Monday, August 22, 2016

old school pennant banner

I decided this year I would like to try and make something to give our front porch more of an "old school" halloween look. After seeing a couple of pennant banners online, I thought I would make my own since it needed to span about 14 feet across the front porch. Just found some vintage type artwork and got to painting. Pretty happy with the way it turned out and should look nice hanging above the cornstalks.




Friday, August 19, 2016

Pumpkin 2016 update

Well, here we are nearing the end of August and thought I would give a quick patch update. 
As you can see the vines have grown completely out of control, but its kind of cool that way. I have thinned them a bit since to help with the growth. As of today we have 7 good size pumpkins and i am thinking that at this point, thats all we are going to get. Not that I am complaining, this years attempt was a success in my book, even have a couple over 25 lbs.  








Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pumpkin patch 2016

Well, 2016 has been a pretty good year weather wise and the patch seems to be flourishing as a result.
Although there are no female flowers (or pumpkins) yet, Im optimistic that we will get a few this season. New soil put in this year as well as a bit of fertilizer seems to agree with them.
Fingers crossed- no sign of the dreaded vine boarer yet. With the 4th of July in the rearview mirror, its time to start thinking autumn thoughts......



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Headstone Bar

This year I thought I would make a nice little Haunted Halloween bar for the festivities.
Pictured below is how it looked just hours before the party.



Was well used by the legion of guests...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween week 2015

Pulled off this years Spooktacular last Saturday night and I have to say it was a great success! Bittersweet since it was probably our last "big" one. 60 costumed revelers in attendance and judging by the cleanup- everyone had a great time.





Wishing everyone good weather and a successful haunt this coming Saturday!
Happy Halloween



Monday, September 7, 2015

Inspirations from a "Haunted Hotel"

Got a chance to finish the summer off with a trip to Colorado. Such a beautiful state.
Visited Manitou Springs and Estes Park and let me tell you, living in the midwest you really appreciate the scale and power of nature. While in Estes Park, I got a chance to visit the Stanley Hotel for the second time. It was much better this time because I gave myself enough time to enjoy it a bit more and even have a whiskey at the bar- unfortunatley the bartenders name was not Lloyd.

I was amazed that the Hotel embraced "The Shinning" commercialy.
The gift shop had books, hats and room 217 plaques (as well as keys for 1408)
The basement level had a nice little display and tour area for both the Kubrick film as well as the TV adaption. They actually planted a Hedge maze- (2015 it said) out front. That was not there the last time I was here. It was only about 3 ft tall, so it was pretty easy. Even the restroom was a bit creepy...thought I was going to run into Grady. I also saw posted the flyer for the Stanley Hotel Halloween mascarade ball. How awesome would that be...




All in all, it was a great way to start September. We will be returning to our big party this year after a few years of retirement- just can't seem to let it go. Time to get to work and start enjoying the best time of the year!


Next fall it looks like Sleepy Hollow and Salem for my inspirational trip so any suggestions or tips for that would greatly be appreciated!
The October Boy

Also, on a side note- The wife's phone camera flipped upside down while taking pictures in the Stanley......it mysteriously "fixed" itself after we left. Makes you think.....