What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?

I wanted to spruce up a shelf on our bookshelf with the arrival of Halloween (right around the corner), and as I was looking at a small pile of cardboard scraps heading into the recycle bin…I had an idea.

I folded a piece of paper in half (long ways), and drew the shape of a tombstone on it, then cut it out. Now, I have a perfect sized small tombstone! I grabbed those cardboard scraps and traced small tombstones on every piece by tracing around my template I just cut out.

Cardboard Tombs2

Next, I took my X-acto knife and carefully cut out the cardboard tombstones. (with a cutting board underneath to protect the table)  And, before I forget to mention, I also cut out small triangles (as you can see in the above photo) that were glued to the back of the cardboard tombstones as a stand.  (if I had forgot to mention this, I know I would have had someone ask “how did you get the tombstones to stand up?”)

Once I had a bunch of cardboard tombstones cut out, I grabbed some spray paint and covered the cardboard with a nice coat of paint. Once dried, I took my white paint pen and also tried a gold Sharpie Marker and went to work writing on the tombstones.

Cardboard Tombs Painted

I’ve gotta tell you, once I started writing on them, I was hooked and wished I had cut out a few more cardboard tombstones because I thought of a few more funny epitaphs to write down. My Sweets will laugh when he finds the one I placed on his nightstand…”Death by my girlfriends snoring” (LOL)

Cardboard Tombs

So, what do you want on your tombstone?

Send me some of your funny epitaphs that I can use, because I want to make some more of these!

Preparing for Halloween 2012

Halloween always takes me back to my childhood, of the good ole days when we trick-or-treated around the neighborhood, but I lived in the country so there were no sidewalks and it was tough on all of us to collect lots of candy since the houses were far apart.  But living in the city now, we have to prepare for the massive amounts of little goblins, lady gaga look-a-likes, skeletons, some presidential candidates, and lots of neighbors passing out jello shots.  Oh, the times have changed since I was younger, as I could never image my parents passing out jello shots to the parents back when I was younger, although that would have been real funny to see that!  But, Halloween is just not for kids these days!

In the past few weeks, we have been in full force getting all of our Halloween props out of storage, checking our stock of extension cords, flood lights, and fog juice and every year we try to come up with a new idea for the yard, and this year, we have gone a little overboard!  We saw these really neat 6′ tall skeletons online at KMart and we knew that we wanted them!  We purchased three of them to add to our home haunt and so far, they have made a big hit!  People have been slowing down as they pass the house to take a look at what we have done and a few have stopped to take a picture or two.  So, with the skeletons purchased, we needed to make something truly remarkable to go along with them in the front yard, and we thought that we should make a casket.  We were going to make the casket out of cardboard, but then thought against it, since the cardboard would fall apart if it rained so we noticed that we had a lot of pallets behind the garage that we collected over the summer and started cutting up the pallets and created a wood casket for the skeletons to carry.  We are amazed on how well it turned out and now the skeletons & casket are the focal point in our front yard.

We stood the skeletons up in the yard and attached them to some metal poles with some tie strips – one, for they would not fall down, and two, so no one gets the idea to steal any of them.  It would be hard for them to grab them and run, because those metal poles are so far down in the ground, that they would never be able to pull them out (without being caught).  We would love to think that people would be honest and just leave our props alone, but we have to take precautions and make sure that everything is tied down.  That is why we wait until the morning of Halloween to bring out the really expensive props, like our animatronic Jason Voorhees or Freddy, as these guys really put the scare in the kids.

We have handmade all of our tombstones in the yard out of wood, painted them, stenciled and then sealed them well with a clear coat to protect them from the weather.  We decided to not use our styrofoam tombstones any longer since all we did was chase them when they blew down the street from the high winds.  We got a little creative in what we stenciled on our tombstones like:  High Gas Prices Killed Me, Texting Killed Me, the word Economy with blood dripping off the letters (lots of parents got a kick out of this one), and we are still working on a few more that need to get finished before Halloween night.  We also found some cheap black bird at the Dollar Store and we used the staple gun to attach them to the top of the tombstones which adds a nice detail to the graveyard.  Sometimes, it’s the little things like paying attention to the little details that make all the difference in your graveyard.

