Monday, November 1, 2010

Hangman's House Charity Work

by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)

Well, Halloween is over. Let's enjoy it one last time. Ok, now we only have 364 days left until it rolls around again. You know, funny thing is... is that with a day like Halloween it's not really the actual day (unless you are a kid) it is the all the stuff that goes on (with Halloween being the end of it all). When you are an adult you probably go to a party on the actual day but the fun of Halloween is something that is enjoyed for a couple of weeks (or more) before the day.

ANYWAY what this blog is about is Hangman's House of Horrors. This Fort Worth based haunted house is the largest charity haunted house in the US. As you know I have been doing some video work for them but now that the season is over I have offered my services in helping with design and ideas for next year.

I have always wanted to do my own haunted house. When I was a kid me and my friends would make a haunted house in our garage. The walls were mostly sheets and we would use some clothes stuffed with clothes for a dummy and any other spooky type stuff I had around along with a black light bulb and some haunted house music. We would take turns 'building' the haunted house then making the other person go through it. One time I used my Masters of the Universe Castle Grayskull as a prop with my hand shooting out of the skull mouth at that particular friend. Once I got ambitious and gave my dummy red dyed spaghetti as my gory centerpiece (what a mess to clean up).

With all that said after doing the video stuff for them I offered my assistance in brainstorming some great ideas that can be done with basically a zero dollar budget. They have a group of people who already do this. They are called CORE member and they are volunteers who have forty or more house of time logged helping out. They might not appreciate my ideas since I am not a CORE member but I'd like to try.

I have been a fan of Disney's Imagineering stuff for a long time and love The Haunted Mansion and think they could use some cool effects I have seen there. They will require certain items that will have to be sought out as a donation but I think I could handle this too.

Either way I'd like to help out these guys and maybe make their haunted house even better.

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