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  1. Static: Using natural tree branch for scarecrow pole

    Halloween Props
    If I were to make a scarecrow and choose to use a thick branch (e.g. 1.5") for the vertical pole of the cross, any tips on getting scarecrow to stand? I had the idea of inserting the branch into a couple foot section of 2" PVC. Then I would either build a base for the PVC (concrete block or...
  2. Witchy Swamp Lanterns

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    I know how popular these are, and I LOVE the effect they give to just about any swampy or witchy scene. So I decided to make my own! I'll post some step-by-steps with pictures here in the coming days. I've seen lots of versions of these over the years, and I've watched a couple tutorials...
  3. Upcycling a cheap mask

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    I have a cheap, flimsy Frankenstein mask I bought at Walmart several years ago. The paint job on it is terrible, but I always thought the sculpt was kind of cool. I decided to make it into a piece of wall art. This is what the piece looked like coming out of storage. The mask was wrinkled...
  4. Target -- 2019

    General Halloween
    Was in Target this week and saw these kind of cool Harry Potter-licensed lamps. The bulb sits down inside the base. For anyone doing a Potter theme though these might look great on two entrance columns for example. Didn't see the price on them and might be up on the website. They were refreshing...
  5. 2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread

    General Halloween
    Happy New Year to all the Halloween loving pumpkin growers. Ooojen mentioned it was time for a new thread, and what ooojen wants, she gets. :D Yes, I am in full seed buying mode. I am following the Giant Pumpkin seed auctions closely. Here is a link to the auction list...
  6. Other My version of Nightmare Before Christmas count down clock

    Halloween Crafts
    Here is my version of the NBC count down clock i love how it turned out. I built a wood box Next i paint box and after paint was dry i added the little wood knobs For the face i actual found a clock that would fit inside a grape vine wreath I painted the wreath and edge of clock black...
  7. Scare Factory

    Merchant Reviews
    hey all, Here's another review about props I got this season. As many probably have already read about Scare Factory, many reviews are negative.. took me a few years to contact them and check them out. I've also read positive reviews. So, I figured I would start by contacting them and see...
  8. Static: My Versions of the NBC count down clock

    Halloween Props
    Here is my version of the NBC count down clock i love how it turned out. I built a wood box Next i paint box and after paint was dry i added the little wood knobs For the face i actual found a clock that would fit inside a grape vine wreath I painted the wreath and edge of clock...
  9. 2019 follow along: Cadaver Tomb. Trevor 2.0

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Don't know if it will be so much a tutorial, but I've decided to revisit one of my old props and attack it with some lessons learned. Back in 2012 I created the original Trevor. It was meant to be a one-off, and sold after Halloween that year. I was unhappy with a couple little...
  10. A few pictures from 2018 party and house

    General Halloween
    This couple won favorite costume... Funniest costume - They came in singing and had everyone roaring! Folks at the party... our party theme was NMBC. I put this tableau together to go in our family room... I made this Oogie Boogie for photo ops... I made a toe-pincher sleigh pulled by...
  11. Electronic/Software: Help with Epitaph name for crypt with peering eye?

    Halloween Props
    I have an obelisk stone with a large base. The base is cracked and there is an eye peering out. I wanted to think of a family name to etch vertically in the obelisk. I don't believe in wasting any opportunity for an easter egg or humor in any prop, so just "RIP" won't do. Some things I spinning...
  12. Lighting: DIY Medievil Sconce

    Halloween Props
    I have always wanted to have "torches" for Halloween that looked like they were from medieval times. Believe me, I have looked but you can't buy them on Amazon. So this year I got enough motivation to try to make one myself. Unfortunately if you google "How to make a medieval sconce" you...
  13. Prop Showcase: Blood Fountain

    Halloween Props
    Cannot find where, or if, I posted pics last year, so making a new showcase for y'all. Plastic planter base, PVC pipe for structure, insulation foam, buncha clearance skulls, pond pump, nylon tubing, Great Stuff, hot glue, and watered down red paint. I'll have to remote link to the video file...
  14. Goth Goddess Headdress

    Halloween Costume Ideas
    I set out to make a huge flamboyant Goth Goddess headdress to go with a long black dress. I watched this video to learn how to make a wire frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBdnr2elRKM&app=desktop My materials were 20 gauge wire (the next thickest wire up would probably be more...
  15. Static: Governor's Punch - twist on head in a jar prop

    Halloween Props
    I've created a tutorial on my addition to the popular head in a jar prop trick. The classic trick is probably best described by this tutorial: https://www.instructables.com/id/head-in-a-jar-prank/ Here is my spin on it: https://frugalhaunts.com/tutorial%231-gpunch Basically, I've used a...
  16. Static: I am in need of suggestions how to build a form...

    Halloween Props
    We are making my g-nephew Pinocchio and he will be riding in his wagon..which we are going to make Monstro on like this picture..What can I build the base out of? Any ideas? (no chicken wire please...I am not good with it! after we make the shape the rest will be easier) Thanks ahead of time...
  17. Prop Showcase: Gate Pillars - Lightweight and Easy to Store

    Halloween Props
    Hi All, One of my big concerns in building props is being able to store them for next year. While I have a decent size house - my decorations tend to be big - the bigger the better. This year I am building a new fence and gate and wanted to make some cool pillars. I work in the sign and...
  18. Full-Size Alien Girl and Skull Candelabra

    For Sale/Trade By Individuals
    Good evening, I have made a full post on everything I have for sale, but I am making this post separate, as I have two cinematic quality pieces that I have no idea what they are, or what they are worth. The two items are a latex alien zombie girl, and a skull head candelabra. The latex alien...
  19. Static: Tombstone showing foam through paint

    Halloween Props
    Hi All, I made a tombstone for a friend of mine. I used 2 coats of Drylok and 2 coats of paint as a base before aging it. After one Halloween season, the pink foam started to show through the paint. Has this happened to anyone before? I can't find any other instances of this happening...
  20. Candles for outside decor.

    General Halloween
    Ok, guys. I'm looking for some advice and suggestions Who here has used REAL candles for outdoor decor? Are there some kinds that are better than others? Tricks to keeping things lit? I've used real candles in both pumpkins and glass jars, and a couple of the '7 day candles' from...
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