Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Day After Halloween

We woke to find restored cable, phone, and television.  Finally catching up on everything.  Been a crazy weird week. 

We had started decorating yesterday morning and then some of the neighbors let us know our township rescheduled Halloween for Friday night.  So we didn't put out any of the props, just the witch jars and the cornstalks, and we had planned to light the softening jackos. 

I have to admit to being pretty bummed about Halloween being postponed.  Something just seemed off about that decision.  So we watched old dvr'd episodes of Paranormal Witness and horror movies from our collection.   

A door bell ringing.  

Kids were trick-or-treating.  It was Halloween sunset, and they were coming.  You know those dreams a Haunter has, where you're running around trying to set up your display while kids are coming for candy?  Well, that was us.  Bean lighting pumpkins and witch jars, and me trying to set up the fogger and position the Witches.  I tripped over a flower pot in the bushes and fell on my face...  I heard Bean say "It's like that dream!" and we laughed.  It was hectic, but not stressful.  It was fun.  And funny.

Halloween came.  Despite the township.  Despite the stupid hurricane. 


Click below for the new Pumpkinrot Tinies:








And click here for the 2012 Haunt Gallery (had a lot of time these last few days):





Hope everyone had a Wonderful and Happy and Safe Halloween.



36 comments:

P.E. Cor said...

Yeah, Halloween just isn't Hallowe'en when it's held on another night. We had a mini Halloween night a week ago because here in the GCC most people leave during the Eid break. So we had a night for the kids who might be elsewhere on actual Halloween night. Took all my decorations in the next day but put them out again for the night before real Halloween. Wasn't sure if or how many trick or treaters we would get on the actual night but we got enough to get rid of the candy!

Glad you got your amazing haunt together without any broken bones! Sure the trick or treaters were happy to be out and spooked :)

Amy said...

I've had that dream! It's right up there with forgetting to do my homework and sleeping through Xmas.

Awesome story..can't waits to look at the pics. The weather turned out to be great here in pa.

Rania said...

Your set this year is incredibly breathtaking. I am beyond words really. The detail, the lighting, all of it...just....amazing. Hats of to you and Bean! I used my little Jacko from Bean in my display this year. He was probably one of my favorite details in my entire haunt. Thanks for that!

Oh and the Kara Tinie is really intense. I want to save her. :(

As for the Trick-or-Treaters, will they be back tomorrow? I hope so. They deserve to see it all in full effect!

Rot said...

hey thanks : )

I was just looking at photos from your haunt...I love that you pulled it off..the giant scarecrow looks amazing.

Yup...they'll be back they said. It was a light turnout last night, but just enough for some Halloween magic.

I have a feeling there will be a lot of kids tomorrow.

jeff said...

I suspect you could have it a week straight...

Best to you Pumpkinbean, enjoy H12 V2.0.

Rot said...

ha! thanks!

NoahFentz said...

WOW! Wicked Old Witches!!

Amazing, Inspiring, Creepy, Halloween!!

Pam Morris said...

wow...well, I'm in love with those spectacularly eerie witches but those 'corn stalk dudes' in the cocoons are really fabulous. amazing creations, rot, truly amazing. it's a set-up that's deliciously nightmarish -- if I was a little trick 'r treater, I'd hesitate before trying to collect some goodies from your house! (but I'd still do it...)

Rot said...

Thanks : )

Rot said...

And I'm planning some photoshoots for these guys...the deathlies have some detail hidden by the cornstalks....like pointy spikes on their backs.

And I'd love to get the Witches out into a wooded setting (though they're each really heavy and awkward). I built them around stacked paint cans to keep them from falling over.

Mr Black said...

I have had that dream myself. I think it is just part of the passion for the holiday. It was not a good year for me. I put a lot of time into my display and not one trick or treater came to my house. I live in the country so I do not expect more than three or four, but this year I did not have a single one. It feels like a waste of time in some ways.

Mr Black said...

Your display is freaking amazing as always Rot. I am glad you are getting to enjoy the season in spite of the disruption of the storm and most of all I am glad you are alright.

