Sunday, November 18, 2007

I love fanmade!

Haunted Mansion fans are the best. We love all aspects of the ride, from the music and art, to the details in the furniture, walls, and haunted halls. If there is a way for us to capture a piece of it, or recreate it...we're all over it! For some of us, its not enough to have a few Haunted Mansion trinkets scattered around the house; we have to recreate the house, or rather the mansion!

Do I dare admit, my husband and I are just those kind of people? Our collection started in the living room, with just a few items. In fact, we considered them to be seasonal and only brought them out for Halloween. It was my friend, Nat, who suggested that I leave my collection out all year long. So, yeah... I blame her! LOL In a few short years, the collection has taken the over the house. It was also my dear friend Natalie who painstakingly drew and hand cut several stencils to recreate the Rolly Crump inspired Demon Eyes wallpaper in the Corridor of Doors. And it is my favorite of the fanmades!!



Its a work in progress, but I have made progress and just as soon as its finished, I'll be posting more pics.

**BUT WAIT**

I found two more fanmade items that Natalie made that I also just LOVE!



Haunted Mansion slippers!!! I love how she pays attention to details, down to the little bat on the bow. I'm so glad the weather is getting cooler, so I can pull these out of the closet and wear them!

And here is the other amazing piece she made us for Christmas one year. Its a faux stain glass piece and this picture just doesn't do it justice. Unfortunately I don't have access to all my pictures at the moment, so I had to pull this from my photobucket account.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Don Post Hitchhiking Ghost Masks




Originally selling for around $25.00 a piece, these highly sought after masks can easily sell for $100.00 or more per piece on ebay, depending on their quality, of course. I'm not entirely sure when Disneyland started selling Don Post Hitchhiking Ghost masks. Chef, owner and creator of doombuggies.com has a Don Post Haunted Mansion Caretaker mask circa 1975 listed in the collectibles section. (I would love to get my hands on one!) My HHG masks have a copyright date of 1992. Seeing how the inherit nature of latex is to decompose when exposed to the elements, as time goes on, these masks will become harder and harder to find.

Having a little fun with the camera here...






Sunday, November 4, 2007

Haunted Mansion Plant List




Being the avid gardener that I am, I'm seriously fond of this post. Again, not a collectible, but rather some invaluable info worth sharing. A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine, Ghost Relations Dept, suggested that I ask to see the plant list for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. I didn't think that the CM's would be so accommodating, but not only did I get to see the list, they made me copies! I tried to keep them from getting so crumpled while running around the park. As you can see, I wasn't very successful. But, if you have a green thumb, or just love the landscaping at the Haunted Mansion, this is an interesting document to check out! Did you catch the mention of the Blood Family and the Pirate Bride as part of the original back story to the mansion? Great stuff!