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Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 11th, 2016, 9:57 am

Many moons ago I used to run a haunted house in Fremont Ohio. Thus, every year come Autumn, I get the urge to get to work. Here is this year's offering.

We begin with an old trellised archway that I've had laying around.
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Add a fence constructed of cast off pieces of an old gazebo.
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Construct the gates from cast off pieces of another old gazebo.
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Light fixtures on the archway are rummage store finds. My wife used to roll her eyes when I'd bring stuff like this home.
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This stuff looks real good in low light!
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Detail added to the gates.
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The antique padlock I picked up as detail for the gates turned out to be an old Adlake railroad padlock. I even made a key for it and yes, it works!
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And some detail added to the center/top of the archway.
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I traded some scrap steel for this park bench.
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Found two of these awesome lamp posts on the cheap.
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Meet Fred and Ginger! Getting all dressed up in clothes from a rummage store.
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Meet The Grave Digger. The crate he is in is made of cast off lumber as is the wood forming the top of the old cart everything is resting on. All that relatively new wood is then "aged" with a MAPP gas torch.
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Here are the Bowery Boys trying to wrestle a large barrel onto an antique hand truck.
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Dead Fred lurks above the front door.
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Fred and Ginger make the scene. Looks like they've been boozing it up! (One of my cats has decided to camp out for a while)
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Speaking of cats...here's another playing around in a family grave plot.
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Groundbreaker coming up for a drink.
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Bringing it all together at night with lighting.
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby Jay Mallari » October 11th, 2016, 12:24 pm

Outstanding!
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby Mark » October 11th, 2016, 12:32 pm

I agree, very good display!!!
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby rickf » October 11th, 2016, 12:44 pm

You have GOT to light up those gate lights with candles! I love the rest of it. We don't get trick or treaters in my neighborhood anymore.
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 11th, 2016, 4:16 pm

Thank you for the thumbs-up, guys.

Rick, the lights above the gates each have three flicker bulbs but they are only 3w each so the light benefit of 9w per light is negligible. I started with the idea that they would add to the overall effect but I kinda ran out of steam...plus they are indoor lights and are very much susceptible to any rain we might have. What I may do is figure out how to hang a few kerosene lanterns out there as ambient light and leave it go at that.

THIS was the Fremont Haunted house. Second Empire style and at one time, quite grand. Sadly, all gone now.
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 12th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Here ya go, Rick.

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Changed the lighting on this vignette.
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My son wanted more color during the daylight hours so we brought in a few pumpkins.
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby rickf » October 13th, 2016, 9:06 am

There you go, and I like the changed lighting, the old style was too Christmasy.
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 13th, 2016, 3:42 pm

Roger that.

Speaking of Christmas, I put up something like 25 lighted and decorated Christmas trees in my yard last year. Never....ever...again. :roll:
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby rickf » October 13th, 2016, 4:43 pm

Considering the size of your house I would guess it was lost in the forest?
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 14th, 2016, 8:54 pm

You know it, brother!
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby csmith » October 14th, 2016, 10:45 pm

Very cool, HW is my wifes fav holiday!
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 22nd, 2016, 10:22 am

We have a big Christmas bash every year, coupled with the local night parade. I like to get an MV or two into the parade when I can. The local Model T guys always join us and it's always fun to see what they bring every year. I always thought I would like to have a Model T until I had one of those fellas get me up close and personal with one. No thank you! They're fun to look at and miserable to drive....mainly because people have gotten a lot bigger over the years. However, they do have one undeniable quality. From our perspective, there isn't much there to have to work on. Dirt simple.

Here are a couple of new shots. Enjoy!

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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby rickf » October 22nd, 2016, 10:37 am

Getting the cat in a lot of the pic's is classic. :mrgreen:
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Re: Halloween preparation

Postby m3a1 » October 22nd, 2016, 10:43 am

Oh, you have no idea! One of my outdoor cats routinely curls up and sleeps in the lap of the one in the tux on the park bench!

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