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As the show leaves town

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This was the final year of the Carnival of Risk. In keeping with our modus operandi we will be changing themes after three years of the circus and sideshow.

It was a very fun Halloween Eve and Halloween Night. We had a lot of fun and a lot of great scares. While we weren’t able to build any new props we were able to fix old props and build some some new scares.

I uploaded the scare reel from our submission to the Home Haunter’s Award Video DVD. We submitted a 10 minute video to for the DVD which you’ll be able to see if you buy the disk. I will be making a more narrative version of the video (like I did for the final year of Haunted Tiki Island) for our own DVD that I make for each of the people in our haunt.


I also wanted to thank the Haunt Crew that has stuck with us all this way. They made the Carnival of Risk a lot of fun and a great memory for me and for all of the neighbors. The haunt crew is a collection of family, friends, and neighbors who have come together to scare and entertain the neighbors. I am a difficult man but they have put up with me all these years and that means a lot to me.

groups shot 2012

Here is a collection of all the posters from the last three years. these were hung at the entrance of the haunt and showed each haunter in their costume for that year.

Dr. Drakkos


I also want to thank a guy in Pasadena who bought all of our props and sets after this years Halloween. He helps the Carnival of Risk live on and saved us/made us some money. I can’t wait to see what he does with it next year.

moving  bye bye

piled up


Bye Bye Carnival of Risk. We have to make a new haunt.

2012: The Final Year for Carnival of Risk

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

We know we’ve been absent from this blog all year long. 2010 and 2011 were huge undertakings, and we needed some time off from working on the haunt. However, we wanted to get the word out that the Carnival of Risk will be returning for 2012.

We will be open from 6:30 to 10 pm on Tuesday, October 30, and Wednesday, October 31.

We hope to add a couple of new items to the haunt this year, but our construction is getting a late start. And to be honest, the haunt is pretty filled up! For that reason, this will be the final year of the carnival. We are looking forward to a new theme in 2013.


Halloween 2011

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It was a long hard summer, but we pulled through and built a lot of new stuff for 2011 with¬† just 3 people (and joe). Whether of not there will be a Halloween 2012 is still undecided but for now here is Rasputin’s Carnival of Risk 2011 in all of it’s black lit glory.


The Entrance to Carnival of Risk

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The Ticket Booth

The Tall Man (stand in) Bowl the Skull 1.5

Candy Creep 2.0

Sweet Genius! Mr. Tickles

Good Will Hunting Script

Dragons Ride Tonight!


Fiji Mermaid

The Gryphon

The Steed

Mr. Chuckles

The Sausage Shack DD Dimples is out to lunch

DD Dimples

Grinder Creep and the Heap

Boiler Parts

Black Light Area View 2

Mr. Electro

Mr. Electro

Hare Lipped Boy

Hare Lipped Boy

Sy Fishman Booth

Sy Fishman


Wild man of Borneo Booth

Boiler Part
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Black Light area view 1


Fireworks from the far east I call it Frogurt!



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Boxes, Boxes Everywhere

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Last weekend was Box-Mania! The blacklight area continues to come together. On one side, we’ll be having the freak show, and on the other side, a fireworks booth and stacks of sinister jack-in-the-boxes. Craig spent all day Sunday building the boxes. Old pallet wood retrieved from behind a dumpster was broken up into pieces and reassembled and spray painted to look like very old crates to hold fireworks.

Kendra worked on building some of the fireworks to go in the booth and in the crates. They are, of course, painted for black light. We’ll also have an awesome firework scare for this area. Seven fireworks down…23 more to go.

Patty assembled her ticket booth and gave it a base coat of paint. This booth will be placed in front of the wall in the driveway. The half-faced woman will be manning the booth with her friendly smile.

Elsewhere, Mr. Electro got a snazzy pair of purple pants. The thrift store pants were dipped in a starch-water mixture and then covered in latex paint. The result is a semi-rigid pair of pants that can be painted any color. You can bet they will eventually be glowing in the blacklight.

This coming weekend includes creating more fireworks plus lots of priming and painting. We hope to get the stage and bridge builds under way. Haunt season is starting, and a trip to Knott’s Scary Farm is planned for Sunday. We can’t wait to get out there and see what the pro haunts have come up with this year.
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Setting the Stage

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Last weekend, we framed out the panels that will separate the individual freaks on stage in the blacklight area. Construction began on the man who will tend the fireworks booth. This year’s upgrades will be almost entirely in the blacklight area, but we think it will turn out awesome.

Craig and Joe build the dividing walls.

Can you see me? The divisions will separate the freaks from each other, and also hide one of our actors.

An old prop gets a new outfit and paint job. (Makeover by Patty.)

This poor soul is caught between this life and the afterlife. (Of course, created by Patty.)

This guy will stand in for our live actor tall man (Jay) when his feet get too tired from the stilts. Another prop from the Patty factory.

Close up of the tall man’s creepy face.

This coming weekend, we hope to retrieve some stuff from our storage unit and begin assembly of some of the larger structures and repair of some of last year’s props that fell apart as the night went on. There is still a lot to do, and extra time to work on anything is hard to come by.