This was the first weekend the haunts opened in Southern California. That means it’s the beginning of GO! time. GO to every haunt you can find, and watch Craig GO crazy as he tries to cram every last bit of time into making Halloween props before the big day. The next month will be solely devoted to haunts and Halloween.
On Friday night, we went to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. Friday night sucked, with 60- to 80-minute lines and a large number of assholes in attendance. I was afraid the whole weekend was bust. Saturday morning I got up and went to work on Halloween at Patty’s house. Then Kendra and I went to see Patton Oswalt’s comedy show at the Largo in Hollywood. (It was great, weekend appears to be rescued!) Sunday I got up early to go work at Patty’s house again. Early in the afternoon, I stopped working and headed down to the OC for Knott’s Scary Farm. Every year we eat dinner and drink a few adult beverages across the street from the park. This year we met the Bloodshed Brothers and Mr. Chicken at the restaurant for dinner and for a lively Halloween discussion. (Weekend not just saved, but made awesome.) Then we dragged Mr. Chicken through Knott’s Scary Farm with us, where haunted mazes were experienced and then brutally critiqued.
Now, onto the building!
A few brave souls ventured out to the haunted garage this weekend, despite the record heat, peaking at 107°F. Most of the pictures of this weekend’s progress didn’t come out because I had left my camera set for night pictures at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. I are dumb.
I finished the scalloped trim to go around the top and bottom edges of the carousel. I also machéd the Grinder Creep, touched up his assistant, and put the last details of maché on to my dragon.(but those pictures are just spots of gray on white, overexposed!!!).
Zac made a sarcophagus for his mummified baby. This is cut and carved out of pink foam. It is still a work in progress, as he had yet to paint it when I had to leave for Knott’s Scary Farm. He also finished his game booth and painted it— but alas, those pictures are way overexposed too.
Jay put a snazzy paint job on his and Courtney’s booth. It’s gonna break his heart when we weather and age it. Oh well, C’est la vie!
Undocumented but still important: Patty worked on her cannon prop. Some great stuff was added to a blucky, which also received a new head. Kendra machéd some giant hands and repainted some skulls for my Bowl the Skull Booth.
Over the next few weeks, you’e gonna see the haunt really come together, so if you’ve been casually and intermittently perusing the blog, now is the time to tune in. We’ll be blogging much more frequently and even tweeting as we begin to promote the haunt locally.