The claustrophobia room turned out a lot better than I expected. I ducted the two bags overhead rather than from the sides, which worked really well in that I only needed one small-ish blower. I was surprised how firm the bags were once inflated. I think it made a really good finale to the haunt and I enjoyed watching people's reactions as they exited.
First off, LOVE that lab! I am completely inspired to steal...err...recreate that now!
Secondly, I would love to invite you (and your house of ladies of course) to join us at Kreepfest 2013! Held in Harrisonville, (just south of Kansas City), Kreepfest is free, fun, and full of Halloween enthusiasts just like you!
Congrats on a great 2012. Sounds like things went well. I remember one year I had perfect fog from my chiller -- never to be duplicated again. Very windy where I live. From what I gather, we had about 100 TOT's. I'm never home Halloween Night. My family runs the haunt. I bust my butt putting it together and then leave. HA! The car is made out of cardboard and foam board. It was built as a prop for a pre-school show. Added a couple more pictures to give perspective. Thanks for checking out my pictures. I get a kick out of looking at everyone's haunt. Great job again to you and your family. BTW, I used your idea for shining light from underneath the glassware. I built a box, cut holes, lined it with plexiglass, and placed high powered LED's in the box. Thanks for the help.
Thank you for the comments in my 2012 photo album. It was a great year. The weather cooperated, most of all of the props worked out well and we had a full moon!!! Only real issue is many of my actors did not show (This also happened to me last year. You think I would learn).
One of my favorite effects this year was the cemetery fog. There was essentially no wing and my fog chiller worked great! The fog literally rolled along the ground through the tombstones. It was awesome!
I also had a look at your photos. The walk up to the front door has great lighting. It that some sort of RC car in photo 2? The mad scientist lab is incredible. I love the handwheel in the side of the operating table. Your blue tombstones and fence look just like mine! Nice job.
How many TOTs did you end up with? Mine was open for three nights and we ended up with 150 visitors which is huge for me.
Anyway I'm already mulling over plans for next year, as I'm sure you are. Keep in touch!
yep.. I'm usually too pooped after Halloween to decorate for Christmas!! I decided to make a Nightmare Before Christmas scene so I would enjoy the Christmas decorations a little more!
The hearse is definatley an attention getter.. if you have the space and the knowhow, I would highly recomend it!
Hi there! Thank you so much for the compliment on my hearse... I've only had it a couple years but it always makes me smile when we wheel it out and set it up! The hubby would love to chop it up for fire wood or put a big ol "For Free" sign on it!! lol Thanks again!
Wow! Thanks for the multiple comments on my haunt. I love for people to see my photos.
So your lab has inspired me to beef mine up (I hope you don't mind me following your lead). I found a working oscilloscope yesterday (so cool). I've also been working through the design in my head. Lots of knobs and dials. I'm surprised how hard it is to find gauges and other meters unless you want to pay a fortune. I will keep hunting. If you have suggestions for resources I would be grateful.
So to answer some of your lab questions: The frame was made from galvanized pipe fittings. Yes it worked out well. The tubing is hooked up to an air compressor with a low pressure regulator. All of the vials bubble and make a great background sound. The lighting was a trick. Each vial has an individual led light cut into the table, so the light shines from beneath. It works great because the fluid looks like it is glowing.
Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments. It has been years in the making though. It was pretty sad when I first started. But I got so many ideas from halloween forum. Alot of great haunters out here.
Re: Light up panels. Best advice is to go to Radio Shack and purchase the LED's with prewired resistors. They usually handle up to 12 volts. Then get a power supply to match your LED load (usually 9-12 volts DC). I usually have a bunch of these left over from various electrical devices. From there, you just wire them up to the power source. My panels are framed out with 1x2 wood. Purchase a thin metal sheet from Home Depot. Be very careful with the metal -- IT IS SHARP. I cut the pieces to fit the frames. Then, attach the pieces with screws or use a nail gun (which is easier). Pound down the corners and edges with a hammer (to decrease risk of cuts). You can now hang the "frame" on the wall (like a picture). Also, ebay, flea markets, etc. are good resources for components