1 We start planning for TV specials months in advance. My TV crew came to the farm last August to scout the location. As we were walking to the Maple Avenue house, I stopped to confer with Shaun Kass, one of my gardeners.
2 Arriving at the Maple Avenue house and the two-car garage where the haunted house is to be built - seeing the space made everyone's creative wheels begin to spin.
3 Accurate measurements were taken and many photographs, too. During the next month, Aaron Caramanis, Anduin Havens, and Tamara Dilworth went to work creating their haunted magic.
4 The actual haunted house was created in New York City and then taken apart, piece by piece. It was transported to Bedford and reconstructed in the empty garage.
5 A prop tent was erected nearby where bins were stacked high.
6 Bins and bins of eeriness
7 And what would Halloween be without candy?
8 Some quite traditional - some quite creepy!
9 TV Crafter Kristin St. Clair and Jim 'Figgy' Noonan worked together stretching special paper onto a frame.
10 It became the sign for our haunted house entrance. Anduin applied a watery paint, giving the sign an aged look.
11 Anduin and Paul Moreno applied some 'aging' touches on show posters for the Voodoo Woman and The Mad Scientist.
12 The same watery paint technique was demonstrated on this spandex wall. Yes, a spandex wall!
13 By using different shades of watery paint, a mildewy appearance was achieved.
14 The spandex is very stretchy and unsuspecting passers by will get quite a shocking surprise!
15 The completed spandex wall all decorated with webby gauze and bones
16 Supervising Producer Maryann Vanderventer mounted a camera for a time lapse video that will be used on the show.
17 This collection of x-rays taped to an illuminated wall easily evokes the idea of a mad scientist.
18 Because the TV special is a how-to, the walls of the haunted house could easily be moved in and out of the garage, making room for the camera crew.
19 Early stages of the Hallway of Horrors
20 Another section of that hallway made with wooden pallets
21 There were many creepy objects to run into.
22 Horrors everywhere!
23 A cage full of rabid rats
24 A giant voodoo doll sits in a corner.
25 But no voodoo shanty would be complete without an entire collection of voodoo dolls! Ouch!
26 Bugs and more bugs!
27 Even ordinary objects looked creepy in this haunted house.
28 A wonderful display of moths
29 Am I having fun yet?
30 Don't even ask!
31 Kristin demonstrated a simple technique of how adding iodine to a glass can make it look dirty.
32 Egads! Snakeskin has amazing texture.
33 Dried and shriveled shitake mushrooms
34 A jar of eyeballs - These are actually the eyes used for dolls many years ago.
35 A closer look and so very creepy!
36 Constructing the entrance into the haunted house - tattered strips of gauzy fabric hung from the door frame
37 To reach the entrance, guests had to first step through a ghost's mouth!
38 We used simple white cord to weave a giant spiderweb on the side of the house.
39 The candy jars look great on this antique wheelbarrow.
40 No Halloween party would be complete without spooky snacks, which were served on this black and white themed table.
41 Spanish moss enhances this display of Funkins, or foam pumpkins, which can be carved just like real pumpkins, but a whole lot easier!
42 What's Halloween without Micheal Natiello, the Creative Director The Great Jack ‘o Lantern Blaze, an annual pumpkin carving extravaganza in the Hudson Valley?
43 Micheal arrived with his creations of jack-o-lantern scarecrows, all made with carved Funkins, which he painted white.
44 Michael crafted thirteen of these amazing and intimidating figures.
45 What's really great about Funkins is that you can carve and reuse them year after year!
46 It's always great carving pumpkins with Michael. More than 4,000 Funkins and pumpkins are carved for The Blaze, most of which are Michael's designs, yet he still comes up with new and original ideas year after year!
47 You can practically hear this heart beating. These blackened carved cameo designs on real pumpkins were made by using wood carving tools.
48 The pumpkins have been opened on the bottom and seeds and pulp scooped out.
49 Lights are placed inside for illumination at night.
50 The areas that have been removed glow eerily, causing the blackened design to really stand out.
51 Michael also gives a how-to on the construction of his scarecrows.
52 Strips of wood fastened together form the body and the arms. String lights are added for illumination at night.
53 Once assembled, the scarecrows are draped with torn sheets.
54 These look especially menacing at night!
55 Setting the scene
56 Of course there was a cemetery!
57 Anduin gives a lesson on the special on how to make these ghastly headstones.
58 Observing the monitors
59 To be continued...
60 Haunted house closed until tomorrow!