Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

We fought some weird hostile weather to get the photo shoot finished.
The "night" shots are actually from early this morning... Halloween morning.  Conal Cochran would be proud.

Can't express how much of this Haunt each year is the result of Bean's inspiration and creative input, and hard work.  Just couldn't do it without her.  Truly my soulmate.  My muse.  My Halloween Lady.

Hope you all have great weather and an evening of fun and magic.

Halloween 2016: Night Of The Strawman




























































 









 



















 

 























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60 comments:

Johnny said...

I've been looking forward to this all night! Now, it's Halloween.
Gorgeous as always. Both the mains are fantastic. Thanks to both of you for these every year. Best part of the season.

broevil said...

I'm not too articulate at this hour, but it's fantastic!!
Love it all... off for more coffee...
Happy Halloween Rot and Bean!! 👻

Jeff said...

The face on that punkin head, it's just perfect in it's imperfections...like it grew that way. The intricate layering of texture in each figure is astonishing.

I could go on analyzing this with bigger, broader and more far reaching superlatives but...

This just kicks major ass in a hundred thousand different ways. Subtle and bold, simple while being alarmingly detailed.

This almost seems autobiographical to me, could be way off.

Let me be one of the first to say "I absolutely love this", every last sinewy branch of it, but you probably knew I would.

A Happy Holiday to you both, an amazing evening...and thank you yet again for a small peek into this amazing world of yours!

Jay's Shadow said...

These are absolutely wonderful. If you look close on these props, you can see the time and detail put into these.
They almost look like friendly greeters, but the Strawman probably has other intentions. :D

ALWAYS look forward to coming onto this blog first thing Halloween morning to get me jumped started for the day.

Pumpkin5 said...

Happy Halloween! Ya'll did us proud! The photos are truly the embodiment of Halloween. Yay for Halloween! ;)

Rot said...

Thanks, guys.
Tried to get back to my roots with this one.
Very satisfied with the outcome.

High Noon Records said...

Incredible, as always. That you got out there while it was still dark for a lot of these is inspiring all by itself.

A Safe and Happy Halloween, Rot & Bean

Countess VonRauber (Heidi) said...

Hauntingly beautiful as always. The skeletal twig hands are so great; I can't stop looking at them. I love all of the organic elements of the straw man and the jacko scarecrow. They look like they just crawled out of a swamp. A very Happy Halloween to you and Ms Bean 🎃👻💀

Rot said...

I set my alarm for 2:20 am...but got up at 11:45 and headed out into the wet morning.
Neat memory as we both worked quietly in the first hours of Halloween.

orang3lazaru5 said...

Gorgeous! Amazing work as always. Happy Halloween!

Willow Cove said...

Wonderful! Everything looks amazing. He looks like he could just get up and walk around. Happy Halloween Rot and Bean! I think a nap is due....

Mach said...

As always Rot, you are an inspiration. Thank you for everything you do for the Halloween season.

Rot said...

Thanks, guys!
Going to keep adding photos to this post...just used M's digital. WAY superior to my old camera.

lady M said...

We awoke to high winds blowing things about - a haunters worst nightmare. I love your pumpkin head with the green glowing face and all your retro Jacks. It is beautiful to hear you talk of Bean.

Mike V. said...

Awesome. Love all the small details. Love the sticks protruding from the back of the figure. Thank you for truly making this something to look forward to every Halloween. You guys are both so talented and love to see all of your hard work and imagination on display. Happy Halloween.

Ian Kelley said...

Happy Halloween,

I've been following this blog for 6 or 7 years now and I want to say thank you to you two. This blog and your work mean and Halloween, this very special day for us all, wouldn't be the same without you two. Pumpkinrot.com has certainly become a Halloween tradition of mine.

Sara said...

These pictures are fantastic! The details on Strawman are pretty unreal! I love the green lighting, the beautiful jackos. Everything. SO many details to look at. Absolutely love it!

girl6 said...

Happy Halloween!!!

he's looks ancient. like...once upon a time he was a god made of sacred flames that slowly burned away from the passing of each Halloween, until he was almost nothing left, save for the soft earthen embers of his thoughts. something has stirred his heart now, tempting it to dream again, of the old days, when his straw limbs were burning flames that lit the way. he's your don quixote dude!!!! your straw don quixote.

LOVE this toooooo shreds!!!
& here's to partnerships in crime...today & ALWAYS!!! : )

The October boy said...

Beautiful!

The October boy said...

Oops! I forgot to wish you and Bean a Happy Halloween! Thanks for keeping the spirit alive year round.

NoahFentz said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!

These Halloween Morning Blog Post are a Halloween Tradition!!

Very Well Done!!

Happy Halloween Guys!!

Autumnleaf said...

They came from the earth! Fantastically wonderful Rot and Bean.....Happy Halloween!

Anarchivist said...

So amazing. I wish you were my neighbor.

Rot said...

