Sunday, November 01, 2009

October's Over

Well...October is over. My son and I carved a pumpkin last night. He wore his jack o' lantern costume, my wife and I wore Renaissance wear and we visited Brent Ross' DC Cemetery. We had a great time. Brent's set up is amazing and I only wish it was set up to check out year 'round. For years I have been looking for a place to be able to have a year 'round haunt where we can work on it as we go, month after month so it doesn't interfere with our family and job lives. Property managers? Inquire (please)...

Today I ran around town trying to track down a prop I saw at the Spirit Halloween store - a Rising Reaper...but didn't find one "new in box". I went to five Spirit locations. I did find one out of the box at the first store (probably should have bought it), but when the guys were packing it up (for me) they were being so rough with it that I was afraid it might end up broken (cheap plastic prop - $80 regularly, on sale for $40). The second Spirit I went to told me that they had four of them (one that was on the floor) and they were all broken (so I guess I made the right decision?). Eventually I put out an APB ("Please go to your local Spirit and see if you can find me this prop...PLEASE"), first to some friends via text message and then on Facebook, but so far no one has confirmed that they've scored me one. I'm pretty sure I'm out of luck.
At the third Spirit I visited I did end up purchasing a Swamp Zombie..."Swamp Zombie is coming to get you! Right out of a horror movie, his outstretched arms with gnarled bony fingers are just a hair's breath away from your throat! This gruesome lifesize Swamp Zombie ( he's over six feet tall) prop is a Spirit EXCLUSIVE, not available anywhere else and utterly realistic and creepy. Black and green LED lights flash from the head, hands and feet of Swamp Zombie to add an eerie touch and create an especially spooky swamp aura..." so I felt pretty good about that.

Anyhow, Halloween is over and it is now time to turn my attention to next year.

Mark Harvey

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