Friday, October 30, 2015

Almost Halloween...

Well folks, we're in the home stretch here. Naturally, I didn't blog half as much as I intended during the Samhain Season, but's been a pretty crappy year all the way surprise that the Haunting season has been incredibly hectic and exhausting as well. The move is, of course, a large part of the problem. We're still living out of boxes, and finding things has been quite a chore (as of this writing, I still haven't found the remotes to work the projection system, so I may not be using it this year). *sigh* Such is life, eh? The seemingly eternal mantra of "well, maybe next year" is being chanted once again in the House of Haunted Gill.

Still, I DID get some decorations up in the front yard, and I'll hopefully have those pics up in the near future. The yard haunt is stripped down, and I went for a decidedly "old school" vibe with it. The forecast is calling for ridiculous amounts of rain, so it may be that it really isn't seen by many this year...but what can you do? The good news about all this is my neighbors seem really down with it all! I was out one night setting up, and had many different folks come by and introduce themselves to me, and all were very complimentary. One individual I spotted coming from the house across and catty corner to us, on the cross street. My first thought was "uh oh", because their house was adorned with many different religious signs and what-not. I thought, for sure, that I was about to have a "holy roller" come over to preach about the "evils" of Halloween. Thankfully, this wasn't the case at all! Turns out, these folks were extremely excited by my display! The husband is a former opera singer, and is heavily involved in local theatrical productions, so he was completely on board! A short while later, his wife joined us, and she likewise gushed about how happy she was to have another theatrical person in the neighborhood!

The only thing close to a "negative" reaction came from an older lady...who expressed disappointment when I told her that I don't do a Christmas display that is quite as elaborate! I asked her if she wouldn't mind seeing a full-on Grinch display one day, which she seemed to get a kick out of, so it wasn't too terribly big of a let-down for her (and I really do want to make a display based on the classic Chuck Jones adaptation of the Grinch...that wasn't just me trying to placate her). So, it's the good with the bad, as always. We've certainly had our share of bad, but since life has given us lemons we're carving those suckers into little, yellow Jack O' Lanterns!

So, a most Happy Hallowe'en to one and all! I hope your Night is filled with lots of spooky goodness!

Friday, October 16, 2015


With the move to the new abode, Halloween decorating has been a rushed affair, to say the least. In fact, I've only done some of the yard haunt, and am forced to skip the interior altogether this year. It's sad, but necessary, considering that most of our belongings are in boxes. Heck, I wouldn't even know where most of those decorations are at this point!

Fortunately, my outdoor decorations are primarily stored together, with all of the smaller pieces fitting inside my life-sized coffin. This made it rather easy, as I rolled the yard pieces directly off the truck into the back yard until I could get to them. One piece I'm rather proud of is my "life-sized" (or is that "death-sized"?) Gruesome prop! For those unfamiliar, Gruesome is a character created by the amazing Eric Pigors of ToxicToons, who got his own amazing mask produced by Trick Or Treat Studios a few years back. I began work on the prop last year, and he was briefly featured in the yard haunt then, but he needed a lot more work. While I still need to do some tinkering with him after Halloween, I decided he looked good enough to take a spot near the graveyard this year.

Unfortunately, I only have a crappy iPhone 4s camera, so my pics aren't the greatest (plus, I need to do some playing around with the lighting for the haunt before the big night). Anyway, here's what he looks like as of this moment:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Win I Win the Lotto...

...I will be buying EVERYTHING I can from Fright Rags! Check out the latest offerings, going on sale October 21st! An entire collection of Trick r Treat inspired shirts!!!