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Pumpkin King
07-24-2010, 03:25 PM
Hey guys! We're gearing up for our fourth year of home haunting! Building will start sometime within the next week or so and I'll try to post lots of progress pics!

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43140-plan.jpg

This is our plan for the year. Ignore the colors, I was testing out some lighting ideas...

Each square on the plan indicates a square foot. Out front will be the facade, a 10 foot tall redneck mansion type structure. If I have the time I want to build a giant pumpkin creature to mount on top of it. Once the guests reach the front of the line, they'll be greeted and sent into the haunt, and down a long hallway to a strobe lit room (1). There will be a prop scrunched up sitting on the table looking towards the exit, causing a great distraction. As guests exit the room, they'll trigger an air cannon in the doorway before entering the gardener's shack (2). I'm planning on having a small table in here and lattice walls to the right, with terra cotta pots and fake ivy all around. Outside (3) will be vegetation to the right and a mineshaft on the left (4). The mine is only six feet tall and gets extremely claustrophobic towards the end. I'm going to make a realistic miner prop with a lantern in the first section of the mine. Once out of the main mine shaft the cielings will go back up to seven feet (5). This area will house a prop that will be a great distraction for an actor around the corner. Guests will exit the mine into a redneck town (6) with different facades and fences. One section is left blank (7), and we will put something in there after our trip to MO this fall for the Halloween Productions haunts as well as Beast and Edge of Hell. If we don't get inspiration, it should be simple enough to send guests past it through to the other half of the redneck street (8). Guests will then enter the strobe lit meat shop (9), coplete with a bloody table and a waist high barrier to the left. After passing the other side of it, they wind up in a small room with a bloody corpse (10). Then, they go outside a redneck trailor (11). Inside the trailor is a long hallway (12) with a figure with its arms held over the doorway. A strobe is flashng in the guest's eyes and a strobe is flashing on the figure. Just as they near it, the lead person triggers an air cannon aimed at them and one aimed about two people back. Then, as the middle of the group passes the figure, it comes alive. The last two scenes (13 and 14) are still unclear to me what I want to put in them. I want to have clowns somewhere in the haunt, and frankly I don't care if they don't fit the theme. :) If I dont have them there then I'll put them in scene 5. Any ideas would be appriciated!

I may contact a pallet or fence removal company about getting some free supplies for a maze or something else on the driveway, but first I want to worry about finishing the garage. Has anyone had any experiance getting in touch with these guys? How can I find them?

In other news our new website is up! I will buy creepacres.com in the next week or so but I want to work out the kinks before I get a private address. For now it can be viewed at http://creepacres.yolasite.com/

I haven't built much of anything yet this year. The pics below are from a sign I started last year. The part you see will say "Creep" in drippy, sunflower yellow spray paint, and "Acres" will be written in white on a black background and attached at an angle below the main sign.

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43147-new-sign-part-1-picture-1.jpg

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43148-new-sign-part-1-picture-2.jpg

That's all for now! What do you guys think of the plan? Any ideas for the last two rooms? Thanks! What are you guys up to? I'm looking forward to seeing what my fellow home haunters come up with this year! Happy Haunting!

DrDoom71
07-24-2010, 05:07 PM
Looks like a pretty ambitious plan you got there! Is this a garage haunt? Tell me more about the air cannon deal. Sounds interesting.How does that work exactly? This will be my 5th year of garage haunting. Not much time left...is there!

Pumpkin King
07-24-2010, 05:18 PM
For the air cannon we take $20 kits for tweens that they solder together and makes a burguar alarm- when you pass between the two consoles, one of them makes a buzzing noise. We replaced the buzzar with a relay, letting current from a larger battery flow to a solenoid valve, that, when triggered, released air. So, whenever there's anything between the consoles, the air hoses flow. We aim them at the back of guest's necks, ankles, and from above their heads. It really works well to scare people!

Pumpkin King
07-24-2010, 05:21 PM
Looks like a pretty ambitious plan you got there! Is this a garage haunt?...Not much time left...is there!

