Monday, October 31, 2011

Rough Cut

Here's a rough video from last night. I'll try to get better video tonight.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Quick Photo Post

Here is a still from last night. It isn't the best shot but I'd spent about 20 hours just doing the set up. There are almost 600 feet of wire hidden under those leaves. We had a lot of cars stop by last night and the light show ran perfectly. I'll try to get some video of the light show up tonight or tomorrow. I got so many thank yous yesterday, it really made all the back straining work worth it. Oh and for all those who have used a fog machine and chiller- last night was the best night for fog that ever was. It was a beautiful thing. Happy Haunting!
click the photo for a large version

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween 2011 Almost Finished

Click the pic below for a full sized photo.
After 8 hours of painting and pounding a million rebars into the lawn (you're welcome Kyle for me free lawn aeration) I have everything in place. Tomorrow I will finish the fence, dress the skeleghosts, and add the finishing touches that no one will notice but me, and other home haunters. Time for a tasty beverage. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Light

This is the large Catalpa tree in front of the house. Since I made new LED spotlights we set up the old par 38 cans to illuminate this wonderful tree. I hope to hang some Jack O Lanterns from the limbs on the big night.
Here is a quick shot of some gravestones with the new lights. The lights were on a random changing routine with warm white, green, blue and reds. I can't wait to see how it all looks with the fogger going and the corn stalks up. We are about at 1/2 of the way set up.These are all props from last year, this year's will be added this coming weekend. 
Here they are with the blue and greens on. I love my little camera.
Here are the three lovely witches doing their thing.
Here they are in dazzling technicolor. I don't know how well the video will work with the song routines, I'll try to take some at dusk. These were taken with a slow shutter speed, and a tripod, of course. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Before I got home from a long, fairly stressful 14 hour work day Kyle overheard a group of boys walking through the neighborhood when one exclaimed "That's the house with the witches!". His rendition of that story made my entire day. 
Thank goodness I have a new cauldron this year.

Ohio sheriff says it appears owner of exotic animal farm let animals loose, killed self

Ohio sheriff says it appears owner of exotic animal farm let animals loose, killed self

Holy sh*%, I'm glad I don't work in Ohio.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In the News

This is just a local news link for haunted houses and displays. If you visit it at the link, it will keep it at the top of the page. Yes I am asking you to click the link to keep my "ad" near the top. That is all for my cheaply asking you to promote my little haunt. This isn't for a contest, money, or any gain, I just want people to be able to see my ad so more TOTs get to see it this year. We don't live in a very active TOT area in town, but the small coverage I got last year was impressive. I'd love to get more. Click the photo to go to the link. Yes I am aware there is a typo and I've already written them about it.

The Walken Dead

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Svengoolie The Killer Shrews Opening

I grew up with this guy and Chicago's version of the late night B movie horror show after my mom would call us in from a good game of ghost in the graveyard. 
His show once had my wonderful crayon drawing of him featured for 0.5 a second. I can't find the proof.

Teaser 2011

I had fun watching a little girl ride her bike around the block over and over again to sneak peeks at the porch and Sadie who shamelessly cried for her attention.


Click on the image for a great tutorial on an easy web casting hot glue gun.
I'm going to get a new glue gun tomorrow and plan to use the technique from this entertaining video to make my own web casting gun. Some great photos to show this effect can be found here at the Frog Queen's Blog. I love the look of the Davis Graveyard and hope to add some webs to our little graveyard. 

Follow Up 10/14/2011:
I made a web caster gun with my hairdryer and a 40 watt glue gun I got with a coupon from Michael's. I simply electric taped the two together using the same idea from the video above and it works really well. I'll just plug the two into an extension cord and shoot the graveyard when I get it set up. The nice thing is that when I'm done, I simply remove the tape and both parts have no damage or sticky residue. This was the easiest project I've ever done. You'll have to wait for photos when I get everything set up. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Willow Manor Ball

I've been invited to the Willow Manor Ball. I had no idea what Tess's post was about at 0600 hrs this morning, but I have figured it out and I love the concept. This is the most wonderful ball in the universe as we know it. Luckily for me it happens to work with my schedule and I love to arrive fashionably late. 

Since this is a fantasy, I will let the love of my life pick his own fantasy date (with my approval). Who will escort me to the ball? I thought it had to be a charming male character from one of my favorite movies. So even though this guy is a fave of mine, I knew he was right out. Sorry Ricky.
This was my idea of the ideal bad boy when I was a girl in the 80's, he was so charming and had such an amazing, um... pirate shirt? But the glorious hair, how could you pass that up. Gosh, now that I think of it I'll bet that was the end of an era where chest hair was sexy on film, although I don't really remember if he had any.  
Looks like yes, or at least they painted some on. Good, I still like chest hair.

These two would be fab on  each side of me, but at 6 feet tall, they'd look pretty tiny and they seem to be way into each other. 

So I hope Kyle decides to go with me. As for my attire. I am all about hoodies so this would suit me fine.
But in black and in pure silk.

I guess I got my style influence from one of my early icons:

Thanks Tess for the invite. This was a really fun post.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Guest Bedroom Headboard from Hell

After you read, click the skeleton photo below for a link to the new video.
The guest bedroom is the testing site for the new LED light show. These are just the 5 skele's with light up eyes doing Thriller by MJ. There will also be 5 singing pumpkins, and 70 different LED spotlights that will also be synchronized with the music. 
The hours of bad soldering have been climbing daily. I am getting better. All this stuff will get put into a nice re-purposed project enclosure made out of an old toolbox.  

Thursday, October 6, 2011


This is from the Bogus Basin website. It snowed last night. My house is at about 2,732' and the summit at Bogus is at 7,582'. The clouds were so low I didn't see the snow in the foothills when I was out and about today. I spent about 3 hours in the garage soldering LED spotlights this evening before my hands got too cold to handle the iron. It has been raining a lot in town, so I hope it passes before the Big Night. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Peter Steele

This will be the last song of 10/31/11 at my haunt. I saw Type O Negative once back in the day. I loved their sense of humor, so twisted. Mr. Steele had an amazing presence, and I still can't get over his voice. This song embodies so much of the teen sense of drama I once had and it still takes me back. even though I work for the dead, some of them really touch my "soul" to me Mr. Steele's story is very tragic. I like to think he'd like what I've done with their song.

Eye of Potato

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hey Neighbor!

Sorry about the commercial at the beginning.

He's my neighbor, and his is the only other house on the block to go all out on Halloween. 

From the article on KTVB:
Dr. Greg Hampikian, professor of forensic biology and director of the Idaho Innocence Project, played a key role in the analysis of the DNA that was at the center of Knox's appeal.  After his team reviewed the DNA evidence Italian prosecutors used to convict Amanda Knox, he came to the conclusion that Knox was innocent.