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photos of our spooky house on halloween night. i like to make a lot of our effects and props to keep costs down and add to the originality. plus then if i decide to change it out, i don't feel guilty for spending a lot of money. keeps my creative goth side busy....

spooky tree overlooking graveyard

spooky tree overlooking graveyard

last year my son was a mummy. i had dyed a bunch of cheesecloth for the costume and afterwards kept it. this year i draped it over the tree and mailbox


simple lighting

simple lighting

a pumpkin in the birdbath with flowing webbing to look like mist, glowing bones and light up eye balls....nothing fancy but a nice touch for added safety lighting on the path


gloomy porch

gloomy porch

a big difference from the peacefull porch scene i photo'd back in the early summer huh? lots of webbing, a big spider and some cheesecloth over the windows (added spiders on the cheesecloth). little tip for those who love the spider webbing....get it wet before trying to remove it - it comes right off without spreading and wisping.


specimen table

specimen table

lots to look at here...our floating head in a ball is from costco...it lights up, moves and talks...comes with a microphone and remote control...very cool and lots of fun. the head in the dish will moan and move it's eyes. the floating brain is a rubber ball we got from a tech convention and the creepy candlesticks are from hobby stores over the years. the eyeballs are just styro balls with big black brads. i put glue dots on the brads and stuck them to the inside of the jar. poured in watered down red paint and stuck the lid on.


bloody drips

bloody drips

this reads 'beware' in drippy 'blood'....hard to photograph at night, sorry. it is a window cling with lots of texture, like rubber


myra mains

myra mains

say it fast, you'll get it. i chose funny epitaphs from a website so they were easily read and understood by the kids. next year i might get a bit more obscure for adult humor. the hands are latex gloves filled with dirt (dirt smeared on the outside for a less bright look) in the dark they look more real. see the graveyard photo for details on the tombstone


floating ghoul

floating ghoul

a simple ghoul i picked up for twenty bucks at kmart. she is strung up so she floats above the walkway. a length of wire stretched from a cuphook on the house to the tree on the other side. in the dark, the wire is invisible.


Halloween_hangover

Halloween_hangover

me as the desperate housewife of hysteria lane


match made in heaven (hell?)

match made in heaven (hell?)

here is sam and our neighbor aaron...they are truly dark and twisty huh? they had the best time scaring our visitors. aaron did a lot of latex work on his face while sam's mask is 'glued' to his face, allowing facial movements to show.


my reaper

my reaper

samuel originally wanted to be a monty python monk but changed to a reaper for more scare power....he refused makeup or a mask though. he would sit or stand in the shadows and jump out to scare our visitors


the pose

the pose

maria practiced this pose for 15 minutes in the mirror before she would let me take the photo. this cape has had many incarnations...it has a detachable hood and a stiff vamp collar i made for it also. crushed panne velvet with a big hem so there is room to grow.


teen tude

teen tude

maria with her teen tude....i think the sneakers just 'make' the outfit, don't you?


evil in the closet (daytime)

evil in the closet (daytime)

here is the same white plastic/black skeleton during the day...barely visible


evil in the closet (at night)

evil in the closet (at night)

this is simple a piece of white plastic with a skeleton drawn in black...bought it years ago before the fancy window cling ones were around....bad photo but at night you can see the eery glow of my blue closet behind it


my wacky family

my wacky family

i think this would be a great photo for this year's holiday cards, don't ya think? maria was a vampire (again, girl after my own heart) and samuel was a reaper (that loose string drove me nuts but he would not let me cut it). he started off wanting to be one of the monty python monks but moved to reaper after sam decided he wanted a robe too (i was a sewing fiend, made maria's hooded cape too). me? i was a desperate housewife from hysteria lane (inside joke). my shirt says 'i am strange maybe even crazy but there is never a dull moment'. i was the greeter and moved the kids down the path. i was also the less scary person for the younger kids....


frankie

frankie

under the robe (one of the ones i made) and the skull face (just a cardboard die cut) is a 7 ft tall frankenstein. he is really cute and goofy. bought on clearance for 10 bucks last year. he has made appearances in choral performances and other events but this year i dressed his form to look a bit more menacing...


graveyard

graveyard

this is a shot of our "graveyard"... sam needed to topsoil the yard anyway so he made me four 'graves' for the night. we have some skulls and a black cat on the graves, plus the shovel. the hands sticking out are just latex gloves filled with dirt. the tombstones are really simple, made them last year on a lark but tossed them after this year so i can make some new foam ones. they are just foam core painted with make it stone paint in a silvery tone. the epitaphs are just printed on transparencies and glue dotted on.


ironic sign

ironic sign

the 'bunny on a stick' sign is our private residence sign for our neighborhood. we laugh at the image of the impaled bunny all the time. i even bought a weather vane in target with a bunny on a stick as a joke. here i just added the ironic sentiment of 'enter if you dare'....a private joke among the residents of "hysteria lane"


scream tv

scream tv

this is really cool. you pop in a dvd and these monster heads talk and do scary stuff. the cool part is that you cover the tv with a black cloth (we sit it in a window) and it looks like the head is floating in mid air.


black widow

black widow

this one is also from the arts & crafts feature. styro balls were coated with a coating that seals and smooths before painting. there is a red hourglass made from microbeads on the underside, the fangs are painted toothpicks


green spider

green spider

part of a halloween feature i did for arts & crafts mag, made from styro balls, covered with a coating to seal/smooth the surface before painting


grim reaper

grim reaper

picked this guy up at a party store....he is on a stake so i can place him anywhere. high contrast makes him really eery looking in the dark