Friday, November 1, 2013

The Day After

We woke to heavy wind and rain.  All the cornstalks were trashed by Miss Nature.  The only prop I left out there, the CowHead crow, was toppled (skull undamaged).

I think this is the first time the day after Halloween wasn't sunny and mild.  We got up early, drank coffee, and listened to Bean's 2013 Halloween playlist.  I ain't letting Halloween go anywhere anytime soon.

Here are some photos that I snapped for the brief moment yesterday when the sun decided to show up.  They feel like November 1st to me.







19 comments:

bean said...

Just so in love with so many of these.

Wikkedmoon said...

Love that first shot. Seems like the number of TOTs here was down a bit but we still had a fairly steady stream. The weather was mild cuz the rain and wind blew out earlier in the day. All in all, it was a fine Halloween. I didn't have many props out but got a lot of comments on them. I'm the only one in the hood that makes stuff and people seem to really appreciate it. That's no knock on the folks that use the retail purchased stuff. No judgment here.

Goneferal inidaho said...

Nice. We got rained on, I got crappy shots of the haunt, but the few TOT's we had were awesome. My Mr. was great. The dogs weren't. So tired...

Jay's Shadow said...

The day after is always depressing. Must of had lots of wind early morning, but none of my props fell.

I still have a small photo shoot to do with a jack-o-lantern as soon as the wind dies down.

Jeff said...

So I've had a couple days to take all this in...
I believe this is the most incredible Halloween display I've ever seen, nothing less... just my opinion I know but I'm truly blown away, just incredible all around. I love Davis Graveyard for sure and a few others, but as far as original concepts and overall mood, character design, etc. this is incredible. The run up to this year was very stressful for us, we waited a couple weeks for test results to come back for my wife for a medical issue, while everything turned out good the editing was a nightmare. I checked your blog daily in anticipation if what you have here and I truly believe it played a part in getting me through. I'll never forget this Halloween, never forget this display and will as usual draw inspiration from it. You are the very best, Thank you.

Rot said...

dude.
Thanks a ton for that.
And i'm really glad it all worked out for you and your wife.

: )

Sara said...

I'm dealing with major Halloween hangover here.

It was rad to see so many people with awesome haunts in my own local neighborhoods this year. So inspiring! And we hit a neighborhood with friends last night where full-size candy bars were the norm!Plus, one or two authentically scary costumes done by some adults made the night super fun for us parents.

Someone I know said their friends pushed a wagon full of beer around all night while they ToT'd! LOL.

I'd love to hear more about the reactions from your neighbors/the kids in your hood. :)

Rot said...

That's GREAT. Thanks for sharing that.
It's odd. I'd say that kids didn't really understand the Haunt this year..I mean,I expected that, but they didn't even LOOK at any of the props...just commented on all the pretty pumpkins. I got the best reactions out of some older folk. I think they understood the amount of work that went into the display. Even if the structures were confusing to them. : )

My neighbor's young daughter and her friend were telling me that all the houses on the block give out king sized candy bars..I felt horrible since I was giving out fun size snickers and peanut butter cups... I mentioned this horror to her mother and she said only one house was giving out the full size... I was being duped..and it worked since I felt so guilty I gave those two girls tons of candy.

Had a visit from some friends of my wife at the end of the night. Some older folks who were really into the display. I think that man was the only one who truly got what I was trying to convey. Had a blast talking to him and giving him the tour.

Sara said...

Haha, you got tricked, my friend ;) Those girls were smart!

Yeah, your art is probably over a lot of regular folks' heads but it's nice to see that at least a few people genuinely understood it and you could share more with them!

But really, you out did yourself! Now what?? I await the 2014 teaser!

:)

Rot said...

2014: Carn-Evil

; )

Willow Cove said...

So I'm curious, we're you in costume this year? I'm finding it more difficult each year to be in character when I have drunk grandmothers knocking over tiki torches and a dude sneak into my yard hiding behind a tree to scare kids. No lie, I had a squatter in my yard haunt! :0
All I could do was shake my head and laugh. Gotta go, still putting away props after working all day...

girl6 said...

Jeff, i am so Sorry to hear that you & your family were Stressing over your wife's health..that's Horrible. :(:(:(
BUT..i am Delighted to hear that everything has turned out well in the end..<33333333
& you're right, you'll Always Always remember this Halloween in particular for so Many reasons!... :)

i LOVE the captures of the dried leaves, curly vines & those sweetie jack faces...just so Magical!!
i Can't say it enough, those little pumpkins are Truly outrageously, & intoxicatedly Sweeeeet!!!

yeah, art is such a funny, strange, beautiful & Wonderful expression...it's what keeps us going during the Ugly & Sad times..it makes for Lovely memories that we can save & spend during those rainy days in the furure.

you did Splendid rot...
you gave so Much to soooo Many...you did GOOD Kid...<33333333333333333333333333

Jeff said...

Somehow while sitting and typing that in the garage basement over a pumking I missed "waiting" was replaced with "editing"...Galaxy S3 useless version...apologies for confusion. But Thanks, Rot, G6, not really a secret, she has had some issues and one of the possibilities was endometrial cancer, which there is a history of in her family, so naturally we were scared sh*tless waiting for biopsy results which seemed to take longer than expected. But she is clear and things are far from serious, but man...just um, yeah, very lucky...and I did use this site and a couple others and that garage basement to escape the real nightmare I feared may be looming. The haunt community is so very much the best IMO and I am so, so grateful to the friends I've made through it. I've gone on too far..., again, absolutely stunning detail in those designs Rot, beautiful! Thanks again.

Rot said...

WC,
Nah...haven't done the costume thing for a long time. : )

Autumnleaf said...

I'm in love with your display in so many ways! The pumpkins in the tree branches are priceless!! And those vine sentinels!!

You out did yourself once again Rot!

The Creeping Cruds said...

Beautiful stuff Rot! The best I can recall seeing - anywhere, ever..

In Franklin (Nashville area) the 31st was a mess of 70+ mph gusts and unending rains. We publicly moved haunt night to the 1st but still had one group of kids make their way up the hill smack in the middle of the storms. Trees where literally sideways and here I am up to my knees in pumpkin guts in the garage handing out candy bars to drenched, costumed kids. It was spooky and surreal.

Friday rolled around and we set up the haunted yard and word must have gotten out cause loads and loads of kids and groups cam by. So much so I had to wait until the middle of the night to take photos.

Tennessee is entirely red, orange and yellow right now but still relatively warm. It is a sea that stretches for miles of nothing but farms and woods in full blaze. Wish it would last another month..

Thanks for sharing and letting me blather on!
Jeano - Spook Franklin Haunt

girl6 said...

WCCCCCC...i wanna hear More about the drunken grandmoms, knocked over tiki torches & your squatter...omg...spill the beans duuuuude!....ya Gotta.

dampviolets said...

Did you post Bean's 2013 Halloween playlist somewhere? Curious

Rot said...

nah...
I'll have to see if all the tracks are titled...beings a lot of them are sound bytes from movies.