Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkinrot 2014: Halloween Horrors


The Witch on her broom came in for a landing.
She parked her old stick where the Devil was standing.

Old Scratch kissed the hand of his Halloween host
Then spoke ancient words to summon the Ghost...



































































 More images at pumpkinrot.com

46 comments:

Jeff said...

Well Sir, I can't pick one aspect of this to gush over. Each figure is amazing, my eyes immediately snapped to the ghost, but each one is phenomenal. I think if you could liquify this display, bottle it, the label would simply say "Halloween", this....is Halloween.

Samhain said...

Get behind me Satan! What evil deeds were conspired at such a hellish union? A lifting of the veil between the living and the dead! He hath born minions to scare every tot , he goes by the name of the one Pumpkinrot!

Rot said...

Hey, Thanks, Jeff!
Glad you dig it.
Really had fun with the design this year. My goal was "old Halloween postcard."

Happy Halloween!

And Happy Halloween, everyone.

Good luck tonight!

Jeff said...

I definitely get an old school vibe off it, almost as if ripped from one of those "Halloween way back when photos" when the costumes were far simpler and much scarier. Love the Jacks, love it all, Thanks Rot, Happy Halloween to you and Bean as well!

Rain forecast over on this side of the state, but we'll muddle through.

Samhain said...

Wow jeff and rot we are up way too early.woke up at 4:00 am and could not fall asleep thinking of all the great things this day holds! Thanks again for all the inspiration your art has provided through the years! Hope everyone has an eventful Samhain!

Rot said...

same here...we got up so early today.
Smelled the Halloween morning air.
Magic stuff.

Amy said...

This has got to be my fav setting yet. That's devil looking thing is beyond creepy..so cool. Love the stick tombstones!

Carved our first jack-o last night, cloves in the lid, and an anise & clove candle burning inside. I was tempted to stay up all night. Rot...this weather may be an all timer. Feels like its magnifying the smells 10 fold.

I'm not saying happy hallloween, cause then it seems like its over..we got the entire day ahead of us :)

Jay's Shadow said...

Dude. These are just so AMAZING. These four creations speak SO much in this haunt.

Your creativity and talent has definitely grown through out the years since you started this blog and started to show your works.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Liz Dearth said...

Seeing the pictures, now it is officially Halloween...
or Helloween! :) Fantastic!

dampviolets said...

Such magic comes from your mind and hands...you dear sir are a genius!
Happiest of All Hallowes to you and yours!

Kat

Mike said...

Awesome. I look forward to your creations every season. Magical. Evil. Natural. Beautiful. Great work guys. Love the devil and witch. Nice touch with the sticks. And the Jack's look stunning.

Juli Riedel said...

Fantastic photos! I love the retro look! The stick crosses are great! Have a fantastic day and night! It is the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Rot said...

Thanks, guys!

joy said...

Happy Halloween!
Your haunt looks AMAZING!!!
Have a great night!!!

we got snow....50mph wind....boo.

Willow Cove said...

Wow, I am blown away, Rot! This is one freakin' cool haunt display. It is like a old time picture brought to life. You outdid yourself again!
Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween to all!

Scurrilous! said...

amazing work as always!

HalloweeNut said...

Just beautiful. Very glad to have woken up to find this. Love the devil. Happy Hallowe'en, Rot and Bean.

Sarah Bends said...

Love your blog! Check out this interactive Halloween traditions map showing how Halloween is celebrated in different ways around the world!

NecroBones said...

Awesome photos, as always!

Sara said...

I just can't pick one image to love best! The Ghost looks amazing in B&W and color. The trio with the Jacko behind them is awesome. The old school style with referencing the image and poem at the beginning is really neat. The sliver of a daytime shot of the porch has me wanting more --can't wait to see all the details! I really like the quartet post-card-y images(Jacko, Devil, Witch, Ghost). So fun! Happy Halloween!!:)enjoy every second!

Holy Tarra said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!! These are gorgeous! I love the colors and the whole feel to display. I am always so amazed at the magic you make!! Blown away!

Grim said...

Looks awesome! Happy Halloween!

Chad said...

Happy Halloween, Rot!!!

girl6 said...

Ohhhhh Rotten One!!!.
Omgggg..YOU GAVE THE DEVIL SOME!!!
it's, JUST like the Olde days, you've brought him back to his Beloved Halloween &..he's SO Gorgeous & Ancient looking, JUST the way i imagine he would be!!!..<3333333333
Majestic!.. : )

this made me SO Happy, cause, every year, i always Always ALWAYS think, how the devil gets slighted in Halloween decorations etc.. & THIS year he's King!!!.

ok..back to icing cupcakes & off to the library Again..hahha
HAD to come Over & Beam over you guys. : D

HAPPY Halloween Everyone!.. <3

Adam said...

