Welcome to the first installment of the Halloween 2018 Haunted Trail of Tears Project Posts. For those of you not familiar with my “addiction” as my wife refers to it, we host an annual Halloween cookout. One of the main elements of that cookout is a haunted trail we set up in through our woods. It is quite the event and has grown to epic proportions over the years. My friend in haunt Paul and I tend to go overboard on our favorite holiday. You might get the impression this is something that is thrown together in a week or so near Halloween. Truth is, this is a 364 day a year activity. Paul and I are constantly working on new decorations for the trail throughout the year. The day of the cookout is simply the time when all our friends get to see what we have been squirreled away in our labs building all year. During the next couple of months I am hoping to go through some of my new builds for the trail. Keeping with tradition, I will also be posting about the overall haunted trail so you get a better feel for just how labor intensive this is. One of my projects this year was to improve our grave yard with some new headstones.
How scary is that! Pretty happy with how my stones turned out this year and figured I’d walk you through all the steps it takes to get one err.. three of these babies ready for the trail. From a materials perspective, the base of the stones are made out of 2″ foam insulation. A 4×8 sheet of that stuff is ridiculously expensive for what it is (~$22/sheet depending on the quality you get). Look for sales and the 11% off at Menards events to bring that price point down a bit. You should be able to get a number of good sized tombstones out of a single sheet. One sheet yielded 5 for me – one from last year – link here three intricate stones and then the second from the left is just an extra from the remaining piece (if you look close you can tell is was left over from cutting out the cross).
Hit the jump to see how this year’s stones were made!