Sunday, October 31, 2010
About a year ago I posted a survey to learn how different people celebrate Halloween. Well, the results are in. Here's what I found...
You (the average Halloween-enthusiast) don't have any trick-or-treating aged children living in your home (60%), but you still decorate the inside (41%) for the enjoyment of yourself and your family (65%). Your interior decorations (63%) and your outdoor decorations (23%) remain up for approximately one month. You also display certain decorative items year round that you don't consider "Halloween-y", but admit that the average American probably would (81%).
You're slightly more likely to let the public walk through your yard haunt (52%) than have to admire it from behind a barrier (48%). Your mostly homemade (48%) outdoor decorations are durable enough to be left out in the wind and rain (83%) and luckily, none have ever been stolen (77%). You're far more likely to have a "scary" display (36%) than a "cute" (4%) or "gory/bloody" display (7%).
You spend between $100 and $400 on your decorations each year (47%). Your cobwebs are made out of a cotton-like material (48%), you have a fog machine running (75%) and spooky music playing (80%). You do not, however, use fake blood (60%), a simulated thunder & lightning machine (56%), live costumed actors (60%) or pneumatic props (77%). And, for that matter, you've also never been to a Halloween / haunt / horror convention (65%) and don't subscribe to any such magazines either (69%).
If Halloween falls on a weekday, you take the day off from work (71%). Horror movies are your favorite (50%) and you dress up for Halloween (80%).
Unfortunately, despite all of your hard work, fewer than twenty-five trick or treaters come to your door (29%).
***Here are a few more interesting results worth noting...
21% of you leave your interior Halloween decorations up year-round.
17% only have your outdoor decorations up for one night.
6% of you get between 500 and 1000 trick-or-treaters,
and 3% of you get over 1000 people ringing your bell!
(I'll probably be releasing a new, more detailed survey sometime after Halloween. Let me know if you have ideas for additional questions.)
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
We did a make-up test run on my son today. Afterwards, he accompanied me to 7-11 for a gallon of milk. When one couple in a parked car pointed, he lunged at them and snarled. They screamed. He loved it! What a great time of year!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Here's a tip though... show up early! We got there a few minutes before the haunt opened for the night and the line was already massive! I remember reading somewhere that the organizers hope to get about a thousand attendees each night. Well, it looked like there were already a thousand people there and the haunt hadn't even opened yet. Despite the long line it only took about 45 minutes for us to work our way to the entrance. During that time we were entertained by actors, admired hundreds of carved pumpkins, walked beneath a 25 foot tall witch and watched chainsaw-wielding maniacs chase other haunt-goers. The time flew. (In the future though, they should consider selling hot cider to the people waiting in line. It was cold!)
Amazingly, once we walked through the main entrance, we were alone. My wife kept asking "where's that family that went in right before us?" They had only entered a couple of minutes before, so I assumed that we would eventually catch up with them. Nope. Never saw them again. For the 20 minutes that it takes to get through the haunt we were totally by ourselves. Well, by ourselves amongst the assorted ghouls, that is.
It's no exaggeration to say that we probably encountered 50 - 60 costumed actors. They lunged towards us, blocked our path, invaded our personal space, smelled us, chased us, and (as my wife found the most terrifying) silently followed us for minutes at a stretch. Because of the strength of their actors, Haunted Overload is able to remain scary without resorting to cheap scares, the use of any sort of forced storyline or an over-abundance of bloody props.
As much as I loved the actors through, my favorite thing about this haunt has to be the general atmosphere. It was a total departure from the type of haunts I'm used to. Instead of walking through a prop-filled tent in a car dealership parking lot, or an "insane asylum" constructed in the shell of a recently closed super store, we actually were walking through a dark, creepy woods. And everything that they added (buildings that look like they've been there for 50 years, trees with tortured faces that look like they naturally grew that way, rusted out shells of automobiles that must have been abandoned ages ago) felt 100% authentic to the environment.
The next day, we returned to tour the haunt during daylight hours. (It's not very well advertised, but for just $5 they'll let you walk through without any effects going or actors present.) It was great to be able to take our time admiring the craftsmanship of the display and their attention to detail. I couldn't believe how much we had missed the night before! Every time we looked left, we were unknowingly missing tons of great stuff to the right. We must have spent twice as much time walking through during the day as we had the night before. (In part because we weren't being menaced by werewolves following my wife or zombie children asking "have you seen my mommy?") You could probably go through the haunt a dozen times at night and never see it all.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
(Via Boing Boing)
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Last weekend I spent some time at Six Flag's FrightFest. This weekend I'll be going to experience Haunted Overload in New Hampshire. What do you think of my spending next weekend at Netherworld in Atlanta?
Have you ever been? Is it worth checking out?
(Photo courtesy of Deviant Art)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In time for Halloween, BIO Channel offers two programs going inside famously scary films. The two-part event Nightmare on Elm Street: The Inside Story Part 1 airs October 20 at 9p and Part 2 on October 21 at 9p; and Halloween: The Inside Story airs October 28 at 9p takes a look at the making of John Carpenter's 1978 horror masterpiece. "The definitive account of what many have called the best, most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history. This original 2-part documentary features interviews with directors including Wes Craven, Renny Harlin, Ronny Yu and the stars including John Saxon, Alice Cooper, Monica Keena and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. This special will also showcase deleted footage, behind-the-scenes clips and rare cast and crew photos."
Posted by "Bones" at 10:01 PM
Monday, October 18, 2010
wrote about this guy back in 2007. At the time, he only (and I use the word "only" very loosely) had his face tattooed. Well, since then his zombification has continued and that haunted ink has spread over his entire body.
For more photos of Rick the tattooed zombie boy, click here.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
When I got hitched in Vegas it was at the Graceland Wedding Chapel with young Elvis presiding over the nuptials. (True story). Little did I know that Vegas also offers haunted weddings! For $850, Mandalay Bay will let you get married in their Halloween-themed wedding chapel on October 29, 30 or 31. (Or, if you're willing to wait until next year, I'll use my credentials as a minister in the Universal Life Church to marry you in my spooktacular front yard for FREE!)
(Via Halloween Addict)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This pillow was the invitation to a 2009 zombie-film festival. In 2010, "an envelope with holes in it was sent out to the members of the festival. Inside the envelope there was a fold-out poster with bullet holes everywhere, except for the head. (The only place where a zombie can be killed)." (Via Ads Of The World)
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Way back in March, around Oscar time, I discovered this statue while visiting Hollywood. Created by artist D*Face, it featured an Oscar statue, melting to expose muscle and bones. The title of this piece? "Beauty Is Skin Deep".
You can read more about this sculpture and artist here.
Thursday, October 7, 2010