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.
Although we’ve been mostly silent on this blog all summer, we have been working on our haunt. Slowly. Stressful jobs and traveling have interrupted our builds, but progress has been made. Patty has established a veritable creature factory in her house, and she’s been churning out freaks at an impressive rate. We’ve been building the stage for the freaks and have come up with some ideas for the UV area that we hope will be a big improvement over last year’s last-minute, balloon-filled scene.
With only 53 days left until Halloween (52 if we open on Sunday night!), it’s time to really get serious about building and creating. We’ll try to update this site more often so you can follow our progress.
The early framework of what will be the freak show stage.
The freak show stage completed. Next to build are the walls to separate the four freaks.
The early stage of fishman, one of the freaks.
Fishman: completed! He is also painted for black light.
Isn’t he pretty? His scales are made of lentils and peas.
Mr. Electro gets some mache. Nothing like sweaty latex gloves on a hot summer day.
Mr. Electro’s head started out as a wig form purchased from a beauty supply store.
Every carnival needs some pennants. We’re giving them the black light treatment.
Meanwhile, Cauldron Creep gets a second life. This time, he’ll be strong enough to stir cotton candy all night.
After a delayed start to the haunt season we find ourselves in the second week (last year it was build week 4 by now). The second week being a 3 day weekend would usually see a lot stuff getting started and progress made even if nothing gets finished. It was hot as heckity-heck this weekend. Patty made progress on her fishman, Kendra started to bulk out Mr. Electro, and I got started on Cauldron Creep 2.0 (a completely rebuilt and updated cauldron creep with better wiring, better mechanics, and better take down/break down characteristics).
We spent half of Sunday deciding what we can do with only three people this year. We cut 16 projects. 16 props, scares, and signs won’t get made. Halloween as it has come to be known has to be re-evaluated. Do we just build less? Do put off a lot projects and hope people show up later to help? Do we put on the same show as last year?
We have decided to see if we can recruit more help.
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We kicked of 2011 with a modest build. We didn’t really rally the troops so I guess there is no complaining. We made some progress and it’s worthy and noble. However, Patty has been going full steam on her own and has already kicked out two whole props so far.
First is Dandy Dumplin. Yesiree, just 80 years ago someone this fat would be in a freak show. Now they are just in line at Wal-Mart.
Patty made this as a successor to Mr. Chuckles. Except this guy is freakin scary! Bad, Bad monkey. Kinda looks like one of the Gremlins.
Kendra and I worked setting up a template for the new display that will be on the porch area. This year it will have a hall of freaks and a corpse processing area.
The four people standing in a row on the platform will be where each freak has a booth decorated to match where they came from. As of now we will have A Fishman, The Rabbit Boy, Mr.Electro, and head hunter (who is a placeholder if someone else decides to make a freak).
Kendra and I built a PVC template for each booth so we could build the props before we built the wooden booths. Here is me posing in one of the possible poses for Mr. Electro.
I am finally posting our video from 2010′s Rasputin’s Carnival of Risk haunt. You can see this and many other great haunts on the Home Haunter’s DVD collection. If you like haunting or want to get into home haunting, it a great source for inspiration and just plain fun to watch. Check it out.