This just might be my favorite one yet. All the key figures of Halloween in one place. I am floored. Thanks for doing what ya do man. Incredible.

Rural Scarecrow. said...

Great scene Rot! The trio is breathtaking. Takes me back to my childhood school days of Halloween, which is why I love your work so much. Happy Halloween!!

K.O. said...

YESSS!!! I. Love. It. What an amazing trio…and it's such a brilliant idea to put these three together. I also love the poem this post opens with…it's perfect. Reading that and then looking at the scene feels like watching a story unfold. Super creepy, and super beautiful. Great job. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!

NoahFentz said...

Love that day time shot with ol Scratch. Love it. So creepy. So old school.

Hope the weather holds out for you guys!!

Happy Halloween Mr.Rot and Ms Bean!!

Steve Ring said...

I think the Roget's thesaurus entry for "Kick Ass" would sum up my reaction.

Merry Halloween!

The October boy said...

Wish I could crawl right into those pictures...amazing as always! Lucky neighborhood.
The best Halloween to you and Bean!

Pam Morris said...

Wow...just, wow. Truly fabulous work(again, Rot!) And that devil---that guy sends chills down the back. Have a magical and truly wonderful Halloween!

Hallowaltz said...

Fantastic! Happy Halloween man!

Haunted Eve said...

Love the creature "trifecta" around the cauldron. Just gorgeous!

wicKED said...

HOLY HELL! This is amazing! It is so hard to pick a favorite, but I am going with the third figure. Skeletal whitish looking creep. You never cease to amaze! WELL DONE!

Wikkedmoon said...

Wow Rot. Every single one is a work of art all on its own. But the cauldron crowd is just amazing. Loving the devil addition. Happy Halloween to all - may the weather and the spirits be with you.

Paul said...

That witch is fantastic! I wish we lived in your neighborhood.

Jean-Marc Guertin said...

Simply amazing, like always. Your pictures are an artform.

JHMDF said...

I really dig the 3 of them hanging out and plotting horrible things. The Devil is my favorite :)

cayennefool said...

Nothing short of amazing. You really outdid yourself this year. You filled me with squee, is what I'm saying. ;)

Thank you for sharing your Halloween with all of us.

Autumnleaf said...

How you always manage to out do yourself is beyond me. Everything has that Rot magic/organic quality and still something new to enjoy. I have to go with the witch as my favorite....but devilishly surprising!

Autumnleaf said...

Rot, I have to ask....did you sprinkle all of these wonderful oak leaves or are they naturally occurring?

Rot said...

Funny story with the leaves.
Every year I panic that the large trees around here aren't going to drop their leaves in time for Halloween...so this year I asked a coworker who lives a good distance from here if she could bring her bags of raked leaves to work each day in her trunk...shamefully I made that request.
Then all the trees in the neighborhood dropped their leaves a couple weeks ago....but I had this massive pile of her leaves in the yard...and sprinkled them manually over everything. It's such a critical step in the process. Then we just rake them to the curb and a truck comes through and eats em up.

But it's a manual sprinkling job each year. Love how it looks.
Funny, a few people commented on how nice the leaves were. They seemed to catch the light better than local leaves : )

Goneferal inidaho said...

How beautiful! I've thought of "importing" leave since our tree out front os pretty pathetic. We need to grow a big old blaze red maple there. I loved seeing your haunt. It looked so creepily cozy and intimate. I hope you had a great Halloween!

RebelShade said...

Awesome :) I am Sure you would make beistle proud with this One!!! Just love it, vintage Hallowe'en all over it :)

Countess VonRauber (Heidi) said...

So spooky. I'm digging this theme! I love the ghost. The draping of the cloth is beautiful. He looks ancient. The twig crosses are such a nice touch. There's just something extra creepy about graves marked by handmade wooden crosses. Bean did a superb job on the JOL's as always :)
And the petrified JOL scarecrow... wow, super nice.

Boo Swain said...

I like the simplicity of this year's design, if that's the proper term. Not that your more complex creations are any less wonder-ful, of course.

BTW, here's a motto for you:
"I wants to make your flesh creep," as the fat boy says in the 8th chapter of The Pickwick Papers.