating of their homes to attract gawking TOTs, and we're not different. But we're also part of a group that love the fact that what the TOT's are gawking at was made by us. You seem to be like us in that you also enjoy creating things to fill those haunt instead of just buying them. Whether it's budget or artistic urges that motivate us, there is a great deal of satisfaction at having created what we share. Even a copy of a mask...
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    04-26-2019, 05:16 PM
    I don't' care what anyone else says, the sight of your planted seeds popping up out of the soil is one of life's great pleasures. I always get impatient enough that nowadays I plant at least a couple of fast germinating plants so that I can wait more calmly for the ones that take weeks. :)
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    04-26-2019, 04:06 PM
    I don't think you can ever be too late to any party here on Halloween Forum. I've seen threads from 2009 resurrected when someone stumbles across it for the first time, and I'm always glad they post something that revives it. So much amazing stuff out there. Your pirate haunt is great. One thing I love about your video is that you actually let us hear your haunt as opposed to putting music over the top of the actual sounds of the yard. I'm all for great video presentation, but so many times...
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    04-25-2019, 06:13 PM
    I've just started digging around in the sound section of Halloween Forum and stumbled across your post. I have to admit, at the start it sounds a whole lot like some of the tracks I made to listen to at night when I'm falling asleep. I too enjoy gratuitous owls. However, I love the way it took a turn for the spookier. Thanks for posting your work. It was a great deal of fun.
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    04-25-2019, 11:32 AM
    I'm mostly looking to start plants earlier in the season as Oregon has a pretty short season on the west side of the Cascade range. I have to admit they look weird, but then I realize plants don't exactly see light the same way we do. It's been years since I photosynthesized.
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    04-24-2019, 09:53 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: Chuck the Dragon in Halloween Props
    Just a reminder from all that I've read and watched over paper mache projects being made online. Cover up all of your aluminum foil with masking tape before you try to put any kind of mache on it. The experts all say that mache doesn't stick to foil. It would be a shame to put that much work into a project only to watch parts fall way from the foil because the mache didn't adhere. But for now, your work is outstanding, and by the time it's done, I think you'll be able to put your nightmare with...
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    04-24-2019, 09:26 PM
    Calling out to all pumpkin growers who start their seeds under lights before spring has sprung. This year is the second year for our two fluorescent fixtures, and per what the grow lights say, they're nearing the end of their useful light production. Which means it's time to pony up some cash for new bulbs or consider other options. One that we've seen on sale of late are the LED shop lights with blue and red LEDs that are supposed to mimic the light plants need for optimum growth. They are...
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    04-24-2019, 09:15 PM
    While I'm not sure it will solve your dilemma, it might be that you need to step away from flood lights and actually buy yourself a spot light. The narrower focus of a spotlight will cast a darker shadow, and if your T-Rex is as far away from your house as it seems, that extra focus of the light will still spread out so that you get less of a spot light look. We use spotlights everywhere we want to cast a shadow, and use the LED floodlights for broader swaths of color in the graveyard. However,...
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    04-23-2019, 01:57 AM
    The folks at Mill Creek Haunted Hallow have a nice PDF file on mounting printed signs to a wood backing. That might be a fun way to go because it allows you to create a graphic that is transferred to the wood rather than any actual painting or carving being needed. Take a look at http://www.millcreekhauntedhollow.com/images/MCHH_mounting_signs.pdf to see if it might inspire you. :)
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    04-23-2019, 01:17 AM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Need help with laser swamp in Halloween Props
    https://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/201245-laser-swamp-effect-3-00-a.html was a post made awhile back that seemed interesting to us. It might tbe worth a look for those thinking $70 is a bit much for an effect.
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    04-23-2019, 01:08 AM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Other: Cool looking idea... in Halloween Props
    It is quite the amazing piece of design. I'm sure wherever it finds a home the folks who see it will be both delighted and creeped-out. :)
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    04-20-2019, 11:52 PM
    Thanks for the advice. I think that approach fits into the budget much easier than the Frightprops' controllers. :)
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    04-20-2019, 12:00 PM
    A whole family of slender people, Mama, Papa, and baby out terrorizing folks as a family outing. What a concept. :)
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    04-20-2019, 11:55 AM
    He turned out great. I think in some ways he's even better than the original because his face is clearly where your eye is drawn to. That helps make sure that the movement is seen. Bravo on the outcome. I will definitely need help down the line when it comes to anything made with an Arduino, but I suspect it's time to dive in. Most of the things I have rolling around in my head involve a bit more than just a wiper motor going around in a circle, but for the time being, I think that's where...
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    04-19-2019, 06:43 PM
    Hey, J-Man, I love how well your project is turning out, but I have a question for you. Are you using some kind of controller the way Paul did in his video? I really like the prop, but our budget can't handle a pico controller. I really don't care much if the motions are repetitive because for the most part the only ones who see that are the ones who made the prop. Kids are just "WOW"... on to the next thing. I'm just wondering if the tombstone can be a prop we can turn on and walk away from...
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We’re not exactly your traditional haunters, if there ever were such a thing. We’re not really even into scaring the kids. We’re sort of Haunter Lite… a friendly, slightly creepy ambiance with none of the blood and gore. We’re the haunt that parents with young children visit. They know it will be spooky fun. But it won’t require years of therapy somewhere down the line.
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