Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

Pumpkinrot and House of Marrow present...
Halloween 2018:  CHURCH

Photos and what-a-season-this-has-been-collaborating-with-the-most-talented-fellow-Haunter story coming soon!

Wishing everyone the most amazing Halloween!

Gorgeous photos by Theo of the House of Marrow...

Monday, October 29, 2018

It Has Begun...

The weather forecast is looking good for us at the moment, so we're perfectly on track to have everything in place for the photo shoot tomorrow afternoon/evening.

Can't wait to see it all come together and share some photos on Halloween morning.  It's definitely going to be our finest hour.  For a lot of reasons...

Won't be posting any entries until the morning of our High Holiday, so I wish everyone amazing weather and all the magic that Halloween can give.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Halloween Extravaganza

I remember the first time I stumbled upon this ghoulish event hosted inside of a New York cathedral.  It seemed impossible that something so strange and macabre would even be permitted inside such a structure.

Click below for some beautiful photos from this year's extravaganza at K.O.'s The Skeleton Key blog...

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Man, there's nothing like Halloween.
Strangers giving out free candy to kids they never even met. Civilized folks putting severed heads and mini-cemeteries on their front lawns... Orange, green, and purple lights strung around porches... and that amazing moment when you spot a real jack o'lantern smiling fire. I saw one last night on a porch step and I might as well have seen Santa Claus. H A L L O W E E N.

I finished the last detail on the last significant 2018 prop yesterday, and now it's that weird waiting.  Waiting and watching the weather (stupid Nor'easter coming towards us for the entire weekend [though I won't be complaining about weather ever again after seeing what happened to so many people in this country and around the world of late]).

Was thinking about how there's never really a dry run with my display.  It all sits disassembled in the garage and basement until the morning of the photo shoot, which is usually the day before Halloween.  So if it works it works.  If it doesn't, well, thankfully that hasn't happened yet.   YET.   

This year was definitely the most involved and most time-consuming (and most expensive [went through gallons of elmer's glue]), so hopefully it all comes together the way I'm seeing it in my brains.  

And hopefully we all get good weather wherever we are.  

What a neat holiday.  Unlike anything else out there.

Just the best...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Now Playing: Atmosfear

An annual tradition and a personal favorite High Noon release...

Every track...reminds me of the days of trick-or-treating...when you'd approach a house all decked out with homemade decorations and you'd hear wind sound effects and creepy music playing from the bushes.  Back then, man, that was so unexpected and cool.  And totally unnerving and spooky to a kid.

Click below:

Latex Aging

A fellow Haunter asked me for any tips I had in regards to restoring aging latex Halloween props.  The cracks and dryness...the broken edges...the flakes.

I never really used latex in my props, but I know the horror of finding our old rubber masks in a box my mother jammed into her attic after one hot summer season...  it was like when Donald Sutherland's character in Invasion of the Body Snatchers feels the love of his life crumble under his fingertips as he hugs her. 

Does anyone have any pointers/tips for how to extend the life of latex props...or how to repair them once aging has set in?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Now Playing: Body Melt

By Scream Queen, on Halloween at High Noon's The 31 Club.

Click below...

Soy-N-Suds: Open Again

After closing briefly, I wanted to let people know the shop is back open and ready to take orders.
There's still time to get some Anise & Clove candles before the big day...

Click below:

More Primitive Pig Folk Art

Etsy Shop Here.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Now Playing: Banshee Beat

By Sinister 6 on Halloween at High Noon's The 31 Club.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Now Playing: Halloween (Complete Soundtrack)

Sacred Bones doing a very generous upload to youtube...  totally buying this album tomorrow!

Click below...

The Skeleton Key: In Salem

Always great to see photos from K.O.'s annual outing to the New England states...

Click below for some fun photos:

And click here for other neat entries, like a trip to the Transworld Halloween expo...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

All Hallows Cemetery

Always look forward to this Haunt...

Thanks, Mike V.!

Now Playing: 3:00AM

By Grave Assistance, from Halloween at High Noon's The 31 Club...

Grimm-Hurst Manor Haunt

There was at Auburn an old, abandoned cemetery. It was nearly in the heart of the town, yet by night it was as gruesome a place as the most dismal of human moods could crave. The railings about the plots were prostrate, decayed, or altogether gone. Many of the graves were sunken, from others grew sturdy pines, whose roots had committed unspeakable sin.

Ambrose Bierce

More images here.

Monday, October 15, 2018