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Forced Retirement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Papa McCain Jul 12, 2017. 4 Replies

I know it's been too many years since I've been on here, I apologize for that. Been through a lot of life changes, some good some not so good. I know this is kind of off subject and I may ramble a…Continue


Started Oct 15, 2011 0 Replies

Not doing anything major for Halloween? Want to help as an actor? My source of actors fizzled. Right now I have 2 not including myself. I could use 3 more actually. I'm in Chula Vista if you're…Continue


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The most important question! Do you build the elements that go into your haunt, and/or want to learn more about building props? Oh, and if you choose no, we're going to have to delete you.
How long have you been haunting:
Too long to mention!
Your haunt comprises...?
Your haunt - Do you prefer?
Scare the sh**out of people
Tell us a little about your haunt..
Started with a black wig and some fishing line in 1970. Took a couple years off for a trip to Southeast Asia. Started up again with a decorated porch. Now it's a front yard - back yard walk through with static props, animated props, pneumatics, actors, and more work than I should be able to do in as little time as I have! 2010 was our biggest year so far with 15 actors and over 500 visitors in 3 hours!
When it comes to props/decorations in your haunt, would you say you are:
Amazed by what you can find at Goodwill
Which statement comes closest to describing your haunt's attitude toward kids?
screw the kids
You understand that any non prop related content will be deleted?

My mad doctor, built around an oscillating fan his head moves left and right looking over the shredded corpse on a table.

A cheap sound/motion activated rat in a trap attached to a severed leg. Screams and shakes when activated.

My crypt keeper.

My 'Garage of Evil' 2007

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Big Scream TV Crystal Ball effect

Posted on July 17, 2011 at 8:52pm 2 Comments

Having just been shown how to do this effect at Saturday's Make & Take I threw one together to show my wife what a cool effect it was... only I had the monitor facing the wrong way and everything was upside down. Enter a wifely tidbit of knowledge... rather than tear it all apart again, simply hit <Ctrl+Alt+down arrow> and your screen will flip top to bottom. Using L and R arrows will change the screen by 90 degrees. If you already knew that, then you don't need to read this. I know… Continue

Holy Halloween Batman!

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 10:46am 2 Comments

2010 the year of firsts for me. First pneumatics, an air cannon that worked perfectly on the 28th, 29th, and 30th and right up until about 15 minutes before showtime, then nothing. My guess is the solenoid failed. That was our big scare this year. Another first, first time using actors outside of the nuclear family. First time doing some fairly public advertising. SpiritHalloween let me put a poster right in front of the cash register, Home Depot's Halloween loving employees posted a couple.… Continue

Voice work

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 9:41am 0 Comments

I suffer from CRS, I've forgotten who offered to do the voice work for the group. Anyway I know this is a busy time of the year but if you can do it I need a sound track for a humanoid monster that will be in his lair looking down at the TOT's. I need low gutteral breathing, growls, and low intelligence talk "Me smell food!" "No feed dragon children" stuff like that. Loops about 3 - 4 minutes or more. Now if you can't do it, that's fine, I know I'm late in asking but my son and I just came up… Continue

Getting unwilling neighbors to join the festivities

Posted on October 5, 2008 at 12:44am 2 Comments

I've found a way to get my neighbors in the Halloween mood, cat painting. I'm not a cat owner myself, but I've found the cats around here are easy to trap, er, entice into my home for a little decorating. I've gotten 6 cats done so far, but only remembered to take a picture of this one. Interestingly enough, I actually feel safer since I started doing this. The police seem to be cruising my neighborhood more often than… Continue

Dragon building how to

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 11:17pm 2 Comments

There are pics and videos somewhere on my page, the pics are part of my dragon blog of September 16 I think it was. Anyway this is essentially how I'm doing it. Keeping in mind this is my first animated project.

Basic Requirements:

Two animated reindeer, one head up, the other head down (grazing)

Tin Snips

Wire mesh

Thick gloves or lots of band-aids

I zip tied the deer together, butt to butt. The head down reindeer becomes the tail of the dragon.… Continue

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At 3:13pm on June 9, 2012, beadyeyedbrat said…

Hey Papa. Missed you at the meetings. Hope to see you soon.

At 2:34am on September 19, 2011, John Hughes said…
Thanks! Glad to be here!
At 5:05pm on January 28, 2011, RavensHollow said…
Bringing any tacos to the meeting on Sunday?
At 2:44am on June 1, 2010, RavensHollow said…
I have a ton of those flicker candles, I love them! I just bought some more at the store so I could have some in San Diego since they're all in CO with the rest of my haunt. I was only using real candles in the pictures because I didn't have any flickers then.

I like to have various sizes, but somewhere between 5 - 15 inches should be fine.
At 7:18pm on May 31, 2010, RavensHollow said…
I sent you a invite for the event, hope that works. Otherwise no worries. I'll just put down that you're coming. Thanks for getting the pvc! I'll get some more for extras as well.
At 4:09pm on April 21, 2009, Nightride Productions said…
Happy Early Birthday!!
At 1:04pm on April 21, 2009, WitchOtastic said…
Hope you have a Great Birthday!!!
At 2:19am on January 8, 2009, The Bloodshed Brothers said…
you too!
At 8:36pm on November 26, 2008, PurpleDragonHeart said…
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
At 10:51am on September 16, 2008, Improviz said…
Well, I don't have any moving joints yet, LOL, my moving stuff has just been an armature inside cloth, nothing that will show. I've had good luck soaking cloth and, believe it or not, paper towels in regular latex. I got a 1 gal bucket from and it's not even 1/2 gone and it's lasted me through 3 corpses...

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