Archive for April, 2010

Are YOU a Hauntaholic?

Posted: April 27, 2010 in Halloween

You know you’re a Hauntaholic when:

  1. Your house contains nothing but Halloween Props
  2. You have names for the skeletons in your closet
  3. Your dog ignores masked intruders breaking into your house
  4. You can’t watch a horror movie without writing down ideas
  5. You find yourself thinking that one corpse is more attractive than another
  6. You have more than 10 sound effect CD’s
  7. You spend more on Halloween than your spouse’s birthday
  8. You get more excited over a fog machine than new clothes
  9. You shop for Halloween props all year round
  10. Your electric bill is higher in October than December


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JASON VOORHEES LIFESIZE ANIMATRONIC PROP
Decorate with the silent terror of this classic horror movie icon!

Perfect for scaring trick-or-treaters and traumatizing sensitive adults!  This life-size prop will turn any room or porch into Camp Blood! 

Life-size prop stands approximately 6 1/2′ high and collapses for easy storage.  Set to motion activated or manual control, prop has tattered clothes, a hockey mask and Jason’s signature machette.  Prop moves and has sound – plays the signature Jason sound effect “Kill, Kill, Kill – Ma, Ma, Ma”.  The eyes move, the head turns, the right arm with machete rises up and prop turns to the left.  Headpiece is detachable and has Jason’s real face underneath a removable hockey mask. 

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Is your office really dull around Halloween?  Does it seem that no one wants to do anything fun?   Do your co-workers turn down every fun idea you have?  Well, don’t despair.  You can bring all of the fun of Halloween to work with you & have some fun with your co-workers. 

First of all, if you don’t already have some sort of “party planning committee” at your office, create one!  Try to get everyone involved to submit ideas for bringing fun back to the office during the holidays.   You know that there are other Halloween enthusiasts like you that would love to participate & plan a great party at your office, but don’t want to be the first to admit it.  (you know that ole office politics thing)

Start by getting your committee together of a few co-workers and meet a few times to gather ideas.  Once you have created your game plan, you can share it with the rest of the office.  Start by picking your date for the office party and set a time.  (make sure that management approves of your idea as well, or it will be difficult to pull this off)  You can create some eerie flyers to hang around the office or you can send out a great email to announce the party.  Then, announce the great contests that your committee will be holding.  Some great ideas are as follows: 

  • Costume Contest – This contest always gets everyone involved!
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest – Ask everyone to join in by carving a pumpkin.  To make this contest fair, make sure they bring in their pumpkin in a brown paper bag so that no one else sees who carved what pumpkin.  Then, when it comes to the judging time, each pumpkin is then taken out of the bags.
  • Cubicle/Office Decorating Contest – This contest will bring out the devil in everyone!  This is where you will find all of the hidden talents that your co-workers possess or start a decorating war!  You can make this contest open to any kind of Halloween decorations, or you can choose a theme that everyone must use for the contest.
  • Candy Corn Counting Contest – Fill a large jar with candy corn and have everyone guess at how many pieces are in the jar.  (make sure you count the pieces before you fill the jar)  Then, after the contest, you can leave the jar in the break room for everyone to eat.

To top off your party, you can ask everyone to contribute a food dish to the party to get a large assortment of treats & dips to share.  (if you bring in a raving dish, make sure you also bring the recipe too!)  During your luncheon would be a great time for everyone to vote on who wins all of the contests.  Bringing a little Halloween with you to work is a great way to celebrate the witching hour and have a lot of fun with your co-workers.


When setting up any Halloween home haunt, there are two key elements that are required to set the scene.  To achieve the eerie lighting effect, strobe lighting and black lighting sets the tone.  Have multiple sizes of strobes available which can be synchronized using a Gemmy Light Show.  The strobes can be in sync with your chosen soundtrack.  Same thing holds true for black lighting.  Black lighting can be as small as a light bulb, and as large as a 48″ tube.  Multiple colored flood lights also adds a great effect to highlight tombstones or any outdoor yard props.  Props that have greater areas of white will also be accented more visibly to create the eerie illusion. 

To complete the effects, multiple fog machines work the best.  Fog machines are available in multiple sizes and wattages.  The low lying fog machines work best, and can be operated using a remote control timer.  Locate your fog machines throughout your display for an even more haunting graveyard effect. 

Haunted lighted willow trees are available to complete the scene.  Various size trees add a more realistic setting.  The Halloween lighted trees are available in size ranging from 3′ to 6′, and come with lights already attached.  The smaller the tree, the minimal the lights.  The 6′ Halloween trees can have up to 200 lights, but more light sets can be added.  For a minimal amount of money you can achieve maximum amount of haunted looking results.  Your trick-or-treaters will be either amazed or even frightened when they enter your home haunt.

Photographing Halloween

Posted: April 5, 2010 in Halloween
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Halloween is a great time of the year to capture the spirit(s) with your camera.  It’s truly easy to turn trick night into memories but you should remember to use these few tips.  One of the most important item, is your subject.  Make sure that your subject is framed properly and anything distracting in the background is cropped out of the photo. 

For example, if you are trying to photograph a pumpkin, zoom in close to the pumpkin to show all the carving detail, get down on the ground for a different perspective of your subject, and always make sure that you crop out anything distracting in the background – but most important, turn off your flash!  Just use the light from the candle to illuminate your shot.  (even try adding more than one candle inside your pumpkin to brighten your photograph)  By turning off your flash, you will capture a true eerie feeling.  After you have taken a few photographs, you can also tweek them with PhotoShop or other photographic software to enhance your photo, by changing your photograph to all black & white, or by coloring certain areas of the photo.  The more creative you are, the better.  Creativity is the spice of capturing the spirit of Halloween.