Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Captain Hammer

I had to work the day before Halloween at work so I needed something I could work in so I put together this Captain Hammer costume. My co-worker went as Dr. Horrible and we kept up a pun-filled animosity the whole morning.

Monday, November 01, 2010

2010 Halloween Costume: Jambi

I was surprised how many people didn't recognise Jambi from Pee Wee's Playhouse. This costume was certainly not an easy one to wear. I made it a bit too large in retrospect. I had both complaints and compliments on the dancefloor. I did my makeup differently the first night out, and I went as "Zombie Jambi." I found out my costume made a great drink holder too!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Window Display at Main and Broadway

 I have created a window display for In-Touch Massage in the Lee Building at Main and Broadway. The space was donated by Cuppa Joe's Coffee who owns the currently vacant shop. The display is an entry for the Business Improvement Organization's Halloween Window Contest. I'm going to try and get some more photos during the day, and with a polarizer to get rid of some of the window reflections. Check it out if you're nearby, there are a few little details that will never show up on camera.

Ghosts in the Hood

I was passed on the link to a show in Port Moody: GHOSTS IN THE HOOD! True tales of BC ghosts - a SPOOOOKY dramatic reading!   I love ghost stories and would like to be able to go but will be working. If anyone goes, please tell me about it.  It's on Friday Oct. 29th.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fright Fest 2010

2010 was the most successful year of the Fright Fest Haunted House at the Fort Langley Campsite. I was told that the guest parking lot was full, and that people were even parking on the road outside, meaning that not only were the campers enjoying our haunt, but the news has spread and people are making it a destination.
This year we all haunted based on a similar genre of a swampy forest inhabited by creeps and witches. Sean and I had very little time to prepare, so we used what we had from previous years and lots of branches scavenged from the site. I think we put together a pretty spooky display, and once again the infamous Pumpkinrot blog posted some of DeadSpiders wonderful photos (Shown here) Want to see more photos?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nightmares Revisited

Nightmares in Victoria, BC has undergone quite a transformation. They have taken over the space from a neighbouring cafe and expanded their shop and their attraction. Previously, Nightmares had two short attractions: an electric chair and a seance scene. Now, they have a walk-through haunted house. If you like haunted houses, it's certainly worth a visit, especially since it's open year-round. One of the things that surprised me about the haunt was how dark a lot of it was. I like the dark, it's scary, and often haunts are over lit, but I actually found this haunt to be a little too dark, a little too often (especially when there are steps involved). I know that the Nightmares people are capable of intricate set design, and I'm hoping that there can be a bit more atmosphere created in the haunt as it evolves. I wont give anything away, but there are some really cool things inside. It also has one of the elements I love in a haunt, which is a couple of doors you have to open, one of which made the best movie-quality squeak that made me giggle like a schoolgirl. I really hope that the haunt is a work in progress, because it has a lot of potential. Add some ambient sounds, a few more scares, and lose the 3D element/glasses which didn't really add anything to the haunt. I look forward to going again to see how and if things have changed.

UPDATE: I went back this summer, and was informed that they will be closing the haunt down, but putting something new together somewhere elsewhere for Oct.... but I just checked the website, which is newly redone (finally) and it says that they have renovated under the new name Take2 Costumes, and that the haunt is still in operation.  Check the website out, it's pretty cool and interactive.

Halloween Costume 2009

Three, three photos of me as The Count ah ah ah [thunder and lightning]. The makeup was the hardest part. I am not a makeup artist, and didn't have one to help me, so I made stuff up as I went along: prosthetic ears and nose, fake beard and eyebrows, and a custom mixed shade of purple. The cape was custom made by a talented friend. Unfortunately, this costume was not enough to bring me a fourth win in a row at the Blarney Stone. Luckily one of the people who beat me was my good friend Sean (pictured in his scary Zombie Shriner costume). This costume was the result of a strict set of guidelines I gave myself after two unwieldy costumes. The guidelines were: must be able to fit in a car/taxi, must be able to see, drink, walk, and breath normally, must be not cause bruises or pain.