Thanks!
Weather is great today...sunny...some clouds...and chilly.
Going to light the fire at sunset. Bunch of folks from work just stopped by.
Fun day so far.

girl6, that's awesome.

Jeanne Wright said...

Happy Halloween! What a creepy atmosphere, I love it. Have a fun evening.

K.O. said...

What a treat! Absolutely jaw-dropping work, Rot and Bean!!!! Just amazing. Enjoy your evening.
Happy Halloween, everybody!!!

K.O. said...

(PS I love the green light in those pumpkin scarecrows!! Wow.)

Steve Ring said...

Unbelievably awesome! Happy Halloween!

Colleen said...

Aww! I loves him! He's like an elemental of sorts.. A lord of the sticks.. he's got a benevolence about him. Great job! I finished my Samhain creeper by the skin of my teeth yesterday... my husband and I were throwing our humble porch haunt together right up to the sun set. I seriously have to get more organized... Happy Halloween to you and your wife!! You're incredibly inspiring! Keep up the great work!

Jay's Shadow said...

I must add as a final note, that it is WONDERFUL that Bean gives you all the support and inspiration that is needed.

Truly a great woman.

Wheaterz said...

That dude has awesome bone structure Rot. Happy Halloween! Great Work and an inspiration!

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing and hope that you and Bean had a wonderfully haunting Halloween. I am truly loving Strawman.


Marrow said...

Well, I’ve been following your work for over six years now, and though I’ve long gotten bored with the whole haunting thing myself, I still check this blog daily and look forward to the unveiling of your haunt each year… and it never once disappoints.

I hope you don’t take it the wrong way when I say that ‘Night Of The Strawman’ feels like your most stripped-back year to date, because it also feels like the most deeply evocative. For me, the symmetry and minimalism is what makes it so bold. Iconographic even, like something out of a stained glass window from the church of Halloween. I guess there was a similar thing going on with your 2014 haunt, but for some reason that one didn’t click with me quite like this does.

The success of the whole set-up rides on the bristly back of that one figure, and by god does it carry it. Those green-faced scarecrows look absolutely wonderful, but the Strawman himself must be one of my favorite individual pieces of yours ever… I’d probably try to buy it off you if it weren’t for the shipping costs. And I’m with Jeff about it seeming almost autobiographical - good thing you’ve never posted any photos of yourself here, because I’m pretty sure this is how many of your followers picture you. I certainly do now.

It’s been amazing to watch your artistic style become gradually more refined… your pieces seem to become more distinctly ‘Pumpkinrot’ with each year. It’s in the little things like the gradual replacement of rolled-newspaper ribcages with torsos woven entirely of sticks and sinew, and the establishment of trademark elements like limb joints tied with lashes and lashes of rough twine, or hunched backs that seem to have miniature jagged forests protruding from them. It’s stuff like this that, to me, elevates your work from superbly creative Halloween decorating to genuine, put-it-in-a-goddamn-gallery art. But I’m sure you’d never let that happen, so I guess I’ll just have to stop by your place one Halloween in the future and see it for myself as it’s meant to be seen.

Anyway, this has been embarrassingly gushy but I don’t comment on here much anymore, so I just needed to get all that out of my system (not like I held back in the past or anything). A thousand thanks to you and Bean for doing all that you do… I hope that one day you’ll be properly recognized for it outside of this funny little Halloween-loving community.

A belated Happy Halloween,
Your wordiest fan,
Theo (Marrow)

Amy said...

Great..Great...GREAT! I cant believe I forgot to look at these yesterday morning :( I was in a CPR class all day! :)

What tremendous weather we got last night! Please remind me, what does Bean use to carve those jack-o's? Sick work..

Frankenrock said...

Amazing work guys! Everything looks fantastic as always! Love the positioning of the Strawman chillin on his crate.

Happy belated Halloween y'all!

Holy Tarra said...

Nothing short of AMAZING!!!!! So incredibly inspiring! Every year of doing my haunt I swear it's the last freakin' year I'm doing it.....and then I see what you've come up with and I'm pulled right back in. Your work is a huge part of what keeps me sticking to it and has been such a source of inspiration. You are magic, Rot! Thank you!

Rot said...

Thanks, guys! Really appreciate it.

And, Marrow...thanks a ton.

If you're ever in these parts I'll give you a tour : )

NecroBones said...


Man, fantastic as always! I really need to see this stuff in person at some point.

Rot said...

Marrow...shot you an email at an old address....the M monster one.
don't know if it's still used.

Primwitch69 said...

Extraordinarily beautiful!!!!! I'm in complete and utter awe of your creativity!!!!!! Wishing you and Bean a happy Halloween week (we celebrate Halloween all week long!) You two ARE the king and queen of Halloween in my book!!!!!!
Oh and I Love, love, LOVE the strawman!!!!!

bean said...

I love doing this with you, Halloween man. xo

Pam Morris said...

wow...just wow! creativity and execution extraordinaire!

Willow Cove said...

