Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I didn't have the chance this year to take a lot of pictures of my Halloween setup as I planned to take those at night when the lighting would be on. Unfortunately, because of bad weather, I had to put back all my props in the garage before having the chance to take pictures. Fortunately, I had the good idea of filming my stirring witch in the daylight. Here it is:
It's a shame I didn't had the opportunity to film her at night. She would have look better with the interior of the cauldron lighted and her green glowing eyes. Well, life is life, I will probably have that chance next year :-)
Have a nice evening!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
What would be the best way to come back to the blogging world? Maybe by telling your of my last Halloween. Here we go:
The day started at 8AM. I woke up feeling like I caught a cold. That was not that bad, there was no ways a small cold would prevent me to celebrate Halloween! My parents, my in-laws and I moved all the props from the 2nd floor of the garage to the front of my house. The installation took about 3 hours. Once the installation completed, I had some time ahead before the Trick'r treater come to my door, so I took a little nap while my wife and my little boy were doing their Trick'r treating round.
1PM, the Trick'r treaters started to knock at the door. It was time for my wife and I to put our costumes on to give candies. For the first time, meet the mastermind behind this blog and his wonderful wife:
We had a good number of trick'r treater, I think the exact number was 186. The new stirring witch was a hit, most parents and teen had good comments on our setup. Some parents took pictures of their children in the setup and some even took pictures of my wife and I. Everything were going fine until 3PM. The day was a little bit windy but at 3PM, the wind started to blow stronger. Sometimes, the wind were blowing so strong that my stirring witch and/or my pumpkin scarecrow had some issues. The witch had loose her head in her cauldron, or her head would do a 180 degree rotation. The scarecrow finished in two separated pieces a few times. Fortunately, it was easy to fix and the celebration continued until 5PM.
At 5PM, the wind started to blow even stronger and it started to rain a bit. The wind was strong enough to cause other damages to my stirring witch so I decide it was time to put her back in the garage, it was a shame, but I was not interested to let the wind destroy my hard work. I took my drill, started to unscrew the witch from the cauldron so I can move her more easily. Then came the disaster. As soon as I removed the last screw, the wind started to blow even stronger and it started to rain like hell. In a few seconds, I saw the witch and the scarecrow collapse in pieces while some of my tombstones where blown away. No need to say I tried to salvage what I could, so in about 10 minutes, all my props were all in safety in the garage. Then I started to look at the damages:
- On 11 tombstones, 1 was missing and 3 were broken in two.
- Some fingers of the witch were broken. Hopefully, the head was fine and the pipe frame could be repaired.
- The scarecrow frame was alright, no real damage to that prop only a few adjustments to do.
- The zombie and the coffin were fine, no damage on them.
Looking back at this, this is not that bad. But that night, my Halloween was totally trashed. Here are some pictures of the damages:
I should be able to repair them with a bit of creativity... In one way, with a bit of paint, these damages can be used to give a worn look to the tombstones.
That summarize my Halloween day. I hope yours started well and finished well too. Wow, this is the longest post I ever wrote... I wonder how much of you have read it entirely ;-)
Have a nice evening!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Two weeks ago, one of my favorite blogger, The Captain, wrote a post about Publix Halloween themed grocery bags. I left a comment that my grocery store also gives Halloween themed bags. In fact, they are more Autumn themed bag. But here it is:
Finally, my little boy woke up with a strange hair cut... He also got very sick that same day... I guess he got a bad hair day :-)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Yep! I'm done with the stirring witch project. At least for this year. She looks good enough to be part of my display. Not bad for my third hand made prop. For the completion of this work, I have some thanks to do. Here we go:
- My wife for supporting my constant babbling about this project;
- My father for providing me with some tips on how to place the wiper motor that makes the head of the witch turn;
- My father and mother in-law for providing me the fabrics and the wood necessary to dress and assemble the witch and the cauldron;
- My brother in-law for giving me the barrel I used to build the cauldron;
- My coworker Billy for giving me the steel bar I needed to fix the stirring stick to the wiper motor of the cauldron;
Thinking of it, there is still one thing missing for this year. A good sound fx I could loop on a mp3 player so the trick'r treater can hear the cauldron bubbling. I found some on the web but they don't loop very well. If anyone knows where I can get one, that would be great.
