Stump the Haunter

Stump the Haunter! Post a comment to the witch in residence, me, with a haunting challenge of a prop you would like to build or theme you would like to explore. I will respond on this blog with my thoughts on how to build it.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Fall 2017!

The leaves are turning, the crows are cawing and the sun is setting early. Fall has arrived and it is bringing with it the excitement of the Halloween season. We are just getting up and running for the holiday, but to get everybody in the mood here are some pix from a haunt I saw last fall.


 As you can see, the homeowner was not shy about their feelings for the holiday.  He or she touched on a lot of classic themes in this display.  These include: a cemetery, giant spider webs, a witch, and a ghoulish wedding ceremony (gives new meaning to "...until death do us part").


There are a number of things that add brilliance to this display.  For starters, the designer was not afraid to accessorize the props.  Just because a prop was made a certain way, doesn't mean you can't add to it.  Check out the witch silhouette, a lantern has been hung from one hand, a broom placed in the other and a fire pit and kettle have been placed before her.  Other standouts include the blood and crow on the tombstone and the ghost in the cage.
Another great idea, a significant amount of this display is in light colors like white and gray.  Light colors will make it easier to see this yard haunt at night and to "paint" it with colored lights.  I would recommend a weather-resistant color wheel to give the scene movement and to keep it changing throughout the night.

This is the first time I have seen a burnt-tree made for a yard haunt. Kudos to them for bringing something new to the table.


 The home owners have also managed to use the various levels of the house's facade to their fullest extent.  It is always a good idea to be upwardly mobile in your haunt.

And finally, who can resist a skeleton with a little attitude.  Haunt-on bone-head!


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