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Happy Halloween 2019 From The Ghoulie Guide

As the sun begins to set tonight and the crowds of kids and parents plot their trick or treat routes I thought I’d share with you some pics of last year’s yard haunt at The Ghoulie Graveyard! This is my front yard all dressed up for Halloween. I really love transforming it into a spectacle for the neighborhood to enjoy. Check it out!

The Ghoulie Graveyard 2018

Admittedly the lighting was a bit crazy (all colors of the rainbow) but it still threw cool shadows up on the house from the cemetery fence. I even added old tree branches that had fallen to the scene. Now for some close ups!

Cauldron creeper
My cauldron creeper!

I actually love the lighting here. The creeper which I never really did finish has a motor allowing his head to move up and down.

Fog zombie
My fog zombie.

The fog zombie was the first real prop I ever purchased for the yard haunt. A tube goes through the back of his mouth allowing chilled fog to roll out onto the grass in front of him.

My first DIY tombstone.

The tombstone above was my first DIY project with the SoCal Valley Haunters group. They taught me how to make tombstones out of foam and how to make them look real. It’s inspired me to make 6 more for next year. Below it are a couple of my witch mason jars. Sorry for the blurry image.

The Ghoulie Graveyard during the day.

The fence I had built the previous year worked wonders to keep spectators out of the prop area but still allowed them to trigger the werewolf and take as many pictures as they liked. It looks so peaceful during the day. But at night the graveyard comes alive with spooky ghoulies!

Hope you enjoy yourselves and have a safe and frightfully spooky Halloween this year!

Create A DIY Halloween Graveyard Sign

The Ghoulie Graveyard Sign

Are you one of those Halloween people that tends to overcommit yourself to build as many Halloween projects as you can before Oct 31st? Well, that’s me to a T and I did it again this year. Every year I have big plans to expand and add to my Halloween yard haunt. This year I was going to complete 6 new tombstones, redo my witch jars, and make a Halloween graveyard sign. Then I realized …uh not enough time! I was really stressing out. So I decided to kill all projects and focus on one…the Halloween graveyard sign. And you know what? It paid off. I really like how this one turned out. So I’ll share with you my newest addition and how I built it. Maybe it will inspire you to build your own! Continue reading

Proof The Laser Vortex Exists!

The Laser Vortex

I can’t believe I built my homemade laser vortex in 2010. Geez that was six years ago! Can you believe that last year on Halloween was the first time I had ever really tested it out? I’m not sure why I waited so long (fear of failure?) but after a few test runs, I was confident that the laser vortex actually works! It’s the first Halloween prop I had ever built and now I am ready to share it and show it to the world! Well at least to anyone that is mildly interested. Hehe. Continue reading

Halloween Inspiration Found at Rogers Gardens Halloween Boutique

Rogers Gardens Halloween Bootique 2015

In case your feeling your Halloween home decorations are getting a bit stale, I would suggest taking a trip to Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar, CA for some creative Halloween displays that will make your jaw-drop. I haven’t gone yet, but really want to make the pilgrimage from the west side of Los Angeles just to see their incredible Halloween showrooms. Rogers Gardens has been participating in creating a yearly Halloween Boutique for some time now. The 2015 year is no exception and the display this year looks absolutely exquisite. Continue reading

Your Friendly Neighborhood Yard Haunt

Boney Island Yard Haunt

So I’ve made it a goal of mine to visit at least one new Halloween event, haunted house, or yard haunt each October. This Sunday I was waiting to order food at Porto’s Bakery in Burbank and decided to do a search for Halloween events in the area. There were several results, but I decided to visit a free yard haunt named Boney Island in Sherman Oaks, only a few minutes drive from where I had been scarfing down Cuban food. I was a little nervous on the drive over thinking that maybe I’d be the only one there gawking at someone’s private residence. Boy was I wrong! The streets were filled with people walking to the most obvious Halloween house on the block. The theme at Boney Island is skeletons which is immediately evident from the giant skull and sign that acts as the entrance to the yard haunt. As I entered the yard, I realized this was much more than a haunt with static props, but a full on show with music, lighting, presentation and ingenious special effects. The pictures below and short video will give you a sense of the level of detail used in the creation of Boney Island, truly one of coolest yard haunts I have seen so far. Continue reading