Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
It’s one of the greatest slasher movies ever made, and if a movie can still be creepy after 35 years, it's obviously doing something right. If you haven't seen this movie and you're a fan of horror, you owe it to yourself to see it.
Black Christmas is one of the more disturbing films for it's generation. A group of sorority sisters are harassed, hunted down and then one by one murdered by a mysterious killer who contacts them through a series of obscene phone calls over the Christmas break. However, unknown to the girls, the killer isn't calling from the outside. He's in their house!
Black Christmas is a tense film full of grizzly, yet subtle, murders and decent acting performances by a strange collection of mismatched actors that aren't known for appearing in horror films, including Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon and Keir Dullea.
Furthermore, the use of Christmas music and decorations, as well as the bleak snowy cityscapes add an eerie juxtaposition to the horror presented to the audience.
This Christmas pass over It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story and pour some egg nog and turn off all the lights and get ready to scare the yuletide joy right out of yourself with this freakishly delightful holiday fare.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Just imagine a group of zombies going door-to-door singing undead carols in their best rotting choir costumes.
Imagine the look on the unsuspecting homeowners faces when they realize that the nice singers on the porch are actually the walking dead.
If a thought like that doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Our 2009 Halloween was our biggest and spookiest year to date. We had over 3,500 Trick r Treaters visit us on Halloween night, in addition to approximately 600 children from the Carville Mills Public School and Kids Come First Day Care, not to mention the hundreds of families that came during the week leading up to Halloween.
This year we had great media attention; we were featured on Party Mamas Reality TV Show (or in my case Party Papa), Global TV, and to top it all off, we won City TV’s & Rogers Pumpkin Patrol Best Haunted House contest, winning the grand prize of $500.00 which we donated to Sick Kids Foundation.
We were extremely thankful to our sponsors; Cadbury and Old Dutch who generously donated Halloween Candy & Potato Chips. Moreover, we would like to thank everyone who visited and made a donation to Sick Kids Hospital, this year we raised $3,224.00
The money raised in donations will go towards a new special Halloween fund that we have created for children who are in treatment at Sick Kids Hospital during Halloween; our goal is to provide children with costumes and Halloween candy to encourage the holiday spirit.
Lastly a heart felt thank you goes out to our family and friends for all their help and support with the set up and tear down of our display and the York Regional Police for showing up on Halloween night and controlling the flow of traffic after we brought it to a stand still on our street.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
So my family and I decided to enter my home haunt into the contest. I was the first house to be featured on CityNews at 6:00 PM on Monday October 26th, 2009 with Michael Kuss.
I continued to watch the other entries religiously throughout the week, and was convinced that I lost because I was competing against other creative home haunters. To my surprise I received a call late on Friday night, informing me that I had won the contest.
I was so excited to be able to donate the $500.00 to Sick Kids Hospital along with all the other cash donations we received during the last week of October. But more importantly it's rewarding to receive the recognition for all the hard work that went into creating this home haunt every year for the community to enjoy.
Friday, November 13, 2009
BTW, I'll be posting information and pictures shortly of my 2009 Halloween!
Monday, October 12, 2009
I've never really been happy with my old tombstones because I've always had a hard time keeping them standing up straight when they are placed in the ground.
In the past I've used either wooden or rebar stakes, but they look like crap from behind or snap if there's a big gust of wind.
This year I purchased 2"x 6" wood lumber, I cut the wood to match each tombstone to size, drilled holes into both the wood and tombstone, placed 8" spiked nails filled with construction adhesive foam board into the tombstones. I then drilled two additional holes on each side of the wood to pound nails threw into the ground and painted the wood grey to match the tombstones.
Next year I plan on making many of my own custom tombstones.
This would explain why I've never see her around during the day, I just thought she was like most teenagers that like to sleep all day.
Megan will be handing out candy on Halloween night to all the kiddies, I hope she doesn't get thirsty!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This year I'm happy to say that we were able to get two major sponsors to help us out with the overwhelming amount of trick 'r treaters, which will also help us increase the donations that we give to Sick Kids Hospital every year.