I also completed sooner this week the skull with a pillar candle that will ornate the table on which the ingredients bottles and the spell book of the witch will be displayed. I have a small problem with the led tea light not being bright enough. But I can surely fix that by buying some on eBay. But since I'm not sure to get them on time for Halloween, I'll keep the cheap ones I bought on the dollar store for this year.
Next post: Mr Jack and Autumn themed grocery bags!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The candies are bought and the bags filled.
The little Édouard is, as always, the pride of his father.
The crazy dachsund will also be celebrating
And the hosts have finally made a choice for their own costumes. They will become Edwardian Ghosts this Halloween.
How about you? Are you ready yet?
1. Test the fog machine with the cauldron and see if any adjustments is needed.
2. Put some clothes on the witch.
3. Fasten the witch and the cauldron together.
4. Install the led mini spotlight to highlight the witch face.
5. Build a small table to display the witch ingredients bottles, her spellbook and her skull pillar candle.
Okay, that's not too bad. I should be able to get it done for Halloween. Well, I hope so because I just received an order for my wife. Seems like I need to build a groundbreaker too! Oh crap! With only 2 hours a day of prop building, will I make it? I really start to feel the pressure. And finally, to top it off, I'm changing job at the beginning of October, that means I'm gonna have to cut on my prop building time to work at home so I can perform learn all I need to perform in my new job... Well, I should stop complaining and get cracking then. Otherwise I gonna have a crazy October and I won't have the chance to enjoy fall at all.
Now that I complained about my soooo terrible fate (just kidding), let's get back to the subject. The stirring witch project status. It is completed at 80%. I finished the cauldron yesterday. At first, the cauldron was supposed to be very simple but I didn't like it. There was something missing. I finally had a good idea last friday and came across what I needed, at Wal-Mart, to complete the job. Have a look below at the Before and After pictures of the cauldron. And as a bonus, have a glimpse of the witch without her clothes...
The air seems fresher, the sunlight more attractive. The leaves began changing color and the darkness becomes more pervasive each evening. Autumn is upon us. Finally!
To celebrate this wonderful season that is autumn, my wife and I have built a beautiful vase to the colors of the season to ornate our dining room table. It's really incredible what one can do with things sold by the dollar stores.
Someone told me about an interesting event going on in Washington DC at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. They are doing an Halloween specific exhibit portraying an electric chair dating back to 1916. If I were going to Washington I would certainly go to this exhibit as I love museums and history. But since I'm living far far away from DC, I'm just going to share this information to all my fellow bloggers in case some of you would be passing by.
For more information on the event click on the following link: Halloween in DC
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
So feel free to add me as your friend on GoE or to follow me on Twitter!
Sorry for not being very present lately. I'm very busy with building props (I even dream of it at night), my children and my job. I have a lot of things going on right now, some I can't talk of yet. Long story short, I try to keep up with all the blogs I follow but it's a little bit harder than usual. So... don't worry, I'm going to be back soon.
For Mr. Macabre and Dracenea, I'm still waiting for your prize to arrive at my house. I did not forgot you!
Have a great evening!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Do you know of the band Iced Earth? In 2001, they recorded the album "Horror Show". The songs on the album are mostly inspired of the old horror movies classic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc...). Here is the list of the album songs:
- Ghost of Freedom
- Im-Ho-Tep (Pharaoh's Curse
- Jekyll & Hyde
- Dragon's Child
- The Phantom Opera Ghost
Here a some of the song on the album found on YouTube. Keep in mind it is Metal music :-)
Jekyll & Hyde
All you need to win is to live in US or Canada and become a follower of his blog. Want to have more chance to win? No problem! You can even have more entries by following him on twitter and putting a him on your Facebook account.