I love the Strawman poem! And I want to say how amazingly primative this year is while still telling a great story. We don't know his history, but it's is probally ancient and legendary. You have this gift of setting a scene like in those vintage postcards. Your storytelling is fantastic! The essence of Halloween that we all long for. By November, I am exhausted, and want to turn off the Halloween chip in my brain, but alas, it is not so. I have so many ideas swimming in my head due to all of the inspirations from you and everyone else. Thank you, Rot and Bean.

wicKED said...

Amazing as usual! Love the way the straw man is hunched over the fire like he could just jumpo and and chase you down.

JHMDF said...

The black and white photo of Strawman with his cross behind him is perfect. He's a creepy dude. Happy Halloween!....2 days late hehe

Grim said...

Looks great, as always! Glad to hear you had a Happy Halloween!

dampviolets said...

Mind blown.....don't know how you manage it but thank you from the bottom of my little black heart for doing what you do. Hail the King and Queen of Halloween!

Wikkedmoon said...

The Strawman's story is fun to think about. He looks very contemplative - like he is in deep thought about his next move. I like the minimal aspect of this year's haunt Rot. Ditto what Marrow said. So glad y'all had a good Halloween and kudos to Mrs. Rot!!

Jeff said...

As is customary now I suppose, two more cents to the pot.

I'm a huge fan of the Blinds...The Blind Sentinels, anyone that's into this at all and knows me will tell you that I worship them like the original Krueger, original Halloween, Pumpkinhead design, on and on...in home haunting there is no equal in my mind, they are perfect. I have a favorite one, but that's between me and Halloween man here.

I love everything you do and basically begin my October 31st in the wee hours of each year ready to pounce on my desktop at 6am to see what I'll be admiring for the next 364 days.

Strawman, is amazing, his back, his pose, his hands...the back of his hands, every rope, every fiber, every tooth. The detail in this is astonishing...you have a new champion in my eyes. I look at this and see the love and passion that drips from you as you piece him together. Again...as Marrow echoed...(Hi Marrow!), I believe it to be autobiographical, Strawman could be you, peering...smiling into the spirit, the soul of Halloween and manifesting perfection with your dark gifts. I have other thoughts I'm not so certain of, M (Bean)...is she all that surrounds? The embers? The totem behind Strawman...ready to support him if need be? I will leave that to the mystery that is Pumpkinrot...as it should be.

Gorgeous, incredible work, as always.

J

Mark Faucett said...

This may very well be your creepiest character yet! His pose and the setting bring it to life. ... I think this one may be my favorite, at least in the top two!

M.K. Pelczar said...

(I don't think my comment went through, so trying again)

As always, KILLER job Rot and Bean! Your haunt is synonymous with my Halloween experience, and this year did not disappoint. What gets me every time is the organic nature of your creatures: they always look as if they've just sprung alive, either by some ancient spell or the magic of Halloween itself. The strawman is very creepy, and incredibly effective.

Amazing work as always! Constantly bowled over by your talent.

The Creeping Cruds said...

Wow this is OUTSTANDING! Pumpkinrot always owns halloween!
Strawman is sublime..

The Gill-Man said...

As always, an amazing display. Your Strawman joins the ranks of the other wonderful creatures you've created over the years, and I'm so happy that you & Bean share these works with us every year.

While I had to take the year off from home haunting due to personal issues, I feel inspired by these pics to start working on new ideas for 2017. Hopefully, this coming year will bring good fortunes to us all, so that we may spread the spooky fun of the High Holiday to all around us.

Rot said...

Thanks, guys.
Really REALLY appreciate it.

OctoberDaze said...

Amazing

Jon Glassett said...

Not that anyone has asked for it, but in my humble opinion this is your best work to date. The depth and level of detail is amazing. I'm really floored by this, considering that you considered it a kind of scaling down.

Completely in love with Strawman.

Jamey Collins said...

I'm new to your blog. Anyways, these pics are amazing! It would be crazy to see your yard haunt in person! I'm currently working on a skeleton made from driftwood right now. Thanks again for posting these mind-blowing photos!

Shallow Grave Cemetery said...

I’m a stick-man,
may I haunt your humble home.
I’m a solo-man,
twine me together and leave me alone.
I’m a ghastly-man,
with no flesh, no heart, no bone.
I’m a lonely-man,
with no field to call my own.

As my fire dims and fades,
the pumpkin-crows call my name.
The first glimmer of light appears,
no matter it is just the same.
For my time has come and gone,
now I must return from which I came.
For I am the stick-man,
and I will never lower my head in shame.

The Skeleton Crew – 2016
Greetings from your admires at Shallow Grave Cemetery

1111 said...

Wow!

Tweet said...

As a lover of Halloween since I was a little girl in Australia and since moving to the US a few years ago and am now fully able to enjoy Halloween. I have to say all of your creations make my little black heart extremely happy. I am in total awe of all of your hard work that is put into every tiny detail.

I am fairly sure we are in the same state, I just wish that one day I could stumble across your display and be awe of it in person! I look forward to seeing what is coming for this year.