tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:/posts Halloween Blog 2021-05-07T15:43:34Z Ghoulish Greetings tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1688087 2021-05-07T14:58:15Z 2021-05-07T14:58:15Z Throwback Signs

A couple more signs I made for my prison themed haunt in 2017. I used puffy fluorescent paint to add pops of blood that looked great under black light. 

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1658645 2021-02-25T21:46:48Z 2021-02-25T22:07:05Z Another sign!

Here’s another sign I made in order to tease that I would be putting out decor until Halloween. 

I’m pretty pleased with this sign. It’s a variation of a sign I saw on a Facebook Halloween group. I changed the wording and the fonts. I ended up screwing it to a wooden plank/pole for sturdiness. This particular sign is fading a bit due to the Texas heat but it’s nothing that can’t be touched up.

For the type on the sign I actually just picked out a style I liked and projected it on the wood. Pretty simple stuff. Prior to this all my signs were just free handed but I thought it would elevate my designs to look cleaner and slightly more professional to get the font accurate. 


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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1597341 2020-09-25T07:55:29Z 2020-09-25T08:09:22Z Our first Halloween tree!

Our first Halloween tree is up!

Daytime/night time shot. It took me awhile to get to this point but I’m quite pleased with it!

Sometime in August I decided I wanted to try to set up my first Halloween tree ever. Not really my thing but being stuck in quarantine, it kind of became something to cheer me up plus I love our tree because I can program the lights myself. I initially programmed the lights with a candy-corn colors but for the final tree I went with purple and orange.

The tree also sat quite bare and dingy looking for some time. I had only a few ornaments and it didn’t look complete at all. I had some eyeball ornaments I loved but they weren’t enough. I decided to make more out of materials I had on hand. Here’s how they came out:

I was pleased at first until I put them on the tree and determined they looked rather uninteresting. They didn’t pack the punch I thought they would and I knew I needed to snazz them up a bit. 

I went online and found some ideas for a circular paper fan and gave it a shot! Here’s how they came out:


What I did was take 3 identical squares, fold them up like tiny fans, then folded those fans in half and glued them together. Pretty simple stuff! I added my claw-made glittery eyeball embellishments along with some others I had (store-bought) and couldn’t have been happier with the change!

I then removed the bare scraps I had on the tree and rearranged everything, swapped the light colors and was finally done.

I’m really proud of my lil ornaments! It gave me inspiration and confidence to be able to customize my own ornaments even for Christmas or all-year around if I wish.

The best part is that my 2-year-old hasn’t even destroyed anything yet surprisingly!

In addition to the ornaments above, I also made these little ghouls.


I used extremely cheap $1 skulls from Dollar Tree, painted them a mossy green hue and added translucent glitter to them and gave ‘em a simple eye sparkle. I’m not normally a fan of glittery skulls but these are exactly what I wanted! I didn’t take any progress pics on these but you get the picture.

That sums up my tree for this year! I’m really excited about it and love looking at it everyday. Makes my home feel like a home for sure! (spooky home) Couldn’t be happier!

I’ll be updating this post soon with a video of my tree!
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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1595701 2020-09-19T12:07:37Z 2020-09-19T12:53:50Z Spooky Tree Scene Setter

I finally started setting up my new tree scene setter! I have been unable to finish work on it but this is what I have so far.

Close-up! A little fluorescent spray paint combined with lighting goes a long way to make this prop super eerie!

This is one of those items that look good in the daytime and night time which gives it 2 klaws up in my book!

Even from a distance, it looks quite authentic! Although I feel this was cheaply made, for the price it makes sense. I wasn’t even initially impressed with the texture on it until I put it against the tree. It’s more AMAZING that I imagined and totally worth it! 

This was a part of my first “quarantine/online” Halloween Haul of 2020 and inspired by one of my favorite places featuring the same spooky scene setter!

Below: A few night time pics with lighting!


