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Storing and moving Props

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Ok I've got an important question. What is the solution for storing and moving larger props? I try to make as many things I can where I can disassemble them, but when I build this reaper and scarecrow with monster mud I don't see a way to make that possible......I really don't want to sell them or rent a seperate storage just for props lol. :/
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We don't have a basement, we have a crawl space. So we bought a sorta-big shed to store Halloween & Christmas. I'm frightened to say it's almost full! Do you have a friend willing to loan out some space to store them, either for free or for a small yearly fee (like beer??)?
Had this discussion with another haunter who thought she had a way to make a monster mud creature in multiple parts for easier storage... she never did it. I would think the constant putting it together and taking it apart for storage would flex the mud too much and make it flaky. We've done one with a flat back to save space width ways he backs up against the wall and no one can tell he's only 8 inches wide if that in the darkness. I've heard of folks just leaving them out to weather all winter in the back corner of the yard but they used some serious waterproofing and still needed to add a new coat of mud and more waterproofing in the summer.

You didn't mention how much space you have to store things in. Grant you a large thing like a Mud creature needs more then the the usual amount of space. Crawl spaces, attics, under porches, under the steps, spare closets. Despite having 3 acres we have the walk in space ship stored in Frog's parents' empty barn because even though it's build in sections that stack those sections would fill most of one car slot in the garage easy and we need that space for other things... like storing the hearse.

As suggested a storage shed might be in order. Check out craigslist I picked up 3 free ones over the past few years they're not pretty to look at but they work. If you have more space... a tarp building from Harbor Freight (remember to use the 20% off coupon) or Costco when they have them. Not sure how well it would work but maybe a protected corner of the yard with a good tarp cover tied over it might work if you're only need to store one big thing. We keep our mud monsters just under the pony's old open air shed, just a roof no sides, they are covered so the rain isn't hitting them directly but that's all the protection they get and they have survive just fine that way. Good luck.
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build it a coffin or tomb that can handle the weather, when Halloween comes you have an extra prop!
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I would plan on using GAG Studios approach (flat backs with capes), split into halves (top/bottom) and removable appendages.
BUT, that does not reduce the volume of the stored display, just makes it easier to move.

For storage, parts need to "nest" like the Russian Eggs, which is what is holding me back form making my fake straw bales.
Can't decide to make them nest (each a little smaller) or use them (all the same size) as storage boxes.
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