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danny_p
04-17-2010, 10:26 AM
Well i think after being in these forums since 08 i should finally make a splash. Ive been decorating the yard for Halloween as far back as I can remember being 8yrs old and making tombstones out of cardboard and blank squares of wood taking winter gloves stuffing them and staking them in the ground, and as far as boiling hot water to use the steam as a fog machine.. lol Ive done just about everything you can imagine. Ever since my display has turned into a massive undertaking and a year round project that i strive to make better every year when I thought I couldn't out do myself the year before. Id love to hear your comments on what you think its going to be allot to take in as Ive been quite for the past 2 years haha.

First off Im terrible at website designing so the best I could do is a myspace page.

http://www.myspace.com/the_cemetery

Onto a couple pictures.


http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/95/l_18bf4c65bf39c82038a0b2f23c416e0b.jpg

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/17/l_c107e351fdac12c690b38830279a8bfb.jpg


http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/16/l_14814c6bc4662cc8ede22810ed4abe74.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/84/l_082cdd9499c53218bc1ebea298a6d5fe.jpg

The pictures below are some new tombstones that Ive aquired for this upcoming year

danny_p
04-17-2010, 10:30 AM
Im to the left the wolfman is our painter and on the right is my father. The three of us pretty much are the team that make this happen.

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/62/l_92862113de292b678dd09819f22fec8b.jpg

Here is also a new logo that I came up with and was made with photoshop. The next is a mini model that I want to transform our facade into. Great inspiration came from a local pro haunt in the area. Lastly is a new webcaster gun i picked up Im quite excited to use that bad boy

Banshee
04-17-2010, 03:37 PM
Very nice!! I like the lighting that you've done..good job!

HauntedBarn1969
05-11-2010, 02:06 PM
Very nice work.

Front Yard Fright
05-11-2010, 02:21 PM
VERY well done! I love the lighting you used... Very cool!
Did you make your gravestones? If so, what did you use to carve them?
They're beautiful!
Can't wait to see what you do this year!
:).

danny_p
05-14-2010, 06:25 AM
Those four gravestones were another of many lucky finds on ebay..Only $50 plus shipping for all four! Ridiculous I know!!!!

Heres some more pictures of props we aquired last halloween.
These gargoyles were another steal a local haunt in the area we found was selling props on craigslist and we got both of these guys for $50 a pop. They usually go for well over a 100

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC06475.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC06477.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC06479.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/hween091.jpg


We have a very large collection of allot of nice props. The lighting I use are colored flood lights strategically placed along with 18"blacklite fixtures under certain props.

I can't wait to share how this year turns out with everyone Thanks so much for the kind remarks!!

danny_p
05-14-2010, 06:34 AM
Check this out.. These two pictures had to been from one of the very first years I ever started seriously decorating funny how this turned into what its become today!

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/oldschoolhallo.jpg

Two more random shots from 2008 prebuilding

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/32/l_5e4cc8b8131a4d9ca81d5a6b8031ea1b.jpg

Yes I ACTUALLY lay down mulch covering the entire path from the front of the yard to the facade just to give it that extra look and feel.

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/41/l_5220608d10a242e1b25117f2d63ad848.jpg

Jim Warfield
05-16-2010, 03:44 PM
Your static props look horrific just standing there. Very nice!
You could have one tombstone facing away from the customers so it could not be read, then the gravedigger says, "Look! This stone has your name on it!"
"No it doesn't!"
"Oh, yes it does."
"You don't even know my name!"
"Then take a look at the stone and see what it says."
(The stone of course has the inscription..."Your Name")

damon carson
05-17-2010, 09:30 AM
Nice job and pics. Very good steal on some of those props. I love finding bargains on stuff myself.
Damon

grantbrott
06-09-2010, 06:39 PM
Awesome job on the lighting really does make all the difference in a good haunt.

Pumpkin King
06-15-2010, 11:45 AM
I hate to re-state the obvious, but here goes...

NICE LIGHTING!!!!! :D

Biohazard
08-24-2010, 07:24 PM
Invite sent

IHAUNT
08-27-2010, 03:48 PM
I agree with the others who have said it already...

Nice Lighting Danny!

Tom

Creative Consultant/Stage Manager

danny_p
08-31-2010, 09:07 AM
Thank Thank Thank You guys!.. Can't wait to share with everyone what I have planned for this year! Time is flying by!

danny_p
09-18-2010, 04:05 PM
Hey guys we have an update..started the new facade for this year..i think this will be the last time it changes of the past 3 years its evolved from one one to another its just been a matter of coming up with the perfect look I'm trying to achieve and this is on its way far from complete we also have side wall panels and have to build a separate roof..all of this will be enclosing the porch it will be an 8ft long tunnel to get to the front door. It will be filled with fog and some laser lights and draped in camo netting on the inside. The paint job will more than likely just be stone or brick work.