Quite possibly my favorite part of this scene is the FREE part! I had a tree die in my backyard and the branches were saved to use in my haunt last year. I strategically spray painted some of the branches to pop under black light and I loved the way it looked.

I saved the branches again and put them out under the tree, gave ‘em some fresh paint and placed them in the ground. It’s definitely my favorite scene of the yard.

What’s left to do:

Add more texture around the tree to make the branches and tree prop flow seamlessly. I’ll do that by adding more loose branches and making them appear intertwined with the tree—almost like an armor of branches. I may or may not add some obviously fake leaves to be over the top. Not sure yet!

I’m sincerely hoping I feel well enough to complete this sometime this week! 

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1594338 2020-09-15T03:55:08Z 2020-09-15T04:03:33Z Skull-lift! (Skull Makeunder)

To cheer myself up, I started working on a few Halloween projects of mine for 2020. This was one of ‘em! 

I took an old skull prop that I previously altered to look like a clown complete with a slurpee lid paper mache nose and gave it a look as if it was naturally decaying in the elements. I saw someone do something similar to a full size skeleton and it looked like it would fit my haunted trail/spooky garden theme for this year so I gave it a try myself. 


Here’s the night view! I just popped a color-changing LED bulb back there and it rotates through about 8 colors. I also set an orange fire LED in front of it to achieve the spooky ambient lighting.


Here’s the before pics and a little of the process. I gave it a simple coat of primer, then added skull-colored paint, tons of green hues, and glued on tissue paper and moss for a little bit of texture. 

I used the clown skull MANY times throughout my clown scenes over the years. It was time for something fresh!
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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1593878 2020-09-13T20:16:54Z 2020-09-13T20:21:18Z Yard Sneak Peek 2020!
I started to spook up our front yard. I haven't been able to put out or do much this last week due to not feeling 100% but now that I'm feeling a little better its time to really get into it! Here's a sneak peek of what I was able to put out so far. 



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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1593837 2020-09-13T18:02:52Z 2020-09-13T18:18:23Z Fall adventures begin! ]]> Peach & Resetti tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1593344 2020-09-12T03:49:38Z 2021-05-07T15:43:34Z Boo-it-yourself 2020 (To-do List!)

I needed to take a moment to document my BIY (Boo-it-yourself) ideas for 2020. I actually discovered that term on Micheal's official website. I also picked up tons of inspiration from the site too!

I write and plan out what I want to do each year but with quarantine I have not been in a mood to bother with Halloween DIY's at all. I recently got a sudden bump in inspiration with the recent Fall weather we had yesterday. It put me in the mood for sure!

Anyway, here are all of the projects I have planned out for now! I'll add and update as needed. I'll be sure to link back to this post any time I complete one of these projects so I can check it off the list.

Outdoor Projects
-Paint (4) silver skulls with realistic color and mossy texture and affix to shutters (IN PROGRESS 8/24/20) DONE - pics not yet uploaded
-Repaint/redo large skull (currently a clown) to more natural colors/nature texture, add webs, light behind eyes and hang on house DONE!
-Touch up tombstones with moss and paint, add flowers and webs - DONE! Can be seen here!
-Attempt to make handmade bale of hay for display! (IN PROGRESS) 8/24/20 DONE - pics not yet uploaded
-Repaint broken birdbath and give "eerie" make under. (Actually repainted neutral tones to use all-year around 8/24/20) DONE! Link here!
-Make two pillars to hold pumpkin lanterns?! (need materials)  DONE - Link here! (seen in b/g)
-DIY porch or stand out of scrap wood for "organ donation" scene (IN PROGRESS  8/24/20DONE - Link here!
-Alien scene, repaint barrels using fluorescent lighting - NOT DONE
-Tree creature - spook up the store bought tree creature and put it up securely(IN PROGRESS  8/24/20) DONE! - Link here!

