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    We started our set-up later than usual, therefore were rushed, and it felt a bit hellish at times too :). But I'll take that over your boyfriend's kidney stones any ol' day - zowee, I heard that can be very painful! I hope he's feeling better.

    I did our Hell display in the dining room, which has a large window on the front of the house. Unfortunately the few photos we took didn't do it justice. One is attached below. LT Scare's glowing hot coals technique worked great for the lava effect in the foreground - it almost seemed to move and flow. And the demon's side to side head turning looked cool, but he was mostly silohuetted with the projected flames playing behind him on a curved screen I made. It made me laugh, thinking of how it'd go over in the bible belt - but the much simpler to make breathing grave was more popular with the ToTs. Ah well, go figure.

    Yep, we try to learn and improve our display every year too. That's what it's all about - that and having fun with it.

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    Added a picture of my Witch Crash frame to my albums and as you can see I went for a pool noodle type of thing and you were right there are none about lol, it is in fact the insulation for outside pipes to stop them freezing up. Thanks again for your super idea.

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    that is awesome!! love that!!!! Dang woman.... you got skills. :) :)

    looking forward to tutorial. :) But, please, take your time. This is on my project list for next year. :) :)

    Again, awesome job on that!!! :)

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    Hi Miss Phantom! Thanks for the laugh about the "icing on the cake". That's the mark of a true Halloween fan!

    The Hellmouth is something I'd seen before on Halloweenmonsterlist.info Here's the link to the Hellmouth tutorial, if you're interested.
    http://softlyspokenmagicspells.com/halloween/hellmouth.html
    They had dug a huge hole in their yard to hide it. My wife, Gromit05 here on the forum, liked the idea but not the huge hole in the yard. And since I'd be the hole digger, and hole filler after Halloween, I'm inclined to agree with her. :)

    I'd designed a smaller version that fit into a 4" pipe could be sunk into the yard, but have since scrapped that and am leaning toward going up instead of down by making a small "volcano vent" out of GreatStuff that houses everything, including a fogger, and just plops down on top of the lawn and is less suceptable to rain issues (yes, that can be a problem at Halloween in Houston).

    And if I can find some glow-in-the-dark or maybe neon sidewalk chalk, I'd like to write sayings like "I had meant to be good", since the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions. The Hell theme really has a lot of options.

    I'll bet word of mouth spreads about your display and you start getting more than two ToTs in following years. That's how its gone with our set-up. Regardless, I'm sure you and your guests will love it!

    Cheers!
    Demon Dog

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    Really like your idea of a Hell theme. We're going to try a window display of a demon manequin with fire burning around him via a looped projected image from Hallowindow. We live in the Bible Belt, so I think the scare factor should be good. When I have the design a little further along, I'd love to share ideas with you. For your large yard, I think a hell mouth or two could work well.

    Cheers,
    Demon Dog
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