Friday, July 19, 2013


This glorious piece of terror came from the wellspring of my mind in conjunction with the internet musings of some other Halloween lovers.  He is lovingly called BBQ Bob and as our daughter tells us over and again, "that's disgusting!"  Well, thank you my dear.  Mission accomplished.  Now the how to:

1.  Start with a pre-fabricated skeleton.  We bought from which buys 4th quality anatomical scale models and sells them to Halloween nuts.  We used a 3/4 size to save on weight as these guys are HEAVY.  

2.  You should be familiar with foam-o-fill, aka Great Stuff or expanding spray foam.  We used this to replicate the general appearance of intestines and guts.  Works wonderfully.  

Apply the foam to Bob while he is lying face up on a protected surface. The foam sticks to everything, including your skin, permanently.  

3.  We used red paint as a base coat and then dry brushed black over it give Bob that raw meat on the inside, toasted on the outside look.

4.  You'll need some plastic sheeting (available at any home improvement store) and make sure you do this OUTSIDE because it is toxic.  This is wrapped around Bob and melted with a heat gun to give the appearance of burnt skin.  You can even twist and layer so it looks like tendons and muscle.  

5.  The final stage involves using a really dark stain like walnut and staining the plastic.  It will dry, just give it time.  Dry brushing with black paint also works well.  

6.  We attached Bob to a spit and with a rotisserie motor got him to rotate.  His hands flop back and forth as he rotates!  Awesome!

7.  Finally, we put a light box under Bob so it looks like smoldering fire under him in the dark. Instructions on how to make a fire box in a later blog post.  

We hope you like him!  If you have any questions, just let us know.

Happy Haunting!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Friday, July 12, 2013

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DIY: Pumpkin Guardians

We must start this post off with an all hail Pumpkin Rot at To see the inspiration for our work, go to Rotten Works and look for the Pumpkin Sentinels.  (If you haven't been to his site before, you're in for a treat, no tricks!)

So, several years ago we found Pumpkin Rot's Sentinels and thought we'd try our hand at it ourselves.  But where to start?  We didn't want to use real pumpkins because we wanted something to last.  Solution, a big beach ball we used as the frame and paper mache galore.  We covered the partially inflated beach ball (otherwise you don't get that squatty pumpkin shape) with plastic wrap so the paper mache wouldn't stick to the ball.  We used a LOT of layers to add strength.  A router with a cut off wheel attached made quick work of the eyes and grin, but be careful not to cut too far up or you'll loose stability.  

The body was framed with a piece of scrap wood for the spine and shoulder and baling wire for the ribs and arms.  Again, lots of paper mache.  We used an airbrush to paint.  

To mount, we use a 4x4 which has four pieces of flat steel screwed to each side and driven into the ground.  We have also used an umbrella stand.  The Guardian is attached with a metal bracket which is generally used to keep 4x4's from coming in contact with cement - it is inverted and the Guardian's just hook on the top of the 4x4.  We like this option so we can easily bring them in at night if there is fog or unruly kids nearby.  

A few glow sticks and your trick-or-treaters have to walk under 8 foot tall looming pumpkins to get their candy!  Magic!

Questions?  We're happy to answer all of them.  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pumpkin Pound Cake

One of my all-time favorite recipes! 

Pumpkin Pound Cake baked in a tube pan gives the appearance of a pumpkin.  Once icing, either white or orange, (and if you're very talented a stem in the center) there is no mistaking what season it is.  This is also easily cooked as cupcakes according to package directions which can then be decorated to your specifications.

- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (I always use Libby's)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 package (16 oz) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a tube pan.  (A flexible pan works best for extraction ease)
2.  Mix all ingredients and beat for 4 minutes.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.
3.  For the icing, blend cream cheese and butter, add vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.  Add food coloring if desired.