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My front yard is basically a fairly steep hill with stairs cutting up the middle to the front door, I've been wanting to have a cemetery with the tombstones extending down the hill. But have never done so because I hadn't figured out how to place the tombstones in the ground with such a high degree incline and still have them looking decent. The hill is anywhere between a 15 to 35 degree incline, with a retaining wall about 15' feet from the street which is basically a slight sloping out to the road. I thought about making some triangular bases that the tombstones could sit on which would allow them to "blend" into the ground, and making it look somewhat convincing. If that's too confusing to imagine, take a look at my illustration below for a better idea. The last 2 years, I've only decorated the front porch which is screened in and nobody can see unless they're trick 'r treaters. Which keeps the curious neighborhood kids that freely roam any yard that isn't fenced in, from trying to take any cool looking prop I might put out on display; regardless I still want to venture out into the yard and utilize this unmanageable mound and make it a house on a haunted hill. So I am interested in hearing any idea's or what others have done in this situation (I can't be the only one, right?) Anyhow, I'll update this post should I try and do anything towards making my "cemetery on a hillside with a creepy house at the top" display.
Any thoughts & idea's are appreciated! Happy haunting!

 

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I'm thinking your triangular bases are the best solution. I too have a hill. Unfortunately, I was silly enough to build the tombstones normal so I'm thinking I'm going to have to lift up the sloping side with bricks shoved underneath. I was concerned with it looking bad but Rikki, you just gave me a fantastic idea - let the grass grow! Thanks Rikki.
 

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The thought about using grass and leaves was the only other concealment alternative that I could think of and had wondered about too, but I was concerned that my great dandy lion & crab grass garden would be to thin to do the trick. Though I had considered attaching something like a hairpiece for lawns around the bases of the tombstones so that they'd already be obscured before even putting them in the ground. That way I wouldn't have to worry about there being enough grass or weeds on the hill so I could do a comb-over to try and cover them up. I'm sure that a some fake grass & leaves could prolly be found at most craft stores.

Rikki, before I had posted this thread I had been digging around on the internet trying to find pics of a cemetery that had something like those bases on the tombstones but never really found anything at all. Since I generally rely on having a visual of something before deciding to build anything, do you have any suggestions where I might look to find some images of them; can you recall any of the cemetery's names that might provide better search terms than "steep", "hill", "tombstone" & "cemetery"?? I certainly appreciate the insight & thanx for commenting!
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BTW: Terra I see you're located in Kansas City??? Wow! Me too! How cool!
 

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My house sits on a hill and the front yard slopes down toward the road. I used a combination of things to help with this. The bases of the tombstones on the front tier are covered by a fence. Those on the second tier have props including a corpse coming out of the dirt; I also used funkins placed in front of the tombstones on the second and third tiers. The third tier is largely hidden by the first two. You can always use mounded dirt to hide things. Also, this area of the tombstone can be painted to blend in better. I have a tall, menacing scarecrow and tall ghost in the back which help draw the eye upward.
 

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Hmmm... not really the best image but the cemetery set from Sleepy Hollow (one of my favourites) was constructed on a hill. May give you some inspiration!?!?

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You could also use a rug or old blanket over some stuffed paper. Paint it, throw some leaves and dirt over it. With a little creativity you can make 'em look like freshly dug graves that will cover the base of the tombstone.
 

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Well I'll try this again, as when I tried to post my response last night the power flickered on & off a few times and then stayed off for about 2 hours. Dunno why either, because the weather outside was rather pleasant. I suppose it'll remain a mystery, just like a couple months ago when the tornado siren began howling at 8am and continued to do so for the next 10 minutes; all while it was perfectly nice outside - I even checked my local radar on the NWS website and it confirmed that there wasn't a storm in the entire central midwest region. Talk about a weird feeling, such as the siren blaring w\o a storm for hundreds of miles and that they only test the system on the first Wednesday of the month @ 11a.m.!!

Anyhow, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the responses, there were some very good ideas & tips in there; I also really appreciate the images Rikki, markgoodson, & Shadow Man! Which did provide help alot. Especially the Sleepy Hollow screenshot, which I now have to go out and rent & see if there are any other scenes showing the cemetery or possibly any set design extras included on the DVD!
You creeps are the greatest!!!
You know I mean that in the best way of course!
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You know it just dawned on me... there is also a marvelous book called "The art of Sleepy Hollow" with countless images and illustrations of the sets in the movie including some of the the cemetery! I'd see if your local library has it, that's where I first found it.

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Amazon.com: The Art of Sleepy Hollow: Andrew Kevin Walker, Tim Burton: Books


Also, if you're going to rent/watch the movie for inspiration (and enjoyment of course), make sure you watch the extras as they show some fantastic behind-the-scenes stuff that'll undoubtedly be uselful.

Glad that helped. I know it's prompted me to start a new thread; "Best/Top movie cemetery sets" (appearing in General Halloween section soon!)
 

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Hey thanx for sharing that, it's totally a great idea Shadowman, you rock!!! I'm just about to go dig around and see if my local library has both the movie & the book. I've been meaning to go there for the last week anyhow! So hopefully this will work out, however this time of year & I'm sure that Sleepy Hollow is gonna be a hot title at my local library.

Ironically, Last nite I noticed a cemetery which is less than a mile from my house; that has the tombstones facing downhill! LOL!!
 
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