View Full Version : 2013 HAUNTED OVERLOAD progress thread

01-14-2013, 08:09 PM
January 13th, I think this is a record as far as working over at the haunt site early. We took advantage of a pretty warm day yesterday to go over and start tearing down this facade in Pumpkin Alley. A new much larger, more detailed and insane looking one will take it's place. I need to get this one out of the way so I can take measurements and start on a scale model. I'll post that when it's finished with details so keep checking back.





Here are some construction photos of last years build. Tim Bickford from Creative Cinema Video took the photos we gave him and made a quick slide show for our wrap party. I like looking back at the progress, it gets me motivated to start in and improve for this year. A night photo of this facade is at the end of the slide show.

Below that is a scare scene clip. Tim will be giving a seminar this year at Transworld explaining how to capture scares like these in your haunt as well as the equipment used and editing techniques. I think it will be great, more videos to come on another thread. Tim does awesome work and is great at explaining how to get the results that you are after on tape.



I also like looking back on the other threads to see how far we have come.

2010 the move

2011 Progress thread

2012 Progress thread

Enjoy and I'll see you at Transworld.


02-19-2013, 05:26 PM
The phoenix will rise from the ashes, lol!


Check this out. It was finally time to revamp our logo. Here is the one I made years ago for the home haunt. It has been alright up until now but we definitely needed to take it to the next level.


After some revisions here is what Brainstorm did for us. They always kick ass and did a great job!

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/Haunted_Overload_logo_2013_master_flat_zps807be2a4 .jpg

I made some tweaks on my own. Let me know your thoughts. The great thing about this is I can separate out the elements to make different and more simplified versions of this logo. For instance, I may want the pumpkin all by it self for a round button or other merchandise. I will need to make a black and white version with just the type for something like a car window decal or letter head.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/Haunted_Overload_logo_2013_master_v2flat_zps4b9955 19.jpg

damon carson
02-19-2013, 05:43 PM
The second one the best. But it reminds me of something else Ive seen. I just cant seem to place my finger on it?! LOL! No looks great!

02-19-2013, 05:49 PM
Damon, it doesn't look THAT much like your hero's pumpkin logo, this looks awesome!


damon carson
02-20-2013, 01:01 PM
You make me laugh! Hahaha!

Twin Locusts
02-20-2013, 03:03 PM
I couldn't figure out what about the second one was so appealing.

I had a hunch and looked it up. I bet this was unconscious on Eric's part, but the red/orange over gold letters
echos the treatment of the KISS Love Gun and Destroyer album art by Ken Kelly. It just has an effective command of attention.

Laying that warm color of the letters over the blue really works as well, similar to Destroyer. I try to imagine those guys
in the 70's with digital tools considering they were working in oil on board.

The original image has a greater depth of detail and some elements look 'realistic' but the second treatment
with the punched up bats and heavier color, to me, gives a feel that fits Haunted Overload. The large scale
elements speak fantastical horror and the color treated logo is in line with that.

Hats off to Brainstorm, the original artwork is incredible, just a great overall composition and texture.

damon carson
02-20-2013, 06:19 PM
Its a Brainstorm Image. No wonder it looks similair. See I know what im talking about Dark.

02-23-2013, 10:36 PM
I thought you guys may like to see the process behind the creation of this logo.

I told Doug I needed the logo revamped and sent him this photo of my giant foam pumpkin to incorporate.

With no other instruction except to use the pumpkin this is what he came up with for the first draft. Dark, it's funny you mentioned the Kiss cover art. Maybe they knew I liked Kiss and put the lightning bolts in.

I quickly modified the first one and sent this back as a direction to go in.

I think the final one came out cool. I looked up the Destroyer album cover and you're right the colors and style are similar. Although some of the colors on the web are jacked up. The original album cover was not that purple in the background.

Today I worked on a mock up of what will take the place of the facade we ripped down. The giant skull will be painted with glow in the dark and fluorescent paint. Lighted from behind the smaller skulls with two black lights. I will be searching for some good sized black lights at Transworld. I'm hoping to get some that can take the weather. If not I can always cover them. I will put a fog chiller in the mouth of the big skull. This will be a ton of work but it should look pretty insane when finished. I will start on the scale model soon.