Signs
-Build coffin sign with scrap wood (words to TBD but perhaps a welcome sign) - NOT DONE
-Repaint a store bought sign (words TBD but decided on fishing theme - IN PROGRESS 8/24/20) - DONE - pics not yet uploaded

Entryway/front door
-Create spooky wreath with a tombstone and critter theme DONE!
-Rearrange Halloween props and items near door, add spooky mat - DONE! Link here!

Indoor crafts
-Cut paper bat silhouettes to attach to white and orange balloons (hang up a week before Halloween) - NOT DONE
-Pennant craft with spooky paper for Robert's room or living room (pennants overlap) DONE! Link here!
-Spooky & cute crafts for mijos room (varies) DONE - pics not yet uploaded
-Make spooky ornaments for "Halloween tree" DONE! (Our first Halloween tree was a success! See it now!)

Costume
-Begin mijo's Splatoon costume! (need wig, jacket, shorts, and white shoes)
-Construct weapon for costume 

DONE! Costume post here! (5/7/21)
I finally got around to making a complete blog post about my son's cosplay after my husband posted a picture of his finished costume on Reddit and it got an insane amount of upvotes and lots of questions!

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1589364 2020-09-01T05:00:56Z 2020-09-01T05:00:57Z Crazed Clown Throwback (2016)

Four years ago around this time I shared a photo of a crazed clown running around my neighborhood. No one believed me until I captured this rare image. He went by the name of "Farty the Clown." 

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1588437 2020-08-30T00:14:54Z 2020-08-30T00:14:54Z Latest online purchase of 2020! Come along with us as we unbox our totally ghoul, spooky new haunted fishbowl from Target!

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1588139 2020-08-29T06:26:00Z 2020-08-29T06:26:01Z Potted Pumpkin

I redid this pumpkin pot my sister gave me last year. The paint peeled off because apparently it wasn’t meant for outdoor use. Oops! 

It developed this terrible texture and looked just plain awful. I finally got around to giving it a fresh new feel. Sanding those rough areas helped! I even added fake mum-looking plants and I think it looks adorable now! 

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1587107 2020-08-25T22:00:38Z 2020-08-30T00:22:39Z Creating Halloween Memories

This is our first year ever to put up a Halloween tree. What is a Halloween tree? A Christmas tree drowned in Halloween or spooky decor!

I love our Twinkly tree! It was our first family tree we bought together as a family a few years ago. We used hand-me-downs for the longest but we wanted something with amazing LED lighting that we could control. Now I just want to use it every chance I get.

I programmed candy-corn colored lights to start out with and although I hate candy corn, I love how these colors look together! 

I added the strings to the ornaments and my Lil Ghoulster hung them up as high as he could reach. I had to snap a pic before I rearranged them! 

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1586814 2020-08-25T06:10:01Z 2020-08-25T06:10:01Z Get your spook on!

I’ve started putting decor out in my yard. My favorite thing so far that I want to share are my windows. Classic and simple. I love my bright purple LEDs! More progress photos soon. 

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1585323 2020-08-21T07:53:28Z 2020-08-21T07:54:46Z First Halloween Haul of the year!

I finally have my Halloween YouTube up and running! Here's our first vid!

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1584080 2020-08-16T20:30:26Z 2020-08-16T20:45:19Z DIY Low-budget Carn-evil Props

Every year I feature clowns in my maze in some way, shape, or form. One year my entire theme was Carn-evil and everything was clown-themed but otherwise, even if I don't do a clown theme, I use the clown props in different ways each year to fit with whatever theme I choose.

Here are a few of my no-budget, low-budget clown props! To pull off a real clown feel, I add in actors wearing masks, clown outfits, bozo shoes, and holding honkers and/or spraying silly string. The clowns bring the scenes to life! I also add in balloons, lighting, and fog machines to really set the mood.

