Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hood Pumpkin Eggnog

Saw this at the grocery store yesterday, and couldn't pass it up. I'm glad I didn't, because it is delicious! Don't know if regular eggnog will ever taste the same again.

Learn about it here: Hood Pumpkin Eggnog

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holdman Light Show

I was watching a video of this Christmas light display, and noticed they had a pretty elaborate Halloween display as well. If you haven't seen their videos, they are well worth checking out. Their Christmas light videos are crazy!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

November 13th

This was taken on November 13th. I'll post another picture soon, it appears they are still doing pretty good!

View from the kitchen window...

It's nice looking out and seeing these guys every day.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Darkest Hour: Video

Made a quick video this morning of our 2009 haunt. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stricken at Nightfall

I thought this picture turned out kind of cool. I took it while laying on the ground, looking up at the prop as the sun was setting behind it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lost on Halloween Night

This one fooled a few people... my mom came up and helped pass out candy on Halloween night, and she even talked to it a few times forgetting that it was just a prop I had placed there. Later on in the night, I moved it up closer to the road where all the parents usually stand. I saw a few of them try to have interactions with it as well. The kids reactions were the best though, when they realized that this was no ordinary kid they were talking to.
As it appeared Halloween night.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Grim was popular this year

Here's another Grim prop that someone just sent me pictures of...
Nice work, Teresa!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Grim Hollow 2009: The Darkest Hour

These were all taken the night of November 1st. All of these props were left outside overnight while we received 2 to 3 inches of rain, and they held up pretty good for not being sealed or anything like that. I have some pictures from Halloween night that didn't come out nearly as good, I'll post some of those later. I am so glad I decided to leave the display up for one extra day so that I could get some decent pictures... I usually break it all down on Halloween night so that on the morning of November 1st, all appears to be back to normal.

Yet Another Grim Relative...

Another one of Grim's relatives celebrated its first Halloween this year, this one is carrying skulls and appears much taller than the one I built.
Nice Prop, Brian!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween on November 1st

I decided to leave my display up for one more night since the rain prevented me from getting any good pictures on Halloween night. So, we had Halloween again tonight. I even had a few people stop by and get out to look at all of it. The pictures I got tonight were much, much better, and I'll post some more soon!
This is what a prop looks like after being left out in about 2-3 inches of rain overnight by the way... not too bad, some of them had some minimal damage, nothing a little paint won't fix. I don't use any sealer or anything, and was surprised at how well they held up.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Night at Grim Hollow

Well, it rained. A lot. I guess it could have been worse though, we still had probably 200 kids or so. We had laughers and criers of all types, so I guess overall it was a good night. The one thing I'm worried about is the pictures I took. I haven't looked at them yet, and don't know if they are going to be good or not because of the amount of rain we were getting when I took them. I'm kind of scared to look right now. Worst case scenario, I do have some pictures I took back on the 22nd I could post, but the yard was set up differently than it was for Halloween night. I'll try to get some pics posted soon! Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!
This pretty much sums up how I feel right about now after being out in the rain all evening.

Update: My pictures turned out horrible, so tonight (Nov 1) is picture night. Usually I have everything put up by now, but everything is still in place. So it will be like Halloween night again at my house!

Grim's Relative Makes the Greenwich Time

Got an e-mail from someone who had built their own version of "Grim" this year saying that they had made the Greenwich Time.... Here's the picture of their prop, "Grum".

Congratulations, Jeffrey and Karen!

Here's the Story

Happy Halloween!

Go away rain! Here's a little Halloween fun for you...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Grimvisions Scarecrow

I have always liked the look of scarecrows with burlap covered heads. It was this scarecrow head, made by Grim of Grimvisions, that really gave me the urge to make one (or three) for myself.

See this and other wonderful props at the Grimvisions website.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The missing are found...

This is the scarecrow lineup for Grim Hollow, 2009. This year's theme is "The Darkest Hour".






More pictures to come...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fork and Spoon Costume

Talk about embarrassing. I was forced to go buy these today as a favor to my mother-in-law, because they were sold out in her city.
All I know is that a fork or a spoon had better not show up at my house on Halloween.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ScareFX Graveyard

I loved this graveyard picture. From one of my favorite yard haunts, ScareFX.
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ScareFX Website

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Addition to Grim Hollow

We welcomed this little fellow into the world yesterday...
He got here just in time for Halloween!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Lost

I read about this prop idea last year on Pumpkinrot's What's Brewing blog, and kind of had the idea stuck in head since then, so I had to build it. It's about 3'10" tall, and resembles a small child. I think I may put a few pieces of candy on the ground in front of it to make it appear that the child may have spilled them, or maybe put a couple of hands, fingers, etc. in its bucket. My hopes are that some concerned parent will lean down to help this child and realize that this is no ordinary kid. This doesn't really go with the rest of my setup this year, it's just something I had been wanting to build since I read about it.

Thanks, Rot, for this awesome prop idea.

Rot's Original Post

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Helper

This kind of ruins my preview of Stricken, but I couldn't resist posting this pic I took of my oldest son helping me paint this prop when I was working on it... I'm hoping to turn him into a yard haunter one of these days. He has some pretty cool ideas floating around in his head that he tells me about sometimes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In My Hands... 6:28 a.m., and getting ready to start watching it now.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Twilight Zone

One of my favorite shows, The Twilight Zone, is 50 years old today.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009