Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012: Skull Witches

My grandmother would tell us the story,
On each Halloween.
 
About something deep in those woods.
She called them Deathlies and Deadlies.  
And she said they guarded 'the Witches,'  
Witches with skull faces...














More photos at pumpkinrot.com

40 comments:

Pam Morris said...

O those witches are just about the most awesome things I've ever seen...really spectacular work, rot!

NecroBones said...

Very nice! It's very "classic". Can't wait to see more!

Rania said...

Rot it is breathtaking! Is that a tree stump for the cauldron? WOW. And those witches, in their "relaxed hanging out" positions is so eerie! Did you have to take it down and are you putting it all back up? Or did you risk it and leave it all? So original and amazing! love! Happy Halloween! What lucky neighborhood kids you have!

NoahFentz said...

It's Halloween!!

Thank you PumpkinRot and Ms. Bean

Pooley's Pumpkins said...

Beautiful creepy work!!! I love your witches!! Looking at the black&white photo of the witches..I was waiting for them to turn (as if I was watching a video)...great photography!!

Unknown said...

Skull Witches look amazing! Glad you guys made it through the storm.

GhostTown said...

Excellent, as always. Lovin' the stump they are gathered around. It's the star of the show.

Jeph said...

These are amazing! SO CREEPY! It's like they can look right through me...

Sara said...

Your skeleton witches are UH-MAZING. You are such a talented artist. Pretty unbelievable that you are self-taught, although all the best ones are, right? ;)

Loved the feel of this haunt. Loving it. Can't wait to see more pics and video. Yup, I'm greedy! LOL.

217 said...

...my god! That is fantastic!
Thanks also for taking some daylight pics! The night ones are always great, but now I can figure out what's what...an my god...the details you can see! Cool, man!
Glad ya'll are ok!

Jay's Shadow said...

Beautiful. I just LOVE those witches.

Jana said...

Amazing.........I am in awe, as always. Just wish I lived close to come trick or treat at your house. Great job. Happy Halloween Rot!

Lisa said...

Everything looks great, as usual!

Happy Halloween!

J.P. said...

Outstanding. The tree trunk cauldron and the skeletal witches are beautiful. I feel super jealous of the people who just happen to live in your neighborhood. Hope they realize how privileged they are.

girl6 said...

HOLY Orgasmic Ocular Overload Batman!!!....

well..where do i begin?...

somewhere Shakespeare is yelling,
"There they are, my witches, Alive & Oh sooo Glorious"!!!...

i especially LOVE the last pic of the witches (aka the three graces) & that subtle little splash of absinthe green...
just dreamy, it is...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN GUYS...
& LONG LIVE the.."da Vinci" Twins!!
Yayyyyyyyy!!!.... :):):)

Blackbird said...

This is so awesome! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning today looking forward to see the new pics!
Happy Halloween!
Glad you guys fared well in the storm.

wicKED said...

Absolutely amazing! You have outdid yourself yet again! Love those witches but the stump cauldron takes the cake!

Grim said...

That looks great, man! I love their "cauldron"! Hope you guys have a great night!

Willow Cove said...

Wow. The witches are beautiful! And that tree stump is badass!

Adam said...

PRAISE THE GREAT PUMPKIN!!! Looks amazing!

JD said...

Soooo awesome!!!!! Love the crouched over witches, and the stump cauldron. The kids in your neighbourhood are really lucky.

Happy Halloween guys.

Addicted to Halloween said...

Awesome haunt as always. My house exterior was sadly lacking this year due to the short amount of time after we moved in to the new house. Next year...

RebelShade said...

WHOA!!!! I'm Speechless!!! Those are totally Amazing!!!!!! Once again, I don't know how, but you out did yourself Mr. Rot. You and Bean have a wonderful Halloween :)

GoneferalinID said...

I LOVE it!

Wheaterz said...

I'm so sorry to hear about having no power Rot. Ours just came on in our hood at about 3pm here in Baltimore County (Parkville). If you're up near Bucks Co., I guess you were closer to the path. But hey at least you have a nice Township that reschedules Halloween!
I hope you get yours ASAP and enjoy your Halloween too! Cheers!

Yalco (Chris) said...

Great pics. Very inspiring. Makes me want to create a haunt of my own for next year. Plenty of time to plan!

Wikkedmoon said...

The witches are epic. Really wonderful Rot. Happy Halloween to everyone!!Thank you for another year of Halloween wonderfulness.

Colleen said...

I am IN LOVE with the stump cauldron. Beautiful!!

cimking said...

I. AM. IN. AWE. beautiful.

Marrow said...

Wow.


Absolutely blown away by your haunt this year.

The Skull Witches are totally your best work to date - the spiky stick spines, the spidery twig limbs, the decaying hats, the tattered gowns... Such natural poses too.
And that tree stump cauldron is gorgeous.

The Deadlies and Deathlies look incredible too. Your attention to detail is once again astounding. I cannot even begin to imagine how creepy this must've been at night. Can't wait to see the rest of the photos.

Rot said...

Thanks, everyone!
So glad you guys all dig.

jeff said...

Yeah...
I keep coming back to this and noticing new things each time.
That stump is just...flippin brilliant!...the curve of the spine to leftmost witch and the neck on the one to the right!???? Man I am just agog here. I'm about to go Wayne and Garth on hands and knees...

Thank you for continued inspiration. Awesome, absolutely awesome.

Rot said...

Thanks, man!

SO happy people are enjoying this year's Haunt.


K.O. said...

I love the colors! The orange and green contrast so well. And your carved pumpkins are top-notch, as usual!

Rot said...

Thanks!
We used florescent bulbs this year. An orange one up in the corner of the porch and a green one tucked in the mache stump.

Smoother light than my old flood lamps. I didn't expect that.

Eddie said...

Holy Moly!! Outstanding work, Rot! You've raised the bar yet again! Great idea on using a tree stump as a cauldron! I gotta step it up for next year! :)

Countess VonRauber (Heidi) said...

I cannot stop looking at the witch on the right. I'm obsessing with her spine! What a creepy, but amazing detail. She also looks as if she just noticed the viewer watching them... very realistic and unnerving in a good way ;)
Oh and the tree stump cauldron is out of this world. Perfect idea!

Jason-v said...

SImply awesome work Rot and Bean!!! Great job!!!

FULL MOON INDUSTRIES said...

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches' mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
stay true~
FMI

Gary Adams said...

Ok, first an apology for ringing in so late, it's been a crazily busy year.
Until I saw the 2012 display pictures I thought you couldn't get more creepy and outright chilling than you did with the Corn Witch.

I was wrong.

Fantastic work, Rot and Bean, simply fantastic.