A Geek's Halloween

October 31st tends to get me all tingly inside. It’s been said that Halloween is my Christmas. Not exactly true. I get giggly and go decoration overboard for Santa too, but Halloween presents a unique opportunity to be creative, or in layman’s terms, mangle my body in dozens of new ways in order to create home-made special effects.

Truth is, I’d been creating my own haunts for years, but after moving to L.A. and losing all semblance of a front yard, I fell out of the DIY spook game. This year is different. This year, I have a house, a sort-of-front-yard and 30 party guests to impress. So in the two weeks preceding the big day (which is actually Saturday, due to scheduling conflicts), I’ve done the following:

  • spent no less than $200
  • cut, sanded, Dremeled and painted 4 tombstones
  • rigged up my own version of the endless rising ghosts, as seen in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.
  • edited 2 sets of video for:
    • a singing ghost face to be projected onto a large tree
    • a talking, floating holographic-like skull
  • built a fog chiller
  • ordered 10 pounds of dry ice
  • bought enough fake webbing to tent Trump Towers
  • and scared the living crap out of my wife with a hanging fake plastic hand

All for one day. Can’t wait.

Christopher Kirkman

Christopher is an old school nerd: designer, code monkey, writer, gamer and Star Wars geek. As owner and Editor-In-Chief of Media Geeks, he takes playing games and watching movies very seriously. You know, in between naps and watching TV.

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