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hiding/incorporating our screenhouse/gazebo thing

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael Aug 14, 2011. 4 Replies

We've got this nice screenhouse/gazebo in the yard. Taking it down for Halloween isn't a practical option, so I'm trying to decide how to work with or around it. And so I seek the advice of the Great…Continue


Lost Lake Cemetery: The death and times of a home haunter.

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"I have a collection of old iPhones and own multiple Bluetooth speakers. Why am I still running wires all over the yard from a stack of amps?"
Jan 4
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""Taking a year off" was a good idea. My brain reset and this year's setup and lighting got the synapses firing. LOTS of ideas for next year!"
Nov 1, 2017
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"My little home haunt doubled its typical attendance this year and beat our best year (Saturday Halloween) by over 100 people!"
Nov 1, 2017
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"Is it wrong that when stretch webbing The Crypt, I purposely pull lots of loose tendrils of web free so they *have* to brush them away? }:)"
Oct 30, 2017
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"Full haunt setup and test for our party last night. I'm really happy with the new lighting."
Oct 29, 2017
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"Trying to solve an audio wiring challenge when it clicked... I own a Bluetooth transmitter and Bluetooth speakers! Why wire it?!"
Oct 25, 2017
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"Why do we say "queue line"? It's redundant. A "queue", in this context, is a waiting line."
Oct 25, 2017
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"I may or may not have accidentally set up a small third cemetery last night with some extra (I know, gasp!) gravestones."
Oct 23, 2017

Profile Information

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:
Three to five years
Your haunt comprises...?
Walkthrough sets, Static decorations, Animatronics, Actors
Your haunt - Do you prefer?
Spooky ambiance
Tell us a little about your haunt..
With a liberal application of gravestones, my otherwise unassuming yard is transformed into Lost Lake Cemetery. The shed gets reworked as a crypt and the garage gets turned into a haunted parlor for the young and the timid.
When it comes to props/decorations in your haunt, would you say you are:
A crafter that makes everything from scratch
Which statement comes closest to describing your haunt's attitude toward kids?
geared toward older kids with a certain amount of gore/scare
You understand that any non prop related content will be deleted?
You're deep into building, and suddenly... your build partner reaches for the last beer
You go buy more
I've been doing haunts on the small scale since high school. Of course I had no idea what I was doing was "haunting" as we now know it. Regardless it laid the foundation. But college and then 4 years living in an apartment that saw no TOTs put my Halloween stuff on indefinite hold.

In April 2007 we bought our first home and something clicked and I jumped back into Halloween full blast. I had a great time and my neighbors loved it. And so began Lost Lake Cemetery.

From here on out, it'll get bigger and better each year. I'm having a blast doing it.

Thanks to Dan Blakeslee ( for his permission to use his art for my profile photo. It was too perfect to pass up. :)

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A Tale of Two Haunts: Part 2

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

It's been two years since my last blog post and the Tale of Two Haunts continues, though somewhat delayed.

Last year's focus shifted from the plan and I worked on revamping the Crypt. I made several new wall panels, reworked the lighting, started taking it in the new direction I envision for the overall main haunt. My biggest change was the lighting, a change I'm taking out to the cemetery this season.

Gone is the theatrical blues, greens, reds! I'm moving entirely to the… Continue

A Tale of Two Haunts?

Posted on September 20, 2015 at 12:08pm 1 Comment

I didn't really think of it as such until last year, but the truth is that I actually have (or can have) two separate haunts on my property.

You see, due to the layout of my property, my main walk through haunt is actually in my back yard. My front yard is a largely wild, unmaintained hill too steep to really use day-to-day. So much so that my driveway enters at the side of my property and as such the fire marshal made the town change our address when we bought the… Continue

Proud Haunter Moment

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

I was out front taking down the roadside cemetery when a guy rode by on a bicycle. He waved as he went by and continued on. A minute later he circled back so he could tell me that I did a great job on the haunt this year. He also said his kids "absolutely f-cking love it" and that he looks forward to it every year. He finished off by saying, "I don't know if anybody tells you that, but if not they should."

As much as we do this for our own enjoyment, these are the moments that…


Costco Skeleton: A Bit of a Review

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:00pm 4 Comments

OK, by now we've all heard about the "Costco" skeletons, right? They were around last year and made enough of an impression to get more attention from the haunt community this year. So, I ordered one online.

Let me begin by saying I overpaid for mine a bit at about $55 including shipping. Costco is selling them for $35, if you're a member. However, you do NOT have to be a member to order from Costco Online so long as you don't mind paying $8 for shipping and a 5% non-member…


Garage Walkthrough 2.0

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 11:53am 2 Comments

From here on all of my focus will be on my garage walkthrough. After last seasons success and lessons learned, I'm giving a complete overhaul/reorganization.

The crypt has to stay, it's a core component of my haunt. The dark maze portion also is staying, but other some tweaks learned from last year. The third section will be a heavily webbed out spider-infected tunnel that will be the exit path.

Last year went like this: you entered through the dark maze which dumped you… Continue

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At 1:27pm on March 27, 2012, Jeff Bruneel said…

Thanks Rob, I can't wait to get me hands on it.  I have about a bizillion ideas on how to use it.  Need to focus......

At 11:34pm on November 27, 2011, The Evil Queen said…
Aloha Rob!
At 1:09pm on September 26, 2011, Bruce Horton said…
Thanks for the welcome Rob. I love all the photos and info here. I can't wait to try some of these ideas.
At 7:08pm on August 25, 2011, Draggonsmind aka William White said…
At 5:12pm on July 13, 2011, Trace Franks AKA Aintnohusker said…
Thanks. The site looks good. Think I could pic up a lot of knowledge here!
At 2:14pm on July 12, 2011, debra clark said…
Thanks for the welcome. My main intrest at the moment is adding lighting and sound to my displays. I'm looking forward to your site. Happy imagination! Debra
At 12:04pm on October 28, 2010, Ken Fennell said…
Thanks for the welcome. This is a great site and I wish I found it earlier. Lots of work still to be done so I'll add some of the new ideas I've gotton from here next year. Happy haunting.
At 12:15am on October 4, 2010, Justin Tyler Moore said…
Thanks for the kind welcome Rob! I cant believe I am just now stumbling upon this great site! I'm so thrilled to be a member!!! Here's to the years to come!
At 3:13am on October 1, 2010, Debora Jones said…
Thanks for the welcome Rob. I can't wait to start looking around, there is a lot of talent out there. I do have one question, though? Does anyone know how to make the guy with the nasty, wart looking bumps on his head and the green stuff on his teeth and bugs crawling all over him? I would love to add him to my yard this halloween, or even something that closely resembles him. Thanks, Deb
At 4:07pm on August 31, 2010, Diana B said…
So, what did you think about Zombieland? I'm from Garland, DOES pretty much look like that! hahahahahaha

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