Dark Tiki Studios
02-27-2013, 04:18 PM
Eric, you appear to have one of the best outdoor haunts around, and you build many structures that I imagine are left outside year-round. What are you using to treat the wood you use to build these structures, to keep them from rotting? In your pictures many of your structures don't appear to be treated at all... But of course appearances can be deceiving.;)

03-19-2013, 03:09 PM

Sorry it took so long to answer your question. Got back from an awesome Transworld and then a busy week of work. This weekend we took down the rest of the facade and planned out the new one. You are right most of the structures are not treated at all. If they are it is just for effect and really not for weather protection. You would be surprised how many years it takes wood to rot as long as it is allowed to dry out. Most of our structures are considered temporary. In 3 to 5 years I usually tear them down and replace them with something new. So in that time they never have a chance to even start rotting. In fact some of the slab wood is on it's 7th season and still in fine shape. Like I said as long as it is off the ground and is allowed to dry it would take a very long tome to rot. I use pressure treated beams for anything going in the ground, like fencing or used to hold up a big structure like the one below. Galvanized nails must be used so they don't rust.

This was taken Saturday. I used a Wagner to give it a white wash for contrast at night. None of the wood is treated but the 6x6 pressure treated beams going into the ground with cement.


We took down the rest of the facade and planned the new one on Saturday.

I started the scale model for the new giant reaper head facade. Much more to go to finish this but it's getting there. A scale model is necessary so we know it will work and exactly what beams to buy. I also over engineer the thing just because it will be out in the elements with no protection.


This is cool. Our charity, (animal shelter) is planning a kick off event at the haunt this fall. Here is a logo I did using elements of their old dog walk logo and other artwork. Rae, our costume director did the monster with skeleton dog. It's more of a kid type thing so this should work. I think it came out pretty cool for something fast.


john haines
03-20-2013, 02:38 PM
Let me know about the new t-shirts featuring the new logo as soon as you can. I have to get mine !!!!!! Can wait to see your progress for this upcoming year !!! Thank you !!!

04-21-2013, 06:50 PM
Haven't posted in a while but things are going well. Build is in full swing, this project will take a while.

Photo of the scale model almost finished.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1111_zps42df8fe1.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1111_zps42df8fe1.jpg.html)

I'm psyched about two giant sound systems I bought at TW. They arrived already, 18 inch sub woofers, one for the thunder sounds and one for the train yard.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1123_zps26f01566.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1123_zps26f01566.jpg.html)

Base of the facade getting started.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1193_zps07339f9f.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1193_zps07339f9f.jpg.html)

Last weekend.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1201_zpsa4c9e021.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1201_zpsa4c9e021.jpg.html)

Check this out! My photographers, Artifact Images are experimenting with some time laps techniques. These are not videos but individual high res photos. Awesome possibilities for the clips to be weaved in a video to tell a story. Can't wait to see what they are able to accomplish with the night photos using this technique.

This was taken Saturday. Be sure to watch in HD

Taken today. I really love these!


05-12-2013, 07:58 PM
Expanded time laps. This was funny, I had a pumpkin left over and carved it little by little in between cutting the wood.

Construction of the giant glowing reaper head facade.


http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1285_zpsca23764b.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1285_zpsca23764b.jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1282_zpsd8eb1e2f.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1282_zpsd8eb1e2f.jpg.html)

First pumpkin carving of the season in May.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1281_zpse069a3c8.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1281_zpse069a3c8.jpg.html)

Here is a cool project we will be working on. Hope to have a finished book to sell at the haunt for this season.
More details to come later.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_1304_zps4db1f902.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/IMG_1304_zps4db1f902.jpg.html)

05-26-2013, 10:48 PM
Worked on a new poster/ banner today. The original is huge, 30x45 inches at 300 dpi. I will be able to enlarge this
for big vinyl banners. You can't see all the detail on here.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/poster3_FLAT_4X6_zps442703ca.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/poster3_FLAT_4X6_zps442703ca.jpg.html)

05-27-2013, 07:47 AM
Worked on a new poster/ banner today. The original is huge, 30x45 inches at 300 dpi. I will be able to enlarge this
for big vinyl banners. You can't see all the detail on here.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/poster3_FLAT_4X6_zps442703ca.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/poster3_FLAT_4X6_zps442703ca.jpg.html)

This is one of the best pics I have seen so far! Wow! Great work!

Twin Locusts
05-28-2013, 05:59 PM
The classic comic book illustration is outstanding.