NecroBones said...

Fantastic! The pictures look great! As always!

Yeah, that dream. I ended up doing the same thing. The ONLY trick-or-treaters we got last night came when we were about 75% done with the setup. No one else came all night.

Jay's Shadow said...

Nor rain,snow, or some b**ch hurricane named Sandy can hold back Halloween!

Kyle von Trier said...

I love those corn cocoons.

The Leer tinie is my favorite in case you were taking an unscientific poll.

Countess VonRauber (Heidi) said...

I'm so glad that you guys faired will with the storm. My thoughts were with y'all.

What a crazy night! I'm happy that you were still able to have Halloween on Halloween :)

Happy belated, Halloween to you both :)

Her Strange Kind said...

I am so in love with the cornstalk creatures, they are just amazing. The hands!!! Gahhh! Everything looks so wonderful and creates such a chilling atmosphere. Gorgeous.

Glad you had those who ignored the township. My neighborhood doesn't get many Trick-or-Treaters but I had more last night than previous years.

Good luck on Friday.

Autumnleaf said...

Rot, you and Bean capture the essence of Halloween in all its primal and organic glory. Kudos to you for an exquisit display! Makes me want to be a witch in the woods!

girl6 said...

that story made my heart s w e l l...
i'll be Happy all day now... :):):)

Johnny said...

You can't reschedule Halloween any more than you can reschedule sunrise. The Dead do not reschedule.

Yellow Phantom said...

SOOO good to hear Halloween did indeed come for you and Bean this year Rot.

The witches are breath taking. Such dynamic poses. The one on the left which addresses on lookers is particularly disturbing.


The newly added Tinies are wonderful too. I've always been a huge fan of these.

Once again you've pulled off an amazing and inspiring display sir!

Rot said...

Thanks so much, guys.
: )

K.O. said...

Wonderful work as always!!!! Regarding the Tinies, what great photography! I especially loooove Grickle and Kara. And as for the haunt, I still can't get over that awesome tree-stump cauldron. Wow! All the figures look so realistic and creepy. I bet your trick-or-treaters were sooo amazed. Glad you had a good Halloween (despite the "false alarm")! :D

Sara said...

The Tinies. Love. I think Jody and I would get along. So fantastic, I actually was speechless.

Rot said...

awesome. Thanks!

Was SO happy with that shot of Jody. Bean snapped the ones of Jody and Ince...

Ghoul Friday said...

This immediately came to mind reading your story:

And Sandy Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the rain,
stood puzzling and puzzling,
have I gone insane?
It came without cable.
It came without lights.
It came without props or vampire bites.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Halloween, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Halloween, perhaps, means a little bit more.

;)

Rot said...

HA!
That.
Is.
Great.

Grim said...

Simply Amazing! Great job, as always!

SharonF said...

;) I could just see the entire scene unfolding ... nice to know that Hallowe'en will come no matter what! Luved this year's Haunt ... super as usual you guys. :)

The Frog Queen said...

That is a great story. I was like watching a movie unfold :)

Thanks for sharing, warmed my Halloween heart!

Cheers!

Amy said...

Your shots are better than anything else I have ever seen that is Halloween related PERIOD.

What kind of reactions did you get? If I saw this in person I would probably just start to hand you money.

girl6 said...

how Ever, did i Miss the tinie mighties...

...my heart's swelling Again :):):)

Marrow said...

Phenomenal photographs, Rot!
The detail on the deadlies and deathlies is astounding. The crude jackos look truly creepy.

And this year's tinies are the best yet. I couldn't possibly pick a favorite.

Looks like you've outdone yourself.
Again.

Rot said...

Thanks, all!

Reactions were really good. The stump seemed to impress folks, so that made me happy. So many people thought it was a real stump and not a prop.

Shani said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! The display really looks incredible! I am loving the tree stump. So glad that you got a few trick or treaters. Well worth the rushing around to set up =) Another fine job Sir!

ShellHawk said...

Fantastic, as always, Rot. And again, glad to hear you and Bean came out o.k.