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    Jul 23, 2007, 10:46 AM - Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #1

    We've recently moved and for some reason last night I got this urge to start planning Halloween yard decorations. Looking to do a graveyard scene.

    Already have:
    2 foggers
    1 fog chiller
    2 wireless speakers with MP3 player looping scary sounds
    1 skeleton digging out of a grave

    Want:
    Toombstones
    Lots of skulls (30+)
    Easy fog distribution into yard


    Questions:
    1. where to get or how to make cheap skulls?
    2. where to get or how to make cheap gravestones?
    3. Good webbing that's NOT permanent doesn't leave residue? (IMHO the cotton stuff is too fake.)
    I've been digging a little (no pun intended) and have found lots of skulls I can buy but wondered about casting a bunch - maybe 30 or so just to have strewn about the yard. Thinking this is ultra cheap way to go. They don't have to be perfect, they just need to look spooky from 10 feet away. Also don't want to have to worry too much when neighborhood kids steal some. Thoughts?

    (Wife will put up with all of this for about the week before Halloween but, it's coming down ASAP after Nov 1. )

    As always any decorations should be: cheap + high quality + easy (I know... pick 2).

    Let's talk Halloween!
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    Jul 23, 2007, 11:04 AM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #2

    Well, tombstones could easily be done from hi-density foam. Even makes carving names into them pretty easy. But you may want to talk to Rich (rileyreplicas) about all the ins and out of working with foam.

    The skulls could be done a few different ways I guess. You could make a mold and then slush cast skulls to your hearts content. Air holes aren't a big deal, so you don't have to be precise. If you could find a way to make a few molds and then use expanding foam to fill them, that could be good too. They'd be realtively cheap and lightweight, but I don't know how long it would take to make each one as the foam usually takes about a day to dry.

    Just some (probably bad) ideas.

    -Fred
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    Jul 23, 2007, 2:06 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #3

    There are a lot of good links on the monster list:
    http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/

    The tombstone info is near the bottom.

    David
    Last edited by dkwd; Jul 23, 2007 at 2:06 PM. Reason: fixing teh to the
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    Jul 23, 2007, 2:08 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #4

    I'd make a mold and pour them in plaster - you can get a big bag of Hydrocal for cheap, at Home Depot.
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    Jul 23, 2007, 2:34 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #5

    Cardbard painted works even in the rain for a couple nights.
    We did Snoopy shot down in the pumpkin patch this past year. About a 60 pumkins of different sizes were strew about the front yard. Made a snoopy dog house out of a large cardboard house, painted it up and added those car bullet hole stickers to it. Added a fog machine inside to make it smoke after being shot down. Got a lighted Snoopy by Linus display to add to it. Added a few other halloween decorations and it looked darn super. Everyone in the neighborhood liked it. Parents, young kids, just looked great.
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    Jul 23, 2007, 4:05 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #6

    For skulls, I bought a plastic skull, covered it in aluminum foil. Covered that in paper mache except for the bottom. Then cut up the back through the foil and the paper mache until it would slide off. Another couple pieces to repair the slice, and I had a skull. Some white paint, some black paint, and some used tea bags for weathering and it looked quite good from a distance. I just did that several times for multiple skulls. I even made a strand of skulls on twine painted festively with red, yellow, and green paint for Day of the Dead.
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    Jul 23, 2007, 4:27 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #7

    damn there goes my tombstone idea....

    ever try using silly string to make big webs?
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    Jul 23, 2007, 5:00 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #8

    Here is a list of really cool things to do.

    http://thehorrordome.com/HDPROPS/PropsPage.htm

    It has a spider web spinner that you can make from a drill.

    For all of your skeleton needs, it doesn't get better than this!:

    http://anatomical.com/bcategory.asp?c=7


    Pat
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    Jul 23, 2007, 5:49 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #9

    Ghostride.com sells a cobweb gun, I actually built my own...it's a glue gun you hook up to an air compressor it works great.
    Headstones like it says above 2" pink foam from the home depot...
    I did a home haunt for 14 years...had like 8-10 rooms throughout the yard/shed/garage. Now I run a real one.
    mike
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    Jul 23, 2007, 8:06 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #10

    moffeaton said: View Post
    I'd make a mold and pour them in plaster - you can get a big bag of Hydrocal for cheap, at Home Depot.
    Beat me to it... Plaster is likely the best medium for your purpose, as Jason nailed it -- CHEAP!
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    Jul 23, 2007, 10:04 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #11

    I don't know this guy, but these are the most amazing Halloween decorations I have ever seen:

    http://pumpkinrot.com/index2.htm

    I have this site bookmarked and I consistently check the "brewing" section. I can't wait to see what happens this Halloween.

