So the notion of having the portal to Hell at the top of the display, is that spirits are escaping into our world, and subsequently reanimating the dead (like in Ghostbusters!) Some new ghosts have entered the fray en masse.
In the original version of the cauldron creep, the contents of the cauldron were simply an illusion of an acid light projecting on the cauldron wall, and the “fire” was created by a ring of orange fairy lights lying on the ground. In 2020, we enhanced the cauldron experience. First, the flame bed became a […]
In the world of Dark Conspiracy, there are places in the world where the walls between dimensions have weakened, allowing things to slip through from their world into ours. In these regions, known as “Demongrounds”, things are not always as they appear, and the affects on reality are sometimes warped and twisted by the influence […]
In 2020, due to the COVID pandemic, we moved the cemetery entrance to the front of the yard, added gates, and chained it up. There will be no entry into the yard this year — on the big night, we’ll distribute treats to the kids from a safe distance. One of the challenges with the […]
All of the props have a name, and that name was determined at some point during development of the concept. Jack is named for two distinct notions: 1. (for obvious reasons) Jack Reacher, and 2. (for no less obvious a reason): Jack-in-the-Box. First. The box… And now … Jack
And then one year, Grim’s face just dry rotted right off. Not as terrifying as you might think. In 2017, we gave him a new mask, and added LED’s in his eyes. In 2019 he got new hands (prior to this, he had two left hands).
We started seeing a bunch of ‘crouching ghoul’ props being built, in an attempt to replicate this character: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egksi_wWvFg . Special thanks to Rob Beach (Scares on Sequoia) for posting details of his build that gave us a leg up on the mechanism to get Dusty started. The first order of business was to work […]
Becky saw these cool wraith things with a massive hood. She decided she wanted to make one. And I decided that if we were going to make it, it was going to move. Gary uses the “Watchman” Prop Driver (Mark 3) for his back-and-forth motion.
Everyone seems to be doing variations on the watchman prop this year. I saw some pictures of the mechanism and decided to document making one myself. I’ve built two so far, so the pictures below are first from the prototype, and then from the “tighter” Mark 2, and then the stronger Mark 3. Mark 1 […]