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The Cauldron

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2006 - CAULDRON UPDATE.
I have struggled for years with having a smoking/bubbling cauldron. Last year I had so many visitors, I didn't have time to use the dry ice. Purchased a 12" table top smoking/color-changing mister at Christmas for $15 but haven't used since 1st time when it sprayed water outside the bowl. Early August received a Lillian Vernon catalog and saw a smoking/color-changing cauldron and realized I already had everything I needed to upgrade my cauldron. I will use the mister propped up inside the cauldron and eliminate the dry ice. My cauldron is much bigger than the Lillian Vernon one.


Smoking Cauldron on Metal Stand  $29.98

Since 1998 I have stood out front dressed as a witch stirring my cauldron of body parts stew.  I have a very old wrought iron planter with the bottom rusted out (it was my grandmothers).  I set it on top of a large gray milk crate  for more visibility and place skulls on stakes in front to mask the crate. I place a tall pot of water inside.   I tape hand and feet props to the edge so it looks like they're sticking out and use a large plastic bone for my stirrer.  Nearby I have a table of stew ingredients in large clear jars (eyeballs, mice, snakes, bats, spiders, small skulls, shrunken heads, witches fingers, sticky ears, monster (pig) ears, one of those grow-in-water brains, a container of blood (red water), poison apples (not really), arm, legs, and anything else I can think of).


In 1999 I used hot water and dry ice to create the bubbling effect but, had to keep going inside for more hot water.  

In 2000 I got a propane burner to keep the water hot.  Also that year, I asked the trick or treaters to get me an item to add to my stew.  I allowed them to toss it into the stew from a safe distance and at the same time I would toss in a piece of dry ice for the effect.  Most of the kids (and especially the adults) thought this was "COOL" and it allowed them to participate in the display.

2002 - broke propane burner - back to hot water

 

 

 

The Potions -Circa 2005 

I bought a bunch of old jars with glass tops at thrift stores (.50-1.50) and replaced the food jars I had been using.
A neighbor threw out this old footlocker and I grabbed it from the dumpster (with his permission).
I realized after looking at this picture, I need to build some small shelves to properly display the potions.

 

 

 

Circa 2000

The Bubbling Cauldron

Circa 2000

The Stew Ingredients

Circa 1999

I tell folks "If you're missing a body part, look here first"

New fiends guarding the Body parts - 2005

 
Bones on the Barbie added 2006

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