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Sorry for the late notice - but Hallobean is not going to happen this year. Look for a bigger, badder Hallobean next year.
It's that time of year again! Check out hallobean.org for a few details. I sent out evites, but my email contact list is a little outdated and a lot cluttered. If you didn't get one, don't despair! You are still invited! Just leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll add your name to the list.
Mediocre turnout this year, but a good time was had by all. Website is here and pics are here. Much like Kramer's recycled Merv Griffin Set-based show from Seinfeld... I think I need a new format. I'm hoping to mix things up a little bit for next year's Hallobean - I'm just not sure how yet. Outdoors? Bonfire? Mechanical Bull? I'm open to suggestions.
Stef and I just cleaned up the basement yesterday... it smelled like college.
Stef and I have been busy getting decorations out and up. The basement is starting to take shape... slowly but surely. It'll be time for Hallobean 8 in only 10 days! Head to Hallobean.org for details. Anyway, as I was digging through a crate of spiders and skulls, I suddenly remembered that I had a blog, and decided to round out the Hallobean trilogy and BLOG MORE BLOGS.
HB6 had a pretty big turnout, partly due to the fact that John (contanister) and Terri brought a pretty big crowd of friends along to the party. It was planned as a joint party, and they helped out a lot in the preparation for and execution of Hallobean. I don't think I put too much time or effort into prop-building that year, but the big crowd and varied costumary (pronounced cost-UME-errie) made for a fun evening. I think. I don't really remember. Check out the Hallobean 6 pics for details.
HB7 brought with it a whole slew of new props. I built the big Hallobean Face and hung it on the front of the house. I also put together a couple pneumatic props. One was a rat monster thing that shot out from behind some hay bales, and the other was a pop-up ghost that I put next to my front door. They were both motion triggered and had strobes and sounds accompanying the movement. The rat was eventually taken out of commission, but the pop-up ghost and face will be back this year. The beer flowed freely, the pong balls flew, and the sweet sounds of Karaoke filled the air. Here are the Hallobean 7 pics.
Hallobean 4 was the first Hallobean that took place in an actual house. I remember that specifically because I spent some time putting a big inflatable Frank up on the roof of my new house. What fun! I discovered the joys of windshield wiper motors for use in making cheap, moving props. I made a hallobean sign that flickered and shook for over the porch and a pair of waving skeleton arms for use in my yard. I also put my old laptop to use powering a relay board I built. I used it that year to flash different lights on and off in sync, at random, or in Knight-Rider fashion. I also built 3 PVC frame dummies, complete with capes and hoods. They made good filler for dark corners or off-limit areas. Check out Hallobean 4 pics.
HB5 was the first one in our current home, but it hit at an odd time. It was 2 weeks before our wedding. Realizing that many of our out-of-town friends would probably choose one event or the other, we weren't surprised with the relatively low turnout. Along with the turnout... I snapped a pathetically low number of Hallobean 5 pics. Aparently the fog machine was running well that year though. I was Christina Aguilera... in the "Dirty" outfit. HOT!
FYI: Hallobean 8 is officially ON, and you, my loyal blog following, are all invited. Check out the details at the Hallobean website and let me know if you are coming by RSVPing via the evite. Thanks!
I started unpacking Hallobean decorations this evening. As I examined each decoration, I found myself walking down a 7 year road of Hallobean memories. Take a walk with me, loyal readers, down that road, in Beanblog's first official trilogy: Hallobean Nostalgia.
The first Hallobean was in Chicago, 2000, the year after I graduated. It was a small gathering of die-hard college buddies and a few local friends. I remember that Jean dressed up like Brittney Spears, and Chad came as Tiger Woods. Chad slept on my papasan and stained it with brown face makeup. Decorations were pretty sparse that first year... mostly streamers and stuff. I did rig up a toy skeleton so that it dropped it's hatchet when you opened the door. I also got some gay ass Halloween tablecloth. We grafitti'd it up bigtim and I am pretty sure it's been marked up since then. Here are some Hallobean 1 Pics.
Hallobean 2 was in Indianapolis at Fountianhead apartments. M1 came as Koji. I didn't let him sleep on my papasan. JCTMH started helping me build stuff that year. I think we had a FCG hanging over the ledge and we built a 120V flicker box to make lights all spookey-like in the bathroom. Here's the Hallobean 2 Pics.
HB3 stands out in my mind because it was the first one Stef came to. Jean and I threw together a few good decorations that year... namely the spider skeleton and red snapper fountain. I started adding life-size skeletons to my inventory (got them here). That year, I made a Duffman costume that absolutely kicked ass. Stevie P, you seen it lately? Best costume award went to the Scooby Doo Crew. Here's my Hallobean 3 Pics.
Stay tuned for more!
Also, in highly-related news: Hallobean 8 is scheduled for October 27! Mark you calendars! More info to follow shortly.
For Hallobean 2006, I built a big monsterous face to hang above my car hole. It was based roughly on a distorted image of my own face that I used for my Hallobean 7 logo. Here's the step-by-step.
First I worked off of a printout and scaled the face up a bit, adding a little more distortion and some better horns.
Next I scaled that up again, to a big piece of cardboard (from an old box). I took more cardboard and rolled it up for horns and held it all together with duct tape.
I folded the face backing so that the forehead part bulged out a bit, to reduce the amount of foam to fill in that area, then applied the first layer of spray foam. Spray foam is great stuff, literally, and it is very versitile when it comes to filling, insulating, and even forming and texturing props. After a few more layers and some crazy spray paint skills, I was done with the shell.
I embedded light sockets into the eyes and put in dim red bulbs. I also mounted small speakers in the forehead and held it all together with a generous helping of foam. The lights and sound ran up to a CD player (running a monster growling loop) and some volts by means of a motion detector. I just use the circuit from cheap security lights and drop an extension cord in place of the lightbulb socket. Keep it set on "test" and it'll run your plug for 5-30 seconds, depending on the brand.
Here's a shot of the monster face hung outside at dusk. The monster hands coming over the tombstone (it would have looked better without cars) were made out of 100% spray foam and spray paint.
The motion detection works well, and I was very happy with the overall effect.
As My loving wif has already blogged, HalloBean 7 is in the books. Good tims had by all, etc. Pics are up at hallobean.org.
HalloBean 7 is officially ON. If you don't get an eVite in the next few days, you can still head on over to hallobean.org and RSVP. Stoked!
Click on thru to Hallobean to see a few pics from this years festivities.
Evites are out!
HalloBean.org is updated!
My evite list came from my gmail contact list, which is very out-of-date. If I've added your old email address, let me know and I'll remove it. If I failed to invite you, follow the link from the hallobean website and invite yourself, yo!
Tossing around ideas for Hallobean 6. First and foremost: the date. Right now it's looking like either October 22 or October 29. Chime in and let me know your preference if you think you may come. PS - if you are reading this, you are invited.
I've created a seperate area for all future HalloBean updates. You can navigate to HalloBean Central by following the link in the left column of this page or by clicking here.
Go there now and help me pick a date for this year.
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