Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shhhh...he's coming.

"Honey! Did you take out the garbage? Honey?"

From what I understand, this horrific creature is called a coconut crab. Imagine encountering that at night. (shudder)

My Own Pumpkin Spice Liquor!

I'm beginning the 5 week process of making my own Pumpkin Spice Liquor. I want to have made a few batches and worked out all the bugs by next Halloween. Wish me luck!!

Step 1: Add all of the above together, stir and let steep for 2 weeks.

Incidentally...I got the recipe from

Friday, November 12, 2010

Spider web at last!

Instead of doing the smart thing and buying one of those cool spider web guns like those available at, I tried to make one. I tried on and off for almost 2 years with no success...and went through more that a few glue guns in the process. Maybe you'll have better luck with this method than I did.

But this year...SUCCESS! (and you won't believe how.)

All I did was squirt glue from the glue gun and hit the stream of glue with my compressor nozzle set at about 70 psi! I used the nozzle made for filling up inflatable rafts, etc.

That's it! No dismantling of the glue gun and no fittings to find and assemble!

It's a two handed method though...holding the plugged in glue gun in one hand and spraying the stream about an inch below where it exits the glue gun with the compressor nozzle with the other hand. It takes a little practice.

Depending on the wattage of your glue gun, you can spray for a few minutes before you have to let the glue heat up again. And it helps to be holding the glue gun level horizontally or down. If you try to spray "up", the glue falls back onto the gun (and your hand! Ouch!) Just get on a ladder for higher areas and spray down.

Here are a couple shots of my results.

You'll want to save this method for outdoors or the garage too're spraying glue! You can spray a prop outdoors and just bring it inside when it's cooled.

As always...if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments or email me:

Pumpkin Seeds

Because we carved so many pumpkins this year, we still have lots of crispy, salty, roasted pumpkin seeds left! But not for long! Choose from traditional....or SPICY!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween 2010 photos

CLICK HERE to see's Halloween 2010 Flickr photo gallery

Or here's a fancy slideshow!

And below are a few "teaser" photos. I'll probably add a few more to this set soon. If you have ANY questions about ANYTHING, please feel free to comment or email me at:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Doug-y (or Zombie Guy) WON!

Famous director Wes Craven recently had a Halloween costume contest on his blog that he advertised on Twitter. I entered my Doug-y, LeatherBaby character and was one of 3 winners! Here's how it looked on Wes's blog (yeah, I feel that we're on a first name basis now)

I won an autographed Scream 4 poster! Thanks Doug-y because I seldom win anything!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Leatherface + Babyface = Doug-y!

Here is a Halloween costume character I've been toying with for a couple years now. I call him Doug-y! (ask me why if you're interested)

He ended up being a cross between Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface and the Babyface character from The Hills Run Red.

It wasn't until I purchased, cut off the jaw and painted this doll mask that I was happy with the way he turned out.

His clothes may change a bit soon...but I think Doug-y is particularly horrifying especially when he's clomping towards you at night brandishing his huge cleaver! I guess we'll see this weekend (Halloween) when I release him onto an unsuspecting world!

Trick-or-Treaters BEWARE!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Makin' Styrofoam Zombie Heads

This past weekend I've been carving zombie heads from Styrofoam wig heads using a Dremel tool. It take about 30 minutes...and keep the Shop-Vac on the entire time unless you want your work area to look like the blizzard of 2010! I bought the wig heads for $9.99 each at Hobby Lobby.

Next to glue on the teeth!

I learned this technique from the EXCELLENT "Make Your Own Scratch Built Corpse" DVD available for only $15.00 at GET IT!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Corpse head

Here's the head to one of many corpses I'll be bulding over the next couple weeks. Made from a styrofoam wig head, construction adhesive, hot glue for fabrics and paint.

Zombie Heads at Halloween City

Just a sample of the great stuff at the Halloween City store in Kennesaw, GA. [Map]

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Making Funeral Flowers

During a recent trip to a cemetery I noticed how much atmosphere the flowers left for the deceased add to it. Real flowers die and turn brown quickly while artificial arrangements wilt and fade in the sun.

I decided to try and capture a bit of this atmosphere in my own Halloween cemetery. I went to the Dollar Tree store and purchased about 15 bunches of artificial flowers at $1.00 each. [photo] Big Lots provided four $3.00 plastic urns.

Using a heat gun, I blasted the flower arrangements causing them to wilt. Then I lightly spray painted the tops of the blossoms and leaves with a flat light tan color [photo] to try and create a faded look on the colored flowers and a dusty look on the white flowers.

The results are below. The photos really don't do it justice but all-in-all I think it's pretty successful. I still have to weather the urns in the photos below.

A coating of spider web and some interesting lighting and I think these arrangements will add to the creepy atmosphere of my cemetery...or of my casket viewing area. What do you think?

Friday, September 10, 2010


I stumbled across a t-shirt design displaying a label very similar to this one. The t-shirt design said "POSTHUMOUS PALE ALE" and I'll admit to you that I had to look up the word posthumous (AFTER DEATH) to get it. So...I changed the name to something that simpletons like me can understand. I'll print out a bunch of these and stick them onto bottles of Pale Ale for my Halloween party.

note: original "posthumous pale ale" design by Blair Sayer.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Embalming Room Sign

My Halloween party "EMBALMING ROOM" sign almost ready for paint. I'm going to cut rounded grooves from the corners and put faux bolt hex heads there too. More to come.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

That time of year...

Halloween merchandise is starting to appear in Target stores. In my opinion they usually have a pretty impressive selection. I'll be visiting them daily til just before Halloween.

A green tombstone? I think it works! (also available, pink and blue for your zombie-themed baby showers)

This bat tombstone is elaborate and just plain cool! Nice job Target!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Retro Halloween Glow Skull

I love these old decorations. I still have this one.
You can get it and a few others HERE.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Funeral Flowers & Body Parts

Thank you Dollar Tree for making the flowers for my Halloween party funeral display and random body parts affordable!