Once again, I decorated the front steps and driveway for Halloween. I had big plans this year. I was going to make a new costume, a knight, and I was going to create new props. I ran out of time and didn't get as much done as I had hoped. After Halloween last year, I purchased a knight/warrior costume which was the initial inspiration. In the summer, I started my quest and found a sewing pattern for a knight's costume. I was going to sew a tunic and wear some chainmail I purchased online. Since I was spending my fall weekends working on Cox Farms and was on vacation for two weeks, I never made the tunic.
I made two new props. One was inspired by a pair of overalls that I found at the thrift store. I added combat boots, and old shirt, and a mask I had. I stuffed the costume with old bags from newspapers and the grocery stores to give it three dimensions and placed it in a sitting position on my front steps. I also made a child-sized mummy which was also old bags wrapped in fabric wrappings.
On Halloween, I set the props out on my driveway, made up my face as a skeleton, and put on my costume. I had a chair on the driveway where I sat quietly. Most people liked my setup, but I think I need more lights to direct people in the proper direction. Due to lack of time, I had not set out my Halloween lights.
Mike getting into costume on Halloween 2008
Mike in costume as a skeleton knight on Halloween 2008
Some of the decoration on my front steps on Halloween 2008
Some of the decoration on my driveway
Mike and one of the props pose for a picture
One of my new props for 2008. It started as a thrift store find. I got the overalls at the thrift store for $5.00 and added an old shirt, halloween mask, and combat boots. It is stuffed with old newspaper and shopping bags.
Mike's driveway and front steps after the sun set
Mike after sunset in front of a scene setter.
Mike after a good Halloween night
Mike taking off his Halloween costume
The pile of Halloween Props in my garage after Halloween ended