Sunday, July 3, 2022

Listening to: Fear

Halloween ambient track by Ken Elkinson. This track is a longtime favorite of mine.  I think this would make a great haunt soundtrack; it evokes an ethereal sense of paranoia.

Definitely recommend listening to the entire album, which is available on YouTube: Ambient Holidays, Vol. 3 (Halloween Ambient)

Saturday, July 2, 2022

More Mini Scarecrows

 By Willow Cove

Photos from Instagram: @hauntedwillowcove and Etsy: WillowCoveManor

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Scarecrow Lanterns

 by Dustin Drerup of Beast Craft Props

Images and video taken from his Instagram: @beastcraftprops

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Spooky Jack's Skull Replicas

 Hard to believe these are replicas (aside from the horns obviously)

Friday, June 24, 2022

Primitive Pumpkins

New releases by Meg at Primitive Pig Folk Art.

Follow her Instagram and visit her Etsy to be informed of product releases and restocks.  I've purchased items from her before; I highly recommend her work.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Grayhouse Studios

Handcrafted props and display collectibles by Michael Perry

Many more product photos and videos on his Instagram @grayhouse_studios.  Also make sure to visit his website to view available products and purchase one of these insane pieces.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Coffin Corpse

Currently obsessed with this prop from the Grim Hollow 2008 haunt.

Photos by Grim Graham.  Click here for the album.  

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Now Watching (Double Feature): Resolution (2012) & The Endless (2017)

Two films by my favorite horror directing duo: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.  

I watched The Endless years ago and loved it.  Only recently did I learn that it was a sequel (of sorts) to the duo's earlier film, Resolution.  So I decided to watch the two films back to back (in order of release).

The two films work very well together.  Resolution is a fantastic horror mystery/thriller that explains almost nothing and left me with more questions than answers (and a burning desire to understand what the heck was happening!).  The Endless then does a great job of answering some of those unanswered questions and gives the viewer a glimpse into something unknowable.  It still leaves plenty of mystery while delivering a very satisfying ending.

If you love slow-reveal mysteries and Lovecraftian cosmic horror, then definitely watch Resolution followed by The Endless. Both movies are available to stream for FREE on multiple sites (like Peacock, Tubi, Vudu, Crackle, etc)

Watch the trailers below:

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Clove Gum

The other day at work, a customer came up to my register and purchased a 5-pack of clove gum for 99¢.

Now, I love clove, both as a scent and a flavor.  It's pretty much the spice of Halloween (alongside anise).  I had seen the gum in our queue line before, and had wondered whether or not it actually tasted like cloves or if "Clove Gum" was only a brand name.  

I asked the customer if they had ever tried it before, explaining that I had never tasted the stuff myself.  Without a word, the customer pulled a single piece of gum out of the pack and held it up for me.  

I told her she was too generous, and at first tried to refuse their donation (refusing gifts is inexplicably customary for me), but upon her insistence, I graciously accepted the solitary stick.

I chewed it on my break.  It does, in fact, taste like cloves.

The flavor wasn't super strong, which was almost disappointing, but the flavor had a lingering mellow spice that tickled my tongue.  

Yet another product to fuel my clove obsession.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Now Watching: HallowJean on Twitch

HallowJean, creator of some of the most realistic prop corpses I've ever seen, occasionally livestreams while working on her latest creation. I was lucky enough to catch the tail-end of her stream yesterday.  Very informative, entertaining, and engaging.  

Click below to see HallowJean's Twitch channel, and subscribe to get notified about her future livestreams.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Amazing corpses by HallowJean

Check out these incredibly lifelike props.  Really awesome work.  

"Beatrice has the brown hair, AJ is the bald one and Charlie is the one with black hair. Beatrice is our newest member being made 2 years ago, Charlie is our eldest being made 6-8 years ago (I forget!)"

Put on some Al Bowlly and snuggle up

Check out @hallow_jean on Instagram for more great prop work.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Stick collection has begun

Money has been pretty tight these past two months, which has so far hindered my ability to continue work on this year's haunt.  I'm doing what I can (gathering free materials) but suddenly, this year seems up in the air.  Hopefully, things will all fall in to place like they did last year, despite my minimal budget and zero free time.

I also need to find someone in my area willing "adopt" my display (aka, donate their yard for the Halloween season).  

The stress is beginning to build and I felt I had to get it off of my chest. So, there you all have it.  *confetti*

I'll keep everyone posted in the coming weeks.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Skeleton Trash Art by Carl

Carl (@carlneedsajob) makes incredible art by applying paint to bits of trash and using those bits like stamps.  Here is a video showcasing his process for the above piece.