Monthly Archives: November 2015

From the shadows

I strongly believe that effective lighting is a key element in any haunt. I have seen well designed and highly detailed haunts ruined by poor lighting. Likewise, I have seen tiny home haunts create grand displays simply by putting a little bit of thought into their lighting.


Here, 6 red LED spotlights were used to up-light the cornstalks from just inside of the outermost row. This not only gave the cornfield an eerie glow, but also cast larger than life shadows on the otherwise plain blue siding. A pair of green “Fire & Ice” lights were placed behind the cornfield for added effect. In addition to the great shadowing, this lighting left an actor occupied area in the foreground completely void of light and left our actor as a mere silhouette. This kept our visitors guessing if he was real, or just a prop.

Pumpkinrot 2015

A long time ago, longer now than it seems…. When I started getting back into the spirit of decorating for Halloween, I would wander the internet, searching for inspiration. It was a time before Pinterest, Instagram or FaceBook, when photos weren’t so widely shared and searching for something was exactly that… Searching! I stumbled on to a website where an artist, known to many only as “PumpkinRot” provided much of that inspiration I sought. His unique style created an organic look that really appealed to me and the direction I wanted to see my haunt going. Now, several years later, He continues to inspire not only myself, but thousands of others around the world. As for that organic style that he’s mastered; it now has a name. It is “PumpkinRot”.

Here is a look at PumpkinRot’s 2015 Home Haunt Video…. My hats off to you Sir, for you are a true artist.

On to the next…

Well, it’s that time of year again. The bins are packed and all that remains to remind us of Halloween in the house is a bowl of unclaimed treats. This year was one of my favorites by far. The weather was perfect, the turnout was fantastic. Everything seemed to fall into place just perfectly for a change. Everyone had such a great time, and yet I find myself increasingly disappointed in the overall appearance of things. I have long been a proponent of hand made props, yet I find more and more store bought items creeping their way into the haunt. This year, I am hoping to remedy that. We have some new plans that, if all goes accordingly, will bring in some new theme potential, and give way for some new props. So keep an eye on this page. I’ll be posting progress updates very soon on my newest project, the “Swamp Hag”.