Formal Retirement Announcement

But TransWorld wasn’t the only big thing happening this week. Before I left for St. Louis, I was comfortable enough with my funds on hand that I paid off my third and final student loan! Apart from my mortgage (which will go when I sell the house) – I am debt free! And so on Monday, I sent out 124 letters Read More …

TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween and Attractions Show

What a week! I just returned last Sunday from TransWorld’s 2017 Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis. TransWorld’s HAAS (known colloquially just as “TransWorld” is an annual trade show convention held in St. Louis in mid-to-late March. Objectively, it’s the largest trade show of its kind in the United States, and arguably, it is “the event” that all haunters foam at Read More …

Haunt Tour – Putting the “Gothic” in Gothic Nomad

While I am on the road during my North America Tour, I won’t be building any corpses or Necronomicons. I won’t have enough room to carry all of the necessary tools and supplies. Nor will I have time to work on any haunted houses or theatrical productions. In many ways, I will need to put my haunt career on hold while Read More …

Discovering Passions and the Haunt Industry

I used to believe that I had a lot of passions. Ultimate frisbee, hockey, microbiology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and aviation were among some of the things I would describe as being my “passions”. And for nearly five years, I convinced myself that I was passionate about being a horror fiction writer. My “Passion” for Writing For years, I had been on Read More …

Burlap Scarecrow Mask

My prized haunt possession is a burlap “Field Creeper” scarecrow mask that I bought from Cameron at Grim Stitch Factory. I saw his work at TransWorld 2016, and was extraordinarily impressed by the quality of his work. If anyone is looking for a scarecrow mask, I don’t think you can find a better one than from Grim Stitch. When I received Read More …

Necronomicon

Necronomicon ex mortis… The Book of the Dead… Bound in human flesh and inked in blood… And if you have no idea what I’m talking about – you probably don’t belong on this website, you primitive screwhead. To date, I’ve built four of these to completion. I scrapped a few more mid-production because they didn’t meet my standard of quality. I Read More …

Michael Myers’ Pumpkin Mask

While it may not have been well-received by critics, I personally enjoyed Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of Halloween. I’m particularly fond of the scene where a long-haired and grown-up Michael Myers escapes Smith’s Grove Sanitarium wearing a simple yet disturbing papier-mâché pumpkin mask. I wanted one of my own. Overall, I figured the build would be straightforward. But I would have to Read More …

Wrecked at the Weidner

I was the special-effects makeup artist for Wrecked at the Weidner, a PSA aimed at high school students to warn of distracted driving dangers. I had prior experience doing my own SFX makeup when performing at haunted houses. But this was my first gig as a makeup artist and my first theatrical production in over 17 years. My Work The first task was Read More …

Positive Voice Halloween Party

This summer, I was tapped by a friend to help organize Positive Voice‘s annual Halloween party. For this project, I needed to coordinate a menu, a DJ, party favors, design and build props, and design games and events for the party. I drew upon my set construction experiences at Terror on the Fox. Additionally, I had hosted elaborate Halloween parties / poker Read More …

2016 Haunted House Tour

Last night, I drove down to Chicago to tour two haunted houses. Statesville Haunted Prison and HellsGate – both produced and operated by Zombie Army Productions. Statesville Haunted Prison I wanted to visit Statesville for quite some time. I had seen promotional videos for the attraction and thought they were pretty impressive. Statesville also has a pretty strong reputation within the haunt Read More …