And don’t think that we have forgot about our dogs when it comes to Halloween, as we have already picked out their costumes!  Since I was sick for almost a month with a bad chest cold, I ran out of time to make their costumes myself, so we decided to find something at the store instead.  Bella is going to be a skunk (since she is a little stinker) and Nikita is going to be a squirrel (since she loves to chase them in the backyard).  Bella did not seem to mind her costume when we tried it on her, but Nikita looks so sad when we dress her up as she really hates any kind of thing that is on her head.  In her costume, Nikita has a squirrel hat that she has to wear, so we are not sure as to how long she will keep this on.  That’s ok though as long as I can get a few good photographs of her costume on her before we have to take it off.

Stay tuned as we transform our front yard in our nice quiet neighborhood into a remarkable home haunt!

How To Make A Bendable Mummy

Halloween is just around the corner and my mind is racing with ideas of things to make.  The days are counting down to the witching hour, the Halloween decoration are coming out of storage, and even the smallest decoration can make an impact on getting a good laugh, and a second look.

We picked up a pack of soft wire ties at KMart in the garden department that are used to tie up your veggies in the garden, and we thought that these would make a great body for a bendable mummy.  And, we were right!  The pack of wire ties came with 20 8″ ties in a pack, and we used 4 wire ties to construct our mummy.

First, we started by bending the first wire to make a round head and neck.  The second wire tie was wrapped around the neck to make the two arms, and then we attached two more wire ties, one for each leg.

Next, we opened up our small box of white gauze and cut the gauze strip in half.  Then, we started wrapping the gauze around the head to cover the green wire tie and worked our way down the rest of the body.  Once you have wrapped enough gauze around the mummy’s body to adequately cover the green wire ties, just tuck the end of the gauze under a piece of the gauze.

That’s it!  You have now just created your very own small bendable mummy that can be posed in any position you wish!  Have fun and make yourself a bendable mummy today and sit him on a shelf, have him hold a sign, pose him on your pumpkin, or hang him off your candy bowl!  You can probably hot glue some googly eyes on him, but we think our little mummy is just perfect the way he is!

Oh Yeah, It’s Friday The 13th!

If you know us well, then you know that we LOVE Halloween, and with today being Friday the 13th, it kinda adds that spooky look behind you atmosphere and watch out for those black cats eerieness.  There are only 110 days left until Halloween (yeah, I know, we’re counting down the days) and we wanted to share with you some of our Halloween products that we have and perhaps maybe you’ll find something that you want to add to your own Halloween props!  (NOTE:  Click on any image to be taken to the actual eBay listing)

Want to add some awesome cobwebs to your bushes this year?  This Cobweb Machine will do the trick.  Just attach the fan-like can to your own drill, add the fluid inside the fan, and turn on your drill.  It is the coolest thing you will ever see!  Even spray cobwebs over your tombstones in your yard to give your yard an eerie effect. 

We have also created some really neat Frankenstein Lighted Glass Blocks to add some fun to your Halloween.  Place it on your kitchen counter, bookshelf, bathroom, or anywhere you want some Halloween whimsy.  Everyone will smile when they see Frankie smiling back at them!  We also have two sizes available in these lighted glass blocks, small & large.  (you can also slip the glass block in a stand to raise it up off the counter, and these are sold separately)

You can’t celebrate Friday the 13th or Halloween without Jason Voorhees, right?  We have a hard to find Jason Voorhees Tombstone that is unbelievable!  It has so much detail and gore on the tombstone that you will think that he’s gonna crawl right out of it!

