1 Here we go with some more behind-the-scenes of my haunted house special!
2 Throughout the Halloween special, the cameras were moved from scene to scene capturing clever how-tos.
3 Here, Javier Avila demonstrates how to create eerie tiki torches to line your drive and walkways using ordinary bamboo tiki torches.
4 You simply tie on scraps of shredded cheesecloth and skeleton pieces.
5 Cut the bamboo to different lengths for an irregular appearance.
6 Francesca always likes to be involved with productions and has a good rapport with the crew.
7 Setting up the opening shot
8 Getting the 'talent' into position
9 Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle touches up. Kristofer is well-known in the world of beauty, fashion, and film, with his impeccable eye and an unfailing devotion to the perfect balance of intrinsic beauty and the power of makeup.
10 A group shot with Aaron Caramanis, Javier Avila, Anduin Havens, Paul Moreno, me, Tamara Dilworth, Kristin St. Clair, and Jim 'Figgy' Noonan - and, of course, Sharkey and Francesca!
11 In case you haven't seen the latest Halloween special magazine issue, I dress up as Motha this year!
12 I love how this scrim looks with all the giant moths.
13 Detail of the Voodoo Shanty
14 More detail
15 The Voodoo Shanty, fully assembled, receives the finishing touch - spooky lighting.
16 How macabre and mischievous!
17 Taking it all in - Kristin St. Clair will explain how to get the look of this Voodoo Shanty using found items.
18 Teasing Sharkey with a giant spider
19 Putting the spider on her head - Sharkey was unfazed.
20 Getting the green slime ready for the Mad Scientist's laboratory
21 The laboratory of Figgy, the Mad Scientist
22 Figgy showed me some of his experiments.
23 He demonstrated how to make dry ice bubble.
24 And how to create a lava lamp
25 Frankie DeJoseph, who works with Gary Nardilla, was our Director of Photography.
26 Tamara setting up the outside party area
27 There was plenty of candy!
28 Eyes of Newt, Chewable Pets, Bat Fangs, and even Tapeworms!
29 Taping the scene
30 These decorative treat bags from my craft line at Michael's are an easy and affordable way to dress up any Halloween snack.
31 We filled some of those bags with caramel corn.
32 There was a pin-the-tail on the cat game for the children.
33 And also bobbing for apples
34 Pumpkin decor galore
35 Here I am introducing the sculpture artist, Tim Murton, who made all of these fabulous lawn sculptures.
36 Tim started the Twilight Zoo about ten years ago as a novel Halloween decoration for the children in his neighborhood in Ontario. Today, people travel from all over to see his creations.
37 These sculptures are wired with lights so they glow at night.
38 Tim's Twilight Zoo began with four hooded ghouls made out of wire and paper and hung from the trees. The locals were amazed and even made a short film about the sculptures.
39 Tim loved that his ghouls had inspired creativity in other people.
40 Every year, Tim added to the Zoo collection in his garden and as the menagerie increased, so did the number of people traveling to see it.
41 This is the first year that the Zoo will be at the Elora Centre for the Arts in Ontario, instead of Tim's garden. He saw the move as a good opportunity to raise money for the arts centre which is a very important part of the Elora community.
42 The Halloween sculptures are quite easy to make – the only materials needed are wire, cheesecloth, paper, and glue. The rest is the creator's imagination.
43 The cheesecloth is dipped into a watery glue mixture and draped over the wire frame.
44 A fabulously scary witch on her broom
45 A giant skeleton
46 Capturing every detail
47 A very menacing bird
48 And a ghoulish character
49 Details, details, details
50 Putting on the finishing touches
51 Here I am speaking with Leonard Pickel, who is an expert haunt and design consultant and also a special guest on the show.
52 Leonard has been called the Godfather of haunting by supporters in the Haunted Attraction Industry and is well-known for creating haunted houses. He spoke to me about his philosophy of what is scary and why.
53 Well, I think we're just about ready to scare you!