We upped our game a bit for this year’s Halloween Trick-or-Treaters. We put a canopy over the whole front garden which allowed us to create a spookier atmosphere with some new lighting and projection effects, added a load of new props and Dad parked the car on a Zombie.
People seemed to be really getting into it this year with packs of kids roaming the streets all in great costumes and lots of other houses in the neighbourhood putting on little haunts and effects. It actually felt like that scene from E.T. that I always wanted Halloween to feel like.
By counting the sweets mum gave out, we must have seen 340 kids, and at least 3 of them left in tears… our work here is done.
This Halloween we threw together a quick home haunt for the local trick or treating kids… there may have been a few nightmares.
Here’s some photos, with a few shots of the competition as well, we’re actually starting to get a little bit of a Halloween scene going on in our neighbourhood!
Hurrah! Scareworld Magazine (“Europe’s Premier Publication Covering the Scare Attractions and Entertainment Industry” don’t ya know) has done a double page spread all about our show, Machine. Jolly good.
We’ve finally dismantled the set for Fangoria, The Machine now <sad face>, but we did take lot’s of photos of it all before it got trashed <less sad face>. We now have a nice empty garage except for a large steampunk time machine sat in the corner. We’re open to offers, it has some very minor dinosaur related damage, and a few thousand years on the clock.
We put on a little haunt for the Trick or Treaters again this year, it’s a bit toned down from our normal terrorising, but y’know, not toned down too much eh. By counting the number of sweets we had left at the end of the night we must have had about 150 happy haunters.
We’ve haunted the toilets at Poke again, we might have gone too dark this time. Apparently most of the girls have to use toilets on another floor… women eh?
This year we’ve experimented a bit and tried some new tricks, each of the 3 toilets we’ve haunted is possessed by the ghost of a different family member, the Nursery is haunted by ‘baby’ and in this one we’re using chromadepth 3D glasses with UV lit fluorescent paint to make the whole room appear to be in weird ass 3D, you really need to see it in the flesh. It’s a trick that’s pretty old hat in American haunts but we’d not seen it before over here (thanks to Dave for showing us that).
Mother’s room uses projection mapping to make it appear that the door is haunted. Take a seat and watch as the door opens again and again to reveal some bad things happening just outside the door, and sometimes in the door itself.
And Father’s room, well Father isn’t a very nice man at all. Look out for a cameo role in this room played by the latex face mask we had made for our film All The Time in The World.
More photos here.
A steam-punk styled adventure through time in the Fangorium. With 18 months of building and preparation it was by far our most ambitious show to date. When you pick a theme like steam-punk you can’t do half measures. This has enjoyed some massive Internet fame when Cory Doctorow called it “jaw-dropping awesomesauceular” on Boing Boing, which was of course totally awesome.
As an added bonus this year we’ve made a behind the scenes video, we’ve called The Engineers’ View. It’s a complicated beast to watch, but I guess that’s kind of the point… good luck.
Here’s the invite video:
…and some photos (more here):
…or check out all the behind the scenes production photos - here’s a few now:
We didn’t have much time this year for anything too elaborate to decorate the house with for the local Trick or Treaters, so we bunged up a screen and projected Mark Gervais’ excellent Hallowindow animation, put some speakers in the window, stapled up some torn up black sheets around the door and set the smoke machine to ‘auto’. Job Done. Apparently we got over 100 of the little sods turning up, and none of them tried to kill us or burn the house down, which is a sign of gratitude I guess.
Another year, another scary toilet instalation at Poke. This year we decieded to hit every toilet at once so there was no where to hide. Each loo is themed on a famous horror movie. Some are more subtle than others, but all are enough to make you mess your slacks. Lucky you’re already in the toilet. Guess the themes! (or just look at the files names)
Well this blog post is really really late, but anyway: This Halloween, we didn’t do a party, but we did haunt the toilets at Poke. A 3 day residency in the toilet at work is a strange thing to do, and a bit tricky to pull off in (nearly) complete secrecy, with a different theme each day – but it worked a treat, and we got a few screams. Here’s some photos.
DAY ONE: ZOMBIE ATTACK
DAY TWO: VOODOO/SATANIC