The front of the facade is 11ft tall by 7ftish wide

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC06810.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC06811.jpg

Im pretty well versed in the cad dept. so here was a rendering of what it would be looking like

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/hween2010.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/hween20101.jpg

Pumpkin King
09-18-2010, 08:10 PM
Looks awesome!

hippieman556
10-03-2010, 07:03 PM
nice looking pictures keep up the good work

danny_p
10-06-2010, 04:45 PM
Here's a little teaser..More to come very soon.. I have so many surprises and cool effects planned for this year it very well may be our finest year yet

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07013.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07014.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07015.jpg

danny_p
10-07-2010, 06:24 PM
Things started to rise up today..


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07016.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07017.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07018.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07021.jpg

Bradenton Haunted Trail
10-07-2010, 08:48 PM
Nice paint job with the rock wall, Is the haunt in your house? My wife would never go for that! lol

Bradenton Haunted Trail
10-07-2010, 08:57 PM
Are you open just for Halloween?

danny_p
10-10-2010, 07:39 PM
Few teasers..things really have picked up these past 4 days were really ahead of schedule..fyi all the lighting is not yet complete the yard is probably about 50% finished

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07026.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07025.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07027.jpg

Pumpkin King
10-11-2010, 03:42 PM
That's great!

Bradenton Haunted Trail
10-11-2010, 09:02 PM
Looking great. Does your haunt go inside?

danny_p
10-11-2010, 09:13 PM
No it actually doesn't were just a big yard haunt. However funny story. Last year we had the glass door removed in the porch and nobody was "manning" the doorway so apparently a family of three just wandered in. Now we invite allot of friends and family over to take in the fun and my mother was in the house and she stumbled across the mother and father with their child just wandering around..they thought it was literally a haunted house..they all had a laugh.. Its a good thing my two dogs were boarded up in another room. :-P

Bradenton Haunted Trail
10-11-2010, 09:25 PM
That is funny if they came in my house my wife would have tazed them...lol
How many guest did you have last year?

danny_p
10-17-2010, 08:20 PM
There's an axe welding murderer in my living room!..just another sneak peak at whats to come! Things are coming along awesome!

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07043.jpg

hippieman556
10-20-2010, 01:09 PM
your setup is looking great

danny_p
10-21-2010, 03:13 PM
Thanks man.. heres another two... the 2nd picture is actually inside the entrance looking out I have two laser kaleidoscope lights and two scare spots to hide in on the inside. The inside is also draped with camo netting and strips hanging all over it feels like a forest inside


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07051.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07050.jpg

Pumpkin King
10-21-2010, 03:55 PM
Those pics look great! Keep up the good work!

Bradenton Haunted Trail
10-21-2010, 07:11 PM
Are those the Galaxian lasers or the spirt knock off just wanted to know because i bought the spirt kind and hope it looks that good.

danny_p
10-21-2010, 09:57 PM
I'm actually an assistant manager at a Spencer's store so these are they're version of the laser kaleidoscope. For the price plus my discount it was well worth the purchase for me. I absolutely love them and not just for Halloween. We recently came out with a product called "Laser Theater" its a dual red and green laser with interchangeable caps to make the lasers make different patterns I personally don't like it as much as I do these two.

danny_p
02-13-2011, 11:11 PM
Ok well 3 months later! I've finally have found the time to post a few pics from before and on Halloween themselves. My costume idea came from a character I seen @ Netherworld in 08 driving home from Halloween horror nights.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07033.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07034a.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07042.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07052.jpg


This last year went fairly well I'd say we probably had about 150 to 200 people pass through thanks to the weather being decent. Only thing that bummed me out was I wasn't able to incorporate any tree's into the scenes this year I usually bank on find cut down branch's and such that people have out at their curbs and use them in the display but it was very hard to come across any at all. But other than that I find myself trying to figure out how I'll top last years display every year I don't think I can but I always manage to find a way, the creative process absolutley is one of the funnest parts of doing this:grin:

danny_p
02-13-2011, 11:12 PM
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07031.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07079.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07055.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c185/SFDLdan/DSC07064.jpg

Pumpkin King
02-14-2011, 04:28 PM
Stunning! I love your work and the character is very well done too! Keep up the good work! :D

Darksydesigns
03-02-2011, 09:11 PM
Your haunt looks spectacular, danny_p. Certainly can't go wrong with gargoyles (a bit of an obsession of mine...):cool: