This involved the most amount of research I have done yet for a scene. First week, shelves of robot masks hang in the back of the porch. Each shelf a different era or genre of robots in the media (not a comprehensive list, they all come from movies and shows I watched at some point.) After the first week, other robots began to appear in the foreground, all of a particular retro style. In the final scene, the robots in the foreground are wearing costumes that reference everyday elements from bot-blocking captcha challenges.
Halloween 2021 – Trick or Treating in a Dragon’s Cave
Spent a lot of time researching caves and dragons for this display. This year benefitted from a new source of large sheets of cardboard (no more skulking around the back of Sears hoping someone bought a new fridge.) The scene emerged over a few weeks: first the cave, then the dragon, then the trick or treating ghost. Despite finding themselves deep in a cave, facing a dragon, this kid seems unperturbed in their search for chocolate.
Halloween 2020 – Fallacy Clown Theater
With a pandemic and an election year, this display was more political than most (for anyone walking by who gave it a closer look.) Started the month with an empty stage, gradually added clowns as the weeks went by. Each clown represents a logical fallacy–for anyone wishing to dive deeper into the meaning behind a cardboard home haunt.
Halloween 2019 – Kaiju Witch
Too busy with school this year. A planned scene with a forest full of black cats around a cauldron only produced the cauldron in time. So I recycled the giant lizard and buildings from the “Kaiju Costume Party”, added a kaiju-sized witch hat, and a stream of ghosts emerging from the cauldron.
Halloween 2018 – Pirate Pugs
This display gradually built up over the month of October; starting with the ocean and moon, then the pirate ship, then a few tentacles, then the whole giant octopus. The final scene featured a lifeboat in the foreground filled with pugs dressed as pirates.
Updating Halloweens 2018-22
Programming note: Updates to this blog fell off during a stint in a graduate program.I managed to decorate the porch each year, but documentation of the process and the final result was just one step too far. Starting to post images of those intervening years over the next few weeks.
Halloween 2017 – Monster Revealed
Halloween 2017 – Those Meddling Mice
Halloween 2017 – Bad Cheese Puns
What else would lab mice be working on?
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