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This year's theme is Medieval/Castle/vikings. I am thinking a turret castle with a drawbridge for my entrance. I have a big old barn where I hold my party and build the appropriate theme entrance where guest walk in. Does anyone have pictures of things they have done for inspiration? My height is usually about 10-12" tall. Thank you!
 

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Hi, I plan to build a castle facade this year also. It's going to be 10 feet tall near the turrets, with a 6 foot tall skull on top of the entryway. I bought a large bundle of 2" thick foam pieces and plan to glue them together to make a huge 6ft tall block, then carve the skull with a hot foam carving knife.

I haven't made plans for a drawbridge yet, but may do so later. The pic attached is a Photoshop pic to show what the castle will look after its completed. The entryway to my house is under the 6ft skull. Hope you like it.
 

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Okay. Best recommendation I can give you, is to hit up any Tractor Supply Co. store, and ask them for their styrofoam blocks from their trailer shipments. These things are huge solid blocks, about 12" square, and 18" long. If you are crafty and careful, you can take these blocks and slice em lengthwise to a 1" thickness, for creating gigantic stone blocks. Paint em up, scar them up, add cracks, add details and moss. Then you simply stick em or temp glue em to your home, in a brick pattern. You probably won't even need to "add mortar" between bricks if you cut them 2" thick, as the size of the blocks will hide any background showing through the gaps of the bricks. I imagine one block will yield 6-12 bricks depending on how thick you cut them. And remember, if they're a bit damaged or chewed up, woth that into your design as battle damage. So go get as many blocks as you can collect.
 

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Here are a few links that might help you figure out what you want to do. The first is a YouTube video showing a fairly easy approach as far as a simple drawbridge goes. I would never go to the trouble of carving out every brick, but that's the way some folks do it. Overall it's a fairly good facade without a lot of complicated construction to get the result. https://youtu.be/P2SUMHf20cw?t=33

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/289848926002972796/?lp=true is a Pinterest page that has bunches of facades. You'll probably notice after a bit that some of the best looking castle facades are actually mausoleums, so don't get bogged down looking just for castles. The differences are so slight between stone buildings, finding what works for you is the real key. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/13721973841357456/?lp=true has even more.

And lastly, my go to for every idea I have creeping around in my head. Google it. All I did was type in "making a halloween castle drawbridge facade" into Google and it linked to all of the above and so much more. Within about twenty minutes I had all the workable ideas for a project we're working on to create a mausoleum facade that has all the elements of a castle entrance. Half the adventure for us is going out online and finding ideas that we can tweak into our own versions of what we see in our heads. :)
 

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Okay. Best recommendation I can give you, is to hit up any Tractor Supply Co. store, and ask them for their styrofoam blocks from their trailer shipments. These things are huge solid blocks, about 12" square, and 18" long.
Would that they did this where I live. I have gone to every tractor supply company in our area, and we're rural so there were lots to visit. Not one uses Styrofoam in their shipping. All of the big rigs come in shipping containers, but no Styrofoam. Maybe it's Oregon, but those large bricks of Styrofoam don't show up in our tractor shops. We still get foam sheets and smaller blocks from our furniture store, but the dream of making a pillar out of Styrofoam blocks will remain just a dream for us. Sigh...
 

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Find out when they have a shipment of small flatbed utility trailers coming in (like gardeners would use). They ship them stacked up with the tires taken off so they don't take up as much room. The Styrofoam blocks are used as spacers between the trailers so the paint doesn't get scratched up.

Lowe's, Home Depot and probably Menard's do the same thing.
 

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Find out when they have a shipment of small flatbed utility trailers coming in (like gardeners would use). They ship them stacked up with the tires taken off so they don't take up as much room. The Styrofoam blocks are used as spacers between the trailers so the paint doesn't get scratched up.

Lowe's, Home Depot and probably Menard's do the same thing.
Thanks for the suggestion. We'll give the folks at the big box stores a visit. Our trailer supply stores have everything shipped in wooden crates with internal tie-downs. None of the John Deere, Kubota, and Honda people even had a clue what I was talking about. I was thinking about visiting some of the motorcycle shops to see if they might have anything. Those big blocks being used by others are just too tempting not to try to find a local source for them. :)
 
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