Monday, November 16, 2009

Black Eyed Pumpkin

I keep our old jack-o'-lantern's around after Halloween and watch them as they decompose and return to the soil. This year a mold has turned the eyes of this jac black.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Trick 'r Treat Sam Prop 2009

I continue to get questions and comments about our Trick 'r Treat Sam prop that we made a couple of years ago. I'm glad the movie finally came out so more people will learn what it's about.

Our Trick 'r Treat scene was one of the few we were able to get set up during the very rainy Halloween 2009. Unfortunately, the rain let loose again before I could get any good night photos. But here is a picture of Sam right before we put him out that evening.

Sam was quite a simple Halloween prop to make. Here's a short description of what I used.

For the base, I built a PVC pipe armature based on the estimates of this calculator (

For the hands, I used $6 Don Post severed hands purchased at Spirit Halloween that are slit at the wrist and fitted to a piece of PVC connected to the frame. A couple of pieces of burlap were used as "fingerless gloves" over the hands.

For the head, I used a Styrofoam wig head covered in burlap stitched up the center with button eyes and manila rope around the neck.

The pajamas were cut out of two pieces of orange craft felt purchased at JoAnn fabrics. It was cut to be larger than frame size so it would be baggy. Those two pieces were sewn together along each side. I used some poly fill inside the pajamas to give him some body bulk.

The candy bag was purchased at Big Lots a couple of years ago. It has a bloody hand that can be dangled on the outside or left inside the bag. The stick candy was carved from a circle of wood and a wooden dowel and painted to match the one in the movie.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A pre-Halloween photo

I always like to take a night shot or two before Halloween to see how things are looking. It's not quite right yet but we still have few days to go.

This was picture was taken with a very old Canon Digital Rebel (1st gen). Need to see how things will look with the Nikon D90.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Trick 'r Treat [Blu-ray] (2008)

If you didn't get the Blu-ray addition of Trick 'r Treat, you're missing some good special features. The commentary by Dougherty, Burns, Wilkins and Pipes was great and really told the story behind the movie. The "Trick 'r Treat: The Lore and Legends of Halloween" was excellent as well.

It's also nice to have a digital copy that will play on our computer. Although a DRM-free version would have been better.

Hopefully this year more people will recognize my Trick 'r Treat scene and appreciate my Sam prop that I made TWO years ago.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ScareFX Wiper Motor Rocker Project Description

Quite a few haunters have asked about the inner workings of the Rockin' Granny Halloween prop.

I've put together a project description on the ScareFX web site.

I also posted a video of the "undressed" prop in action.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

ScareFX Rockin' Granny 2009

Here's our latest Halloween prop made with a wiper motor. She'll be part of a new scene this year. It's a misdirection prop created to set up the scare.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Maggot Buffet Mask

We received our newest mask yesterday. That was just in time for our adding it to our latest prop. The mask was made by Bump In The Night Productions and was purchased from Grim Reapers. It's called Maggot Buffet.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spinning Spider Web Night Video Clip

I posted a short video clip of our spinning spider web victim prop on Halloween Night 2008.

You can check out a how-to for the project on the ScareFX web site.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Zombie Crossing Sign 2008

If you have not played around with for adding effects to your images, go and check at that free service. I uploaded a picture of our "Zombie Crossing" sign from last year and this was the result.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Flaming Pumpkin Clip 2008

This is a short video clip of the flaming pumpkin I made last year. It's just a foam pumpkin from Micheal's with a silk flame. It was modeled to look like the one in the unreleased horror anthology, Trick 'r Treat, written and directed by Michael Dougherty.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Images Broken

I moved one of my sites recently to a new server. Unfortunately that move has broken many of the image links on this blog. I'll be going through the posts and relinking the images.