September 13th, 2013
Attention everyone living in the Midland, Michigan area, now through September 28th you have a chance to win a custom built STOLLOWEEN papier mache pumpkin.
Visit Sleepy Hollow Bookshop located at 22 Ashman Circle, Midland, Mi and pick up the rules and entry form.
The contest is simple, design a spooktacular pumpkin design and bring it back to the bookshop where it will be displayed and during the week of September 30th the public will vote on their favorite design.
The winner will receive a custom papier mache pumpkin based their design!
If you have never been to Sleepy Hollow Bookshop you are missing one of the coolest places in Midland, so stop in, browse the thousands and thousands of used books and get creative and submit an entry.
Good luck to all. Be creative and have fun! Please share this with all your Midland friends, I would love to see the Bookshop filled with creative pumpkin artwork!
October 9th, 2011
This pumpkin was the most creative concept winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
Introducing Sir Rip D. Fleshkin designed by Breck Torres and Dustin Obermeyer.
Fun concept to turn the stem into arms and hands, during the build I decided to remove one of the fingers because it seemed to work better.
Sir Rip also features removable eyeballs which can be displayed during the day and removed at night to allow the light to shine through the eye holes.
October 9th, 2011
This pumpkin was the random drawing winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
Introducing Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson.
Charles mcScardeylantern was a very fun build, especially the rotted side which was achieved by soaking blue shop towels in papier mache paste.
The pumpkin also features five large black flies which can be repositioned or removed if desired.
July 31st, 2011
We are at the “92 days until Halloween” point in the year and for the last couple of weeks it has averaged 92 degrees at least here in Michigan.
This is the time of year where most DIY home haunters kick it into high gear attempting to scratch those items off the to-do-list as quickly as possible.
So as you are hunkered away in the air conditioning remember this….
As you are building your masterpiece(s) keep in mind that The Mad Lab contest is currently underway, you still have plenty of time to build and enter as the deadline is September 21st, 2011.
There are two contests going on simultaneously with each winner receiving a Bucky Skeleton…here’s the best part….chances are good that you are probably already planning on using the required item in your prop.
One contest requires the use of foam:
“Foam is the weapon of choice for the static prop build. This includes, well, pretty much any foam. Great stuff, insulation foam, styrofoam, pool noodles, craft foam, egg shell foam, upholstery foam, foam board, foam packing peanuts…Ok you get the picture.”
The second contest requires the use of a wiper motor:
“Ahhh the wonders of the wiper motor! Whether you are well acquainted or a novice this little device can open a door of haunting possibilities. Hit the salvage lot or head to Monster Guts. Use of a wiper motor is the only SEI requirement for this challenge.”
Pretty cool, thanks Doc for another cool Mad Lab….and did I mention she is giving away two Buckys?
Click the picture to enter The Lab!
July 23rd, 2011
Twelve creative pumpkin designs so far in the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest…who will be number 13?
Visit www.torturedpumpkins.com for contest rules and entries.
July 16th, 2011
August 10th, 2010
Congratulations go out to Scott Alan Dimmick, the winner of the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
Scott’s name was randomly drawn from over 90 entries scoring him a custom built pumpkin of his liking. Scott’s concept was a “ground breaking, undead pumpkin, pushing itself out of the ground with its rotting vine arms.
Work has begun on the undead pumpkin including the first layers of strip mache and some concept sketches rendered in Photoshop to help guide me in the building process.
The illustrations are for reference only as during the construction more elaborate details will be added specifically the gnarly vines on the arms.
Building a prop for another Halloween enthusiast is sort of cool and you can check out Scott’s love for the holiday on his website called The Never Moor.