Ice-Skream Cone
Cost: hardly anything using materials on-hand

This prop is extremely simple and uses recycled material. Take a thin piece of cardboard painted with a cone-like texture and glue it into a cone. Add some fuzzy pillow stuffing to the top to resemble ice-cream and spray paint with a fluorescent color for a spooktacular effect under black light. I added in some eyeballs I altered with a little bit of latex and blood to resemble flesh for a special touch!


Popcorn!
Cost: $2 at most (bags and foam insulation spray)

Who doesn't love popcorn? These paper popcorn baggies were purchased at Dollar Tree and stuffed with plastic bags. I added some ruined spray foam insulation intestines I had and cut them up into pieces resembling popcorn and glued them to the top. Lastly, I added some fresh eyeballs to complete the snack. 


Cotton Candy
Cost: Used materials on-hand!

I used scrap wood pieces and wrapped a material similar to pillow stuffing into a cotton candy like shape. I painted the wood piece with fluorescent acrylics and painted the cotton candy portion with fluorescent spray paint. Super simple and added a great pop of color to my maze under black light. The props pictured all on the same table in the photo are from the year we had actors grab whatever prop they wanted to wave around and taunt victims... ehhmm, visitors with!

Scrap wood signs
Cost: free!

I made a few signs to add to the maze. This is the only one I can find a pic of at the moment, but will add others when I find them! One tip I have is to use fluorescent colors and outline with puffy paint in some or all portions for texture. 

Below you can see a few photos in the daylight on how we used the props. These props coupled with strategic lighting and our live actors decked out as clowns in a tent made for many memorable moments!

I hope these simple tips help you! I try to make our haunted house interactive so I'm always pondering inexpensive ways to make props that won't break the bank! More to come!



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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1583836 2020-08-15T17:29:53Z 2020-08-15T17:40:42Z Haunted Tree - Yard Decor Idea

One of my newest and best source for ideas comes from our favorite place to visit during Fall with my family, which is Yesterland Farm in Canton, TX. I found out about this farm while looking up activities to do with my family when my son was still an infant. If you hear me mention this place a lot, it's because it's my favorite place on Earth. The cornfields, the maze, the spooky DIY's everywhere and the hayride... I just can't say enough good things about it!

Today's inspiration comes from the haunted hayride located within a wooded area. Among the many props along the path, my favorite are the prop ideas that utilize trees. Trees are often overlooked during Halloween but they can become a part of your display with a little help.


I'm sharing this idea because home haunting has changed for me now that I live away from the city and I'm always looking for ways to utilize my natural surroundings. This prop is situated on a tree stump with fluorescent colors and additional textures to give it an eerie and radioactive feel. What better way to utilize an old cut down tree than to spook it up?

Thanks to my Aunt checking in on me, I discovered At Home now offers Curbside pick-up. Previously when I checked it wasn't an option so I've added some things to my basket. One of them is this spooky living tree prop! I noticed its the same one from Yesterland Farm (the one pictured above) after putting it in my cart. I'm all about adding fluorescent tones to my props and adding a black light nearby for that pop of color. I can't wait to put my version together this year. I'll be sure to post the finished photos and update this post for future reference with a link. Stay tuned!

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1582888 2020-08-11T03:07:14Z 2020-08-14T00:32:56Z Corn Maze Photos (2018)
Sometimes I just like to look back on old photos and remember the good times my little family and I had together! These are photos on our first visit to the farm during Fall. 


They're actually two different mazes and the haunted version opens up at night. On this particular day, I remember it being extremely hot. They wouldn't allow strollers in so we had to take turns carrying our son. It was exhausting but so worth it! 



It's become our new family tradition to go to the farm during the fall festivities but it's highly unlikely we'll get to go this year. I'm so sad about that! It was finally going to be the year my son is actually old enough to enjoy the kiddie rides. I'm going to hang on to a little bit of hope, though.
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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1576449 2020-07-23T21:32:44Z 2020-07-23T21:38:50Z At Home Halloween Wishlist

My next wishlist from the store At Home! Unfortunately, you can't order online or do curbside even though their website technically says you can. It's probably only for certain items. None of the items I've listed below can be ordered online but are still worth sharing! 


