The north Texas area had some freezing rain and sleet blow through recently. Complicating this is an extended period of freezing temperatures. SO everything has been closed and the streets and parking lots have been turned into ice rinks (literally – kids were playing ice hockey in the church parking lot down the street).
One of my traditions during cold weather is to build a snow pumpkin outside somewhere, like this:
Well the sleet and ice didn’t work with snow-building techniques, so I tried something different.
I give you.. the Ice Jack-o-Lantern!
I took a old plastic jackolantern pail, and cut it in half. Then I duct taped it together and filled it with water. However, the duct tape was not as waterproof as I would like, so it took me 2 days of refilling it until I was able to get enough to freeze before it leaked out.
It didn’t freeze all the way through (I didn’t expect it to) so I drained out the water and was left with a hollow pumpkin. I did put a little battery operated tealight inside last night, which looked OK. But you can’t really make out the features so it just looks like a ball of ice.
If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t cut the pumpkin pail until after the after froze. Then I might use a hot knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. But it was a fun experiment anyway!
Someone else online had a similar idea. His instruction are over at Instructables.com
After all the traveling this past month, including the 3-day conference just before Halloween, I finally got everything set up (almost) There were a few new things, like the sign above. And the sign below:
And a few items didn’t make it into the yard this year (the skeleton/rat tug of war and the moving spiders).
But when it’s all said and done, it was a good yard this year. I was especially happy about the weather. We had a lot of wind, with gusts up to 35 mph during the day. But it completely died down in the evening, allowing my fog to stay low and slowwww…
I could come up with humorous quips for all the other pictures, but I’m tired. So here’s a selection of pictures from this years Stonehaven Manor
Home haunters like to name their haunts. Some call them “Bob” or Sue” (OK, not really). Others think up really elaborate names like “The Dungeon of Everlasting Torment” (Actually, that’s not bad.. let me make a note).
But I’ve been calling my humble yard haunt “Stonehaven Manor” for a few years, if only in my head. Stonehaven is the main street that runs through our neighborhood and past our house. The name has a nice imposing feel to it.
So I decided to make a sign for the yard. I have a lamppost at the corner of the yard that was a perfect place to hang it. I also created a little photo-op under the lamppost, with a bench and a skeleton for kids to sit and roll their eyes while parents take pictures (and teenagers to create in appropriate poses with the skeleton… but I digress). So I hope that the name of the haunt will make it into at least some pictures for posterity. Continue reading →