Monday, November 2, 2015

More 2015 Haunt- The Willow Cove Vampire

Well, I am still putting props away today and wanted to post some more pics. It was a good haunt this year. There were less kids than last year and we don't know why. There was a Taylor Swift concert in town and someone said thats where most kids probably were. Damn you, Taylor! But all who came by seemed to like the haunt. A lot of kids were afraid to walk up to the door where me and the Count were hanging out. I would just quietly stand behind the Count and point to the candy bowl at his feet.
That was too much for a few kids who refused to walk up.
     The monolith was my big project this year along with building the vampire. I will show construction pics soon.  I am happy how it turned out, though it did take awhile to carve the column.  the Count originally was going to be a puppet head but ended up being static. Some things I drew up never got completed and will be appearing next year.  I tried to make too many staked vampire scarecrows and ran out of time. And the Count's pvc body was being troublesome, and I was trying to complete him Friday night. I wanted a laser vortex in the garage and built a spinning mirror thingy that worked with a green laser I got, but it was hard to see the laser cone in person and it would not register at all on camera.
     So a Fire & Ice light from Spirit was the back up. It worked great at blocking out the garage with fog as it swirled with green and blue lights. While it is intended for throwing shimmering light far away, aimed at the viewer, it did give a vortex/poltergeist effect and was easy to set up.
     I haven't used a digital camera in a few years, and I need to go back to using one. An iPhone is handy but mine is starting to crap out and a lot of night pics were blurry. And our computer has trouble accepting videos from my phone so a digital camera might be the answer.  I might do some landscaping redesigning in the yard this year to block out houses along the driveway for better backgrounds. I always get pumped up after Halloween and love to spend winter and the new year fixing things while it is cooler here in Florida. The graveyard fence needs some tweaking because the sections keep falling over. And the coffin needs beefing up as the old bottom rotted out and the kimono vamp almost dropped thru when it was moved. A few years outside has taken a toll on it, although it looks better as it ages. Like me ;)


  1. wOw WC!!!!..SO nice how you kept the strong Vampire Vibe thru out the haunt. all your creatures really look SO old & like they hopped straight outta the Count's Castle!!!. You gave a great turn with detailing too, i LOVE Count Orlok's clothing (that close-up of his hand is Magical) & all the work on his doorway IS super wonderful. & You're totally goonin with the Count---just like Renfield would!!!..VERY Scary for the kids!!..<333

    Looks like you had a lot of fun making all these Lovelies & i see Bean's little guy there, looking like a sweet little guardian angle. GREAT Stuff man!!! . Thanks for ALL the Monster Magic---it's SO Romantic.. : )

  2. Thanks, Girl6! I appreciate it! I don't think I even have pics of the monkey-bat above the garage (camera problems again) let me post a building pic of it.

  3. i HAD to check out that Vampy Column structure again!!!
    those dead roses & the jack face peepin thru the wings...gahhhhhh

    i wish i had the right words..
    your haunt looks like a movie set, you did a wonderful job WC.. : )

  4. Absolutely fanTASTIC Haunt.
    Really love it. Very original.
    Great style.

  5. So like this " earthy" look across all your creations! Has a very Rot-esque look to it. Well done!