Christmas is officially over and the New Year festivities have calmed down. That can only mean one thing around here at Intrigued – yep stress time as we only have about 9 months to get prepped for this year’s Haunted Halloween Trail. Already looking tight and worried we will once again be scrambling to get all the new decorations built and the haunt layout planned in time. To help get me in the mood figured it was finally time to get a post out on a decoration I built for the 2018 trail.
I already walked you through the witch construction (link here) – those made their appearance back on the 2017 trail. The initial scene just had a cauldron sitting on the ground in the middle of the circle. Had an idea to kick it up a bit for the 2018 version. A cauldron isn’t going to get too hot if it is just sitting on the ground… what to do … what to do… oh yeah, let’s add some fire (append your own Tim the Tool Man grunts). Getting the cauldron off the ground was pretty easy – thankfully because I left that design to the very end. Ron and I were busy finishing up the final decoration prep the night before the main event. After a quick build of the Nightwing stand – if I remember correctly that was around midnight (link here) – looked down at the to-do list and remembered the cauldron stand. Happened to look over and noticed a bunch of 3/8″ grey PVC conduit laying against the garage wall. Problem solved. Grabbed three pieces and some twine and went about connecting them at one end. Finished if off with three more lines to hold the cauldron. Patted myself on the back when I remembered I had adjustable eyehook connectors laying around from a previous build. Hooked those on the end of the support strings and then connected to the cauldron in the three newly drilled holes. In case it didn’t click, the adjustable hooks allowed me to get the cauldron leveled without playing games trying to get the strings tied evenly.
Hit the jump to see how the fire prop was constructed.