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Thank you all for your kind and inspiring comments. As always, we had a lot of fun putting it all together. Mark and I (mostly Mark) are sticklers for details and we enjoy dressing the set out as much as we like scaring the folks who go through. I have stated before that Mark is the driving force behind our efforts. I provide the location, some props, lighting and labor, however he does so much behind the scenes with his fantastic foam creations that truly bring our scenes to life. He spends countless hours at his home 40 miles away fabricating facades and interior elements during the summer months. It's unfortunate that many get used only once. We did repurpose or large foam façade from last year's Frankenstein lab and it worked perfectly as the entrance to the tomb. The catacombs were nothing short of movie set quality and while we're offering them for sale, we'll certainly use them again if we don't find a buyer. Everything from multiple pin spots to light the interior, bags of Spanish moss on the catacomb shelves and in the wall cracks, to containers of leaves strewn on the floor, all added to the atmosphere. It should be noted that half hour before TOT began, we had torrential rain and heavy wind gusts that had me wanting to cancel it and shut it down (something we have never done) just for safety, but ten minutes later the rain stopped and the winds died down and we had a picture perfect Halloween night. Mark had been tracking the storm and being the voice of reason, reassured me that we'd be good to go. I guess the Samhain spirits were pleased with what we did! We are contemplating future haunts and next year plan to go a bit smaller, but it's early so once we have our annual planning breakfast in February, you never know what we might come up with. I know it'll be great and we both look forward to haunting together every year! I have more pics and Mark has a cool video he shot but we have to figure out how to load it. Will put them up soon.
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Thanks my friend! The catacombs were really impressive. Under haunt lighting much of the detail didn't show up very well but it really pushed the atmosphere over the top. Mark had made the crypt a few years back for our vampire haunt and it fit perfectly into this year's theme as well. It drew a lot of ooooh's and aaaah's. Interior lighting was mostly done with pin spots, the led candles and a couple small led spot lights. The overall vibe was dim and musty, just what we wanted. We had a plethora of skulls for this year and used them all! One of the little "Easter eggs" I have to point out is the darkened area just above the niches on the back wall that hold the candles. Mark did this to replicate soot from a long burning flame. I didn't notice it until we were setting the candles and skulls in them. He thought of everything!!
Your lighting is fantastic. Do you have a link to the pin lights you used? I have never found exactly what I need anywhere.
 

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Your lighting is fantastic. Do you have a link to the pin lights you used? I have never found exactly what I need anywhere.
I'll check with my buddy. He ordered them, I believe from Amazon but will double check and get you the info. Thanks for the compliment as well!
 

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Your lighting is fantastic. Do you have a link to the pin lights you used? I have never found exactly what I need anywhere.
Go to 100candles and search for Floralyte. If you look for Floralyte II they have a small slide that can turn the lights on and off. They work well for close up lighting and gentle scene lighting. They’re very versatile. To mount them I use a piece of metal strapping electrical taped to the light. I can screw he strapping where I want it and adjust the light accordingly. We’ve used them for years and now have quite a collection. Not too expensive either. Especially if you can get a few seasons out of them.
 

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Cudos. A very impressive effort!! How many people were involved? How many nights did it run with full complement of actors? How large an area do you have for it?
Thank you! This year we used 14 helpers, including scare actors, our ticket people and our candy lady. We do a friends and family night/dress rehearsal, then again on Halloween night so two nights with a full compliment, although the yard display is lit up on evenings leading up to Halloween, weather permitting. We actually have a small space to work with but we pack a lot in. Our front yard is not large and the haunt structure we build was 10 x 20, plus a 6 foot extension for the façade. This sets in our driveway. People who visit tend to be impressed with how much we accomplish given our space limitations.
 

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Go to 100candles and search for Floralyte. If you look for Floralyte II they have a small slide that can turn the lights on and off. They work well for close up lighting and gentle scene lighting. They’re very versatile. To mount them I use a piece of metal strapping electrical taped to the light. I can screw he strapping where I want it and adjust the light accordingly. We’ve used them for years and now have quite a collection. Not too expensive either. Especially if you can get a few seasons out of them.
Awesome, thanks so much. Those look perfect.
 
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