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Brainstorming for Halloween

Halloween signs enhance your haunt: As juvenile candy collectors creep up to your haunted home wouldn’t it only be fair to give them some warning of what’s to come? Using Halloween signs to enhance your display is a great way to complete your theme. Lately I’ve been thinking about creating a Salem witch theme, like a dark bubbling cauldron with led lights on the inside, prominently displayed on the lawn. Then a great sign out front to warn the kiddies of the witches inside. Something like The Wicked Witch Inn is great for a more whimsical feel. I prefer something a little bit more scary like Witches Gather Here. Finish off your look with a little trick-or-treater that has been captured in a cage and awaiting the stew. Of course when you open the door you have to be dressed to the nine’s in your spookiest witch costume and makeup serving gummy toads and worms.

Undead abominations break new ground: There’s no doubt that zombies are huge right now, which make them ideal for decorating a lawn or yard. Here’s what I’m thinking: zombie props and body parts buried in the earth, sticking out enough to look like a poorly constructed graveyard. Accent the scene with green lights and smoke machines to create a swampy, murky feeling. But I want to go one further: dress myself in dark clothing that I don’t care about and bury myself in some loose dirt. When a trick-or-treater wanders by, I’ll leap out and scream and watch their face curdle. Glorious!

Flicking lights for fearful scenes: Like photography, lighting makes all the difference in a Halloween scene. Any professional haunter will say the same thing. But simple lighting can only heighten the scene so far – shadows, eye direction, pathing. Flickering Halloween lights, however, are designed to attract attention and create a spooky visual. For example, no one likes it when the electricity goes out, it’s spooky and horrifying, which is why lights designed to turn on and off at intervals would be ideal for a haunted house. I once designed a hallway with three lights on each side, with each light on a different interval. When one went off, another turned on, and so forth. It allowed attention to be focused off the actor creeping up behind the victims. Definitely going to do it again this year.

As we get closer to the Halloween season, we’ll continue updating our blog with ideas for haunts. If you have any great ideas you want to share, let us know and we may showcase your work. We love hearing from our customers.

A Zombie Wedding

One couple in Seattle decided to combine their love of zombie props with their love for each other, resulting in a horrifically gory wedding idea: a zombie wedding.

During the first annual ZomBCon of 2010, Casey Russell and Nathan Patrick Dooley decided to tie the knot and say their vows. The bride dressed in a blood-stained white dress and the grooms guts were spilling out of his stomach. With a crowd of fellow zombie enthusiasts looking on in awe, their marriage was ordained by Bruce Campbell, cult movie star and zombie slayer.

The zombie wedding.

“You know that things will not always be easy in your relationship … you will occasionally find yourself stumbling on your path together unsure of what lies ahead,” Campbell told the couple. “But there will always be one thing in your life that you can count on, one thing you will both seek out relentlessly, and one thing that will consume you both, and that one thing is – brrrains. … Ah, I’m sorry, I mean love.”

Once the ceremony was over, forty other married couples, who were also dressed as zombies, had their marriage vows renewed. Some may say this is kooky or strange, but I say its heartwarming to see two individuals share their love for the undead. It clearly shows just how much the zombie culture has influenced our society. From zombie walks and a statistical analysis of a zombie apocalypse to an official zombie apocalypse emergency plan and detailed zombie costumes, our culture has become fascinated with the world of the undead.

As a parting note, while searching around for other popularized zombie weddings, I stumbled across this zombie wedding invitation:

Nothing brings a couple together quite like a swarm of ravenous undead.

The Zombie Walk – An Event Massive Enough for Any Zombie Enthusiast

Whether you have ever wished to own a zombie costume, or simply love zombie lore, let’s be honest for a moment, zombies are one of the largest fads currently lurching its way through mainstream media. From books (WWZ, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and movies (Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombie Strippers, 28 Weeks Later) to comics (Marvel Zombies, Black Gas) and television shows (The Walking Dead), zombies are here to stay. With that said, have you ever felt envious at the sight of a massive zombie horde shuffling its way through the downtown cluster of cities? Have you ever wanted to cover yourself in the gore of human flesh and walk amongst your undead brethren? Fear not, my fellow cadaver, you are in luck, because you can live out this experience during a Zombie Walk, a massive gathering of blood-thirsty zombies.

Zombie Apocalypse

These zombies come from all around the globe in hopes of sending massive ripples of fright and shock throughout the media. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

As you can see, a Zombie Walk is a huge deal. People put on zombie makeup, they shred up their clothes, they get a bunch of zombie props, and they spend hours practicing their zombie shuffle. The best part? Besides the individuals participating in the Zombie Walk, no one even knows it is going to happen. Imagine walking down the street, or driving your car, and you suddenly find yourself swarmed by hundreds of lifelike zombies! Once the immediate panic has gone away, the sheer entertainment of it all is simply astonishing.

Becoming an actual zombie would be a terrible, terrible thing. The bite, the pain, the fever, the headaches, and then the death, it’s all a little too much to romanticize about. Instead, you can live out your fantasies with your friends, or even your family – (I actually have a friend whose parents dressed him up in a zombie child costume when he was younger). It is an event so massive, so horrifically insane that you simply have to experience it. And getting dressed up in a zombie costume is always a recipe for fun. Take, for example, this photo:

Zombie Kids

Regardless of age, dressing up like a zombie is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s thrashed, torn face.

If you feel that Halloween is still too far away, a Zombie Walk may be just the thing to cure your undead anxieties. I mean, why should you only be allowed to look horrific one night of the year? Life is too short for that kind of logic. So, gather up your friends, tell them all about the oncoming zombie apocalypse, and then find a Zombie Walk in your area of the world. You may be surprised to learn that one is happening pretty soon. Or, maybe you will take the initiative and start planning one out. Whatever you decide, have fun out there and be safe.