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2011 yard haunt success!

Wow, this was a tough year for Halloween! It fell on a school night, it snowed in the morning, rained in the afternoon and the wind started getting crazy just as darkness started to fall. It became almost impossible to keep all the candles lit in the witch jars which was frustrating because I’d made […]

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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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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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2010 yard haunt success!

Another year, another night of sending children and adults screaming in terror and glee. Our voodoo theme was a resounding success this year. Thanks to the Calgary Corn Maze, we had a truck-load full of old corn stalks to add to the cemetery. Throw in some voodoo pumpkins, the odd zombie here and there, and […]

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An “old” cemetery fence

One of the new props for this year’s yard haunt is three sections of “old” fencing for the cemetery. I wanted the fencing to look like it had been in place for years but, as with all the yard props, it had to be easy to put up and take down and – most importantly […]

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2008 yard haunt success!

Nailed it once again! Lots of screams, shrieks and dropped bags of candy. I’m still playing around with different coloured lighting. Sometimes I think red looks better, other times green seems to be more creepy looking. Check out the 2008 Photo Gallery for all the pics.

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2008 yard haunt test run

Last night we did a test run for some of this year’s yard haunt features. Not everything is up yet, as we don’t want any of the props “walking away”, but we still managed to get a few good photos. I’m not sure why, but it seems the night before Halloween is always the better […]

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How to make glowing weathered columns

Making custom props for your Halloween yard display can be as simple as throwing together some scraps of wood to make some creepy looking entrance columns. For last year’s haunted cemetery display, I built two columns out of scrap plywood. To increase the spooky factor this year, I also added a flickering lantern box, also […]

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Cemetery entrance sign

After finishing the cemetery columns, I wanted to make a new entrance sign. The one we used last year was a quick “slap some paint on a board” sign, and there was no depth or real character to it. To give the sign some depth, I used thin plywood letters. While it probably would have […]

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