There are three exact dates that I can count on every year to put me in full mode Halloween spirit. Of course, you have October 31st, the big daddy of them all. There is no need to explain this date. It is the one day that I absolutely look forward to every single day.
Number two would be November 1st. Now, you would think this should be a day of mourning being the date furthest from Halloween. Maybe it should be, but nothing gets me more in the Halloween spirit than all the 50% off sales on November 1st. Most times I do prefer building my props, but when you knock off 50%, a lot of props are easier and cheaper to buy than to build.
Number three, and most people scratch their head when I tell them this, but it is December 25th. Now it was not always this way, but I met a girl that happens to be my wife who understands my love for Halloween and knows that I would like nothing more than to open a Halloween gift on Christmas day. So ever since December 25th, 2006, I have received a Halloween gift every time. But not only do I receive Halloween gifts from my wife on Christmas, but I now receive them from my parents, mother and father in law, and sister.
Christmas 2012 brought me these props. My mother and father in law gave me a wolf spitter for Christmas. Now I only need to find some invisible blood or create it for the spitter. Here is a video demonstration of this awesome prop.
My parents gave me two solenoids with the pneumatic connections, two air cylinders, clevis mounting brackets, rod clevis, and rear pivot mount. Now they probably have no idea what these parts do, but I sure do! This will be part on one of my builds this year and will have something to do with a zombie.
Finally, my wife gave me an amazing haunted portrait mirror. Unfortunately when they shipped it, the mirror was busted. But what seems bad can be fixed pretty easily...I think and hope. All I really need to do is find a two way mirror and replace it with the broken mirror. Another big plus is that my wife was refunded her money and allowed to keep the haunted mirror because you can't ship broken glass/mirror. So basically a free new prop as long as I can find that two way mirror.
So 2013 is already in full effect. I am getting closer to finishing one of my resolution props, but here is a look at the resolution list before the the year started...
1. Build an air cannon.
2. Build a pumpkin thief.
3. Attend the Transworld Halloween Convention. Find an awesome zombie mask!
4. Build the zombie prop with with X-Mas parts.
5. Build a new mausoleum
6. Create a new ghost to go in mausoleum
7. Update witch and cauldron
8. Build some grave mounds.
9. Build some tombstones.
Now if I can at least do one of these things each month, I should be set to go by the month of October. If I happen to think of something that has to be done, I will fit it in, but the plan is to at least have these core resolutions finished. Stay tuned because I will post finished products/resolutions.