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Vampire Jack-O-Lanterns

September 3, 2012

Mr. Frights

I saw these on Martha Stewart’s website, and I love her Halloween stuff. I’m not sure if that’s where it originated because I did come across the tutorial on some other obscure website by accident. Anyway, I wanted to try this out. My biggest challenge was finding pumpkins to fit. I didn’t want to use actual pumpkins because I like to reuse stuff and I really don’t want to re-do my work next year. I ended up finding foam pumpkins at the Dollar Tree, they are just slightly bigger than I’d planned on, but they work.

I also had a little challenge finding the push pins. I guess it calls for map pins, but I ran across these bigger push pins and thought they would work better. This was before I bought the larger pumpkins, so it all worked out.

The vampire teeth were pretty simple. I picked those up in individual packs for way less than a buck at a local Halloween / Costume shop called The Costume Vault.

Vampire Pumpkin display

Ok, so I took the foam pumpkins and cut out a mouth I thought would fit the teeth. I didn’t bother with the template they talk about on the Martha Stewart site and I did just fine. Once I fit the teeth in the mouths I put in the pins approximate to where I thought they would look “natural”. I didn’t think they were all that great without bat wings, so I did use the Martha template and fashioned three pair and used a glue stick (not hot glue) to attach them.

To set them up I used Spanish moss, which I found at Michael’s for like 6 bucks. It went way down in price over the past month! I also had a large candle plate I used as my center/anchor for the display and a couple vases of different heights. I had to make sure the pumpkins on the vases stayed up so I cut a couple small pieces (about the size of the bottom of the pumpkins) of cardboard and then used those on top of the vases as sort of plates that hold the pumpkins up. You can hide the cardboard using the moss.

I still wasn’t done then because it sounded like a good idea to supplement this display with some little spiders. I added some around the moss and on the pumpkins themselves. Now it’s done!

The best part is I can just use these next year and they will be easy to repair. If I want to (which I probably will) I can buy a few more to store away for next year.

Happy Haunting!

– Mr. Frights

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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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Little Fright’s is Having a Party

August 27, 2012

Mr. Frights

So if you’ve been following along, I’ve been doing a lot of bookmarking on Pinterest, I’ve also been posting my experiences with attempting some of the crafts and DIY stuff on there. If you haven’t been following along, go get a FREE Pinterest account and then follow me! – http://pinterest.com/mrfrights/

Little Frights’ birthday is in December (right near Christmas), but this year she wanted a Halloween birthday. Now, I would LOVE to have Halloween during Christmas, but it would be really difficult to make that happen between work schedules and just a bunch of other logistics. We all decided since we live at Castle Frights and Halloween is when we look our best, that we should hold her b-day party at home and during the best time of year!

This kick started a bunch of other crafting projects all at once. Lucky for me I’m following some great folks on Pinterest myself because I came across an amazing blog filled with lovely creepy things. – http://mizerella.blogspot.com/

So far I’ve put some amazing award statues together (because I happened to have the same skeletons she did):

$1 Skeletons turned into awards

And made some awesome Hogwarts style floating candles:

Harry Potter style “Floating” candles

These candles look absolutely brilliant in the dark when they are turned on!

All these things are both simple and look great for a very low cost and a little work which meets all my criteria for crafting. While the blogger does have some very involved “how to’s” on there, they are also brilliant looking and I wouldn’t mind trying them out if I had the room and the tools to do them.

I’ve found TONS of great tutorials and little crafts on Pinterest that will make this Halloween one of the best ever for our creepy family. The pins link out to the websites most times and make it very easy to gather a good bunch of idea for making your Halloween a bit more spooky! I hope you guys decide to sign up and join the fun. No, I don’t get anything for it, this is just to encourage you guys to find all the best Halloween tips and stuff in one place. I’ll even be doing some of the terrific treats that I’ve found including Candy Corn vodka!

If you’re looking for the tutorials on how these things work, be sure to hit up that blog I mentioned above, and for more great stuff follow MR. FRIGHTS on Pinterest!!

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.

