Saturday, April 9, 2016

Looking Back

Figured I'd keep adding photos to this old blog post...one for each year at the new location.

33 comments:

bean said...

:)

Mark Faucett said...

It appears that these scenes are on your porch, not sure I've ever seen a view from your street or driveway. Do you detail the setting with all those leaves on your porch or is that not on your porch? Besides all the props it's that kind of detailing that really sells it I think. Amazing!

Jay's Shadow said...

You have an awesome spot for your haunt. Everything put into one area so the senses can be overwhelmed.

I think that is my problem with my haunt. I spread it too far out, and it loses its effect.

Rot said...

Thanks : )

Mark, yep, that's the porch.
and I try to frame out as much of "reality" as possible. I've found that the more I do this, the less I can stand seeing things like porch beams or brick walls or siding.
I'll probably turn into some tiny old man decorating an isolated spot in the woods....to remove the human element.
: )

We start stealing leaf bags in early October to pour onto the porch...gotta have tons of leaves.

Willow Cove said...

Its almost like your designing a giant diorama. I need a large porch so bad!

Jeff said...

I suggested to my wife doing that very thing in nearby woods this summer, which she thought sounded quite insane.


... I'm definitely doing it.

Goneferal inidaho said...

Nice photos. I was contemplating taking neighbors bagged leaves for the lawn this year, but passed. Although ours is completely different, I remembering commenting to the husband that we had a great porch for Trick or treat. It was more of a logistics thing than aesthetic, but I'm happy with it.

Sara said...

Did you see Sleepy Hollow last night? Dudes ripped off your scarecrows,man! ;)

Rot said...

nope..didn't see it.
I'll look for it ondemand.

Amy said...

I have this mental problem where I look at things more fondly after they have happened. I tend to obsess with everything being perfect when I am actually in the moment. It's very frustrating..

You looking back titled triggered this!

girl6 said...

Yesssss..Great idea!
i feel like i'm in a continuous david lynchian loop...gaaaahh!!. :)

The Creeping Cruds said...

Perfect!
Why can't we have two Halloweens a year?

Jay's Shadow said...

Oh the memories.......

Damn I need a front porch.

Holy Tarra said...

I have that same pipe dream of finding a really cool spot in the woods where I could install a permanent haunt. I've already turned into the crazy little old lady that collects sticks and bark that are saved every year until the next Halloween.

Holy Tarra said...

Also....I love your "Looking Back" idea. It is really cool to get to see the different themes next to each other. They are all truly inspired!!!

Rural Scarecrow. said...

You can never move Rot - the front porch is like your stage for everything frightful at the end!

Rania said...

just perfection

Autumnleaf said...

Yes, like Rania says, "Perfection". Some day I would love to see all of your props brought out to do one major diorama. Of course you would need lots of help doing this. I volunteer.

Wikkedmoon said...

I have some cool neighbors that occasionally leave sticks for me in my front yard. But yeah, always on the look-out for good sticks. Rot, so good man. So good.

Jay's Shadow said...

It is/will be cool to see how your haunt progresses.

Jeff said...

That porch is perfect. Ideal how it kind of creates an enclosed space for centerpiece displays. I love how you've branched into the rest of the yard the last couple years however. As we discuss moving more seriously in the next year, a decent sized porch is high on my list of requirements.

Pam Morris said...

exquisite, Rot. simply exquisite.

Sara said...

Cool idea, Rot. The comparison is neat. I think my favorite so far is lastvyear's....pretty perfect.

Sara said...

Last year's*

Autumnleaf said...

That IS an awesome idea. How fun it must be for you to be able to compare the various years. The fantastic porch, well it goes without saying but I have to think that the wonderfully haunted tree in the front had equal draw for you and Bean when you chose this property.

Rot said...

The tree was a major deciding factor....and, sadly, despite my efforts, the old gal is dying. We had so much trimmed off last year...and now blooms are forming on only half of her.

I could spit.

girl6 said...

ohhhh & i can't wait to see the NEW addition!!.<333
it's almost mid april sooooo we're gettin there!!. : )

Autumnleaf said...

Rot, don't write off the tree just yet...unless it's leaning over the porch and a hazard. Do you know any tree experts?

@girl6....care to elaborate?

girl6 said...

october is getting closer & closer Autumnleaf. & soooon we'll be seeing pics of Rot's NEW borns!!. can't wait. <3

Rot said...

yeah...newborn creatures...not newborn anything else : D

Sadly, the tree experts told me to say goodbye to the tree.
He reluctantly agreed to trim the dead limbs. Respected tree company in the area. One of the higher end ones. I told him his bedside manner as appreciated.
I'll keep an eye on it and just pray it stays half-alive for another few years.
Though 50% dead will take its toll on the rest of the tree no doubt.

girl6 said...

i wasn't going to comment on the dying tree because that's rough & there's nothing i can do to make it better. very sorry to hear that news, always so sad to me when trees die. DON'T give up tho, cause who ever really knows what could still happen. <3

Autumnleaf said...

Yes, the trees are old friends who cannot be replaced any time soon. I suppose it just might be old age and hopefully not some pathogen in the soil that inhibits planting something else in its place.

I too look forward to the 'newborns' :)

swampbilly said...

Each view reminds me of just about how far I would get to your door as a kid trick or treating.
Looking down into my pail, knowing one of those creatures would surely spring to life and drag me into an empty grave to eat me. Telling my friends I'll meet them at the next house. Secretly wondering if they would ever show up, or would I end up alone and have to return home for the night. Nothing beats Halloween. Thanks for taking care of it Rot.