This is in a three car garage with the facade extended onto the driveway...and yes, I'll have to work hard to get this done.:roll::roll::roll::roll:

scarygoat
07-24-2010, 09:59 PM
Sounds like you have a great plan working there! Now, I think if I am reading your scale correctly then some of your halls are only 2 ft wide, correct me if I am wrong, but if I am not, then you might want to think about making them a bit bigger. 2ft wide might not be big enough for a group to efficiently pass through. How do you plan on building all of your walls? Do you use a modular wall system?

Scareside
07-24-2010, 11:17 PM
Sounds like you have a great plan working there! Now, I think if I am reading your scale correctly then some of your halls are only 2 ft wide, correct me if I am wrong, but if I am not, then you might want to think about making them a bit bigger. 2ft wide might not be big enough for a group to efficiently pass through. How do you plan on building all of your walls? Do you use a modular wall system?

I concur with scarygoat. 2 ft wide is just to narrow, I did that one year and people had problems finding there way around corners and other areas. Now I recommend a 3ft min for hallway width. It still gives a small space but it more to work with than using 4x8 plywood standards. Personally I use 4x8 plywood walls along side 3x8 plywood walls. Trust us when we say that 2ft wide is smaller than it seems on the drawing board, and 3ft is just right.

scarygoat
07-24-2010, 11:58 PM
I concur with scarygoat. 2 ft wide is just to narrow, I did that one year and people had problems finding there way around corners and other areas. Now I recommend a 3ft min for hallway width. It still gives a small space but it more to work with than using 4x8 plywood standards. Personally I use 4x8 plywood walls along side 3x8 plywood walls. Trust us when we say that 2ft wide is smaller than it seems on the drawing board, and 3ft is just right.

Exactly, everything will seem bigger on paper. 3ft min, we actually use 4ft because it makes design easier for me, but 3ft min should be fine.

Pumpkin King
07-25-2010, 11:55 AM
I concur with scarygoat. 2 ft wide is just to narrow, I did that one year and people had problems finding there way around corners and other areas. Now I recommend a 3ft min for hallway width. It still gives a small space but it more to work with than using 4x8 plywood standards. Personally I use 4x8 plywood walls along side 3x8 plywood walls. Trust us when we say that 2ft wide is smaller than it seems on the drawing board, and 3ft is just right.

Scarygoat- We do use a modular system of 1, 2, 3, and 4 foot by 7' walls. The seven feet height is because of the height of the garage door when opened, and it's easiest to use that throughout the whole garage.

About the 2' wide sections- Scareside and Scarygoat- were people actually getting stuck in your 2' wide sections or just disoriented? I used a few 2' wide sections in the haunt last year and it didn't seem like much of a problem. Personally I think it makes it more real, and hell, if they get stuck, it adds to the fun and scare factor wihout putting them in any serious danger- right? Looking at a tape measure it seems plenty wide and from my experiences works pretty well so long as the whole haunt isn't 2' wide hallways. Plus, if I wanted wider hallways, I'd pretty much have to redo the entire layout.

Thanks a ton for your input guys, it really means a lot! :D:D:D:D

scarygoat
07-25-2010, 02:09 PM
I have not personally used 2' halls because it isn't really safe. It is way to narrow, some people, specially in a group would not be able to fit through it. I would suggest making your halls and rooms a bit bigger by just cutting some of them out. I see one of your bigger rooms is only 6' by 7' which is really small, you won't be able to fit much in there. If you want, take some tape and mark out part of your haunt in your garage w/ actually dimensions you will realize how small each room and hall is. Just change your design a bit.

Pumpkin King
07-25-2010, 03:28 PM
I see one of your bigger rooms is only 6' by 7' which is really small, you won't be able to fit much in there.

Which room is that? I can't figure out which number you're referring to. Thanks for the input and again I really appriciate it!

scarygoat
07-25-2010, 07:21 PM
#8, it actually might be a couple feet bigger, but still, it and all the other rooms would be too small to actually create a 'scene' in.

Pumpkin King
07-25-2010, 08:13 PM
#8, it actually might be a couple feet bigger, but still, it and all the other rooms would be too small to actually create a 'scene' in.