Here's some quick info about the guy. This guy is doing amazing work for those of you who like things that are dark and creepy. Although I wasn't following his blog before today, I remember visiting his site a couple of time before I began to blog myself. Go take a look, it's worth it!
Here's the link to his wonderful blog: http://www.grimvisions.com
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Now, I'm working on her hands (picture below too), the forms are made and one layer of paper mache has been applied on it. I'm waiting for them to dry. They will need two other layers of newspaper strips and then I will be putting one or two layers of towel paper to smooth the surface of the hands and give them a more "skinny" look. I doubt I will have enough time to finish them this weekend but they should be done by the end of next week.
Then I will get to the last stage of the project: The dress of the 6' tall witch. An uncle of mine own a fabric store so I guess I will be able to find some cheap black fabric there. Next I'll ask someone in my family to do the stiches for me, I just don't have the talent to do the dress myself and I don't really want to learn how anyway.
Once all this is done, I will be posting pictures of the final result and if time permit it you might even get a video of her in action. I will have to wait late at night to make the movie so my neighbors won't be seeing her before Halloween.
Finally, I'm almost done with the last witch bottle I will be doing this year. The bottle doesn't look old enough to my liking so I need to think how I could make it look older. Any ideas are welcome. You can see how it look like right now in a picture below.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here is the link for the website of the company that sells it: http://www.ideal-case.com/
Saturday, August 15, 2009
And the drawing out of the bag bring (insert rolling drums here)
You two will receive a wonderful Victoria Francés 2010 calendar packed with some other goodies. I'll be contacting you by email to get your coordinates so I can ship your prize pack once it is completed.
Thank you all for your participation! I'll be doing another giveaway... someday... when I will get something of interest to give.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Most of you probably already know about the "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" book by Washington Irving or the movie directed by Tim Burton. For those of you who likes puzzle games and video games but don't have countless hours to play them, let me introduce you to "Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow".
This game is very simple. You enter a location on the map of the sleepy hollow village then have to find hidden object on the scene while listening to spooky music. You sometime even hear the Hessian say a comment like "Heads will roll"
You can download this game and play it for free for 60 minutes by following the following links:
The rules stays the same. In case question number 3 is the reason why you don't participate, please write anything funny, this question is only there because most Victoria Francés artworks I'm expecting to see in this calendar will somehow have a connection to vampires.
As some of you may know, I was one of the 3 winners of a giveaway/contest at Mr. Macabre's blog. His prize pack was so awesome that I decided to add other things with the calendar. What will be inside? Who knows? It will stay a mystery until the winners will receive their prize pack. There will be 2 winners determined by a random draw.
Best of luck to you all!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Each year, my wife and I take one day to walk through the streets of the lower town of Quebec city also known as the "Old Quebec". We took some pictures for you to look at. Enjoy! (Just click on the picture below to open the pictures galery)
Monday, July 27, 2009
A Victoria Francés 2010 Calendar
To have a chance to win a calendar, you will need:
- To have a shipping address in the Canada or in the USA
- To be a follower of my blog
- Tell us what you like in vampires
- And the hardest part: Answer to this mathematical formula 1+1=?
The winners will be choosen by random draw amongst those who fulfilled the points above and will be announced August 15th.
Best of luck to you all!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
You are Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer known as a "witcher", who cured the daughter of King Foltest of a curse which caused her to transform into a monster. A period of years mysteriously passes, ending with you being transported to the witcher stronghold of Kaer Morhen by fellow witchers who had discovered you unconscious in a field. You remember almost nothing of your life before returning to Kaer Morhen.
Through the game, you meet many former friends and foes who help you recover information about your mysterious past. Through the storyline, you discover that you had died five years earlier while attempting to defend an oppressed group of non-humans from a racist mob. You also learn that you are actually the renowned witcher referred to in prose as "The White Wolf."
