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Building a scary staircase

September 3, 2012

Mr. Frights

I’ve been on the hunt for tips and tutorials on putting up creepy cloth. It’s all the rage. Available everywhere. I first saw it in a haunt covering the walls. I have no idea how they hung it, and it’s been so long that I barely remember what it looked like other than being ragged and looking cool as all get out.

The whole reason I’ve been looking for tips is that I want to put together a nice little staircase that looks like it belongs in a run down abandoned home of a serial killer’s ghost. Heh! Yeah. Anyway, with such a lack of “how to’s” or anyone who knew anything about it I just decided to go ahead and build my own thing from my own vision. So here’s my story on what I did if anyone else out there would like some input on how to build something creepy with creepy cloth.

It might sound pretty straight forward. I even approached people who might be able to help me with the same idea… ‘this seems straight forward’, but I know it’s not. You just take it out of the package and just throw it up on the wall?! Nothing is that easy when you want it to look really good; and neither was this from my point of view.

First I made up a plan of what I wanted in the hallway. I knew I wanted to line the walls with creepy cloth, I wanted to hang some lenticular pictures (the kind that change as you move past them), I wanted to hang some spiderwebs to supplement the holes in the creepy cloth a bit and also to add to some of the open space between the ceiling and the walls.

Starting off I hung like seven lengths of creepy cloth from the Dollar Tree. I just picked up three different colors, from gray to a black and then something in between. I thought the different colors would add to the ragged look. I made a point to put two of those seven lengths on the ceiling. I put two and a half lengths on either side of the walls.

Left side of the staircase going up

When I was hanging the stuff on the walls I made a point to layer / overlap some of the sections as well as let some of it hang loose and even in one part hung an end then twisted it around to give it a weird ill-hung look.

I used clear push pins and pushed them into the walls at a downward angle so that they would be less likely to pull out of the wall or to just fall out. Plus, they feel like they went in tighter that way.

Between the cloth and in spots where the cloth seemed too open, I hung the pictures. I had those from the Dollar Tree a couple years ago for a buck and they still have them this year. I also got lucky and found one bigger sized picture at Spirit this year that was on clearance and got that for .97 cents. I made a point to put some of the creepy cloth over a couple of the pictures to sort of integrate them better with the wall.

Right side of the staircase… or should I say SCAREcase, going up

I haven’t hung the spiderwebs yet, but at this point I still wanted something more. I have these clothes pin bat silhouettes and I haven’t been able to find a spot for them… until now. I took several of them and clipped them to the creepy cloth on the ceiling in different spots so it looked like bats were hanging from the ceiling. I also have some small (real sized) tarantulas and sort of wove those into the creepy cloth so it looked like they were sticking to the sides of the walls.

I went back through and pushed some of the strings together throughout the creepy cloth to create holes. Some of the holes didn’t look good enough so I took some scissors and cut the strings here and there to make some of those holes more visible. I also cut some of the bottom areas of the cloth so it had bits that dangle. Again, the point is to make this look run down and ragged.

The SCAREcase looking down

Now with the creepy cloth, the pictures, the creepy critters, the only thing I need to do next is to hang the spider webbing. But then I thought to myself I also want to put in some lighting. Halloween is nothing without good lighting, so I’m planning on picking up some of those purple Halloween string lights and working those into the creepy cloth along the hallway on at least one side. I might even put a strobe or a black light shooting up or down the hallway.

Oh, and I should add that I hope to put something up on the wall at the top of the steps. Perhaps this ghoul head with glowing eyes that we have. It’s battery operated and the eyes slowly glow on and off. Might be a cool effect to add to the lighting of the staircase with the Halloween lights and none of the regular lights on.

Also, I plan on hanging lengths of fishing line from the ceiling just to dangle. The idea is that when someone walks up the steps they run into them it’s like they are walking through spider webs. It also goes with the one spider I have hanging at the end of a piece of the fishing line from the ceiling right at the bottom of the steps.

We also have a big wire frilly spiderweb that is hung in a corner of the hallway upstairs. There is a spider that I hung from the web using the fishing line. So the whole thing fits together in some way.

So, while this might not be THE way to do this, from a haunt perspective anyway, this is the way I decided it would look best and to be honest I’m totally happy with it. While it still have some work left to be done, it’s looking pretty creepy. If this was a stairway to a basement, there’s no way in hell I’d go down those steps. I just hope people at the party are not afraid to travel these stairs, because that’s where the bathroom is!

Enjoy the Halloween my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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Halloween 2012 – Glowing Eyes from the Darkness

August 23, 2012

Mr. Frights

So if you’re at all using Pinterest (basically an online bookmarking website where you share pictures, videos, etc. from websites you dig), and if you’ve been following myself or even any Halloween pinner on there, then you may have come across the glowing eye toilet paper tube picture. When I saw it the first thing I thought was “why didn’t I think of that” and the second thing I thought was “I’m totally gonna try that”.

 

The problem was that the idea of putting a bunch of these together could get pretty expensive. The only glow sticks I could find were a few bucks a pop and I hate spending a load of cash on something that 1. I’m not sure will work (because let’s face it, you can’t believe everything you see on the internet) and 2. I could maybe figure out how to do it cheaper in the first place. And that’s exactly what I did.

 

Glow bracelets 15 for $1 at Target

I have been building up empty TP rolls for a while now, and if you’re not into that you can also use empty paper towel rolls and just cut them in half. I’m sure there are about a million different ways you can do this, I’m just going off of the picture which is from this tutorial [here].

 

The tutorial I linked to by the way, tells you to use Christmas lights and some other stuff… the actual picture I’m referring to though is all about how to do this with glow sticks. So that’s why I’m referring to the whole glow stick thing.

 

So, to fix the whole thing about this being slightly expensive, I found those tubes of glow bracelets at Target, 15 of them for a buck. A couple tubes of those and a handful of cardboard tubes and I was ready to go.

 

Since this was a test run I went with the simplest eye design I could think of with a bit of some scare in there. Then I took to cutting the eyes. You have to be a little careful here because the cardboard is weak and can easily tear or you could slip why cutting and hurt yourself (that is if you’re like me and use regular scissors or a razor).

 

Glowing eyes

Keeping to the idea that I was using just these tiny bracelets I thought I should double them up to get the best light, so I took out two of the same color and snapped them to life and then bent them into the tube  so that the looped part would kind of outline the inside of the eye leaving the ends facing the opposite eye. I did this for each eye which had the bracelets overlapping and facing each other.

 

In the dark, this worked! I’d almost say it would work in even low light situations too. The only thing is that these bracelets (if older) might not last as long as a big ol’ glow stick. I know the one I broke wasn’t as bright at the other one and after about an hour they both were a little less bright, though still plainly visible.

 

Here are some pics from different distances in the dark showing how these looked in the end:

 

From across the room (about 20ft. away)

Cropped photo from about 10 ft. away

Close up sitting on my mantle – the weird lighting on the sides is from the glass candle holders I sat this between.

 

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Enjoy the Halloween my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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