This year our Halloween Haunt almost didn’t happen. A few weeks before Halloween I just wasn’t feeling motivated to spend hours upon hours setting up the yard and the maze. Neighbors and friends kept asking, “are you doing your maze again this year?” And I would answer that maybe we would be doing it, but I hadn’t decided yet. I wasn’t looking forward to the time commitment and my lawn being compacted and damaged by the thousands of footsteps walking through the maze, then having to revive the lawn next spring.
Well, my kids wanted so badly to do it and so I told them that if it was going to happen that they would need to take charge and make it happen and they suggested that we set it up in the garage. It is a good thing that we had planned on setting up the maze in the garage because the day after we set up the graveyard fence and tombstones it snowed. Like four inches of snow.
So, we embraced the snow and the cold weather and posed our skeletons like they were sledding, having a snowball fight, and drinking hot chocolate near the fireplace. We didn’t use any animatronic or projection props this year since the kiddos didn’t set them up. It was a pretty “chill” year and we’re already looking forward to next year.
Happy Halloween from the Dimmicks!
Daddy Daughter Activity – October 15, 2019
Glen Ray’s Corn Maze – October 17, 2019
Setting up the Graveyard – October 26, 2019
Snow? – October 27, 2019
Setting up the Maze in the Garage – October 29-30, 2019
This year we designed the maze to be bigger and we got a lot of comments about how good it was. The kids had a great time scaring the Trick-or-Treaters and their parents who ventured into the maze. We had almost 300 ToTs. We added skeletons in playful poses and scenes and the singing pumpkins returned this year. We had so much positive feedback from our neighbors, and that makes all of the work worth it. :,)
This year we added a Haunted Halloween Maze to our family’s Graveyard Haunt. I have shared instructions on how we built our Maze here. Because we spent so much time building the maze, fixing our graveyard fence, and also making my Ghostbuster Halloween costume we didn’t get all of our props and decorations out for Halloween. However, our Haunt was still a great success! We hosted a Halloween Open House Party on the 28th for our friends and family who usually cannot come to our home on Halloween to see our new maze and we had a visit from the Ghostbusters of Salt Lake. We had so many Trick-or-Treaters come this year that I didn’t get any pictures or video on Halloween Night. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!!!
2016 was a great year for prop building at The Never Moor.
This year we focused on adding more tombstones to our graveyard since our new home’s yard is three times the size of our old yard. We added about 20 new tombstones and props to our haunt. My kids really helped me A LOT (you’ll see in the video). Our costume theme for this year were characters from the Harry Potter books/movies.
Thank you to Jason Hogan, another member of the Rocky Mountain Haunters, for giving us 14 tombstone blanks. We covered and sealed the foam blanks with Stucco Patch, then painted with gray exterior primer, and then flat black and white exterior paint. My wife cut vinyl epitaphs with her Silhouette that turned out amazing.
Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or over the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly horses prance;
Or for Colean the route is taken,
Beneath the moon’s pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.
Among the bonny winding banks,
Where the river Doon runs clear,
Where Bruce once ruled the martial ranks,
And shook his Carrick spear,
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nuts, and pile their shocks of wheat,
And have their Halloween
Full of fun that night.
I made my wife’s Ford Flex look like a hearse with cardboard cut-out landau bars wrapped in HVAC tape. I made a cardboard casket out of a neighbor’s baby crib box to put in the back of the “hearse.” I used an inexpensive MP3 player and speakers with a voice yelling, “I’m not dead yet. Let me out!” The ghoul driver was an animated prop I made at a previous Rocky Mountain Haunters Gathering with two deer motors moving the head up and down and side to side.