Halloween by Robert Burns

Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or over the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly horses prance;
Or for Colean the route is taken,
Beneath the moon’s pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.

Among the bonny winding banks,
Where the river Doon runs clear,
Where Bruce once ruled the martial ranks,
And shook his Carrick spear,
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nuts, and pile their shocks of wheat,
And have their Halloween
Full of fun that night.

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Halloween 2014

Our Halloween Haunt for 2014 had to be the bare minimum since we were selling our old house and building a new one. I set up the Singing Pumpkins as if they were having a concert.

“In Concert Tonight Only! Pumpkin PATCH and the Boo Brothers.”

The playlist of songs were This Is Halloween, Blue Moon, Ghostbusters, Grim Grinning Ghosts, Thriller, and Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me). The entire “concert” was over 20 minutes long.

Halloween 2013

Here is a video of our 2013 haunt.

New props for 2013

I made my wife’s Ford Flex look like a hearse with cardboard cut-out landau bars wrapped in HVAC tape. I made a cardboard casket out of a neighbor’s baby crib box to put in the back of the “hearse.” I used an inexpensive MP3 player and speakers with a voice yelling, “I’m not dead yet. Let me out!” The ghoul driver was an animated prop I made at a previous Rocky Mountain Haunters Gathering with two deer motors moving the head up and down and side to side.

Flying Crank Ghost

The Singing Pumpkins were a huge hit. You can purchase your own animations at TheSingingPumpkin.com.

Cloaked Flying Crank Ghost (FCG)

Here is our Cloaked Flying Crank Ghost (FCG) for this year’s haunt (2013).

Download the instructions for building the mechanism and marionette from the Rocky Mountain Haunters website at http://www.rockymountainhaunters.com/images/FCG%20PARTS%20LIST.pdf

For the head movement, modify the rear eye hooks so there are two side-by-side rather than just the one in the middle. You will see where to attach the strings to the top of the head and back/bottom of the neck by watching the video.

My 8 year old son helped me build this project in our spare time. We started it in June and finished it just in time for Halloween. We had a great time building it together.

↓ Here is an instructional video showing some of the steps we took to get our Cloaked Flying Crank Ghost (FCG) to have the movement that we achieved. ↓

The Dimmick Family's Halloween Graveyard Haunt located in Spanish Fork, Utah