 

For this and more Halloween fun, be sure to sign up (for FREE) for Pinterest and follow my boards! https://pinterest.com/mrfrights/

 

Enjoy the Halloween my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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Do It Yourself – Witches Broom

August 20, 2012

Mr. Frights

So I went out to a craft store today to pick up some more stuff for Halloween. I’m getting more and more back into the do it yourself stuff these days. I used to do that a lot as a kid. It’s cheaper (if you know what you’re doing) and you can usually make things the way you want them rather than just taking what’s given to you. Sometimes that’s better.

Anyway, went to the craft store and I was picking up a few things when I noticed they were selling witches brooms. This place is rather expensive anyway, so most times I don’t by anything they have that’s already complete. You can get brooms at Halloween stores and online for like $10 bucks or so, but I’m a cheap bastard to begin with, so I stuck up my nose at this once I got the idea in my head to go home and make my own.

I literally live on the edge of a huge wide open field that has a nice little tree line separating the apartment property I live on from the houses on the other side. There’s a few dead trees or trees with some dead sections on from the storms this Summer so I know I can get some branches there. I got lucky and actually found a big one for the broom handle just laying on the ground waiting for me. The little ones were easy too as all I had to do was snap off a bunch from the dead parts of these trees.

I don’t recommend ruining trees or doing this with live trees. Only dead ones and only ones that it’s not going to hurt the living tree.

Picture of the fishing string & some burlap string I used for the moment.

I gathered up my branches and went home to sit on my patio and start tying branches to the big handle. First things first though. I had to go through all my branches and pull off any tiny twigs to make sure they were as straight as possible. I used any twigs large enough for the last pieces to go on the broom. After pulling the twigs off I tied the end of my fishing string around the main handle part at the bottom so I had a hooking point where the string could just be wrapped as I went along without needing a third hand.

I then put the largest branches around the broom stick and with each one I wrapped the fishing line around it to hold it in place. Then continuing in that fashion I worked my way from the biggest branches on the inside to the smallest branches on the very outside. I separated my sticks into piles based on sizes and I would tie off the fishing line between lengths of sticks because I had to put the broom down every now and then. I found that the first bunch of sticks wasn’t nearly enough so I had to go back for more.

Once I was done wrapping the sticks around with fishing line, I went on to tie that off and cut it so that it was secure. To make it more secure I tied and wrapped a length around a lower part of the broom sticks. After all if you look at any broom it has been tied off at two places. This will keep the sticks straight and help keep them more secured to the large branch.

I’m still not satisfied with it, but I’m going to try to add some straw or something to build it up a bit. I also want to get some brown twine or string of some kind so I can cover up the fishing line better and make it look more authentic. I have a few different types of trees where I am, but I ended up using some evergreen branches as they were the thinnest and the most flexible.

Picture of the full broom

I also tried to keep in mind that I wanted the broom to taper from the outside small branches to the inner large branches. It hasn’t worked out that way just yet, but when I add the straw it might pick up that shape.

This whole thing cost me nothing. The string I used was old and I’ve had it since I was a kid. I thought about using the hot glue gun, but opted to ignore that since I wrapped so much string around the sticks. Plus, I’m going to end up putting more around them once I get the brown string.

It looks kind of plain so I want to maybe add something to the top of the handle. A ribbon or a bat nailed to it or something else. Maybe just some more of the brown string. The whole point is to make it a decoration. I did try to use it to sweep up the leftover twigs off my patio and it worked pretty well, though I wouldn’t recommend using one of these to actually sweep with.

Oh and I might cut some length off the handle too because it’s a bit large, even for me and I’m 6’2″. That white knot at the bottom is actually about 5″ from the tip of the broom. And just FYI, I’m not keeping the pumpkins there like that. I’m actually gonna try to put real pumpkins in there.

If anyone has tips on making one of these things I’d like to hear them. If you’d like some of my tips based on my experience making this thing, let me know. It didn’t take but an hour to make and that’s with finding the sticks and branches and the cleaning of them and the tying.

– Mr. Frights

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Spooky Silhouettes

August 10, 2012

Mr. Frights

You may have seen an idea picture floating around showing how you can put clothes pins between black cutouts of bats. They give you a couple instruction, so I decided to try it out. I’ll break it down for you, what I learned and what worked for me. It’s not a difficult project by any means.

