|Project by reedwood||posted 11-07-2011 05:23 PM||5007 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
Halloween 2011 – The Swamp House
Welcome to my world….. };- [
We wanted to do something different so we did a Swamp theme this year …
with 12 Alligators, lots of skeletons, spiders, 100 black birds, and a real Fox (fur) in a cage.
Hey, why not?
Smoke and Lights, Sounds and Illusions. Being scared is so much fun!
.... and I get to build cool stuff.
A friend called and asked if I was interested in some old 6×6 posts and I said, Yes!, of course.
His brother had just finished replacing the cedar deck in the back of the house. I went to pick up the 6×6s and noticed they piled the old decking against the fence and he said they planned on renting a dumpster for 450 bucks and hauling it by hand around to the front driveway.
So, I offered to get rid of it for half the cost and he said, SURE!
It took about two hours for me and my helper to load it in to the trailer and I ended up with 225.00 cash, about 300 bucks worth of 6×6 RS cedar and a ton of prop material.
I wanted to create the look of an old shack so I had to cover the big 1/2 round window somehow.
This illusion of a barn loft seemed to work!
The busted shutters were left over from a jobsite and I got the fake barn siding wallpaper online.
That’s Spidey, our 20 ft. black widow spider on the roof. He’s been a regular for the past 10 years.
We borrowed the canoe from a neighbor who was more than happy to contribute to the theme.
The dock extension over the pond had an alligator head pop up at the end when you stepped on it
It worked pretty good, the kids jumped back when they looked down. Perfect! Too funny!
Can’t have a swamp theme without a swamp out house.
Go ahead…look inside.
We had two sounds going….a haunted forest sound effects CD with frogs, crickets, hoot owls, etc.
Also, made a southern rock CD with Charlie Daniels, Lynnrd Sknnrd, pure prairie league, etc.
This was just right for the little kids…lots to see but not too scary
But, it’s a whole different scene when it’s dark.
so, open it….. ya big chicken.
We had a cage by the front door with a real fox fur that was balled up to look like it was asleep. There was a red light in the cage and a few bones laying around. It was sitting on a barrel which put it at just the right height for curious eyes.
Made of left over plywood and hardware, a small gate I pulled out of a dumpster, chicken wire and black paint.
The kids were so cautious, they kept an eye on it, waiting for it to jump or move.
No animation needed…just a little imagination…... They loved it!
I found a bunch of “swamp stuff” at a garage sale like bear traps, whiskey jugs, old fishing gear, a rusty frying pan, wrought iron candle holders, a cool lantern, a carved log raccoon and an owl, a fox fur and three hillbilly hats!..... 80 bucks!
Mr. bones is a regular guest around here at Halloween time.
The other day, this dead limb landed on my jeep hood and dented it so it’s paying me back, kind of like community service. I burned it the next day, so justice has been served.
Jack is great with the kids.
This is his 7th Halloween so it’s nothing new to him. He loves all the attention and the occasional missplaced piece of candy or cookie.
This was our talking skeleton greeter
“Nice Halloween mask! Oh sorry, that’s your face!... Blahhhh!”
“Hey, I’d go in there with you, but I don’t have the guts!. Blahhhh!!”
“Eat some candy would ya? Your almost as skinny as me! HeHeHe!!!”
This is the outhouse at night with the red light and fog machine inside.
It was made of the same old 5/4 cedar decking only I reversed it so the gray peeling paint showed.
So,… are you going to look inside or not?
GRRRR!!! GRRRRROWL!!! GRRRRRRRRR!!
CHECK OUT THAT ALLIGATOR!!!.... HA!
The Obama dummy is animated and activated by sound.
When you open the door, he starts jerking back and forth and growls at you.
This dummy does the same thing! Ha Ha!!!
The Alligator head moved back and forth using an oscillating fan motor.
Animated props can be tricky to make but I love a good challenge.
He had a 3 stooges tie on which the adults thought was pretty funny.
There was a fog machine and a red flood light under the seat too.
It was a huge hit!
We had about 120 kids and over 80 adults. The weather was perfect and Everyone had a great time.
See ya’ll next year! Bwahh hahahahaha!!!
-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.