That's actually in a redneck street, joined with scene six and separated by a see through barrier. It should be large enough with the two joined together. Plus it doesn't need a lot of props. It should be creepy enough by itself. :):):):)

scarygoat
07-25-2010, 11:05 PM
If you are not having any props in your scenes, then maybe they will be big enough.... but you gotta trust us on the hallway thing. They really should be wider than 2ft.

Pumpkin King
07-30-2010, 08:46 AM
Yesterday I started working on the table for the first room. It will be painted black and eventually have a prop mounted on it.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43575-beginnings-table-prop.jpg

I couldn't really get much else done because of wasps infesting my storage area-
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43573-haunt-storage.jpg

Last night I went out back and used up an entire can of Raid. Finally I pulled away the tarp and JACKPOT!!!!!
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43574-jackpot.jpg

Today I'm going to sort out the two by threes and try to build a few 4' by 7' pannells! I'll post tonight with progress pics! Happy Haunting!

Pumpkin King
07-31-2010, 09:29 AM
Yesterday I got up and spent the day working on the haunt. First I had to sort out the two by threes based on what pannels they were used in last year. This year I'm converting all but one room to the standard 4' by 8' pannels, so I had to find the one room that I couldn't cut up and make pannels out of.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43619-sorting-wood.jpg
I Made pannels leaning them against the deck. It was actually pretty easy.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43618-making-pannels.jpg
I moved the frames to their current storage spot and then screwed on the OSB. When we're ready to move them into the garage, it'll be a two man job.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture43620-one-pannell-complete.jpg

In the end I got three 4' by 7' pannels complete and two more are just a few minutes away from completion. In addition I finished two 1' by 7' pannels and I have one 3' by 7' panell almost done. I propbably won't post more pics until we actually start putting pannels up and begin detailing. Happy Haunting!

Oli_sleven
08-02-2010, 02:50 PM
Need any technical or graphical help?
Be sure to PM me

Pumpkin King
08-28-2010, 09:21 PM
Oli- Right now I have a very limited haunt budget, but in future years I'd love to work with you.

Regarding the 2' wide hallways- They're happenning. If it's a problem, I'll learn.

We are scheduled to load the garage next weekend. Right now I'm scrambling to get as many pannells as possible completed. I'll post pictures tomorow, right now it's too dark. In a few weeks the fun part begins, detailing. Stay tuned! One more thing- today I got a bunch of 6" by 4' fence pickets from Home Depot for 60 cents each. For $20, I got enough to completely cover at least two 4' by 8' panells. I'm looking foreward to building more this year. :D :D :D :D

Pumpkin King
08-29-2010, 01:14 PM
As stated before, we will be loading the set for the first half of the haunt next weekend.

Here's a bunch of random props from last year. They aren't very realistic, but they'll do their jobs.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46198-random-props-fences-boards.jpg

Here's the prop for the first room. It will get beefed out with chicken wire and will get a mask and shoes to make it look better.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46194-table-prop-2.jpg
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46193-table-prop-1.jpg

This is one of the donation boxes for this year. It should look pretty cool when complete. All donations will go to charity, but I'm having a hard time deciding which one.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46189-donation-box.jpg

Pumpkin King
08-29-2010, 01:19 PM
Sorry about the quality of the pics, it was a choice between taking pictures on our camcorder or taking high quality pictures which take forever to load.

This is the garage. Today I will be working on clearing it out.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46188-garage-3.jpg
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46187-garage-2.jpg
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46186-garage.jpg

Heres some fece pickets I got, all for $20! They'll cover two 4 foot panells.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46196-picketts.jpg

Pumpkin King
08-29-2010, 01:22 PM
We're gradually getting more panells! Here's a few pics of random panells.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46197-4-foot-panells.jpg
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46195-1-foot-panells.jpg
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46191-random-frames.jpg
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46192-air-room.jpg

Pumpkin King
08-29-2010, 01:23 PM
Is slowly dwindling!
http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture46190-our-supplies-dwindling.jpg

Pumpkin King
09-19-2010, 07:49 PM
For some reason nI haven't really posted an update in awhile...

1) The haunt is in the garage and about half way asembled.

2) I'm working hard to get as many panells up and ready to be painted this weekend.