Through your choices and actions, Geralt redefines character relationships and navigates political intrigue in the changing landscape of Temeria. This allows you to make decisions that affect the plot progression, and of course the game's ending. There is a lot of decisions of moral natures that will have consequences later in the game so there is no black-and-white morality in this game which makes it very different from other games.
Now you know the basic plot, time to enjoy the game opening and some gameplay video. Before I forget, this game is rated M for extreme violence and sexual content.
Gameplay video showing the most violent attacks of the game
Monday, July 20, 2009
I will not be working in the next three weeks, so I guess I should have enough spare time to finish that witch. Again, I will be posting pics when I'm done... In the mean time, enjoys some picture of the completed witch head, of what is blooming in our landscape (thanks to Mrs Pumpkin) and some other dwellers around my house.
What's this? It's a part of the "secret" prop I am building. Try to guess!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I just bought some things on Ebay for the witch head (wig and hat). I should get them next week. I finally decided to go with a black wig with white glow in the dark stripes. But I was impatient, I bought the first cheap wig I saw.. If I had waited another day I would have bought a black and purple wig which was looking much better and at almost the same price... I also bought a velvet hat with black feather. That should give the final touch to the witch head. I will be posting pics as soon as everything is in place.
As for the stirring cauldron. I still have some painting to do, one motor to add to make the witch head turn and one green led spot to add to highlight the witch face. I will probably be ordering them soon from MonsterGuts. Again, once I'm done, I will be posting pics and I will write a complete detailed step by step guide on how I did all this (Once I am finished with my coffin tutorial I started in april... Days should be longer, I don't have enough of 24 hours a day to do all the things I want).
In the mean time, enjoy some of the video of ScareFx, the guy who inspired me to become a home haunter. ScareFx, if you read this, I want to tell you that your work really amazed me. And also, thank you for the information you gave me concerning fog machines last year!
Good evening everyone!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I am planning to make some ingredient bottles that will be displayed next to my stirring witch. For the moment I already made two. Another one is in progress and should be completed "when I have time"(probably before the end of july). Here's a picture of the two completed bottles.
From left to right:
- "Oeufs de crapauds baveux" or "Slobbish toad eggs"
- "Asticots bouffis arc-en-ciel" or "Rainbow bloated maggots". The fine prints read "Cueillis à la main de cadavre en putréfaction" or "Handpicked on rotting corpse".
As always, I will keep you updated on that project once other bottles are completed.
A – An advantage you have –
I have married a pharmacist.
B – Blue or brown eyes –
None of them, I have blue-green hazel eyes.
C – Chore you hate –
The chore I hate most is doing the dishes.
D – Dad’s name –
E – Essential start of your day –
A simple breakfast: a bowl of cereal with a glass of orange juice.
F – Favorite color –
I would say black but because it is not a color I will say midnight blue.
G – Greatest thing you’ve ever done that made you feel really good –
Giving some of my time to listen to some lonely elder peoples when I was a teenager.
H – Habit you have –
Leaving my clothes in the corner of the bedroom.
I – Issue you hate that the world tries to make you pursue –
Materialism. The "american dream" is all about collecting stuff to make you happy. I did believed in that some time ago but I realized that stuff makes you happy only if you're already happy. Otherwise, it will make you happy until you get your credit card bill.
J – Job title –
Chief analyst programmer
K – Kohls or Target –
Don't know them.
L – Living arrangements –
Live with my wife, my son and my weiner dog in a house we built 3 years ago.
M – Music you like –
Power metal, Heavy Metal, Gothic and Celtic
N - Nicknames –
O – Overnight hospital stay –
You don't want to know.
P – Pet Peeve –
Q – Quote that you like most –
"Il n'y en aura pas de facile!" which means that nothing is realy easy. I don't believe that nothing is easy, I do believe that people complicate their lives too much. I like to keep my life as simple as possible which means to live within your means and take the time to be with people you love.
