Friday, October 29, 2010

2010 Display

This years display was kind of recycled. Not enough time to make any new props so I took what I had and went with it. As a result it was very relaxing and fun to put together. My 4 year old even helped a little. Yes, he's following in Daddy's haunted footsteps : ) I tried to fill the absence of new props with some extra fall decor. The plan for next year is to make another scarecrow or two? and move the display location.

This is the only night time shot that I felt was lit well. I REALLY need to experiment and learn how to properly light a display. I'm getting great lighting ideas from Pumpkinrot and Davis Graveyard.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Time Again

"Mr. Kupfer was right, you know...I do love a good joke and this is the best ever, a joke on the children."

Watched Halloween 3 again last night. Gosh I love how this movie captures so much of the essence of Halloween.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Knives, Chainsaws and Sickles

Horror Express Studios has some crazy realistic props. Check them out here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bubba Didn't Do It

Lovely rendering of the DNOTS scarecrow.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Wonderfully creepy. I'd love to try and make a mask like this.

Scarecrow God

Awesome artwork of the Supernatural Scarecrow.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Little Behind

I haven't posted more updates on the DNOTS costume because I haven't done any more work on it. Eeeck! Been busy with, well, things. I'm not fretting though because there really isn't that much left to do. All that's left is to add straw to the pants and do some more weathering. I hope to be done by this weekend and get some pics up soon.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What A Blast

Last night was my first night working at Oblivion Haunted House and by the end of the night I was beat. Harry Warden terrified everyone in true form. What a rush! I worked as a roamer and the staff said patrons were truly freaked out. Harry Warden is pretty easy to get into character for. I've watched the movie so many times to study his movements that it comes pretty natural now. I'm looking forward to later in the month when the crowds will be much bigger.
The one criticism I picked up on throughout the night was my headlamp light. Patrons were saying it was too bright and they couldn't see me when I was looking at them. Upon hearing this honest feedback, I began deliberately not shining it directly at their faces. After that I didn't hear any more "ahh that light is too bright!" talk.
That was the longest I've been in that costume at one time and I learned a few things. After 4 hours the gas mask starts to get really tight and heavy on your face. I put 1 inch lifts in my boots to boost me up to about 6ft. 3" which is really cool but again after that long my heels were getting pretty sore. With tinted lenses on the mask my vision is already limited and when they fog up it's becomes even more difficult to see. I put an anti fog solution on the lenses but over time it doesn't work as well. I don't like to take the mask on and off because there is a lot of repositioning to get it to look right again so I only took one break to relax.

Wearing this costume can be a pain, but it doesn't change the fact that it is one of my favorite characters. It is 100% worth the headaches : )

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It Has Arrived!

Finally, my copy of Dark Night of the Scarecrow came in the mail bet, October 1st. Oh how long I have impatiently waited for this. Going to watch it tonight in all it's restored beauty.