Friday, October 29, 2010

The Genius of Halloween

There are Halloween displays, and then there's Eric's Halloween display. My friend Eric and his girlfriend Mary Ann gave John and me a first-hand tour of his most magnificent Halloween display tonight.

Eric is a mechanical/electrical genius. He can take any old motor or electrical part and turn it into a functioning object. Eric used an old fan to make this witch's head move back and forth.

Imagine the creativity it took to create this skeleton sculpture that stands two stories high. Eric is a design genius. He has both the technical knowledge and artistic ability to put together one of the most fabulous Halloween displays I've ever seen.

This mausoleum was my favorite prop in the display. Eric put it together, and Mary Ann did a fantastic job painting it.

Here's a closeup of the mausoleum. Eric explained how he built the structure with wheels to make it more mobile, and I love how he uses it after Halloween for storage. Hee! Hee!

Speaking of building things, I love how Eric put this bridal carriage together with old wooden palettes. That blue light makes for an extra creepy bride. If it were light outside, I would have gotten a better picture of the horse that Eric created for this prop.

This poor soul's been buried alive.

Here's a one-of-a-kind skellie that Eric designed. He makes his own molds and uses many different materials, such as foam. He really should look into licensing his artwork. He'd make a fortune.

This is my favorite shot of the night. This photo reminds me of my favorite 1970s horror flick titled The House of Seven Corpses starring John Carradine, John Ireland, and Faith Domergue. I can watch this movie over and over and over again. It's so cheesy, but watching it brings back fond memories of me sitting glued to my old black-and-white television waiting for the next scare.

This scarecrow really creeped me out. I don't like those hallow eyes.

~Just hanging around~


This pumpkin sculpture overlooked the driveway as guests arrived.

Believe it or not, there's actually a television screen hiding behind this hooded ghost. When it's turned on, you'll see a picture of yourself in the screen. Scary!

Don't Fear the Reaper. Now I'm going to have to pull out my Blue Oyster Cult CDs. Now that I think of it, one of my favorite Blue Oyster Cult CDs is appropriately named Spectres. I so love the artwork on that album cover. The cat in the back with its arched back just screams Halloween. Click here to see what I mean.

This guy is just dying to get out.

Mr. Skellie is so cute.

 ~A lovely silhouette~

~The pumpkin patch~

If you're looking for a good scare or some honest-to-goodness Halloween entertainment, take a drive by this wonderful display. It's across from Pasquale's Restaurant on the Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township. You won't be disappointed.


Lisa said...

Thanks so much for showing this, I wish I was close by so I could get a first hand look at it. Liz, have a Happy Halloween! I made the mistake of opening a bag of trick or treat candy...have to buy more now!

hugs to you

Heather said...

That is to cool. I love the bridal carriage and the skeleton sculpture. It’s all incredible. They did an amazing job.

Home Again said...

Hey Miss Liz. Why isn't this guy working in Hollywood? WOW! Maybe I could borrow the bride for my display window next year. Thank you for the tour.


ReneeBuchananArt said...

Wow! I'm using this as my inspiration next year!

Caroline said...

Happy Halloween!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Oh my goodness, your friend should be a set designer or prop specialist for the movies!!! I can imagine seeing the displays in person would be even more awesome. What clever, amazing creations!

Crystal said...

Oh what cool Halloween displays. You gotta love it :-)

Sandra Caldwell said...

Oh how all the ghouls and Halloween decor.
Hope your Halloween was delightful.
Drop by my blog for a surprise.

Anonymous said...

Love the tour!! Hope things are going well!