R – Right or left handed –
S – Siblings –
T – Time you wake up –
Week Days 6am Weekend 8am.
U – Underwear –
is what you put under your pants
V – Vegetable you dislike –
Most of them.
W – What makes you run late –
My wife or my children.
X – X-rays you’ve had –
Neck and fingers.
Y – Yummy food you make –
Orange chicken breast
Pork à la diablé (Pork in a red spicy sauce)
Blueberry Coffee Cake (Very delicious and very unhealthy with all that butter and sugar)
Z – Zoo animal –
Lions, tigers and cheetahs.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thanks to Mr. Macabre for awarding me the Gourdqueens Scream Award.
"This award is to be shared with anyone whose blog you just love. Whether it's their art, their interests, the things they share, you just simply love to visit their blog!
This is what you do:1~Accept the award then post it on your blog with the name and link of the person's blog who shared this award with you.2~Explain the award.3~Then share the award with at least 10 blogs that make you SCREAM! Please tell what makes their blog so special to you. Be sure to let them know they have received the award. Also you can share this award again if you run across more bloggers that make you SCREAM!"
Now to choose 10 blogs, which is very difficult... Some of the blogger listed below already got them but since I like their blog so much, I must award them too.
- Creepy Cupcakes
- Frog on the Pumpkin
- Halloween Fanatic
- The Holiday Queen
- Haunt Style
- The Gallows
- Raven Faes Creations
- Rabid Reflections
- My Ghoul Friday
- Orange and black
Please note that the bloggers listed above are not in order of preference. In my eyes, every blog I follow publicly need and award. I read them daily and there is not a day I don't think about my fellow bloggers.
Have a good sunday!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I tried to find some cool gameplay video on YouTube but can't find any... maybe another time..
Good evening everyone!
While browsing YouTube today, I came across that stirring skeleton. I found it.... very inspiring. That could have made a wonderful prop in my "beginner" graveyard. But since my witch is 80% completed, I don't think I will change it for a skeleton.
The next video have nothing to do with halloween but I couldn't resist sharing it with you!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
My stirring witch head is almost finished. All it needs is a wig and a hat and everything will be just fine. The only question remaining is "witch" color the wig should be: black, white of maybe orange... What do you think would be best?
Monday, June 1, 2009
I was reading a post on Dark Destinations a couple of minutes ago. Since his last post was about a haunted hotel in Canada. That reminded me of two supposedly haunted location in Quebec province in Canada. These two places are:
There are rumors of an old demolished Asylum, The ruins of the Asylum would be found on a mountain in St-Adolphe d'Howard near a tourist attraction known as the "Château Sir-D'Howard". Two years ago (when I was managing a paranormal website), I did some search about this place on the internet. Some peole claim to have found the ruins and saw weird things there. Unfortunately, it seems that this haunted place is just a local legend because there would be no trace of the asylum in the archives of the city. I should go take a look next time I go in the Laurentides.
A large house would be haunted in Breakeyville according to my father in law. I think I will take a ride with him one day to take some picture of it and I will be posting them on this blog.
I don't know when I will have some spare time for this but I think I could take some time to read books and looking over the Internet for haunted locations in Quebec. It seem there are a lot of haunted buildings in the area...
Sunday, May 31, 2009
1. Name one person who made you smile today:
Édouard, my 7 months old son.
2. What were you doing at 8am this morning?
Eating breakfast, I had to wake up early this morning because I had an important appointment regarding the neighbor park.
3. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
Feeding the little Édouard.
4. What is your favorite candy bar?
5. Have you ever been to a strip club?
Once with some coworkers. I didn't like the experience and will never go again.
6. What was the last thing you had to drink?
7. What was the last thing you ate?
Chicken strips and fries for St-Hubert restaurant.
8. The last sporting event you watched?
I don't watch sport on TV. I think the last thing I watched was a couple year ago, it was a martial arts competition.
