“Scaretaker” & Pumpkin Monster Head Bases

“Scaretaker”

The “Scaretaker” will be a creepy old man standing ominously in my graveyard, leering at passersby. This is just the base of the head/face.

I wrapped a foam skull with aluminum foil then applied the papier mache.
I wrapped a foam skull with aluminum foil then applied the papier mache.
After 3 layers of papier mache I cut the paper and foil off and then put it together with tape and glue. I made the neck at this point too. I then applied 2 more layers of papier mache.
After 3 layers of papier mache I cut the paper and foil off and then put it together with tape and glue. I made the neck at this point too. I then applied 2 more layers of papier mache.

Pumpkin Monster

This creature will be emerging out of one of my papier mache pumpkins. This is just the base of the head/face.

Same process here. Wrap skull in foil, then apply layers of papier mache.
Same process here. Wrap skull in foil, then apply layers of papier mache.
An experiment in carving teeth from insulation foam.
An experiment in carving teeth from insulation foam.

“Scaretaker” Hands

I’ve been meaning to put a post or two on the progress of my “Scaretaker” of my graveyard. If I can find the pictures on my wife’s computer, I’ll post them. Last night I worked on the hands. They needed to be strong, so they will hold the weight of the lantern I got for it and maybe a shovel or other prop.

I used the wires from an old wire pantry shelf we took out a few years ago.
I used the wires from an old wire pantry shelf we took out a few years ago.
I made the palm out of cardboard and cut  the fingers individually. I slid the wire down inside the cardboard and used hot glue to hold it in place.
I made the palm out of cardboard and cut the fingers individually. I slid the wire down inside the cardboard and used hot glue to hold it in place.
I shaped the cardboard a little and used hot glue to hold it in place.
I shaped the cardboard a little and used hot glue to hold it in place.
I used expanding foam to bulk up the fingers and hands.
I used expanding foam to bulk up the fingers and hands.

When they’re completely dry I will carve and sand the hands to shape them, then I will apply a few layers of papier mache to make them hard.

Hallowindow Projections

After experimenting with the Grim Grinning Ghosts the other day, I was curious about projections in windows. Hallowindow.com has some great animations made specifically for window displays. I got the “Eye of Fire” and “Ghosts” downloads and tried both. I first tried them in the downstairs window. The green ghosts looked way cool, however, with Trick-or-Treaters coming to the door, they’d see the projector and it would diminish the effect. The Eye of Fire looked really cool in my upstairs window. Here are some pictures of what it looked like. I tried it with a blacklight illuminating the white sheet and without. I will probably do it without the blacklight for Halloween. What do you think looks better?

Shot to show window placement on house.
Shot to show window placement on house.
Eye of Fire with blacklight underneath.
Eye of Fire with blacklight underneath.
Eye of Fire without blacklight. Flash on camera went off too.
Eye of Fire without blacklight. Flash on camera went off too.

Grim Grinning Ghosts Singing Busts Test

I was curious about how good of a “Grim Grinning Ghosts” Halloween prop I could make, so I tested it tonight. I don’t have any video, but here is a still image. I only have two foam heads, so the third character isn’t there, but it was pretty good. If I actually do this in our haunt I will carve the foam to be more masculine OR add papier mache to it to build up the masculine features of each character. I downloaded the video from YouTube.

Grim Grinning Ghosts Test
Grim Grinning Ghosts Test

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Haunted Poe
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