 
 

First thing I did is buy some silhouettes from The Dollar Tree. They have rats, bats, and spiders. It seems each year they have something slightly different, so I’m kind of glad I saved a pack of the bats I had from last year! The ones from this year just seem less cool. But don’t worry, because you can make them cool on your own.

Dollar Tree Silhouettes

Along with the paper bats (or whatever silhouettes you use), you’ll need a glue stick and some wooden clothes pins (the kind with the spring in the middle), and a can of black paint (I used spray paint). I’m sure if you could find some plastic black clothes pins they might work, but I’d bet they wouldn’t work as well as the wooden ones and they wouldn’t look as good.

Wooden clothes pins, .96 cents at Walmart

Silhouettes, glue stick, painted clothes pin

These clothes pins come already pinned to a small piece of cardboard. If you want to do this the way I did, DON’T TAKE THEM OFF! Take the clothes pins and you’ll have to paint them black. I spray painted them, it’s the easiest and fasted way to do this. Plus, you get some cool left overs when you’re done – I’ll explain later.

First pass with the black spray paint

Spray each side, let it dry. I used a fan to get it to dry faster. I should note I was in a hurry because it was storming here when I did this. When one side was almost dry I flipped them over and did the other side. I used an old cardboard box as my place to spray them on in order to protect everything around where I was spraying and I could use it to pick them up without touching them and put them in front of the fan.

When they are all sprayed, you’ll have to let them dry fully and then when dry take them off the little cardboard thing for a little surprise.

The cardboard piece the clothes pins were clipped to. Now looks like teeth! You can use this in other crafts if you like.

Once you take the pins off the piece of cardboard they came on, you’ll have to set them on their sides and give them a good spray of paint on each side. That’s the side of the clips and not the previously sprayed tops and bottoms. You want to make sure you get as much of the clothes pins covered black as you can so they blend in when you’re done.

When I was finished spraying them, I let them dry a little bit (and in between sprays on each side) and then I used the same box I sprayed them on to clip them to the one edge of the box (folded upward). I found by having the box sit open but slightly folded over the way it used to be, created a sort of wind tunnel that allowed them to dry way faster.

Clothes pins clipped to the bottom edge of a box while the box has been folded back over but slightly open creating a tunnel effect when sat in front of a fan.

Let the clothes pins dry in the air, it shouldn’t take long if you’re using a fan and this tunnel thing I did. When you’re done with the clothes pins then you’re pretty much ready to make your bats pins.

You’ll need 2 silhouettes to make one of these clothes pin bat things. They should be exactly the same to help achieve a sort of 3D look. Line them up and then glue two spots on the bat, in this first one it’s the tips of the wings. I tried other kinds of silhouettes and it works with them too, but not as well. Make sure you ONLY GLUE the ENDS and leave the middle wide open.

View from side of two (2) bat silhouettes with end of wings glued together

Once you have them aligned equally then you let them dry a little. I’m a bit impatient so I only let them dry for like thirty seconds before I moved on. That didn’t seem to hurt anything. I wasn’t stingy with the glue either, but I didn’t over do it or have any glue coming out of the edges.

At this point you take one of your painted clothes pins (which should be completely dry at this point), and get ready to put it into the bat. First thing I did was place the clothes pin in there to line it up, see how far to stick the clothes pin in and then I took it back out and glued it where it needed to be attached. For this step I just used the same glue stick because there’s no point in using some other adhesive on this at all. Put a generous amount of the glue on the open end of the clothes pin (NOT THE CLOSED END) and slide the pin between the paper silhouettes. Make sure you press down for a few seconds to make sure the glue attaches.

View of the clothes pin between the paper bats.

Just to give you an idea of how far in I went on the clothes pins, I used the metal piece as a base line and didn’t go past that point.

View of the finished clothes pin bat laying flat on the table

The silhouettes I bought last year had holes that you could just punch out fairly easily. The ones I bought this year didn’t have any holes. You can punch your own holes in to make your own effect. Eyes for sure, anything else is just icing on the cake. I’d recommend punching any holes before you start putting these together, and I’d do two of them together so as they match up when you put them back to back.