9. Do you go to church every Sunday?
10. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?
I like but equally.
11. What are you doing tomorrow?
Going to work. If I have some spare time, I will probably be painting one of my halloween prop.
12. What do you think of when you hear Australia?
13. Biggest annoyance right now?
The credit card bill.
14. Last song listened to?
Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family) from Type O Negative
15. Do you have a maid service clean your house?
16. Are you jealous of anyone?
17. Is anyone jealous of you?
I don't think so
18. What do you usually do during the day?
Going to work. Working on my halloween props. Taking care of my son and doing the day to day chores.
19. Do you hate anyone that you know right now?
Not really. But there are some people I don't like.
20. Are you thinking about someone right now?
Yeah, my son.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Today, Mrs. Pumpkin and I went shopping at the Place Laurier mall in Quebec City. Our city is smaller and we do not always find what we need so we must go shopping from time to time in the major shopping malls of Quebec City. We got up early this morning took the one hour and a half ride to Quebec City.
Our shopping began with the usual round of Mrs. Pumpkin favorite clothing shops. She
found the pants she wanted. Next, we sought an black hourglass with red sand that would be an addition to the decoration of our future home theater. So we stopped by the L'Imaginaire store which specializes in the sale of collectibles items such as money, stamps, collectible cards, figures and more.
Whenever we enter this shop, we take at least an hour to look at everything. There is a lot of interesting stuff there and I admit that it is difficult to resist the temptation to buy. This time, I entered the store with an idea, find the greatest possible collection of stuff related to Halloween and, to my surprise, the shop was full of them: Horror movies and halloween figurines of all kinds, monster masks, A nightmare before christmas stuff, etc...
It was during my search for stuff on Halloween that my wife showed to me the Castlevania figurines, a franchise of video games that made its debut at Nintendo and that still exists today. This franchise is one my favorites. I still play my old Super Nintendo "Super Castlevania" game from time to time. I never got tired of it. In short, when I saw these figurines, I lost all control... I needed them!! So I bought the entire collection and my wife bought one for me for my 29th birthday. Obviously, these figurines are for collection purpose so I must fight the envy to get them out of their packaging. They will surely gain value over the years but I do not intend to sell them. It will be a legacy that I leave to my children. Here is the photo of the figurines:
Then we continue our round in the store, we did not find our hourglass but we have did another great discovery: Puzzles depicta gothic scenes. After 15 minutes of contemplation we bought this one:
We intend to scan the drawing and make a larger replica that will be framed on the wall of our future home theater. Our home theater decor will be uncommon, I doubt that my family will appreciate this room because it will be of gothic inspiration. The walls will be black and white: the first half will be caissons whose background is black and reliefs white.
The second half of the walls will be white wallpaper with black Victorian patterns. The furniture will be of metal color and the sofas and other accessories will be dark red to add a touch of drama to the room. This project is probably going to take place at the end of this year or maybe the beginning of next year so you will not have the opportunity to see pictures of this room before a long time. But don't worry! When it's done, you can be sure that I post photos in my blog.
Have a good evening!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I must confess that this is not really the first pumpkin I made. In fact, I started another pumpkin before this one but I did a mistake. I used natural clay to create details on the pumpkin and unfortunately, the clay cracked everywhere. So I tried to repair the damage by filling the cracks with more clay using water to shape it. It was a very big mistake, the paper absorbed the water and has become so soft that the pumpkin deformed. Rather than trying to salvage my work again, I decided to put my first pumpkin in the trash and start over from scratch. Here is the result of my second pumpkin.
Now that my pumpkin is complete, I will be able to concentrate on my stirring witch. The ABS pipe frame of the witch is completed and the cauldron too. Now I have to build her head. I think I'm going to user papier mache to build it.
Before continuing the witch, I think I'll take a small break this evening. A good martini would not hurt ... or maybe a pink elephant ... we'll see!
Good evening to all!
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