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  1. Allen Hopps interview. Haunting for a living.

    General Halloween
    Great interview! Any chance your video editor lets you equalize the volume so the opening and closing bits are at roughly same sound level as the interview? I can't be the only one who listens to these things while up to their elbows in the kitchen (goopy hands makes it hard to smash the pause...
  2. Spirit Halloween 2019 props

    Halloween Props
    I'm with Cephus. Talk to your credit card company. Opening a dispute is a small PITA compared to what you have been through. I have only done it once in my life (for merch that never shipped after emails and phone calls with promises they would ship in just a few more days or one more week)...
  3. What did you find/buy today?

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    On Amazon they have a ton of photo backdrops for reasonable prices. Seems like a good alternative to painting a mural.
  4. Mad scientist contraption tutorial

    Halloween Props
    I really like the use of the aquarium bubbler to add movement to the bottles. It makes me wonder about using that technique to make a "boiling" vat of green water that I could have a head immersed in. I always like the idea of witches making potions or skeletons carving up people, so that's...
  5. Placement of Cords

    Halloween Props
    I don't know if a fence would limit your liability. I use caution tape the night of Halloween, but even with that ... I staple the cords down to the ground so people can't catch a toe and trip. It also helps them disappear from view, so it is aesthetic and functional. And it is nice that I...
  6. Placement of Cords

    Halloween Props
    I use Sockit Boxes to make connections from extension cords to splitters. And I use landscape staples to staple cords down every 8-12". As much as possible I run cords along cemetery fences or in other places people are unlikely to cross. Next year my plan is to run a length of conduit...
  7. Trick-r-Treaters: More or Fewer Over the Years?

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    We have only been doing this 3 years but we are getting more kids each year. Part of it is that our street is well travelled and parents who drive by on their way to work often bring their kids to see the yards. We decorate the first weekend of October. We are also on the route of a few...
  8. Grandin Road 2019

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    If the shiny finish bothers you (it would bug me) I wonder if a very light coat of Krylon clear coat MATTE would help dull her skin? You would want to mask off her costume, her eyes, and her earrings but that would be possible with some patience (and a good bit of low tack painters tape)...
  9. HELP.... I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Zombie

    Halloween Props
    I think the movement is really cool, but I fear it would be lost if it was too close to the ground. If you could arrange him on a slight hill or even on top of a picnic table (maybe as a meal for other zombies to enjoy and he is trying to get away) then I think he would be more easily seen and...
  10. Grandin Road 2019

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    Nope, and today a lot of Halloween stuff is back to 20% off with free shipping. I am going to admit defeat, I am not meant to own the resin sea monster tentacles (even on sale, I can't get it below $90 with shipping) or the flame lighted pumpkins ($60+ with shipping). They're not wrong for...
  11. If Only I had Known, Thread of Helpful things...or what you didn’t know was out there

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    Rebar has many uses when holding up props that don't act like sails, but in my area October is wet and the ground gets soft. Rebar often "saws" thru the ground and lets props lean if they are props that catch the wind. So I like these no-dig fence posts for props that need sturdier support in...
  12. Any suggestions for how to make my yard scarier and more interactive?!

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    You could consider adding animatronics that come out from behind tombstones. I am considering doing this myself, with some simpler ideas (solenoid activated skeleton hands reaching up and retracting) and some more complex ones (a wiper motor making a skeleton sit up, maybe out of a coffin or...
  13. 2019 Halloween Lessons Learned

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    I hear you on this! I think I am going to take a slightly different tactic, tho, and add a hoop of plastic or metal to keep the oval skirt shape and tether the hoop down. I will probably use plumbers pipe strapping to make the hoop ... I want them to move, but sheesh, not quite so much.
  14. ToT numbers, let's have them

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    We had about as many as the last year, no idea precise count (they travel in packs, lol). We followed HauntedWyo's lead and put up a photo op area. It was a big hit, actually.
  15. Grandin Road 2019

    General Halloween
    I just checked GR website thinking that for an online retailer ... today is pretty much the same as Nov 1. Nope! Lots of stuff at full price or with minimal discounts. I just don't understand that, but it helps keep money in my pocket so it is probably a good thing for me :)
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