Friday, November 23, 2012

He's Baaaack!

What are you doing reading this?!? Allen's back to show us more prop making gold!

Watch the video already!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Red and Blue Effect

It just so happens we use a LOT of red and blue lighting in our haunt. Plus, I've been building computer controlled RGB lights, so this effect would be easy to pull off. Hmm...this would be a cool way to have faceless ghosts that suddenly change to have angry faces staring at you. I think I have a project for this weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2012


We are flirting with doing a ghost theme this year. We have a few ideas to try, but haven't completely fleshed them out yet. Here is one of the ideas. What do you guys think?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

End of April

Hi all, Dawn here.  No pictures today, I’m just writing to catching up with my friends – YOU! 

It’s time to come out of hibernation around here at Nickols Manor, and we are starting to get ready to rumble.

It’s been a roller coaster of an ‘off season’ for us, with the toughest heartbreak being the loss of respected Haunt blogger John Wolfe.  I didn’t write about it at the time, I didn’t really know what to say that so many others had not already communicated more eloquently than I could have.  That is definitely not to mean that it did not affect us.  John was an amazing artist that did so much through his blog and webcams to educate and share with our community.  Beyond that, he was a very kind individual, one of the first to welcome us as newbies, and I will never forget that kindness.  You are missed much, and often John. 

Jayson and I just got back from a weekend getaway to a small little haunted Texas town that is a particular favorite of ours, we will be telling you a bit about it in the coming days… but it really gave us a chance to slow down, have time to talk about things other than the kids and work…. and it led to more haunt planning than we have gotten done in the first 4 months of the year!  I guess I need to chill out and realize that just may be how we roll!

This should be an amazing build season, thanks to some amazing techniques that Allen Hopps has been putting out on Youtube… We have had the privilege of working with him a few times in Dallas, and he has really reminded us that we are doing this to have fun (imagine THAT?!?!), and to look at EVERTHING as a potential building material. 

So we are full of ideas and are ready to go…. now all we have to do is focus!  (insert laughter here…) 

Here’s to 2012!


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