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Hello everyone,

I set up a graveyard scene last year but with my house in the background it really took away from the whole effect.

I tried to hide the house with lighting, trying to keep the house dark and all the stuff in the foreground lit, but still didnt get what I wanted.

So this year I really wanted to focus the attn away from the house and I started work on a facade of an old wooden house to place in front of my house to hide it.

Figured Id share some photos. My wood siding was delivered yesterday so I plan on working on it this weekend but heres the wood frame I got done last weekend.

Everything is 4x8 panels that bolt together so I can take the whole thing down easily and store in a 4foot x 8foot stack.

The large window on the left is where my screen for my projector will go. Ill have Mark Gervais's "Hallowindow 2009" playing.





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I built the sections in my garage and assm it in the back yard. I used the black and red paint to help me remember which way each piece faces.

The grass, well, lots of water and the Arizona sun does the rest.

Im using wood siding. Heres what im using.

Yes, 2x2 and just a 4'' bolt at the top, middle and bottom to hold the panels together.

Thanks for the interest, im having fun building it!




 

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Thank you all for the comments on the lawn (Yes bermuda)! I do try and keep it looking good. Makes spending time in the backyard more enjoyable.

Ill keep posting photos as I move along. Tomorrow i should get some work done on it.

So far no one has said anything but Im sure the people behind are wondering what the heck im doing. Most people wouldn't put this and halloween together being thats its only June.

I dont have many photos of everything set up from last year, sadly it seems as the big day gets closer I forget to take pictures. Here is an early october pic right after we set up the fence.
 

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All I can say to those three is WOW! very cool!

Okay I got some work done today. I started work on the "peak" of the house.

Everything is no bigger than 4x8 so i should be able to have one neat stack approx 4 feet hight of panels. Thats why the peak is in three sections(also easier to lift into place).







 

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Thank you all for your interest!

I fell like I cheated because I have a buddy who runs a lumber yard. I bought the stuff that was returned by his customers for dirt cheap. Just about all of it is odd size, twisted, broken corners and AZ sun weathered stuff but it works for what im doing.

I got to get this pre assemble done sooooon! I need to mow the lawn!
 

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Got the rest of the front panels finished up. Now to work on the little fake roof sections for the front and the roof of the peak section (not really a roof but a board attached to the top of the panel to look like a roof).

I dont need the full structure up to work on the roof so I took it all down to get the yard back under control. Heres what everything packs down to (except for the roof parts).

 

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Thanks everyone for the comments!!

Yes a tarp is going to cover it, dont need the rain warping my hours of work in 100+ degrees!

I was pretty happy with the design althought quite simple. The storage was a huge concern and the 4x8 stack isnt to bad considering it assmb to 32 feet wide X 13 high X 11 feet deep.

Per request here is a drawing with the measurements.

Ill post some more photo's when I get the roof part done and find a cool old looking front door.



Anyone know of a good place to look for an old door or door handle?





 

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I haven't seen Evil Dead, I'll have to check it out (get some good insight).

Thank you all for the comments! I can't wait to set it up next month outfront.

At 32 feet wide, 13 feet tall and 11 feet deep it should be hard not to notice it.

The facade will be inside a fence so this year noone will be to close to it. I will have my 3axis skulls (3)on the porch talking to the guest. The main "ghost host" is on a track and when I trigger the vsa routine, the door will open and the skelli will come out on the porch to greet the tots. Lots of work left to do and not enough time!
 

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Trying to post a link to this video of our haunt? Anyone know what Im doing wrong?
 

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I'm looking to have guest go inside the facade this year with some type of haunted hotel theme. Have the guest walk thru hotel like hallways. I need ideas on how to make the facade look like a hotel?

I'm thinking of getting rid of the peak above the door and do a two story flat front. Kinda like an old west hotel or something. Maybe add a section to the front in between the windows and do a double front door?

Any hotel ideas?
 

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Thanks everyone,

I'll post some pics when I get some work done on making it look like a hotel. I think I'm going the old west hotel style as i mentioned but times running out so I thinkin going to scrap the idea of a walk thru for this year, maybe next year. So just a little stage show again with some cowboys fighting or maybe a hanging?

I used good ol fashion wood stain on a rag and made swipes across it to try and age it a little. First I was using a blow torch to burn some of if to get the look, but that took way to long so i just used the stain.




Heres a short video one of the news stations ran on the air halloween night here in Phoenix.

YouTube - ABC 15
 
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