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BRIDGE OF DEATH

2004 - Major Changes to the Graveyard - Due to age and weather, my large cardboard tombstones are reaching the end of their life. I'm still trying to use them but they require a lot of propping-up and reinforcement. Because of this tragic loss, I decided in 2004 to upgrade the graveyard with several foam tombstones. I gone from 6 large graves to an entire cemetery full of tombstones (24). Also, I made two more fence sections and Cemetery Entrance Columns as well as a few homemade foam Tombstones. For as long as they last, I will place the cardboard tombstones at the back of the cemetery on Halloween night. To add more spooky character, I prop up large sticks that had fallen from my big poplar trees against the inside of the fence with the branches overhanging the fence and hang Spanish moss from them. The back of the graveyard is marked by four tall torches. It looks like a real cemetery!! One benefit of my loss has been allowing me to set up the graveyard prior to Halloween night (except for the cardboard tombstones) and leave it up. The house looks much spookier.

2005 - Graveyard reoriented toward street and trick-or-treaters now enter via a path through the graveyard and exit out the driveway due to addition of 30 more foam Tombstones (total over 50) and construction of Cemetery Gates. Also, purchased two 3ft. hard foam Gargoyles on eBay and placed on top of entrance columns. In 2006 I added red LED eyes to the Gargoyles.

A loud scream of thanks to Ed at the cemetery for helping me with the dead flowers since 2000. You're the Greatest!!!


The Graveyard - a new orientation


Circa 2005


Floating Candelabra added 2006


The entrance path through the Graveyard.


The Driveway on Halloween night 2005
I placed a sandwich board at the end of the driveway saying to enter thru Graveyard. As I escorted then out of the Funeral Parlor, I would say
"Please exit thru the driveway and don't forget to visit the Mausoleum and linger a while in the Dungeon".

 

Circa 2004

View from street looking down driveway on Halloween night 2004

The New Graveyard

2004 Fresh(?) Grave

Crow's eye view

do do do...Looking out my front door

The Gallows across from the Graveyard

The Entrance Columns with Gargoyle
 
Sign says... "Wait Here For Your Host"
(I sit in the chair at right hidden behind the tree waiting for victims)
 
View of graveyard from front porch on Halloween night 2004

Pre-2004

The graveyard lines one side of the driveway.  I create the graves by raking leaves into grave-shaped piles.  I place various bones, skulls, and wiggling hands on top.  I use patio torches for effect.  In 2000, I had my first "fresh" grave covered with dead flowers.  In 2001 I built 2 sections of cemetery fence and added tall torches and a fogger to the display.   For complete directions to make this simple, lightweight, and inexpensive cemetery fence, link to Screamin' Scott's, the "My Projects" section.



Circa 2002


Circa 2001


Circa 2001
(notice fogger in background;
wiggling hand reaching from grave)


Circa 1999


Circa 2000
The 1st fresh grave


New for 2001 - After Halloween, I got two more life-size plastic skeletons and two Styrofoam tombstones and set up a display in the backyard for my upcoming Halloween party. The skeletons were "hung" from the trees above the graveyard. I also got a very realistic rubbery half skeleton in a cauldron. I'll need to figure out where out front to put these things next year.


Circa 2001

 

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