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  1. Re-imagineering the skeletal helmsman

    03/24/09 00:29:02 | 1 Comments

    One element that had been missing from my pirate-themed yard haunt was a skeletal helmsman, as seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. I had extra bluckies (blow-molded skeletons) lying around, but I didn't have a nautical wheel, a motor, or the expertise on how to animate this prop.

    After scouring HalloweenForum.com, I came across several home-fashioned helmsman props and ideas on how to incorporate a windshield wiper motor to animate this prop.

    I started by...
  2. 2008 Pirate Yard Haunt

    11/06/08 20:44:32 | 0 Comments

    2008 was another resounding success with literally hundreds of trick-or-treaters and visitors to our pirate yard haunt. I again converted our front porch into a pirate vessel complete with a 10-foot mast, anchor, skelly bowsprit, two 8" cannons, and a "skeleton crew" of undead pirates. The theme of the haunt is "Dead Men Tell No Tales" in tribute to Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. A pair of flaming skull torches near the street beckons guests to the...
  3. Pirates All

    09/23/08 22:20:58 | 0 Comments

    Raise the Jolly Roger high and heed the battle call;
    The pirate's code's our only law, for now we're pirates all!

    A draft of rum to quench our thirst, a raucous pirate song;
    Among this wicked, pirate crew, tis right where we belong!

    The sea is calm and no winds blow, but terror chills their bones;
    For none can save their vessel from the wrath of Davy Jones.

    When I was young I wished that I could be a pirate bold;
    Who never washed nor...