Archive for September, 2010

Build Week 15 – 2010

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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.

Edging scallops finished

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!!!).

Mummy Baby

Pediatrician Rowlett

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 lays down the paint They are gonna cry when we spray it with black wash

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.

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Build Week 14 – 2010

Friday, September 24th, 2010

This last Saturday we assembled the nearly complete carousel or the first time. I was a chance  for everyone to learn how it goes together and to see how it would hold up.  The first time you do anything it doesnt go smoothly, but we learned how to get it together and I bet now we can get it completely assembled in under an hour.

assembles for the first time

Here you can see that by aving the bottom on three sections we can attach them last, giving us room to work around the carousel as we install the top.

Roughing in the creatures

Once the top was on and secured we set in the bottom sides. We arranged our creatures in the order we thought looked best and figured out how far from the center column they should be.

Almost done

Nightlife Guide

Then I measured and drilled out the plywood with a 2″circular drill attachment. The fit was very nice. Beneath each channel is a “U” shaped channel made from scrap plywood and 1x2s. To install you see the pole in the bottom and then push up ever so slightly on the roof and push the top into the hole. Each pole sits 3/4′ below the plywood.

On Sunday I started cutting a decorative scalloped trim to go around the top and bottom edges of the carousel, but I ran out of supplies and was unable to locate any more that day. THe trim is from 1/8′ mdf masonite, which bend very easily. This will cover some of the rougher jigsaw work and where we forgot to label the wood when we cut it (each cut makes the wood like a puzzle piece, a boring puzzle, but those cuts will fit together best).

Painting the Scarousel

Meanwhile on Sunday Patty, Courtney, Tricia, and Karen primed and painted the carousel in a deep red. (It was a beehive of activity so not many pictures were taken that day).

Zac and Jay gettin it done!

Meanwhile Jay and Zac built a libations stand. Ciders and Ales, Get your Ciders and Ales!! Only one has poison!!!

Zac and Courtney got started on painting there booths also.


Instead of pouting over a lack of masonite (thanks Home Depot Retards) I finished up my remote FCG rig, tested it, then built a second one. They will all be powered by the PSU on the first rig. These rigs will actuate puppets along the walkway to the door.

Kendra was painting her gryphon, but I didn’t get any pics of that. We’ll be finishing that up first thing this saturday.

Now I am off to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Build Week 13 – 2010

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

This weekend was a mixed bag. Saturday was super productive, but Sunday crashed and burned. Certain people who made plans to come over for lunch stood me up. I stopped working on halloween early to come hang out with them and then they don’t even call. Banned for life!

But let’s focus on the positive! Saturday saw Patty, Kendra, and Tricia begin the decorating on the Scarousel. They got some mirrors and some cool textured wallpaper to decorate the center column. They’ll bling it out with gems and trim embellishments.

Textured Wallpaper Taggin crew


A close-up of the cool wallpaper.

Carousel top

Patty has finished sewing the top for the carousel.

While the girls were working on the carousel, Zac and I worked on a couple games booths. We them almost completely built. They really just need paint job and window dressing.

Bowl the Skull

Bowl the Skull

Drown the Clown

Drown the Clown

Gettin Sh*t done!

I finished the top assembly for the carousel. It’s ready to put together.


I mean it Dragillion

Since the last build day Patty finished her carousel creature.

On Sunday patty and Kendra painted the carousel center gold and inhaled enough metal flake to give 2o babies cancer. I worked on the hot dog stand.

Hot Dog Stand

Patty reserves the right to refuse service to anyone!

Dragon mache

Credit Card Consolidation

I was able to mache my dragon the Friday of Labor Day weekend before we went camping.

Next weekend should see the carousel finished and built save for some painting and bling.