Oct
31

We are so excited that we have made it into the paper three years in a row. You can view the photos online here:

http://www.ourmidland.com/photos/slideshow/Spooky-Halloween-display-in-Midland-136872.php

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Oct
21

Almost done setting up this year, but it’s done enough for the teaser video!

Oct
01

It’s October 1, time to get the yard and house looking spooky.  As always, the first decoration we put up is our Halloween flag.

Jul
10

Tonight I launched a side project I’ve been working on for a few weeks. Paper Blocks. It’s a building toy that I played with as a kid from junk mail my dad received. This version has snazzy graphics and is priced as low as possible to bring hours of fun to as many kids as possible. I would greatly appreciate it if you could check out the kickstarter project and if you like the idea, please consider sharing, tagging a friend or supporting the project. By becoming a supporter you can get your hands on your own set(s) of Paper Blocks!

Check out the Kickstarter project!

 

Oct
18

We put together a little preview right before dark this evening.

The Spooky House of Woodpark Drive

Oct
17

A lot of work has been done over the past few days with still more to come.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Oct
11

The cauldron creep twins have been finished and placed out in the yard. We are lucky to have a small patch of wooded area and they look great in there.  I am really digging the movement.  These use cheap reindeer motors, it will be interesting to see how well/long they hold up!

  

Oct
10

I had my little minions helping out this afternoon as we worked to setup the pumpkin reapers.  These three guys are foam pumpkin heads covered in liquid latex and cotton balls for texture.  The ribs and hands are spray foam over wire armatures, the bodies are PVC pipe wrapped in plastic hit with a heat gun. Pool noodle sections make up the spine/vertebrae.

My son was scary his little sister earlier in the day, she turned the table on him outside and started chasing him around with monster hands.

   
    
 

Oct
07

My kids helped me move some of the yard zombies outside today.  The zombies are paper mache heads (from techniques taught by STOLLOWEEN) the bodies are just pvc pipe stuffed with plastic bags and some scrap foam that we had laying around. I have always had a thing for angler fish so these guys have the little angler off the top of their heads.  I had wired LEDs into the lure but I must have messed up the resistors as 1/2 of them burned out the first night.  I call them deadlight zombies.

Organic, cage free, brain fed, and free range.  Just don’t get too close, they bite.

    
    
   

Oct
04

Since my order for more Raspberry Pi’s came in for the rest of the projectors, I needed to do a real test!  I had some old left over black shear fabric that we used to have as curtains.  I ran a line, hung the shear, and fired up one of the projectors to see how well it worked.  It worked really well but for the projectors “black” level is still a little too visible.  There may be some settings I can adjust or lighting tricks I can try to blur the edges.  But I Amarillo pretty happy overall.