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Old 04-12-2012
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If you have a boombox with a remote control the same actor who has been caught by the ground breakers could trigger the sounds of the creatures "feasting" inside the cave. You could put a small oscillating fan with the LED eyes mounted on it inside the cave, the mild movement of the air and the eyes, and sounds would help complete the scene, and still require only one actor to take care of it all. You could have a CD of continuos "feasting going on all the time, just set the CD player to repeat on the track, or the whole CD if it's all that's on it. You could mix in howls, growls, jaws snapping, etc. to give it some variety. You can use the fan's motion to move other pairs of eyes via an attached string and pulley setup.

That's an awesome idea! I love it!!!!!
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If you have some old CDs you don't want anymore, paint both sides of the disks flat black everywhere except for two spots in the shape of eyes on each side. With this suspended inside the cave, it will spin and reflect the red light from the LEDs you mount on the fan. THe effect from the outside is more pairs of eyes that occasionally turn to look out of the cave at passers by. The flat black paint makes the CDs disappear inside the dark cave. You can mount several CDs at different heights, and even mount LEDs in a stationary position for the CDs to reflect. Because you would already have the fan going, it would provide the movement of the CDs. You could have different shaped eyes on each side of the CD for different looks.
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Don't forget you have the two cemeteries to naturally play off of. Having the cemetery 'invading' your plot of land, ground breakers, perhaps some ghouls of the Lovecraft variety gnawing away on some bones. Mysterious eyes in the darkness off the trail (chaser XMas lights inserted into old film canisters then draped over bushes or in trees can be very cool). Perhaps a old caretaker. Plenty of fog, especially low hanging fog. FCG or Axworthy ghosts. A good ambient soundtrack.

That's the direction I'd take personally. Going with werewolves and the like, fine and all, but certainly doesnt take advantage of your biggest natural advantage. That is having not one but two cemeteries neighboring you. Create your mythology around that and you'll have a winner.
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Part of her story-line is that the grounds/woods are cursed, so while yes, the neighbors are cemeteries, the story is that nobody buries or buried in this area because of it's curse, so having the neighbors "invading wouldn't work with her current "plot". (pun intended)

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There's no reason why it couldn't actually. Maybe it wasn't discovered to be cursed until after it was too later and burials had already occurred. Maybe the cemetary encroaches, but not into the actual cursed area.

I mean, there are a lot of cursed cemetaries, in film and legend, so it most certainly could work. It's all about execution, obviously, but it just seems a shame to not utilize the best pre-existing element that she's got, that makes what she is doing stand out from what any of the rest of us can do...
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The idea is good, and we used it last year. But like Fontgeek said, part of the story line this year is that the woods are possessed by evil, the ground is unconsecrated, and the families were too afraid to bury their dead there. But it could be tweaked to include that perhaps there were people buried there before the area was settled and their lost souls roam the grounds or something to that effect. I did the cemetery thing last year, and I was trying to give it a whole new theme this year. I already published the bit about no one being buried in the woods and that was the reason the cemeteries are on either side and not actually in the woods on the website. I am trying to convince the guests that the woods are actually badly haunted, with gruesome murders and unexplained disappearances there. I almost feel that including ground breakers and things normally seen in cemetery scenes in the currant storyline would take away from the ability to convince them that this is real. I am trying to stay away from mythical creatures like werewolves and focus on things that people find truly terrifying like malevolent spirits, or evil things/beings in the dark woods, and the possibility of encountering one.
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You may be able to get away with ground breakers, provided that they are demons or something that is breaking out from below. Making them non-human helps to give you a source for the demons/creatures rather than them just accidentally showing up for your haunt, and as discussed earlier in this thread, having limbs holding down a "guest" kind of already hints that there are demons or some sort of creatures coming up from the soil.
You have a lot of time to fill out your story line before it gets critical to public reading. For you, that means that you can still tweak your story a bit, but don't stray far. People will remember the gist of a story, if not the fine details, and if you stray too far from what they may have read you can lose the following you've already built. Adding in more and more information as it's "Discovered" by you, the reporter or historian lets you fill out your story and build anticipation by the readers. The more you can tie your story to known events and known landmarks the more people will buy into your story, and the haunt as a whole.
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Hmmmm...thinking about the idea of " demonic" ground breakers...what about some sort of demonic looking thing that could be animated with a wiper motor? How long would a 12 volt battery power the wiper motor? I could buy the rechargeable ones. But it would need to run for about 5-6 hours at a stretch. Any ideas on that?
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A marine grade battery would.last longer than a car battery. A marine battery is designed to take more of a discharge and spring back to life than a car battery.
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Since it is in the woods an idea would be to create a short walk through a walkway constructed of wooden pallets. You can get them free from autoparts stores, dealerships, etc. Martha Stewart used them last year on a special she did for setting up a haunted house in her garage. http://www.marthastewart.com/865190/...-haunted-house
It would be neat if you constructed one, but the catch is, each person must go through the Corrider of Spirits alone. Since your father is so good at building he could construct it quickly for just the cost of some nails, since the pallets would be free. Then you could age it and cover it with branches, twigs, cornstalks, whatever to make it more 'woodsy'. I think when you seperate people from a group into individuals, suddenly the giggly fun of a spook trail becomes ominous and frightening in a way it never is when you are surrounded by friends. The whole safety in numbers thing really rings true when you face your fears......alone.....just a thought. A haunted wood sounds so cool. I sure hope you share pictures.
P.S. I love the chicken wire ghosts too. I am going to do a few for my graveyard this year as well.
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