Pinned bat

Now that you have this done you can pin them anywhere, and usually without any damage to what you’re pinning them to. I pinned one to a poster I have hanging up and there were no marks left on the poster. I also pinned one to clothing, so that’s an idea. I pinned one to a clip magnet which ended up giving it an angle as though it were flying off of the surface of the door the magnet was on. I pinned a bunch to some curtains to see what they look like. You could also use them to cast shadows by pinning them to something and setting them in front of a light source. The options are almost limitless.

Bat pinned to a clip magnet looks like it’s flying off the door

Different bat shapes work for this

I may try to do the same thing with the rat silhouettes. I wouldn’t recommend doing this with spider silhouettes because they are really too small. You could make your own spider silhouettes that are really big or any shape for that matter and do this project. I’d love to see what anyone comes up with if you do it.

The Dollar Tree silhouettes were a buck for a pack of 15 and it didn’t take any time to cut them out or print them and no ink or anything either. The glue stick works really well but be careful not to overdo it because you could mess up the paper even though they are pretty heavy stock. The spray paint was the best way I could say to paint them and the method I used was simple, fast, and left me with a cool little row of teeth I can use for something else. The drying method I used was pretty great too so I hope you’ll try that one.

Enjoy the Halloween my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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Halloween 2012 – Light-up Eye

August 9, 2012

Mr. Frights

I did a light-up eye video last year, it was just 19 seconds of the eyes glowing. I thought I should do a super short tutorial video to show how I did it, even though it’s pretty self explanatory.

The eyes are from a pack I picked up of like 9 eye balls for $1 at the Dollar Tree. They come in different styles and are made of some pretty solid hard plastic. I did this two ways. Last year I drilled holes in the balls. This is very difficult without some kind of vice to hold the eye while you’re drilling. It’s dangerous too, because you can slip.

This year I split the eye at the seam. It’s just as difficult because of how they are so hard, but if you work it a little in one spot eventually it will separate. Just be careful not to split them all the way. If you do, you can just glue it back together at the top or something. Once you have your hole, just insert the tip of the candle and you’re done!

Light-up Eye – YouTube.

I’ve recently seen another person has used ping pong balls. Those are probably a lot softer plastic and easier to get a hole into. Plus, you can put faces on them, jack-o-lanterns, or make your own eyes and designs.

The eyes can then be fixed to the insides of a mask to give it glowing eyes or you can use them to spook people out with a set of glowing eyes just off in the corner somewhere in the dark or something. Creepy and FUN! Just be safe when making these.

Enjoy the horror my friends!

– Mr. Frights

::UPDATE::

Now before I go into this short update I need to be very clear… DO NOT TRY THIS WITHOUT A RESPONSIBLE ADULT!

Because these eyeballs are so hard it can be very difficult to cut. This is why I used a razor. It’s sharp enough to cut through the hard plastic. Still, it’s probably more dangerous than what I’m about to tell you about. Using a razor, you could slip and cut yourself or break the blade and cut yourself. Using anything else is almost assured to go wrong in the hands of someone who’s not being extremely cautious.

I thought to myself the safest way to do this (and “safe” is relative here) is by melting the plastic a little and then molding a hole with some other stick or something. I used a high intensity flame lighter (torch lighter) and VERY CAREFULLY melted the bottom of the eyeball and then when it was soft enough worked a hole into the bottom using the metal handle of a razor cutter (since the blade was out and it’s long enough and small enough and wouldn’t be ruined if this didn’t work).

The key to this is not directly scorching the plastic until it burns. Just need it softly melted, but melted enough that you can easily get through the plastic. This method made the plastic turn inward with a nice bevel to make it smooth and rounded and have a nice flat side to sit on the light. The hole I made was still tight enough to fit snugly and not fall off. Also, the plastic won’t break from splitting it and the added bonus of the plastic melting together around the seams so it stays together better.

So, there ya have it. Proceed AT YOUR OWN RISK and please be careful whenever working with any sharp tools or fire or anything dangerous. You might want to take extra precautions to be super careful about the melted plastic to avoid burns, so wear some gloves that will protect you. Don’t forget eye protection! And do this in a well ventilated preferably non-flammable area.


Mr. Frights

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