Friday, October 19, 2012

Severed Thumb

I have been asked kindly by Team Pixie if I would like to post on my blog some make-up how-tos. I found the idea great as it will give my reader and I some inspiration and techniques for this Halloween. Enjoy the "Severed Thumb"


Roll the prosthetics wax into a sausage and then join the ends to make a ring of wax. Press the ring of wax into position; making sure the skin is clean and dry.


Using a tiny bit of moisturiser on your fingertip (enough to stop the wax sticking to your finger and no more) blend the outside edges of the ring of wax, you should not be too precise as sight rough edges look more realistic.


Give the wound a jagged edge, and with the bruise wheel add the bruising effect using a make-up brush.


Don't forget to add bruising to the other fingers and nails on the hand.


Add a bit of cotton wool to the centre of the wound.


Add fake blood to the centre of the wound.

With the wounded finger bent hold a few sheets of tissue paper to cover the rest of the finger.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Concept Arts

Or is that so? I don't believe I have any talents in drawing and I won't even go as far as saying I am an artist because it is obvious I am not. The only thing on which I can really show my dexterity is on a computer keyboard. I'm one of those person that can type without looking at the keyboard (thanks to the keyboard class I took at high school). Enough about that nonsense and let me talk about something more important. Can you tell? Yep, Halloween! I'm sure you're pretty surprise I used that word? After all, I did not write anything about my favorite holiday in 3 months. Sorry about that. Life happens you know. I won't delve into the details since there's nothing very interesting to say. Just family and job stuff, nothing terrible. Just things that take too much of my time and are draining my energy, but I digress.

At the beginning of the year, I learned that the camping at which I was doing a haunt in July had been sold. I thought that it would probably mean that the haunted trail would not happen this year. The good news is that the new owners want the event to happen this year, they want to see what it looks like and then they will decide if we can continue doing it in the following years. The campers really liked what we did last year, we got a lot of good comments. This year, we are planning of doing even much better and I will have a friend that knows how to handle a camera film the entire event. If the video is good, I will submit it to next year Home Haunters DVD Set.

Wow, I wrote two paragraphs and did not even show anything that could relate to this post title. Well here we go! Two concepts of one prop that will greet the campers in the middle of the trail. Can you tell what will be inside? I bet you do. And that thing, my friends, I hope will scare the crap out of people :-)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Faites renaƮtre Hauntcast de ses cendres!

Resurrect HauntCast

Last November, I learned a very sad news. The HauntCast Dungeon closed its doors. I do not know about you, but I was quite surprised by the news. I was not expecting this to happen at all. Despite my disappointment, I understood very
well why the Scream Team decided to stop doing the show. After all they, like us, had other responsabilities and priorities to attend to: some had a family to take care of, others were studying or working to get their business rolling.
But there still hope! We have the opportunity to revive Hauntcast by March 8, 2012! To achieve this, the Scream Team needs 250 people to stand up and subscribe to HauntCast for a year at the price of $100: the equivalent to 8 movie tickets in my town.
As of yesterday, the team had 70 subscribers. I can confirm that, as of today, there are 71 subscribers because I signed up a few hours ago.

For those of you who are already a member, thank you! For those who are not registered yet, I could try to convince you by listing all the prizes that will be given if the revival of the show succeed but
you can already see for yourself by visiting the homepage of HauntCast website. Rather, I will take a deep breath and explain why I chose to cut $ 100 off my 2012 Halloween budget and register.

I was introduced to HauntCast through a post from a blog in January 2009. I listened to episodes 2 and 3 and was totally seduced. There are very few haunters near me. Without the existance of
blogs, forums and communities on the web I would be mostly alone, left to myself. Although blogs, forums and communities informs me, amuses me and motivates me, I find much more motivation through podcasts. Why?
I think it's because I have not the opportunity to interact, personally, with people who share my passion. The podcast helps me on this level because, even if I don't have the opportunity to talk with anyone, I have at least
the possibility to hear other people talk about their love for Halloween. And that, my friends, have a price that I am willing to pay for. In addition to helping me feel less isolated, HauntCast

  • Makes me laugh;

  • Keeps me updated on horror movies;

  • Informs me about many facets of Halloween and

  • Teaches me techniques that help me improve my yard display through the Theater of the mind, the Prop shop and Interview with haunting gurus.

