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I'm finally getting around to sorting through videos and pictures of last year's display and wanted to share a new section I was pretty happy with - The Poltergeist Pub!


Yes, that song was stuck in my head for weeks after Halloween...

The nice thing about building a bar like this was that there is plenty of room underneath to hide the mechanics for the moving cup and pouring bottle.









All the bottle labels were custom made. It was a lot of fun designing those.





The floating bottle looked very cool but was a pain in the butt to maintain. Lots of splashing.

 

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Thanks everyone!

Amazing! It would be really cool if you animated the bartender.
Agreed! I wanted to do something more with him but ran out of time. If you have any ideas of what to do with him let me know! I already have a few talking skeletons in another part of the yard, and it might be tough with the music going right there, so I think that's out. Just need to figure out what I could get him doing.
 

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I would just make him a leering skeleton holding a bottle. He could move back and forth over top come glasses like hes pouring a drink.

I agree that a talking skull would have to compete with the music.
 

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If you wanted, you could also add a couple of tipsy skeleton patrons, similar to this which i think uses a flying crank ghost setup:

 

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you could have the bartender wiping down the bar, shouldn't be too hard to do. It would be really neat if he could slide beers down the bar to a patron.
 

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Thank you for the suggestions! If I could manage to make him slide a beer down that would be pretty incredible.

If you wanted, you could also add a couple of tipsy skeleton patrons, similar to this which i think uses a flying crank ghost setup:

Haha I love this guy! I definitely might need to add one of these fellas!
 

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Okay. Got a bit of a complex idea.

Make that floating beer pour itself out forever.

Bear with me here.... okay... find some clear lexan tubing or piping. Rigid enough to support that bottle, and small enough diameter to fit into the bottle. Bend an elbow in it like a kinked straw, so the bottle rests on top of it. Get a plastic pint glass, and some kind of elbow fitting that fits the lexan tubing. Drill a hole in the pint glass at the bottom, and glue the elbow sticking up. Drill a second hole for another draining tube. Maybe fill the bottom with Gorilla Glue and an iron weight (bird shot?) to let it foam up and surround/support the elbow fitting, so it can support the weight of the lexan tube and the beer bottle.

You place a bucket with a pond pump under the bar. Fill it with "beer" (maybe some Arnold Palmer?) and let the pump feed up into the lexan tube. The beer then flows back out the bottle and dribbles down around the lexan tube to hide it inside the flow of "beer". The second tube drains back down to the bucket to continue the circuit. Paint the pint glass to look dirty and filthy and ancient, to hide the internal construction. They'll just see the top of the pint glass "filling" eternally.

I'd maaaaybe suggest www.mcmaster.com to find the lexan tubing. Can't think of any immediate local sources. Amazon? Hold on...

http://a.co/6Q3UBra

That tube would be rigid and sturdy, but maybe too big outside diameter to fit into a standard beer bottle? Wish I had a bottle to measure....
 

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Love this. I really like the idea of a tipsy customer maybe hanging out in a corner, or walking out of the bar. If you could find a way to get the bar tender to move from one side of the bar to the other or having him wipe down the bar that would really liven it up more. If you don't go with a tipsy patron, maybe you could put in dancing bar maid. You could use the same concept of the drunken patron, posted above, but put a dress on her and maybe a fan or something in her hand instead of a bottle.
 
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