Ok for the longest time I had no real idea what the heck the difference was between a cemetery and a graveyard. Although I used the words interchangeably, the word graveyard seemed so much more interesting to me. It sounds old and decrepit and spookier. So when I decided to name my yard haunt I decided to go with graveyard instead of cemetery. The Ghoulie Graveyard has such a nice ring to it. But then later I learned from fellow Halloween DIYer’s that there is a difference between the two words. A cemetery contains graves, tombs, or urns just like a graveyard but is not a churchyard. A graveyard is a similar area that is often associated with a church. I’m definitely not changing my haunts name, but I’ve decided that to make it technically correct next year I’m going to build a little haunted church so technically it can be officially called a graveyard. Maybe I can add some flickering lights inside so it appears abandoned but haunted. Glad I put that controversy to rest (in peace). Sorry bad joke.
Does this happen to you? You have a ton of creative ideas for Halloween projects but then the time just passes by so darn quickly. This year was no different for me. Although time flew by, I was determined to get at least one good Halloween DIY project completed before October 1st. Last year I built two tall creepy columns to frame my Halloween yard haunt and hide some of my lighting and audio gear. This year I wanted to complete that build and fully integrate them into the fence. What was missing was a dramatic Halloween cemetery gate entrance that I could attach to the columns and fence. After seeing the Nevermore gate on Netflix’s hit show Wednesday, I thought “That’s it! I’m building a gate this year”. In this article I’ll show you how I built my Halloween gate and share images of how it completely improved the look of my yard haunt The Ghoulie Graveyard.
The Halloween season is upon us yet again! Each year I try one or two new props to add to The Ghoulie Graveyard, my home yard haunt. This year I had started considering building two tall columns that would serve as a way to hide my lightning effects and electrical boxes. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to do it, but found lots of great ideas and inspiration online. At first I thought there was no way this was going to look good and it was for sure one of the most difficult builds I’ve done, but now that it’s finished I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. It’s a great addition to my yard haunt! Read this article to see all the steps I took to create Halloween cemetery columns.Continue reading
So I’ve made LED flickering candles and LED spotlights for my graveyard. Now what? At this point I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how to deliver electrical power to my new creations. To the internet I go! This time I found a great idea on how to make a 12 volt power supply from a member of the SoCal Valley Haunters Facebook group. It’s really pretty clever and helped me power up my entire graveyard scene. Keep reading to see how I did it.Continue reading
My stretch goal this year was to add LED spotlights to my Halloween yard haunt. It was a total gamble whether I’d be able to finish them in time for Halloween though. I’ve come to the conclusion that I must love stress because I decided what the hell. Let’s build them! Fortunately I found some great resources on how to build these. With a few parts from Amazon and a million trips to the hardware store I was able to build these pretty quick. Keep reading if you’d like see what I did so maybe you can too.Continue reading