Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mine Cart

I have had the idea for this mine cart since I first put out the Spooky Gulch sign several years ago. Obviously, time was the largest hurdle, but somehow the stars aligned and I was able to get most of the construction done for the mine cart. As with the haunted mine facade, I was able to make this entirely out of scraps that I had lying around the garage.

The base is made from the pallet  runners and the rest is low-quality thin plywood. The corners are supported by these floating braces that will also serve as a ledge for something special. More on that at a later date.

I decided to put wheels on only two sides allowing the thing to have a crazy angle really works to the forced perspective of the whole haunt. Also, I don't have to cut out another set of circles. I have a few ideas on how to finish the wheels to make them look like they are sitting on a track.

With a coat of paint and some faux finishing, I think this will be a great addition to Spooky Gulch and Spooky Acres.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Few Pictures

Halloween set-up has become a multi-day affair around here. I started at the beginning of my fall break and I am still working on small projects. However, the yard is mostly up and spooky. Take a look at these pictures for a desert fright!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I have been mulling over ideas for the yard. I have quite a few more floodlights leftover from my efforts as a prom committee sponsor. I think I have enough to light up the entire Northwest side of the house.

I also am sitting (figuratively) on two pallets that--once disassembled-- will be a perfect source of material for the Haunted Mine on the left side of the yard.

The fence that I have used in the old yard has proven to be too dangerous to be in the walkway. Some people (me) tripped over it during the last haunted holiday and it is too wiry to be of any visual significance. I will need to enhance that by using some vinyl edging that looks like wrought iron fence. If I give it a little paint treatment, it will look just like a rusty old fence.

No pictures, yet just ideas. Hopefully, these ideas will blossom into a very spooky yard.