Now, this item is something to scare the pants off your neighbors and the trick-or-treators!  It is called a WOW Window Poster that’s a werewolf.  All you do, is hang it up in your window and turn the lights on in your house!  That’s it!  Then head outside to see how the werewolf glows in your window!  It is the coolest prop we have ever seen!  You could even add a blinking strobe light behind the poster too to give it a neater effect.  This werewolf scares the pants off of us when you see him snarling back at you – larger than life!  Eeeek!  We also have more WOW Window Posters for Halloween too, like black widow spiders and Mummies!

Got Fog?  Well, we bet you don’t have one of these!  This Spewing Corpse Animated Fog Machine Accessory will be a perfect addition to your own home haunt.  He moves back and forth while spewing fog out of his mouth.  The kids will love it! 

Got some old jars or bottles just laying around?  If you don’t, start saving some!  Then, just stick these Scary Halloween Bottle Labels right over your bottles for some creepy fun.  Then fill the bottles with some food coloring and water.  Who couldn’t use a little “Blood Thinner” or “Snake Venum” sitting on their counter! 

There is always room at this Motel!  Hang this Official Psycho Bates Motel Sign in your window and invite all those zombies and tired travelers into your motel!

We have the neatest Halloween prop….ever!  This is a 6′ Lighted LED Slender Ghost that you can use outdoors or indoors.  It just takes a few minutes to put it together, but it is the brightest ghost you will ever see!  We have a few of these ourselves, and always leave one in the living room to add a great Halloween effect indoors!  This prop comes with stakes that you use to insert it in your lawn too!

Who likes coffee?  Why not drink it out of this Halloween coffee mug!  You can never have enough coffee mugs, right?  I know that our cabinet is filled with them, and we all have our favorite mug to drink our java from every morning!  The back side of the mug has “Boo” on it. 

We already have Jason Voorhees, and we also have Freddy too!  Get ready for another nightmare on Elm Street with this Freddy Official Licensed Prop!  This prop features Freddy breaking through a wall and it can be used indoors or outdoors.  Freddy’s coming for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Add this Grave Bustin Pumpkin to your own home haunt!  He stands only 2 feet tall, but it full of detail!  These types of props are great to stand next to your tombstones in your yard!

As you can see, we’ve got you covered for Halloween with tons of decorations and props, so check us out on eBay and see why everyone stops at our store for their seasonal needs!

 

Enjoy your Friday the 13th and make sure you watch out for those black cats!

2012 Halloween Product Catalog

We are excited to show you our 2012 Halloween Catalog (Click Here to View Catalog) and with only 121 days left until the witching hour is here, we keep reminding you that you need to shop now to pick up your props and decorations.  Most every retailer of Halloween products are showcasing their products the beginning of July because they know that they sell out fast, and once the products are gone…..they are gone & they don’t restock!   Our product catalog can’t possibly fit all of our product, but we wanted to share with you some of our hottest Halloween props & decorations.  Once you click on the PDF of the product catalog, you can click on any photo and it will take you directly to that specific product. 

Now is the time to get your ducks skeletons in a row and make sure you are ready for Halloween.  You don’t want to be unprepared with your props, as it’s like running out of candy and the trick-or-treators are still arriving.  Be prepared!   Also, keep checking back on our eBay store, as we will be adding more inventory every week until Halloween!

Post Halloween: Our Best Treat Night Ever

We had the best treat night ever this year!  We got so many rave reviews from all the parents and the kids absolutely loved all of our decorations.  We were so pleased to hear all of the rave reviews and a lot of the parents even told us that we had the best Halloween decorations in the neighborhood!  WOW, that made us happy as we worked really hard at setting everything up this year.   We even had some parents tell us that they noticed that we added a lot more props this year and that they enjoy coming back to see us every year.  That makes us really happy!  Click here to see our video of our front yard.  We used a Gemmy Halloween Light Show & Timer to play the music and all of the yard props with lights danced to the music. 

