As The Scare Crows by Methane Studios

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! In our last post, we detailed a great poster from Methane Studios. Well, after diving a little deeper into their offerings, I found another really great poster that I had to post up for everyone.

Another beautiful piece by Robert Lee, this one is a 4-color, 15.5" x 24" edition of 100 entitled As The Scare Crows. And lucky for everyone, this one is also still available.


Halloween Owl by Methane Studios

An 18" x 24", 2-color screen print produced by Robert Lee of Methane Studios in a limited edition of 50. And they're still available!

And tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so why not take a second to stop and remember what you're thankful for.

We at the Cemetery are thankful, of course, that it's the season to again watch Thankskilling!!

Texas Cemeteries Timelapse by Jake McKee

"Halloween" by Jason Willis

Here's a great stop motion video made by Jason Willis (from the amazing Scar Stuff blog!) for the traditional holiday classic, "Halloween" by Kaye Lande and Wade Denning. The most impressive part of this video is that it was produced with an iPhone and the Instamatic app.

Thanks to Jimmy T. at The Terror on St. Leger for the link...

Highbury Cemetery, 2011

Well group, after months and months of planning and building and taking trips to Lowe's, the big day finally arrived. Halloween. The nervous anticipation was palpable with everyone who was on hand to help out. And there were numerous people helping out this year!

As we started setting up, Mother Nature was in a foul mood and opened the skies with a cold, miserable rain. This stretched everyone's already worn nerves to the brink, but somehow our good karma must have cashed in, because an hour before trick-or-treat, the clouds retreated and the sun actually poked out to dry things up a bit. We kicked it into overdrive, setting up all of the props, running all the extension cords and taking turns in the bathroom-slash-makeup booth.

And after everything was said and done, the clock struck six and we were ready to go. The hordes of children, parents and curious neighbors descended upon the cemetery to see what we had cooked up this year.

All in all, it was another incredible Halloween. The weather cooperated, friends and family either worked the yard or stopped by to check things out and we totaled close to 300 visitors.

A HUGE, HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who helped put this thing on this year. Without your help I could have never done this. This year's t-shirt recipients are: Scrapes, Mrs. Highbury, MY MOTHER-IN-LAW!!!, Sharon, Karen, Neighbor Joe (who graciously let me spill into his yard this year!) Andrew and Peter. With the cast above assembled, we were able to set everything up AND tear everything down in one day. Unbelievable...

Okay enough of the rambling, onto the photos!!

Mrs. Highbury (right) and our newest member, my mother-in-law!! Two of the four witches from the new witches' den.

We all prayed for the rain to stop. And by trick-or-treat time...

My favorite shot of the night. The colors really popped in this shot and give a wonderful creepiness to the image.

Little Dustin Horner was playing his part all night. I saw so many people checking him out, poking at him, wondering why he wasn't moving. It was hilarious! I even caught a couple of kids "peeking" into his little pumpkin bucket. Shame, shame!!

Abigail Harrington (my new FCG) worked flawlessly all night, shrouded in a dense fog (except in this shot) within her crypt. A few kids asked if she was really flying.

This year, the front porch was transformed into a witches den, complete with 4 terrifying witches.

The witches' cabinet of potions and other curiosities.

Stick your hand in the cauldron to get your treat!

One of two new potter's fields, on either side of the main cemetery. It appears as though someone was not happy being buried without an identity...

The new Highbury Obelisk taking its rightful place in the center of the cemetery.

The shihatsu ground popper created last year. I will have to post a video and how-to on this one. Quick and easy with really great results.

Walk up the pumpkin path to get your treat...

Scrapes, Highbury and Andrew

And now we only have 364 more days until Halloween, 2012. Time to get back into the garage to start planning the props to top this year's display! I hope everyone had as great a Halloween as we did!

Complete exhaustion...

Well, another successful Halloween is in the books. Heart-crushing rain stopped just in time for trick-or-treat and the ravenous masses of children, parents and curious neighbors came out to the cemetery in droves. More props and more actors brought it to another level this year.

And today, I am completely exhausted. A sign of a job well done. And the same goes for everyone who helped out this year. I just downloaded last night's photos and they look absolutely amazing (if I do say so myself!). Check back in the next day or two, as I'm going to bed early tonight. You'll have to wait a bit, but I guarantee it will be worth it.

A big thanks to Peter from Cleveland Frowns for stopping by and an even bigger thanks to Peter for introducing me to Jan Terri and her ultimate Halloween anthem...

I will pay any of you to loop that constantly at next year's haunt... I'm keeping it short tonight, but the glorious sounds of Get Down Goblin should keep you all satisfied until we return shortly.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween, especially our fellow haunters on the east coast who had to endure the crazy snow. You've definitely earned the Ironhaunter Award this year!!

Get down goblin. Get down goblin. Get down goblin. Get down tonight...