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I started building the haunt entrance a few days ago and although much work is still needed, wanted to post some pics of the last weeks efforts toward Halloween (I'd have made more progress if not for all the emergency fix it issues family and friends had last week)(I told them once October is here they are on their own 8^o

First, my magic mirror has needed a makeover from the day it was made from an old bed headboard so this year it got a full crypt upgrade. It's 4'X5' inside area has room for 2 actors (good witch bad witch 8^) or my talking head as needed. There's shelves and room for audio/video paraphernalia and the right side of the roof is hinged so an actor can pop out and drag TOT's to the underworld as applicable. I've been thinking of putting "Jafar" on it and having actors ask kids to say three little words "genie, you're free" and it they do, pop out of the roof and scare the bejeezus out of them, at minimum I'll put a crank on it with a hand/chains or such for a simple animation. if all goes well the pic should be below: I've replaced the top trim with a gold leaf looking trim since pic.
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The haunt entrance which will lead them from the graveyard (front yard/driveway waiting line area) is a 20' catacomb hallway with roughly 75 crypt panels (once finished). The front right section in picture without vertical boards yet is a secret door actors can slip through to scare forward).
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I decided I didn't want my guests to walk through a door at this point so went with a partly collapsed back section with a hole to exit through which will take them to more outside graveyard before going into another "inside" area theme/scene. I had a pair of old see through metal gate looking things so I used them to create a no go in scene area.
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Lastly I thought I'd share a pair of plastic bar ad barrels I recapped as well as a bottle of my finest Ghoul-Aid Face flavored kool aid from said barrels 8^) That 3 dollar mask wasn't the easiest thing to twist into that bottle, lol.
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Hope you enjoy as much as I did making them. I have some seriously wicked plans this year and just hope I find enough time to pull it all off this year, I'll keep ya all posted...and if you never here from me again, I guess I died trying at least }8^)
 

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Lastly I thought I'd share a pair of plastic bar ad barrels I recapped as well as a bottle of my finest Ghoul-Aid Face flavored kool aid from said barrels 8^) That 3 dollar mask wasn't the easiest thing to twist into that bottle, lol.
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Looks like a very nice haunt, but I particularly like your idea of twisting a cheap latex mask into a bottle. I've seen the effect done before with a 2D printed image, but that always seemed a bit flat. Yours has way more depth and texture.
 

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Having been a lurker here for many a year, I've also seen the 2D but also the baby in a jar props and something I've been wanting to do for a while now. I'm looking to do an old apothecary type room for all my smaller things I never put out but will need more small stuff to fill it. As for the rubber mask, soapy water, twisted rubber and a glass bottle has lets say a small amount of "don't let go or drop this" aspect to the project 8^o I almost quit and pulled it out 1/2 way but kept on twisting it and it slowly screwed itself in. I love it and he sits on my desk now always watching 8^) I will say though making this guy was a bit easier with a 4" hole on the bottom. I got all three items (globe/base/mask) all free, so I just don't know what I'd do without other people junk...I mean reusable Halloween props 8^)
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Even more than scaring the kiddies I love building the stuff 8^)
 

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Re-purposing junk is the way to go. Some people throw out some amazing stuff.
 
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