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While our video is still in production, we thought we'd at least throw up a few pics from this year's display. 2020 marked the first year that we didn't do our walk through haunted house. It was a decision made last October, pre-covid, and it turned out to be a good one. We planned a facade display based on one of the more infamous mausoleum's in the Erie Cemetery, which is known only as the Vampire's Crypt. Mark fashioned the façade over several weeks this past summer and he did a fantastic job of keeping many of the architectural details in a smaller scale. There was an 8x8 room behind the façade which held the projection unit and we used an atmosf/x download for the main feature. We used the driveway space for both a second small cemetery and an exit path for guests after they stopped to view the show. Wing walls were attached to the façade to define the space and block off the sides of the houses on either side and we employed a drop panel scare in one and a ghillie suit scare in a small garden area on the opposite side. The scare actors took turns startling groups of guests, and while there was no actual "haunted house", we managed to get in some pretty good scares! The front yard was a traditional graveyard scene, with some kid friendly skeletons, paired with some animal skulls and dead tree limbs that served as trees. We took an entire week to set things up and make adjustments. We had a couple of photographers come by to get pics and two videos are in the works which we're thinking will be pretty cool. Hoping they'll be ready to post n the next week or so. Here are some day and night pics. Thanks for looking!
 

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A few night pics. There was a costumed actor in the throne on the porch dressed as Nosferatu who interacted with the guests when they passed through the entrance columns. It was great to see their reactions! We managed to create a dark and creepy atmosphere but making it so even most of the young kids enjoyed walking through.
 

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Definitely got that creepy graveyard vibe going on during the day, I like it (y) and at night, an eerie haunting look. Very nice lighting. Would be fun to walk by in person
 

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Amazing work as always!
Definitely got that creepy graveyard vibe going on during the day, I like it (y) and at night, an eerie haunting look. Very nice lighting. Would be fun to walk by in person
Thanks very much. These were taken as we were setting up and also after TOT hours. There are a lot of little things we didn't capture in the stills. Our videographers spent a few hours getting a lot of shots and footage so we're anxious to see what they come up with. We had a lot of fun lighting the scene. The small driveway cemetery proved to be the biggest challenge as we wanted to highlight the stones making it look like moonlight, and not have a lot of light bleed near the mausoleum, so as to wash out the projection or hint at the scare actors. It worked out very well. We used a lot of small lanterns and flickering candles for ambient light. LED spots were used in the front, along with a couple of 100W amber flood lights, and of course, a few jack o lanterns strewn about the graveyard.
 

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Absolutely fangtastic! And I like how you created your haunt so that even the littlest kids could survive it. Gorgeous gothic atmosphere.
 

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Great job the new crypt is killer all the props are fantastic, excellent detail and lighting. Can't wait to see video so we can see and hear it in its full glory!
 
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