Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Build Season Week 6


The volcano got done despite me being a prop nazi and waking up at 3am saturday morning for no reason and being unable to fall asleep again. I was grumpy, so I apologize once again to my fellow haunters.

Now to the volcano:


Courtney and Kendra help out on volcano (everyone helped BTW)

Courtney and Kendra assist on the Volcano

Piece by piece

Mosaic mountain

great stuff and not-so-great stuff

Need a moisturizer

Next weekend I'll make his eyes and teeth a bit bigger, and paint him up. I'll try to test out the smoke and fire if there is time.

Some other shots of the weekend labors:

Joe finishes the bridge

Joe secures the fascade

Tricia re-works last years blue man into the Lava Creep

Tricia Reworks the Blue man into lava Creep

Tricia Reworks the Blue man into lava Creep

Zac makes some feet and paints his ground breaker

Zac crafts some feet

Arrgghhh the lawn mover cut off my hands

FInally! Little butcher gets some feet

props that got finished or 95% done:

Kendra's Carnivorous Flower
Tricia's Venus Fly Traps
Patty's Peeping Ghoul and shield
Zac's Ground Breaker
Zac's Little butcher from last year got some feet
Joe's Tiki painted
Haunted Vines and Blacklight Flowers
Lava effect
Altar candles

I am quite confident that now we will finish everything. Yay Halloween!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Build Season Week 5

Oh what a headache! Come on Volcano, be done already!!!

More guys and ghouls in the haunted garage this last weekend.

it's not halloween unless there are skulls drying on the hedge....
Venus flytraps - mansized
Zac's first ground breaker
tower of um...death?
Thanks haunt community for the great how-tos
Zac's first ground breaker
The to-do list

Man it doesn't look like much but we got a lot done. Zac made a ground breaker in a day and half. Tricia got started on voodoo dolls and candles and stemmed her venus flytraps. Patty's tiki mask from last week got painted and hooked up with a motor, but I forgot to photograph that. Joe got more work on the bridge done. I cast skulls and jaws all week end long and built the "Tower of Death" as we call it with the neighbors. You can see the Firebringer perched up top practicing his prayers.

This weekend coming up is the do or die build days. The Volcano must be done or all of halloween starts to slide in to failure and abandoned projects.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Build Season Week 4

After a long holiday I got back to working in the haunted garage on Saturday. Due to work and camping, I was the only one there.

I got a lot done:

The horrah
Sconce Corpse
Sconce Corpse
The fire bringer cometh
Firebringer leg detail
Firebringer gets a ribcage

Then on sunday I Kendra and Patty didn't have to work and joined me, along with first time prop builder Joe.

Kendra attended to the flora of Haunted Tiki Island:

andalusian flowers

Patty made a Samoan style tiki mask:

Patty uses reference materials
Patty's Somoan Tiki

Joe built his first prop, a tiki mask/shield, which was not too shabby:

Joe's First Tiki

and I started my first wood tiki ever:

My First Real TIki

Next week it's time to move some lumber big time with all hands on deck. Ahoy Halloween!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

On Labor Day K and I went to The Tonga Room, a tiki bar located in the basement of our hotel, The Fairmont, in San Fransisco. I'm not gonna rate the drinks or the price, but it was a fun tiki themed experience. Usual bar and grill fare with $20-$35 dinners and $10 cocktails. Some good some bad, but all in all a fun place.


It's a little sparse on tikis, and in the vein of the Tiki Room at Disneyland.


Good over all, fruity and full of booze, $10 each is the lowest price, up to $17.

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room


It was a cover band when we went on a sunday night. It was a $5 cover and not too bad. They play on a boat that floats in the middle of the room in a pool of water(by the way the Tonga room used to be an indoor pool at the Fairmont, so thats where the water comes from.)

The Tonga Room

If you dine there you get to sit in the boat house. This has a thatched roof, and boats slung from the ceiling, but it is the least tiki-riffic area of the whole joint.

The Tonga Room

If you sit in the cocktail area, you get more tiki fun and decorations.

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

Last but not least, the dance floor is the deck of a pirate ship, with a giant tiki guarding it.

The Tonga Room

Check out the Tonga Room if your in San Fran, it's good.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Last Vacation - No time lost

This weekend K and I took off to San Fransicso for Labor Day weekend. We spent the weekend going to all the art and science museums. I had heard that the De Young Museum was having a display of African masks and statues and some photographs by some famous photographers, but I didn't really have an idea of what was going to be there. Well, King Tut was there on display, but sans a mummy, I wasn't interested in looking at gold stuff and old jars with a million other tourists and paying extra to do it. What I didn't know about the De Young Museum was that it is home to an awesome collection of tribal and ancient art and artifacts.

Here are some highlights:

Asmat Ancestor Skull
Asmat Ancestor Skull

Asmat Ancestor Skull
Asmat Ancestor Skull

Dayak Carving
Dayak Carving

Tiki from Samoan Islands
Samoan Tiki

Skull Reliquary from New Guinea

Decorative Shields




While I didn't make anything for Halloween over the 3 day weekend, I got a whole bunch of ideas to try and squeeze in this years haunt.