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Halloween 2011 status

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Published on: October 23, 2011

So I haven’t been keeping track of what I’ve been doing this year. I really need to be better about it but I’m going to try to at least post a daily status update for the next week as I get the last few bits up. So far I have up the following:


  • Graveyard fence
  • Some graves
  • The scarecrow
  • The spiderweb
  • The hanged man
  • The cannibal witch

I’m making a ghost out of a zombie/ghoul that didn’t survive last year. I have most of the pieces but need to make a quick trip to the hardware store tomorrow morning for a few last minute supplies and some lighting that I’m missing.

I’m going to have the ghost up for sure and I’m going to do my best to get the graveyard gateposts and gargoyles up by this time next week.

Left to do

  • Ghost over garage
  • Better lighting for graveyard and flickering bulbs for the porch light
  • Gateposts for graveyard
  • Cobwebs
  • Fog machine system test
  • Burn another spooky music CD

I completely spaced on getting a projector this year so my idea of showing old silent horror movies (Nosferatu etc) projected onto the inside of the upstairs window will need to wait until next year. Although, as I write this, I realize that the words would be reversed when seen from the outside so sometime in the next year I’ll need to rip a set of movies from DVD and mirror them so they look right when viewed from the outside. I’ll just have to put a silhouette in the window with a strobe like I did last year.

The Things That Just Pop Into My Head

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Published on: September 2, 2011

It’s a Raymond Chandler evening
at the end of someone’s day
and I’m standing in my pocket
and I’m slowly turning grey

I remember what I told you
but I can’t remember why
and the yellow leaves are falling
in a spiral from the sky

There’s a body on the railings
that I can’t identify
and I’d like to reassure you
but I’m not that kind of guy.

It’s a Raymond Chandler evening
and the pavements are all wet
and I’m lurking in the shadows
because it hasn’t happened…


Robyn Hitchcock via James O’Barr


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Published on: January 29, 2008

This is technically about Halloween but it’s definitely creepy enough to go in that bin. Makes me wish I lived in Iceland.

A Haunting I Will Go…

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Published on: October 25, 2006

I’m really enjoying this Halloween so far. I don’t have a costume yet but I’m enjoying it all the same. I put up the little graveyard in the front and have had a corpse hanging from the tree all month. I also built a 15 foot spider web for the front that, when complete, should glow in the dark. I’m pretty sure that the 60W black light I have, coupled with the glow in the dark paint should keep it glowing without any apparently illumination but we’ll see how it works out.

The frustrating part is that I’m coming up with some really cool ideas but there just isn’t going to be time to implement them. I’ll have to settle for the spider web this year and work on the others over the course of the year for next Halloween. Another limiting factor is that I’m trying not to scare Emily, some of the ideas that I’m having are great but, honestly, are just too damned creepy for a four year old to be around. I was listening to the spooky sound effects at the Halloween Express and came up with a number of ways to improve on them a’la Doom III that would probably get me shunned by my neighbors.

That reminds me, I need to reinstall Doom III for a little gaming/mood/inspiration


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Published on: October 5, 2006

The leaves are turning and there is a rotting corpse hanging from the tree out in front of my house. I’m pretty excited about decorating for Halloween this year and as Emily gets older I can start doing a few more extreme things without scaring her. I still need to run things past her though to see if I get the “that makes me a little scared” but a couple more years and I can really pull out the stops. This year I think I’m just going to stick to a simple graveyard in the front and maybe a giant spider web lit with black light.

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