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DIY zombie prop hands

The zombies are revolting! Well, yes, they’re supposed to be, but this year they’ve started complaining about their hands and how un-scary they are. It’s embarrassingly true; for the past several years, the zombies have all being wearing work gloves. Why? Because the fake hands you can buy in stores are terrible and only seem […]

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PVC zombie prop bases

I have several half-zombies that hang out in the yard haunt each year, and they get spiked into the lawn and hopefully stay that way until the night is over. This year I wanted a way to mount them that was a little more reliable and that would let me mount them anywhere, not just on […]

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Zombie alert signs

I just finished reading Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1), by Mira Grant, which gave me a great idea for creating some warning signs for the cemetery. Hopefully, these — along with the zombies that lunge out at people — will ensure there’s plenty of spilled / dropped / abandoned candy for us to scoop up. 😉 […]

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2011 prop preview

Planning for this year’s haunt is well underway. A couple of new additions for this year include two skeleton sentinels roped up on some wooden crosses, lighting the way with flickering witch jars. Also new this year, are the “tables of oddities” — assorted dark magic and mysterious items source from around the world or […]

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Haunted dollhouse

Putting together a good yard haunt is a lot of work, and one of the biggest issues to deal with is where to store everything for the other 11 months of the year. As much as I’d like to keep all the props out year-round, I’m not so sure my neighbours would be too supportive […]

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Customizing some skulls

I have a number of cheap foam skulls that I picked up at a dollar store a couple of years ago but they all look the same and all look kinda blah. I decided to change the look of some of them so pulled out the burning tool and the wood stain. This is the […]

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Creepy fonts

Creepy fonts are a must-have for creating good looking Halloween invitations, posters, goodie-bag cards and so on. If you Google “Halloween fonts” you’ll find no end of possibilities, but three sites I use regularly around Halloween are: SinisterFonts.com Acid Font’s Halloween collection Dafont’s horror themed fonts

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Voodoo stuffies everywhere

Eeek — the house is getting overrun by the limp little bodies of unstuffed voodoo stuffies! We’re having a voodoo theme to our yard haunt this year, so we’re in the middle of making assorted dolls to grace our yard. Our theme this year was inspired by the little voodoo doll keychains available in the […]

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300 feet of chain – woo hoo!

August is already halfway over so I’m late starting on this year’s Halloween preparations… I did, however, just get a big carboard box full of 300 feet of plastic chain – that’s a lot of chain – for our display’s fence. The cardboard box had been opened and re-sealed with bright yellow Canada Border Service […]

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