Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Now Playing: Resonans

A winter song... by Altarmang.

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Creepy Yard 2023

An Asylum of Monsters...

Shadowy Things

It was known as the "Spook House." That it was tenanted by evil spirits, visible, audible and active, no one in all that region doubted any more than he doubted what he was told of Sundays by the traveling preacher. Its owner's opinion of the matter was unknown; he and his family had disappeared one night and no trace of them had ever been found.

- Ambrose Bierce

Image by Sean Lyons.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Friday, November 24, 2023

Evil Vines Cemetery 2023

A personal favorite Haunt... An unholy cemetery with giant spiders, plague victims, and reanimated skeletons.  And gorgeous lighting.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving

Hoping everyone has a really nice holiday today.  May your day be peaceful, relaxing, and fun.

Thanks to everyone who visits this Halloween blog!  
Lots of gratitude here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Post-Halloween Jamie Wyeth Tribute


Now Playing: The Equalizer (Enzo Margaglio Remix)

Man, I miss the days of main stars who were over forty (and fifty).  Do shows even have memorable themes anymore?  I honestly couldn't answer that.

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Stitching A Laugh To Darkness

The art of James Hutton.

Gourdin Fester 2023

Wonderfully twisted monsters abound here.

Another great year from Steve at Gourdin Fester.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

V - The Final Battle (Enzo Margaglio Remix)

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Lighting Recommendations

After years of resisting LED lighting, this was the first year where every ounce of Haunt illumination was done by LED tealights and LED flood lamps.  Not sure if my eyes are just becoming less sensitive (and old) or if the technology is becoming less harsh, but I used to have visual discomfort in the presence of too many LEDs.  Well, we ordered six LED floods and these things are amazing.  In the past, I dreaded getting burned on (or breaking) giant old delicate bulbs or electrocuted by ancient light fixtures if they got wet.  A considerable amount of Haunt anxiety has been removed as a result of these purchases.  More important than my nerves, however, is the fact that we can now enhance the atmosphere of the Haunt in a major way.  These things have the option of providing literally any color in the spectrum, and any level of brightness.  Operated from a cell phone, you can make decisions without having to move the fixture around.  

I'm sure I'm just late to this LED lighting party, but in the event you're tired of wrangling old light fixtures with sensitive bulbs, you might want to give these a try.  We went for a bold and bright theme this year, but we're looking very forward to next year's "darker" atmosphere to experiment with lighting choices and levels.  

Here's an amazon link to the floods we used:

I've also solved a lot of my lighting issues using small and bright LED tealights.  I used to stress about running cords into the heads of my scarecrows or pumpkin-headed creatures, but if you use three or four of these little guys it's a pretty significant source of light. 

Click below for the link (I used them in my candelabras and the Pumpkin Ghost this year [and in all of the scarecrows from last year's display]):

Monday, November 20, 2023

Creepy Cheapies

Glad I checked in to see if there were any new mask videos from Dr. Lady.  So many new episodes.  I'm not even a mask collector - I just love the fact that this guy is making videos like this, dressed as a horror host.  

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Haunted Eve 2023: Haunted Bayou

She took the great iron spoon and the mummified frog and gave it a bash and made dust of it, and talked to the dust while she ground it in her stony fists quickly.

Ray Bradbury, Invisible Boy