Archive for November, 2009

The Stragglers

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Lava Creep

There is one prop from this year that we all loved, and almost everyone had a hand in its creation, but for some reason it would not be photographed. Only one picture came out sharp and it doesn’t have the fog machine going, which really brigs this prop to life. Even photoshopping in some fog doesn’t quite cut it. However he came out great as a prop. So without further ado let introduce Lava Creep!

Lava Creep n Lost Souls

As you might imagine, Lava creep lives inside our volcano. He is about 8 feet tall and and bellows smoke from his mouth and slits in his ribcage. He stands in a stream of lava which you can see in the picture, but in real life looks very cool. It was rope lights laid out on the ground in a stream pattern, and then two layers of thin black ground cover cloth were laid over them. The criss-crossing patterns from the cloth made a weird effect where it looked like the lights were moving. The rope lights were also on a flicker circuit, so they had a cool smoldering ember look to them. Lava creep was surrounded by lost souls, who were emerging from the magma to wreck havoc on the world.

Here are some other shots of him. They show the smoke and light, but are blurry.

Lava Creep

Lava Creep getting fired up

He used to be this guy from 2008:

Blue man goop


This guy was out on the hedge and got put away before I could photograph him on Halloween night. He was one of my first scratch built corpses of the year and now I hate him. I think I’ll saw his arms off and cut a big section of his ribs and make then cavity smaller. I like his face though.

The Hedgebreaker?

Walk through Video

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Here is a walk thru video at night of the haunt. This should give you an idea of what it was like, and see if you can spot the prop whose photo hasn’t been posted yet. (he’s 8 feet tall).

Haunt Photos 2009

Thursday, November 5th, 2009





Zac's Ground Breaker The Hatchling and

Courtney's Scare Crow Smashmouth Volcano




Carver Creep Scene

Carver Creep Skinned Face Mobile with Headshrinking Herbs

Broken Face - Sconce Corpse Afraid of the Dark - Sconce Corpse Carver Creep Close-up

Carver Creep's Victim Bowl of Shrunken Heads Altar

Carver's Pile of Skulls Close Up - Broken Face Bat Thing


Kendra's Man Eating Plant


Jungle Cave Left Side

Flora and Fauna Detail Kendra's Man Eating Plant Veiw 2 Jungle Detail

Zac's Drinking Corpse Vine Victim Skull Bug and Tikis

Killer D - The Leader One of Kendra's Skull Flowers Mama Spider and Drinking Corpse

Jungle Cave Right Side Bomoh - The Shaman Let's go home, it's too colorful here!

This is the bulk of images from Halloween Night. I need to photograph a few props that were taken down too hastily and sort thru the point &shoot pictures. Thanks for looking!

It’s a Long, Hard Road…

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Here is one more picture of the yard. I am almost finished editing all of the pictures. They will be up tomorrow or friday hopefully. Good old MonTiki, one of my first props I ever made, a 6 ft tall sexy hunk of Dow Blue foam.

Shot of the Yard with MonTiki

I was just looking at my google calendar for November. It’s mostly empty now. A few bills here, a couple holidays there, and eye exam follow up. It was a big relief.

Just for fun, here are the last three months. I have removed all the personal events so this is just prop making things I needed to do. Dark orange is for weeknight tasks, bright orange is for working in the garage at Patty’s house. Welcome to my nightmare! By the way, I had started way back in april but it was a casual thing. Those were easy days!

August - Prop Building Schedule

September - Prop Building Schedule

October - Prop Building Schedule

Editing is Hard Work

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I have been editing pictures for two days and I am almost done with the “Fancy” ones.

Here is one I like; a view of the yard from the street featuring FireBringer.

Shot of the Yard with FireBringer

Next year I am going shot everything in sections and stitch it together into a giant high-res panorama. I would have done that this year, but I am not so sharp at 2:30am and I forgot.