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Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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I feel like I've been working on the house forever and I really needed to do something else, so I decided to build a new Pumpkin King.

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Started with some extra plastic pipe I had lying around. I know they look like giant chicken feet, but they'll get "vined".

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Another shot of the legs and, the bent piece of white is actually the spine. Just happened to take the phot during the commercial for the new "Carrie" movie.

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Here is the body the next day. It took the better part of a day to twist up plastic bags and hot glue them to the frame. This guy is 8 ft tall!

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The chest is small, but I think it works. I actually took a milk jug and cut it in half for the two halves of the chest, then overlayed twisted grocery bags for the ribs.

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I attached the hands and continue to add twisted up plastic bags. After I secure a bag, I run my heat gun over it to help shrival and tighten the vines.

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The left arm will be raised when he finally goes outside. I might even hook up a motor so the arm moves. (If I can find a quiet motor.)
 

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The next day...

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Took the body out this morning and sprayed him black. Took two cans of spray paint, but it's just the $1 cans from Lowe's.

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Just showing off the torso.

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Still showing off the torso.

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Yes, still showing off the torso. But hey, don't ya like the front porch?

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Here's a detail shot of the arm.

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Detail shot of the chest. The shrivaled, slightly melted plastic bags give a great weathered/corpse look. This also works great on Bluckies.

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The shine will fade as the paint dries. The hands are pretty big. I think it will be rather intimmidating when it's done.

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Here's another shot of the torso and hips. I tried to build up the shape as much as I could. Sometimes, I would stuff several bags into one another to get larger vines. The process is a lot of fun, just takes time.

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Two cans of flat black base coat. Next I will add browns and orange to give more detail.

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Here's his head with a fresh coat of orange.
 

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I might wrap some burlap in areas, but not too much. My first pumpkin king was actually built out of branches and it didn't last more than a season. That's why I wanted to take the time and build this one out of weather-safe materials. I may wrap some burlap around the legs, or draping off the arms, but I know it would be something I would have to redo each season.

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where does one find a huge foam pumpkin?II have looked for years because I would like to make one but can only find smaller ones.
That funkin is very expensive! My wife got me the foam pumpkin I'm using from Michaels a couple of years ago. She went in after Halloween and bought it with one of those 40% off coupons. I think she got it for around $10.

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I bow to your horrific greatness! Your pumpkin king rules. Very well done, indeed!
I have to say, this was really easy to do. I already had the plastic pipe lying around, but if I had to buy it, it would probably cost $14 - $18. The plastic bags were free, just collected over several months. The hot glue sticks came in a bag of 100 for about $6, and I think I used about 25 - 30 sticks. I used two cans of black spray paint ($1 each) and I sprayed some orange to highlight ($4 can which I used some of). I already had the pumpkin head, but if you shop around, or build one out of paper mache, you can get it done pretty cheap.
 
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