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.
Category: Home Decorations
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.
Halloween 2017 – Monster Revealed
Halloween 2017 – Those Meddling Mice
Halloween 2017 – Bad Cheese Puns
What else would lab mice be working on?
Halloween 2017 – Lab Mice
Halloween 2017 – Preparations
Pictures of the early stages of this year’s Halloween display.
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