Old Dutch Foods for the second year in a row has graciously donated potato chips.
Cadbury is a confectionery company that manufactures chocolate, gum and candy. This year they have also agreed to help us out by donating various products from their Maynards line.
Most off all, thank you to all of you for your generous donations to Sick Kids Hospital.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Paul & Kim from The Boneyard Bargains have found a way to recreate this excitement during the warm summer months. Every June for the past five years they have hosted an event called SCAREFEST that brings all home haunters together.
Scarefest allows you to:
- Meet other home haunters (Ontario Haunter's Club).
- Learn new ideas & trade secrets from the haunt industry.
- Purchase Halloween props or swap.
- Participate in a contest for best homemade prop-static and best homemade prop animated.
- Walk through haunt with props for sale.
- Purchase raffle tickets for amazing Halloween prizes.
- Enjoy a great BBQ and refreshments
- See attached photos.
I was so happy to be around people who are as obsessed about Halloween & home haunting as I am.
Thanks again to Paul & Kim for "The Perfect Summer Day".
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick.
Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem... the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety human and otherwise try to survive the scariest night of the year.
Trick 'r Treat is an upcoming horror film. It was written and directed by Michael Dougherty and based on his short film Season's Greetings.
Originally slated for an October 5, 2007 release, it was announced in September 2007 that the movie has been pushed back by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures.
The movie is scheduled to be released in October 2009 on DVD/Blu Ray. It look's like it will be a classic cult Halloween movie.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I have very fond memories as a kid dressing up for Halloween and Trick-or-Treating every year with my brother and collecting as much candy as we possibly could.
As I grew into my early teens it was no longer cool to go out Trick-or-Treating. So I decided then, to decorate my parents house and have the scariest house on the block.
I always remembered there being one or two houses in our neighborhood where the home owners put out more then just a pumpkin for decoration. I was always intrigued by tombstones, skeletons, scary music, lighting, etc...
It was then that I realized I needed to turned my attention to my favorite scary shows from my childhood for inspiration. I knew if I watch and studied The Adams Family, The Munsters, and The Hilarious House of Frightenstein that I would come up with some creative ideas.
Sure enough I did and to this day I will always remember these shows as a creative inspiration for my early years in home haunting.
Halloween is still an enjoyable part of my life, for the following reasons:
- I still feel like a kid whenever I'm involved in anything that is related to Halloween.
- I now take my kids out Trick-or-Treating.
- I've become that scary house in the neighborhood that every kid can't wait to see.
- I get to swap ideas with other fellow home haunters.
- Contribute donations to Sick Kids Hospital.
- Meet new friends in the Haunted House Industry.
- Attend Haunted Conventions.
Halloween has become a way of Life!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
"The Darkness" is considered on of the best Haunted Houses in the industry. If you like to be scared, this is the place for you! The combination of technological special effects and amazing design will scare the most jaded of Halloween connoisseurs.
The two-story building was filled with room after room of ghouls and gore. My friends and I entered rooms where the floor moved under our feet and we were constantly being surprised by live actors.
If you're ever in the St. Louis area and looking to have a good scare, treat yourself to "The Darkness"!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
To better prepare myself, I'm continuously surfing the Internet for new ideas from other home haunters, professional haunted houses, and distributors who sell Halloween props.
Two years ago, I came across this very unique web site Beyond the Grave Productions Brian Lashchuk (Owner) specializes in creating realistic life size zombie and vampire professional-quality prop characters.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Thornhill Woods Haunted House would like to thank everyone who stopped by to visit our home haunt during the last two weeks of October 2008 and contribute to the Sick Kids Foundation Sick Kids
We raised $3,200.00 in cash donations and had more then 2,300 trick-o-treaters on Halloween Night, it was our best year ever.
We can't thank our family and friends enough for all their help and support with the set up and tear down of our display.
Also, a big thank you to all our sponsors who helped support our yearly event and all those who stopped by to make a donation.
In 2009, don't fear the darkness, but what lies with in it at the Thornhill Woods Haunted House.