Light up deep sea fish

Perfect for any spooky under water deep sea scene!

Price: $16.99 - At Home


Light up eel

I can imagine a couple of these with some lit seaweed decor in an underwater cave scene.

Price: $16.99 - At Home


Stone-look Jack-O-Lantern

I wish I could buy a few of these for my garden! The moss gives it an eerie touch.

Price: $5.99 - At Home


Bronze Pumpkin Fence

I love this simple fence as a backdrop for any spooky scene.

Price: $19.99 - At Home


Hanging Pumpkin

I would hang this hanging above my pumpkin patch, for sure!

Price: $19.99 - At Home


Halloween Kitty

This would go perfect near a glowing pumpkin!

Price: $4.99 - At Home

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1575924 2020-07-21T19:02:23Z 2020-07-21T19:31:22Z Halloween Wish List 2020

I've been online Halloween browsing for awhile now. I recently stumbled upon Target's Halloween goods. You can actually preorder them! Some of the items are already sold out but the website says "check back on release date." I'm going to check back in on August 27th to see if I can score some of these items. I had NO EARTHLY IDEA you could pre-order Halloween items from Target. I've been checking many sites for months but failed to check Target for some reason. Arrg! Either way, here are my favorite spooky new items for Halloween 2020 all from Target! I've also linked directly to the item if you're interested!

LED Skull Pineapple!

This is probably the neatest new Halloween item I've seen for 2020! I can envision two of these near my front door or even sitting on my kitchen window sill. It's great for that spooky tropical feel!

Price: $15
Where to buy: Target


Halloween Ornaments 6-pack

These spooky ornaments are sold out on pre-order and it's no wonder why! They're simply spooktacular! I would personally add a string and colorful beads in Halloween colors and make necklaces using these!

Price: $5
Where to buy: Target


Halloween bowls

Cute and spooky bowls for eating your favorite ghoulish goodies.

Price: $6
Where to buy: Target


Customizable Halloween Frame


This frame is perfect for ghost writing! 

Price: $10
Where to buy: Target


Animated Halloween Fishbowl

This Halloween fishbowl is perfect for ghouls who want fish but don't have the time to maintain or care for them.

Price: $35
Where to buy: Target

Stackable pumpkins

Achieve that classic Halloween feel with these stackable pumpkins!

Price: $20
Where to buy: Target

Baby Dragon

I love dragons so I kinda need this cute baby skeleton dragon!

Price: $15
Where to buy: Target


That's it for now! I'll continue to be on the hunt for great new items for 2020 and share anything I found that is noteworthy!

~Yours ghouly~


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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1563207 2020-06-22T14:12:52Z 2020-06-22T14:16:30Z Foam Knife Prop (Chucky's knife)

Last year my son was Chucky from Child's Play! I made the entire costume for him and the last thing I did was construct his weapon. I actually tried finding an actual prop weapon small enough to look proportionate to his body but wasn't able to. I needed something small and soft enough that it couldn't hurt him either. I grabbed some thick craft foam I had and went to work!


I just free-handed these and cut them out. I use metallic paint and regular acrylic paint for the symbols. The finished piece look great and more realistic than I had imagined. We just used these for photos so he wasn't carrying it around the entire night. Notice the paint coming off of the knife handle. I didn't seal it or anything at that point and I did end up making two along with a mini-hammer!


And here's a pic showing my crazy Halloween mess I make each year with my cat in the background. Haha!

(Photos 8/26/2019)
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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1563199 2020-06-22T13:56:26Z 2020-06-22T13:57:28Z Thrift Giant (Lewisville Sept 2019)

Each year, I wait patiently for thrift stores to put out their Halloween stuff! I'm constantly checking all of my favorite spots. On this particular occasion, I was thrifting with my dad and son and we actually went to one of my favorite thrifts, Thrift Giant except to one of the locations we'd never been to! It was actually in Lewisville, TX. It was our first time at that particular location and to my surprise, they had just put out all of their Halloween stuff just that day! I had prime picks! 

