Thursday, March 31, 2016

DAVIS GRAVEYARD WINS THE FIRST HAUNTED ATTRACTION ASSOCIATION HOME HAUNTER AWARD


We are very humbled and honored by this award. Thank you.
Who knew that 30 years ago, when we lived in California and worked on a home haunt with our work friends and family that the path would lead us here.
First of all we want the thank the Haunted Attraction Association for nominating and choosing us for the first Home Haunter Award from the association. It has been a very long journey with our great crew and family who have supported us and kept us going and inspired to create something we are all very proud of. We want to thank the home haunter community who have welcomed us and inspired us through the journey. We love you all and appreciate your enthusiasm and energy.
We would not be here today with out the family, crew, community and people who have supported us.
Special thanks to our friends and family that have been so supportive over the years. Leonard and Jeannie Pickel, from the first HAuNTcon we attended in 2006 until today, you both have always supported our creativity and helped us learn to share it with our haunt family. To Mike Krausert, the first class we took from his group changed our creative techniques forever. Cydney Neil, from Rocky Point Haunted House, seeing her attraction and her attention to detail on every level gave us the drive we needed achieve that in our display. Our local Northwest Haunters Association and West Coast Haunters Convention.
Thanks to many of our vendors that have become friends over the years, Froggy’s Fog (Chris, Tater, Adam and Landon), Minispot Lights (Bert & Kim Zelten), EFX TEK (John Barrowman and Jon Williams), Voice from Hell, the voice of our grave digger (Dick Trehune), Hot Wire Foam Factory, Ghostride Productions, and Smooth-On.
Thanks to our Tombstone Workshop Student, to the tens of thousands of visitors over the years, the hundreds of students who have taken our classes, all the Davis Graveyad Zombies courtesy of Milwaukie High School, and our local community (City of Milwaukie, Clackamas County).
None of this would be possible without the AMAZING (and always entertaining) Davis Graveyard Crew past and present.
Jennifer TenBarge,Tony TenBarge, Chris Reid, Daniel Sharp, Elyssa Thelin, Dawn Reid, Matthew Rinker, Lisa Gunion-Rinker, Aimee Danielson-Germany, and Jason Germany. (an of course, the mascot, Hal, short for Halloween Cat.)
Thanks again to everyone. Happy Haunting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Who let the baby demons out


We got rid of a lot of props this last year, so I guess while we were busy one of the crew, or the EAD  (Evil Artistic Director)- who knows let the baby demons out of the shop.

We were going to wait until they were older and more mature to make sure they did not get in any trouble....but that didn't happen, so they got out and spent the whole month of October hanging in the abbey just high enough we could not reach them to get them back in the shop.

Demons....nothing but trouble!  In that good kinda way....you need demons and we can show you how to make them.





This was a great project headed up by one of the crew.  If you like these little guys and you are going to be at HAuNTcon in Birmingham the end of the month, sign up now....this class is selling out fast!




Thursday, January 14, 2016

With all the death lately

Reminded me that this year we have to make a difficult tombstone for a lot of the crew who
are Terry Prachett fans.

Since there were so many quotes we could use and we could not chose, one of the crew came up with the brilliant idea to use his family crest.




So I will leave you with his words....this sums up his sense of humor in his writing perfectly:



Christmas, Davis Graveyard Style


Sorry these are a bit late.....but the is what the Graveyard looks like in December.




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Her name is MoMo

The Davis Graveyard seems to have acquired a shop cat :)



She was my neighbors cat until they got a new dog.....she apparently hates the dog and has made her home in the upstairs play room of the shop.

She is the sweetest cat, that loves when we are hanging after a build day up in the shop.  She is currently getting less attention, but appears to be staying.  So welcome MoMo to the Davis Graveyard.

BTW - Hal, the Halloween Cat, is not amused.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Statue in the Tree

We always start building right after West Coast Haunters Convention.  This year not only did we start building props, but we put one in the yard.  She was going to go into a tree and need her arms out and her dress to flow so she had to be made on the ground.

Since she is a statue we could not have her wrisits ope (since a statue would not be carved that way) so we attached her hands and filled the wrisits with expanding foam and sanded it out to look like she is a carved statue.

We wanted this to look like a statue that had been taken over by the tree and vines.  So in June, we placed 'The Lady in the Tree' in the tree outside the front door and started to move the wisteria vines on the tree to grow around her.

The vines grew around her all summer and died back a bit in the fall. But the effect was just what we were looking for.




The statue was based on this picture by the INCREDIBLE photographer Dan Westfall






Unlike many of the other props we did not light her directly, you could only see her when the lighting was flashing on her.

She was sort of our 'Easter Egg' in the yard this year and was just stunning.

Photo by Marci Lehman

Photo by Marci Lehman

Friday, December 11, 2015

In case you missed Hal

the Halloween cat. (who does have his own Facebook page, yes, yes he does.)

Here are some random pictures of him in the yard this year.  He is the official mascot of the Davis Graveyard, and if you ask him, he will say the yard is his.



And of course, he is doing what he does best......and 'age' the prosps with his claws :D

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