Finally, HauntCast introduced me to several suppliers from whom I buy stuff regularly to build my props. For all these reasons, I missed HauntCast since November. I sincerely hope to have the chance
to hear the Scream Team again starting this April. However, this does not depend on me but the rest of the community. If you did not register yet and you loved the show, please consider subscribing. If
$100 is too big an amount to pay up front, you can also register by doing smaller monthly payments of $16.66. Besides, you get a ton of discounts if you choose to subscribe. Go check it out on the HauntCast website.

Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 yard display video

Finally, I got enough time to put the video of my 2011 display on YouTube. Sorry for the poor quality of the video, my camera is not doing very well in dark places and I must admit that I'm not very good at filming too.

Although it was cold, we got a very nice night on Halloween. We got a total of 204 Trick-r-treaters this year. It is less than last year but considering that it was a monday night and not a weekend day, it is a good number of TOT compared to other areas of the city.

On the technical note, since 2009, because there was not a lot of wind, this was the first year that I could have a decent fog in my cemetery. Too bad my fog chiller was broken and that I did not had the time to fix it before the night of nights. Fixing and improving my fog chiller is one of the projects that I have on my todo list for 2012. Also, I still need some work to do on the lighting of my display. There was not enough LED spotlight. I will need to do some more for 2012.

I should be posting pictures of the display soon so you can take a better look at what I added to my display this year. Have a nice weekend everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

An award for me!

The Liebster Award have been bestowed upon me. A big thank to Spookworks for the honor. I'm happy to know that my ramblings gave ideas to some of my reader.

Now that I got my 2 minutes of glory, it is time to take my responsabilities and apply the rules that goes with the award: I must pass the award to 5 deserving blogs that have less than 100 followers.

So... is it the time yet? Start the rolling drums please... The awardees are:

  • GhoulishCop @ Devil's Eve - I found his blog at the beginning of this year. It was interesting to read about the pro

  • Grim @ Grimlock Manor

  • Jason @ Haunt the yard

  • Arcane @ The Scarecrow's Post

  • The Invisible Blogger @ The Nether Blog - I have not seen or read your blog yet. But once it is the case, you will be awarded!

And for all of you that did not have your name above, let me say that there are too much blogs out there that deserve an award. If I follow your blog, then, you can already consider to be awarded. And if I don't follow your blog yet, don't take offense, I just don't have much time right now to explore all the wonderful and interesting blogs. But I sure will get to it as time goes by. After all, I still have to find one blog with less than 100 follower to award

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Infographics

Someone sent me the links to two infographics related to Halloween. Found them interesting so I'm sharing those with you:

Who said Ouija?

Someone sent me a message, a few days ago, about an online experiment that involves Ouija boards and Facebook. Even though I believe in spirits (sounds strange from the mouth of an IT guy), I'm not too fund of Ouija board. I know some close relative who had bad experience with them in the past and, call me chicken, I prefer not to play with these things. But I thought I would pass the word in case this experiment would interest some of my readers who are mor daring than me. Here is the content of the message:

We’ve been following your blog for a while now and I just wanted to get in touch to let you know of something exciting happening this Halloween that would interest your readers.

We’ve created an online experience and we’re looking for daring believers from around the globe to take part in the world’s largest ouija board this Halloween!

I know it sounds nuts, however we’ve been working on this for months trying to get this off the ground and with your help we can make history! This isn’t a half-hearted attempt either, we’ve looked at a new theory where electromagnetic fields generated by electrical devices resonate with EMF created by the presence of spirits.

We’re aiming to get at least 100,000 Facebook folks to connect and be involved in a truly unique one off event. It would be great if you can share this with your readers, as I know they’d find this of interest.

Here’s the website, let me know what you think: The Ouija Experiment

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