The downside was the pricing. It was way more pricey than my normal Thrift Giant I frequent, but I made out with a few things! Is it just me or does anybody else look forward to this more than anything else during Halloween? It's the only place you can stumble upon amazing Halloween items from the past. I usually tend to look for anything from the 90's which is my favorite type of Halloween stuff! I also love finding pumpkins, props, and anything to decorate with. You can't get this stuff in regular stores these days! 

(Pics 9/4/2019)

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1563175 2020-06-22T12:46:51Z 2020-06-22T13:45:04Z Spirit Halloween & At Home (Aug 2019)

I'm finally sorting through all of my old pictures now that I have a little more time and sharing some memories while I actually still remember them! Last year I went to have dinner with my dad and sister at our favorite place to eat in Mesquite, TX called Bubba's 33. Their wings and salads are my absolute fave! In fact, I'm craving Bubba's right now! 

What I also love about this shopping center that Bubba's is located is that there was a Spirit Halloween there! Next door is a Ross and nearby is an At Home! It was already almost 9 that night so these are the places I decided to hit up with my son that night.

It looks like Spirit Halloween was closed! It was closing in a few minutes but we managed to get in with no pics, unfortunately! We quickly went in and out. My son was a little scared and one of the workers was giving me ugly looks for showing my son some of the animatronics. We didn't stay long!

About 2-3 minutes away was the store At Home. It was definitely an eerie feeling to be one of the few customers there at night. I definitely liked their selection of Halloween items! They had way more than most stores but the catch is that they're pretty pricey. I'll definitely have to stop in to check out their selection this year if I'm able to! 

I love how my son is so little yet so interested!

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1556907 2020-06-10T05:28:20Z 2020-06-10T05:32:06Z Pumpkin Trees

For the last 2 years we have visited Yesterland Farm for the Fall Festival. We love the rides, food, activities, and the atmosphere. There is plenty to see and do and we have made it our new family tradition to go each year! 

This year would have been Robert's 3rd time visiting and we're not sure if we're going to be able to make it or not yet due to the pandemic. The only plus is the activities are all outdoors and there's plenty of space to social distance so we may still consider it but I can't say for certain.

Today's tip is inspired from our visits to the farm. On the haunted hayride we go on each year at the farm the trees are decorated with these half pumpkin heads. I had some foam pumpkins that were falling apart but rather than glue them back together, I left them split in half and cut out faces. To give the pumpkins an extra pop like at the farm I added a quick spray of fluorescent orange spray paint. Added some black lights and a spot light under the tree and it looks extra spooky at night.


A lot of people tend to overlook decorating trees for Halloween, including myself! When I saw this idea at the farm I knew I needed to recreate it in my yard. Cheap and easy! 

TIP

I usually buy as many pumpkins as I can at the thrift store even if they're damaged or look terrible. They can always be fixed in one way or another and people tend to overlook them at the thrifts during Halloween surprisingly!


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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1556456 2020-06-09T11:24:44Z 2020-06-09T11:28:11Z Ghoulster-in-training!

I'm going to be making more posts per day because I have so many Halloween memories I want to share and its on my 'to do list' to write out some of memories before I forget them! I also can't help myself when I look back on some of my old photos because they bring back good fall memories for me!

These pictures are from September 2018 on a trip to Lowe's with my husband and baby boy! It was one of his first Halloween shopping trips a few days shy of being 9 months old. He was a little too happy about everything he saw. I wondered if he would stay that way as he got older. He has to a certain degree!

My little ghoulster-in-training!


Here's another view of my little pumpkin! 

And finally, what else did we see at Lowe's that year? Here are a few pics! I took a couple pics of the tree because I felt like I could make it myself at some point and I also just liked the overall shape of it. Good for reference!


