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    Today, 06:53 PM
    I sit here everyday reading about the delicate dance that folks out there are performing to get their pumpkins to grow. My seedlings are now in four inch pots, so I'm not feeling all that bad, but still... none of mine live in air conditioned shade tents or hot houses covered in snow. The Northwest, for all it's reputation for nothing but rain, is surprisingly temperate. But still, I crave that one moment when I am just a step ahead of everyone. This weekend I believe I have stumbled on...
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    Today, 05:35 PM
    Hi, madmax. I have a question for you that no one has brought up in tutorials using the fuse method for flickering. You're using an incandescent bulb for your project and they're getting increasingly difficult to find since their production was halted. Since the idea is to stop or slow the current going to the bulb a fluorescent bulb would burn out being treated that way, so they're a no go. Would this even work with LED's that require so little to run? Just curious if you've ever experimented...
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    Today, 03:42 PM
    A while back I took a short video of our flame lights. They're similar to the ones J W Halloween suggested. Two things to pay attention to when buying them. Make sure you buy the type that are gravity sensitive if you're going to put it into a light facing downward. It really does have a strange look to it if the lights don't shift their orientation when you change which way the bulb is put in. The bulb you're looking at in the video was a nine watt. It's about the equivalent of a 40 watt...
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    Today, 02:37 PM
    I really like the fluid motion of your creep. Ours tends to be a bit jerky, so this year, we're going to try a few of the suggestions made here to see if we can smooth him out a bit. Your videos that show you retooling your props as the years go by are rather comforting. We're not quite as concerned now about how fragile they might be to the idea of being tweaked into something different. Thanks. :)
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    Our thanks to everyone who responded so far. We had our cauldron creep out last year and we loved him. But dang, was he a tough thing to put together. He has more drill holes in him than a drain pipe trying to figure out where to put the motor and linkages. Now, with the worst behind us, we're hoping to tweak him even further so that he looks up from his cauldron even more. You all have been a wealth of information on how to make those changes and even add a bit more. I think if we can get...
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    Thanks so much for posting. We really enjoy your approach to the haunted shovel genre of props. The moving head adds a great deal of realism to the prop. As with so many props that appear here, it is so much fun to see them show up, then get tweaked by others, altered into something entirely new by others, and inspire a whole bunch of us who don't have a clue how to make anything without the help of those who started it all. :) We really do appreciate the photos and videos showing how you...
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    We usually buy our bags at Dollar Tree, and maybe I just didn't look at all of the options too closely, but last year every bag we saw was plastic. There were some cardboard box types available, but the expense was a bit high; four bags as opposed to a dozen per dollar. We wound up with some bags that looked like cartoon ghosts and monster faces. But as mentioned, they were plastic and totally not what you're looking for. :) The reason I'm writing is to say, if I were you and wanted what...
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    Thanks. I will keep everyone nice enough to help out here updated by posting the final product whatever it may look like. I begin working on it this week. :)
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    Yesterday, 08:03 PM
    I am going to go out and get some of this. You're about the fourth source that swears by it. I suppose if it doesn't work out the way I hope I can give it to the gent who lives downstairs as he loves to go out fishing. :)
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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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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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