    A MUST SEE!!!
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    Jul 23, 2007, 10:33 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #12

    I'm glad I'm not the only one already thinking about Halloween.

    The different kinds of foam already discussed would work great for tombstones. You can purchase spray paint from craft stores that look like marble or stone. They also sell some very realistic looking moss if you wanted to add that to the stones for effect.

    For the skulls, drifters with no ties are an excellent source of skulls and bones.

    For spiderwebs, I would just get a bunch of black widows and let them spin webs in your yard. It'll really scare the heck out of people if they knew that they could actually be bit by a poisonous spider any second. Don't worry about cleaning them up. Once it gets cold, they'll probably just move into your basement.
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    Jul 23, 2007, 11:27 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #13

    Last year I used a couple of sheets of thin plywood. Cut out 20-25 or so grave markers in a view different shapes. Slapped on some grey paint, misted them with black spray paint and then used a jumbo fat magic marker to write the sayings, ala Disney Haunted Mansion.
    Lit them with colored flood lights. They came out pretty good. I plan on adding to it this year.
    I tried one of those cheap fog units from target but the thing burned up before the evening was over.

    Steven
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    Jul 24, 2007, 2:16 AM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #14

    Wow, those are really great!
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    Jul 24, 2007, 3:31 AM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #15

    darthgordon said: View Post
    For the skulls, drifters with no ties are an excellent source of skulls and bones.
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    Jul 24, 2007, 11:37 AM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #16

    howlingwind13 said: View Post
    Ghostride.com sells a cobweb gun, I actually built my own...it's a glue gun you hook up to an air compressor it works great.
    Headstones like it says above 2" pink foam from the home depot...
    I did a home haunt for 14 years...had like 8-10 rooms throughout the yard/shed/garage. Now I run a real one.
    mike

    I've seen the glue gun webbers but am not sure I want that on the eves of my house. Does it come off easily?
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    Jul 24, 2007, 3:56 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #17

    Maybe try shooting it on wax paper. I would think when it dries you could peel it off and drape it over anything you want.

    Pat
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    Jul 24, 2007, 5:27 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #18

    patsmear said: View Post
    Maybe try shooting it on wax paper. I would think when it dries you could peel it off and drape it over anything you want.

    Pat
    No need just peels away.
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    Jul 24, 2007, 10:52 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #19

    howlingwind13 said: View Post
    No need just peels away.
    Really? Doesn't pull paint or anything?

    Do they use "regular" glue sticks or something else?
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    Jul 25, 2007, 5:41 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #20

    wackychimp said: View Post
    Really? Doesn't pull paint or anything?

    Do they use "regular" glue sticks or something else?

    It comes out really thin like real webs...no big globs of glue where you would have that peeling of the paint...it's real fine threads.
    They also have cobwebs in a can for inside stuff. That's really cool. Check out the website I think there is a video of them using the stuff.
    ghostride.com
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    Jul 25, 2007, 11:42 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #21

    Here is what my yard looked like last year!
    I love Halloween!!!
    Kenny


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    Jul 26, 2007, 12:01 AM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #22

    Nice

    I wish I had a yard to decorate for Halloween.

    What are those boxes in front of the headstones?
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    Jul 26, 2007, 12:23 AM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #23

    darthgordon said: View Post
    Nice

    I wish I had a yard to decorate for Halloween.

    What are those boxes in front of the headstones?

    They are light deflectors. I have red christmas lights that I put in front of each tombstone!
    Looks pretty erie after dark!!

    Kenny
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    Jul 26, 2007, 4:00 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #24

    Cool yard! I like the graveyard fencing & am thinkng about adding some to keep people where I want them.

    @howlingwind - thanks for the info... you know I can't have the wifey mad at me over this.

    Anybody had success pumping fog throughout the yard? I was gonna set up both machines on chillers & just let 'em go!
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    Jul 26, 2007, 4:29 PM - Re: Halloween already? Home/yard haunt ideas? #25

    Here's an awesome idea that worked great for me for years.
    You need BLACK 5 gallon buckets, turn them upside down, carve an evil face on them, put white posterboard or paper on the backside. Put a string of red XMAS lights , one under each bucket.
    Saves on pumpkins because they are reusable...but the best part is the black bucket disappears in the night all you can see are very bright distinct red eyes and evil grins.
    I once built a delapatated dog house, put a bucket inside with only the eyes lit up, I had a chain staked in the ground going inside the doghouse a small fogger and a CD player with a loop of growling. I also put a beat up dog dish with an arm in it and a pile of bones outside.
    mike
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