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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1556442 2020-06-09T09:44:32Z 2020-06-09T11:24:40Z Halloween Maze Sign Process

Earlier I posted my Halloween maze sign for 2019! I wanted to show the process I used to create my signs for anyone who may need ideas!

How I begin

I start by finding a font I like online that will suit my needs. For this sign I actually used two fonts and combined them to create this sign. I actually typed the text out twice in Illustrator, expanded the font and clipped and cropped letters to do a font mash-up. I've included the template for anyone who may want to use it!

Download the template above!

Cut the wood

I had a piece of scrap wood in a rectangular shape. I used my cutter to create some jagged edges on either side and the top. I did not sand it because I no longer have sanding tools but I would recommend to sand the edges if you are able to. 

Copy the template

After creating a digital file of what I want on my sign, I would normally eyeball it and draw it by hand. I did it this way for years with good results that weren't too exact which made the sign more creepy in my opinion. However, my sister-in-law gifted us a projector last year and it was the perfect opportunity to start using it! I simply projected the sign on the wall and traced. 

An alternative to tracing is to print out the text and place it over the sign. Using a pencil trace the text on the paper pressing hard enough to leave an indentation in your sign. My signs are usually large so eyeballing it for me is always the way to go in those cases.

Paint the sign

Above you can see the gray base coat I gave the sign and the fluorescent paint I began adding. I wanted the letters to pop but also be legible. I painted two coats of black over the fluorescent colors to give it a nice glow under black light.

Add in the grit

Lastly, you're going to want to use a spray paint can and gently spray droplets over the finished painted sign to give it some texture and grit. I also added moss in the indentation of the sign and around it. I later took the moss off the edges but the remnants left behind actually achieved the look I wanted!

And that's it! Don't forget to check out the finished piece here!




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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1552024 2020-05-31T03:27:44Z 2020-05-31T03:27:44Z Halloween Kitchen Window Decor

I usually take pics of my indoor and outdoor decoration just to have as reference. I find that when I like the way something looks its easier for me to visually look at it again in an old photo and recreate it perhaps with different but similar items. I really like this version of my kitchen window! It screams Halloween party. The balloons and streamers give off 1990's Halloween party vibes and kick up the party a few notches!

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1551180 2020-05-29T00:02:15Z 2020-05-29T00:02:16Z Love my krew!

Krew pic from 2018! I actually can't remember who all is under the masks. I believe from left to right its my friend Aaron, my two nephews Anthony and Chris, my lil cousin Gracie and my friend Rafa! I love my krew which varies from year to year but is always willing to lend a helping klaw to make the maze possible.

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1550848 2020-05-28T08:19:09Z 2020-05-28T08:19:09Z Halloween Ninja

This photo never gets old! It's my cat Lil Ninja as Halloween Ninja! She also goes by "Baby girl" and "Baby ghoul." If looks could kill, I would be a goner.

Taken Aug 17, 2017

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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1548570 2020-05-23T08:36:51Z 2020-05-23T08:38:07Z Maze Entrance Sign! I never posted any of my Halloween photos from 2019 but I do want to share some of them on my blog eventually. I'm really struggling with locating them all. In the meantime, here is one of my signs created for the maze entrance for 2019. It was placed in an area with fluorescent lighting. The wood is scrapped trash that I cut myself. The skull is a broken LED path light that I repurposed.

This year I am going to make a new sign that reads "Haunted Trail" instead! ~SPOOKY~
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tag:halloweech.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1547069 2020-05-20T01:43:41Z 2020-05-20T01:44:34Z Blacklight Moments

These are all photos from Halloween 2013 when I really wanted to utilize more black lights in the haunted maze. I used fluorescent yellow highlighter dunked in water to fill the flask and added fluorescent highlights using acrylic paint on the clown flag. These are some of my all-time favorite black light photos that I have captured so far.

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