3) Here's a link to pictures... http://my-halloween-haunt.blogspot.com/2010/09/well.html

That's it for now... :D :D :D :D

danny_p
09-19-2010, 08:12 PM
VERY VERY COOL dude, this is the first time I looked at your stuff. Hope to see more! Good Luck!

Bradenton Haunted Trail
09-19-2010, 09:05 PM
If you need pallets check craigslist. And once you get a charity to donate to have them write you a donation letter that you can take to your hardware stores and try to get some free supplies, I usually get around 500 to 800 dollars of free lumber every year. If you start a website make sure you have a sponsor page to show them. If you need any other help just send me a message.

Pumpkin King
09-20-2010, 04:08 PM
Guys it means a ton to read your comments all I have to say is THANK YOU!

Here's one of our tombstones, I think this was taken in 2008, enjoy. :)

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-halloween-picture40715-tombstone-2.jpg

Pumpkin King
09-20-2010, 04:18 PM
We don't have any. Imagine if we did. I should look into that! :D :D

hippieman556
10-04-2010, 06:17 PM
looking good so far cant wait to see more of it

shawnc
10-04-2010, 08:43 PM
This isn't what you want to hear this late in the game but many haunters (most?) make their walls with the 2x4 or 2x3 laying flat on the plywood, rather than up on the 2-inch end like you have. This makes the walls take up a little less room, especially important in a small haunt, and makes them sturdier.

On the downside, it does make them a little harder to connect together since you have to drill through the long part of two separate 2x4s to run a bolt connecting two panels. Many have taken to using screws and power drivers for ease of assembly and disassembly.

Pumpkin King
10-04-2010, 08:43 PM
Here's a quick upodate I think I took these pictures about a week ago, so not quite current. This weekend I went through about two gallons of black paint I need one more gallon of black plus a color for our room after the mine. Really the only thing that's different from these pictures is the paint and one wall tin the mine. Happy Haunting!

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture51451-front-garage.jpg

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture51452-intro-closet.jpg

http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/pumpkin-king-albums-creep-acres-halloween-2010-picture51453-last-hallway-facade.jpg

Chainsaw Ronnie
10-10-2010, 09:44 PM
Looks like alot of work, but sounds like you are happy with how it looks and how you are progressing. Keep up the good work going forward. The most important thing is too have the passion to spend the time and energy on this, and it definiteyl seems like you do.
Also try not to pay too much attention to posts on this forum that are negative, if you get any, you know what works best for you.
Thanks for the post on my thread. I gotta get pics up now that my buildings and maze are basically outlined.
Good luck and great job!

Pumpkin King
10-11-2010, 03:48 PM
Shawnc- Just saw your post now, I think I missed it hwen you first posted. That seems like a good idea, never thought of it. It might be hard to incorperate with the budget I have plus I'm all for tight hallways but thanks!

Ronnie- Thanks for the compliment! Seriously it's the kind words that keep me going so THANKS!

I'll try to get a few more pics up tonight!

Pumpkin King
10-11-2010, 04:29 PM
Alright guys here's a sneak peek... http://my-halloween-haunt.blogspot.com/2010/10/detail-detail-detail.html

Bradenton Haunted Trail
10-11-2010, 07:23 PM
Nice job on bringing your ideas to life. Good luck this season.

Pumpkin King
10-12-2010, 03:54 PM
Nice job on bringing your ideas to life. Good luck this season.

Thanks! Your haunt is looking great too!

Pumpkin King
12-07-2010, 07:40 PM
Just wanted to give you guys a link to pictures and say THANK YOU for all the support. It really kept me going. :)

Here's the link... http://creepacres.yolasite.com/pictures.php There's a full walk through on there.

Thanks and Happy Haunting!

danny_p
02-14-2011, 04:57 PM
Nice job dude! Man I need to step up my display from a cemetery walk through to something like this or the bradenton haunted trail. Seeing both of your guys work get's me pretty excited. Keep up the good work!

Pumpkin King
02-14-2011, 07:42 PM
Nice job dude! Man I need to step up my display from a cemetery walk through to something like this or the bradenton haunted trail. Seeing both of your guys work get's me pretty excited. Keep up the good work!

Thanks! It's a lot of work but it's definately worth it in the end! :)