DEMONIKUS was created for the June 2010 entry into The Mad Lab monthly prop building contest which required the construction of a Halloween prop from any kind of hat.

My concept involved using an old plastic hardhat, recycled cardboard and papier mache to create a demon-like skull.

The resulting piece is 22 inches long and 17 inches wide.

Tutorial can be found here.

A Big Thank You

Thank you to everyone that commented and supported the creation of Buster Gravesley, my entry into the HauntForum 2010 $20 Prop Challenge.

Buster clawed his way to victory after a week long battle for the top spot and I must say that it was a thrill and an honor to compete along side these top caliber props.

Thank you to HauntForum and Zombie-F for hosting the challenge and to all the sponsors that donated prizes.

Finally I would like to thank the HauntForum members that cast votes and those that submitted entries into the contest.

Keep building!

Buster Gravesley

Buster Gravesley is my 2010 entry in the Hauntforum $20 Prop Challenge. Buster is a Zombie/Coffin Groundbreaker standing approximately 4 feet tall and mounted on a plywood base that can be angled in different directions when displayed.

This prop was made from numerous recycled materials including; newspaper, cardboard, plastic bags, aluminum cans and plastic milk jugs. The project was started March 4th, 2010 and completed on April 2nd, 2010. The total cost for this prop was $19.03.

Project tutorial and more photos can be found here.

Update: A few more “tidbits” of information regarding the construction of “Buster” have been posted over at ScottyArt, some more information on the coffin, bones and the first attempt at the eyeball.

Dungeon Rats

The Dungeon Rats were finished just in time to be included in our 2009 Halloween display. Named “Riff” and “Raff” the rats are mangy, malnourished and have a nasty disposition, their overall length is five feet long from tip of the nose to the tip of their tails.

The rats were made from recycled empty one gallon paint cans, newspaper, cardboard, plastic milk jugs, utility wire, plaster and plastic broom bristles.

A combination of papier mache strips and homemade paper clay were used to cover the armature, strengthen and add texture. The complete instructions can be found here.

The Papier Mache Nightmare 2009

This year’s construction of our annual Halloween display called “The Papier Mache Nightmare” is behind schedule (as always it seems) due to a very busy last couple of months.


To everyone that has sent me questions via email please know that I am working on getting them answered and those of you that took time to send me nice comments please know that they were greatly appreciated.


Currently I’m hoping to finish all of my prop building by this weekend and the display is scheduled to be up on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.


In the works are two large five foot Dungeon Rats named “Riff” and “Raff”, eight new pumpkins featuring some new techniques, cemetery columns and fence plus my modified Sentinels.


Things are progressing, look for photos of this year’s display and new tutorials sometime in November, until then please have a safe and fantastic Halloween 2009!








September Work in Progress

If you’ve read through the majority of projects on this site then you know that one of my favorite places on the internet is The Mad Lab, a site that hosts monthly prop building contests. The Mad Lab has motivated me to create many of my more popular pieces; the pumpkins, gargoyle, busts and sentinels to name a few.


This summer has flown by and except for teaching some papier mache workshopsI haven’t really created anything new, but after reading about this month’s contest which requires you to build a ghoulish prop using paint containers (plastic, metal, 1 gallon, 5 gallon, etc.) I found the inspiration and motivation I needed.

The pieces I’m working on for the contest are something I’ve never created and proving to be a challenge.

Here’s a couple of teaser pictures, enjoy!



80 Days . . .


Eighty days until Halloween.

Do you know where your props are?

My new props for the year are still resigned to a piece of paper, scratchy doodles and rambling images swimming around my mind.

The ideas and concepts are solid but the actual physical realization of these new creations has yet to be started.

Same story every year, its August and nothing to show, but hey, I’ve still got September and October.