Some of the new builds for Halloween this year include a brick tomb, a witch mirror, a new scarecrow, and a large backdrop projection.
What graveyard would be complete without a walled-up inhabitant? Thought I'd try to reproduce the bricklayer tomb from the Haunted Mansion to add a bit more substance to the front yard display.
It's just painted foam details on a plywood backing with a skeleton arm. Because it will only be viewed from a narrow angle, it only consists of two pieces - a front and one side.
To complement the witch's area of our yard haunt, I'm putting together an upright "magic mirror" that will use a TV as the mirror's surface. The mirror will show malevolent spirits trapped within.
The TV will have a plywood surround and stand to make it look like a large (5' tall) mirror. The video is from AtmosFX.
Progress: In development
This year, I'm going to try a large-scale projected backdrop for the side of the house to give the illusion of a graveyard scene extending beyond the house.
A 15'x12' seamless canvas by the side of the house will form the screen.
I built another Pumpkinrot-inspired scarecrow to replace our Pumpkin King, which didn't survive Hurricane Florence. This one uses a poseable, plastic skeleton as the core of the body. Sprayed and wiped off paint helped to achieve a better look, and I replaced the arm bones with the legs to make longer, creepier arms. The hands I had to build from scratch using wood, sticks, and wire. Lots of added vines complete the effect. Credit for the inspiration and the specific design of the jack o' lantern head goes entirely to Pumpkinrot.