Sunday, April 26, 2009

Its time for "The Show"!

Greeting Ghost Fans!
Today I want to share with you all the many talents of Patrick Hurd. I first was introduced to Patrick through his website Doombuggy Productions, which sadly, is no longer on the internet. When I first started out looking for ideas and inspiration for my own haunted abode, Patrick's site was THE place to go. He offered many DIY projects with step by step instructions on how to make all sorts of Haunted Mansion and Haunted Mansion Holiday recreations. My favorite was the Jack head from the garland for Haunted Mansion Holiday. Thanks to his wonderful website and easy to follow instructions, I was able to create my own HMH decor. While I was influenced by the wonderful decor of the Haunted Mansion Holiday, Patrick was really the one who inspired me and gave me the means to create the decor of my dreams, er...or rather, nightmares!

Here's the Jack Skellington head

please don't chastise about the green garland. I'd always meant to spray paint it.. and then Michaels started carrying it! My new garland is black. I just don't have an updated picture.

You might have noticed the Scary Teddy Tree Topper. Patrick made that for me, and it probably gets more compliments than any other single item in our HMH decor. The candle that the toothy teddy is holding plugs in and offers just the perfect glow to the top of the tree. We plug ours into a flicker box when we want that extra special effect.

And finally, here's the video, with the tree all-a-flicker, and the jack head in place.

Ok, enough about me and onto "The Show"!!
Patrick is the host of "The Show" which can be seen on Youtube or iTunes. Here's more info about an upcoming episode which you won't want to miss!

On Friday May 1st, Patrick Hurd presents:

The Story of the Haunted Mansion.

You’ll learn how the wish of one man to provide a loving home for his family, became the nightmare that destroyed one generation after the next.

The 32 minute story is visualized through the art work of over 40 talented artists.

Nearly 300 original pieces of artwork were created exclusively for the story!

The short films voice cast includes actor Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD, How I Met Your Mother), Corey Burton (The Haunted Mansion Holiday’s Ghost Host), Peter Renaday (The Ghost Host from the classic 1969 Haunted Mansion LP), and voice guy extraordinaire Brian Sommer!

Find out how your favorite characters came to live and die inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion…and the surprising way their stories intertwine.

Visit the Window to the Magic video feed on iTunes on May 1 to download the high quality video for free…

Or visit Patrick’s YouTube channel on May 1…

So you think you know all about the Haunted Mansion…

You don’t know half the story!

Please be sure to subscribe on iTunes or Youtube and leave him some feedback love! His videos are hilarious and extremely well done. Be sure to check out Episode 3, the Halloween special. It's to die for!

And Patrick, thanks again for sharing all of your wonderful creations with us!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Another Haunted Mansion Tattoo

I received an email from one of our blog readers, Heather, showing off the picture of her new tattoo. I love it when fans show off their ink! I love it even more when they share what they love most about the mansion. Funny, it seems like so many of us fans have fond memories from childhood....

Heather had this to say:

"Wow, I've been a fan since I was a kid. I remember my brother and I standing in line waiting while my mother went to ride the train. Lol, this was back in the 70's when you could leave your kids alone.
I've been to both parks but I'm a WDW girl through and through though I'm desperately wanting to see Phantom Manor. It looks so different.
The HHG's are my favorite. I'd say all the wall coverings (ie. Wallpaper, changing portraits and ghosty picture frames) would totally be my fave if they counted as characters."

I love this tat! Can't wait to see it filled in. Keep us posted, Heather!

Also, on a side note, Disney artist Javier Soto will be featured this week on weekly podcast, talking about the Haunted Mansion 40th event. Be sure to tune in!