Last week, we brought you some construction pictures of the sets/structures being built for our brand new haunt theme. This week, we’ll focus on some of the props we’ve completed.
First up is the mysterious “Manatree.” Is it a tree? Is it an old man? Look into his eyes:
This tree began as a black wire-frame prop we bought at Target several years ago during their Halloween clearance (90% off!). We paid about $8 for it. It was covered in purple lights, and its arms (limbs) move, as does the top branch on its head, and the eyes also open and shut. We never pass up an opportunity to buy a cheap prop that already comes equipped with motors. This is more or less how the prop looked originally:
Patty has repurposed and totally remade the tree by maché-ing the entire outside and adding a face, extra branches, leaves, and a raven:
We also had a black wire frame motorized cat that has received the same treatment from Patty:
Here’s a video of the two props in action:
We’ve also been working on pumpkin groundbreakers for our haunted forest/pumpkin patch blacklight area. We’ve given their bodies a twisted, root-like appearance. They’re made using PVC frames and papier-maché skin. Their heads are the foam pumpkins available at Michaels (or any other craft store this time of year):
In addition to groundbreakers, we’ll also have one pumpkin creep hanging above guests’ heads, suspended in a tree: