Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Night 2010

As Dixie mentioned before, we were both too wiped to put up the haunt on Monday. So, we left everything up so I could take a few more pictures that night. It’s a good thing I dragged myself out there to get a few token shots, because early Tuesday morning a torrential downpour started that did not stop until this afternoon. Hopefully our paper mache items will recover. They are a little soft, but still intact. I currently have a triage area setup in the garage so I can operate on the worst cases.

Ahhh…the splendid night of the 31st! Much less TOTs this year versus other years, but a really quality group of people this year. Everyone was very well behaved, and not one teenager looking for trouble. I really hammed it up this year to get them to stop by the haunt. Our house sits two doors down from a very busy street that runs to an affluent neighborhood just to the North of our neighborhood. I situated myself on the street corner in full costume motioning for cars to divert to our street. I got quite a few! Those that didn’t stop, honked at me as they passed. I’m sure people will be talking about the freak on the side of the road for a good bit!

We now have regulars attending our haunt every year, and they go out of their way to let us know that we are now a tradition on their Halloween nights! Wow! We also had a rather large tourist group from Spain stop by our haunt. These people were going on and on about the haunt. We must have spent 20 minutes just posing with each of them for photographs. They probably hung out at our haunt for close to an hour just taking pictures of everything we had. Really nice people.

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I really enjoy the people more than anything else about this holiday. The kids are the best! There was a family of 5 that showed up with a small 4 year old boy that was not afraid of anything. I had a very scary costume and had been scaring the socks off of people right and left all night, but this little guy just walked right up to me and gave me a big hug! I ended up playing Simon Says, Peek-a-Boo, and Hide-n-Seek with him! I haven’t laughed or had so much fun in a very long time! I hope he comes back next year.

Anyway, I could go on and on about the fun that was had, and the plans for next year, but you people have all heard this before. So, lets get with the pictures already!

 

Plus, here is a cheesy YouTube video slideshow:

11 comments:

Dawn said...

Kudos to my husband for the awesome pictures this year.... Jaybo, you make it look good babe! I enjoyed every moment of Halloween night with you this year... watching you play with the kids, scare the teen agers, and chat it up with the neighbors. You had patience, energy, a great attitude and I just had a blast with you! A girl could not DREAM of having a better haunt partner and hubby. Pennies!

Jayson said...

Aw, shucks....you're making me blush here!

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The Frog Queen said...

OMG! That is the coolest! You guys just keep getting better. Wow, you are an amazing duo - keep up the awesome work!

Cheers!

Max said...

Looks awesome. What lighting are you using? LEDS? Colored spots?

Jayson said...

We use a mixture of lights. Several blue 85 watt incadescent spot lights, a few blue and red CFL's in clamp light fixtures, blue LED pinspots, a couple blacklight CFLs, and a handful of white LED pinspots and battery operated LED "Tap" lights. We were going to switch all of the incadescent floods to CFLs, but the CFLs are a very different shade of blue. They look almost purple. We liked the mixture of the floods and the CFLs, with the blue LEDs pinspotting areas. It allowed us to add texture to the lighting while keeping the cool moonlight blue feel to the yard. I plan on building more LEDs and experimenting with the lighting during the off season.

Ghoul Friday said...

Even with the lower ToT count (which happened across the board this season), it sounds like you had a most successful holiday :) Good, cuz you folks deserve it.

The Gill-Man said...

Impressive display! I discovered your haunt from Pumpkinrot's blog...so you come well recommended!

Where are y'all at in Texas? I'm in Houston, myself. It's always good to know I'm not alone in haunting the Lone Star State!

Jayson said...

Thank you for the complements everyone! We enjoy the haunt more and more every year! The more we work at this, the more Dixie and I learn to work with each other. Trust me, that's not an easy thing for two stubborn and opinionated people to accomplish!

Gill-Man, we are located in Rowlett, TX. It's a suburb on the North East side of Dallas. And we are extremely flattered to be featured on Rot's blog. He's one of my biggest influences.

The Gill-Man said...

Ah, I know where Rowlett is! I have family in Arlington, and the wife has some in Midlothian.

Yeah, Rot is incredible, and a huge inspiration on me as well!

October boy said...

Terrific haunt with great attention to detail. From reading the other comments, you've heard all this before...but who cares right? compliments never get old. Great photography and lighting. Looks like a place I wish was on my tot route as a kid.

PumpkinBrain said...

Very impressive display. Everything looks terrific and the lightning is simply perfect. Nice work!

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