Listed below is an approximate list of all the items we had in our home haunt and what it took to pull off our 2011 Halloween Graveyard:

    • Jason Voorhees animatronic prop
    • Freddy Krueger animatronic prop
    • Ripping Reaper of Souls animatronic prop
    • 2 Lighted Willow Trees (150 Lights per tree)
    • 2 Lighted Slender LED Ghosts (150 LED Lights per Ghost)
    • 11 Handmade Wood Tombstones
    • 8 Styrofoam Tombstones
    • 18 Extension Cords
    • 12 Flood Lights
    • 3 Strobe Lights
    • 2 Fog Machines
    • 1 Coldfusion Low-Lying Fog Maker (we ran 1 fog machine through the Coldfusion machine which was filled with ice, the fog gets chilled and then shoots out the top, and the fog lays low in the grass and creeps along the ground)
    • 2 Shady Spiders WOW Window Posters
    • 1 Green Monster WOW Window Poster
    • 1  63″ Standing Ghoul
    • Dapper Death Prop
    • The Count Prop
    • Spewing Corpse Fog Machine Accessory Prop (this guy spewed fog on the kids when they entered through the cemetery gateway)
    • 5′ RIP Coffin
    • Lighted Moving Spider with purple lights
    • 2 Color Changing Skeleton Lanterns
    • 1 Black Crow
    • LED Lighted Cemetery Gateway & Columns (made out of BOXES then spray painted with Krylon Make it Stone spray paint)
    • 2 Carved Pumpkins (One was the home grown one Daddy grew in the backyard)
    • 9 Skulls & Groundbreakers
    • Gemmy Halloween Lightshow & Timer with Speaker

    We had such a fun time pulling off a great treat night as Daddy & Mommy worked like a well-oiled machine together, and it took many hours to prepare for only two hours of trick-or-treating, which came and went so fast as it usually does.  The one thing that we had in our favor was the weather.  It had rained a little before trick-or-treating time, but that didn’t dampen our spirits, as we kept working feverishly to get everything outside and set up in time. Even our UPS driver, Sanford, stopped by to take a look at all of our decorations and got a photo taken with Daddy.

 

     

With all the time involved to plan everything out for our home haunt, the time involved making our wood tombstones and our cemetery sign, we can’t believe it is all over.  Well, as we would say, there’s 363 days until Halloween and we can’t wait to see what we come up with for next year as it is always an adventure for us! 

Don’t forget to watch our video

Our First Trick-or-Treaters!

 

Can’t Believe Halloween is Almost Here

Just checked the date today and I can’t believe that Halloween is almost here.  We only have the weekend to finalize all our plans for our home haunt, bring up all of our props from storage, assemble our animatronic props, and hang up our spider webs in the front of the house.  Last year, we hung the spider webs up way too early and the winds and rain ruined them.  We tried to fix them, but they were all jumbled and woven together and were unfixable, so we decided to wait until a little closer to Halloween to put them up. 

Mommy added some more Halloween decorations around the house, as she keeps finding more and more cute decorations in boxes that she opens up.  She has finally decided that when she puts away the decorations this year, that she is going to put all of the smaller decorations and ceramics in one box that she can open up early next year.   

Not sure if you remember the neat bat that Mommy made from wood, but she got creative this morning and really changed up the bat into an awesome Halloween decoration.  These wood bats were very difficult to cut and took considerable time to complete, but once they were done & sanded, they turned out awesome!  What she did with the bat was add lights to the back of the bat that once hung on the wall, it created an eerie illumination around the bat.  What do you think? 

Here are some of our latest Halloween decorations…
We already had our adorable metal pot with grass on the table, but Mommy added some cardstock black bats and a ghost to long wood sticks and stuck them in the grass.  She then found her most favorite Halloween decoration…her resin tombstone “Death by Chocolate” – What a way to go if you had to go, eh?