05-29-2013, 02:42 PM
I love following you work. I'm glad your keeping us up to date. Dan

06-18-2013, 08:07 PM
These 20 foot green beams are heavy as hell, good workout though!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1-6_zps6678137b.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1-6_zps6678137b.jpg.html)

Ready to hoist the eye socket.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/2-5_zps6e490e12.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/2-5_zps6e490e12.jpg.html)

Getting ready to position the features.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/3-5_zps19d35eed.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/3-5_zps19d35eed.jpg.html)

"A little to the left, nose needs to come down a hair, LOL!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/4-1_zpsc1850973.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/4-1_zpsc1850973.jpg.html)

06-18-2013, 08:12 PM
Good position.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/5-1_zps7239151a.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/5-1_zps7239151a.jpg.html)

Working on the roof of the mouth.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/6-1_zps6f6c69f8.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/6-1_zps6f6c69f8.jpg.html)

Starting to look better.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/7_zps76029d69.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/7_zps76029d69.jpg.html)

This is just the frame. Much more bracing to go. The surface will be slab wood painted with glow in the dark paint.
Giant reaper hood as well. It gets a little more exciting as the features start to emerge.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/8_zps27537395.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/8_zps27537395.jpg.html)

06-19-2013, 02:35 PM
That is just flat out crazy! Larry

06-24-2013, 09:38 PM
Yeah, I didn't name it Haunted Overload for nothing. I should have named it Haunted Over budget, LOL!
This weekend working in the heat and humidity was not fun. This was Sunday working on the forehead section.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/942024_10151696053927402_887839796_n_zpsf04d8d51.j pg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/942024_10151696053927402_887839796_n_zpsf04d8d51.j pg.html)

06-24-2013, 10:16 PM
Awsome as always Eric keep rocking!!! Love, Love, Love it! Shane and it' play some 80's when you work!

Allen H
06-24-2013, 11:08 PM
You are an inspiriation.

06-26-2013, 10:48 AM
That is AMAZING!

07-31-2013, 03:56 PM
This shows some good progress. Time to kick it into high gear.


07-31-2013, 09:05 PM
I forgot to mention the best way to watch this is full screen in HD mode on Youtube. It's really all time laps photography strung together. The quality looks awesome in HD. Youtube has come a long way.

08-12-2013, 07:10 PM
I was asked to give a private tour to the East Coast Haunt gathering last weekend. I think everyone liked it and had fun.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1097987_10151742931663433_131061873_n_zps3e0bb489. jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1097987_10151742931663433_131061873_n_zps3e0bb489. jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1097987_10151742931688433_1991129931_n_zps17c25984 .jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1097987_10151742931688433_1991129931_n_zps17c25984 .jpg.html)

These photos show the scale of the new skull facade pretty well.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/535801_10151658084648495_1001255442_n_zps5f51f939. jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/535801_10151658084648495_1001255442_n_zps5f51f939. jpg.html)

It's starting to look cool. Taken today as we started the skin of slabs. Look for Walley in the bottom left with the nail gun, he looks small, lol!
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1094782_10151796562682402_130770626_n_zps97c85ba0. jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1094782_10151796562682402_130770626_n_zps97c85ba0. jpg.html)

Dark Tiki Studios
08-13-2013, 11:59 AM
Fantastic work! Using that much wood, your lumber costs must be sky high.

08-15-2013, 08:37 PM
Yes the wood is very expensive just like everything associated with a haunted attraction LOL!

I love looking at these night footage clips. Gets me motivated for the massive amount of work ahead as the season aproches. Tim does a great job of capturing all the action and real fear in the patrons faces. This is why we all do this in the first place. I haven't seen these since last year at our wrap party. Tim just got them on You Tube so to see it now it's fresh and exciting again.




08-16-2013, 11:23 AM
I take summer classes while I'm in college so that I have more free time in the fall to help out at Haunted Overload.
I just took a media production class, and we had to put together a news piece and present it to the class. Check it out! It's pretty cool. The quality was a lot higher, but YouTube wasn't happy with that, so it got dumbed down a lot. The younger kid I interviewed was 14 and started a haunt in his garage. He is a huge fan!


I am also the one who made the how to foam pumpkins Haunted Overload style for my senior project in high school. I plan on redoing it with actual video vs pictures.


If you're looking for a good laugh, here are some bloopers from my interview with our Jack of all Trades: Walley. Slow at the start, but it picks up.




08-17-2013, 05:27 PM
Worked on this new main photo for the home page today. I thought it came out pretty cool.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/MIDDLEPHOTO2013_2_zps93ddd813.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/MIDDLEPHOTO2013_2_zps93ddd813.jpg.html)

08-17-2013, 09:29 PM
Holy photoshop batman!

But it sure looks cool great job Eric.


john haines
08-27-2013, 05:48 PM
Keep the photos coming !!!!! Thanks !!!

Dark Tiki Studios
08-28-2013, 02:16 AM
Worked on this new main photo for the home page today. I thought it came out pretty cool.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/MIDDLEPHOTO2013_2_zps93ddd813.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/MIDDLEPHOTO2013_2_zps93ddd813.jpg.html)

That is badass!!!

08-28-2013, 04:36 PM
We are building a 4 story skull but like to focus on small details as well. Check out this cool zombie squirrel made by Rae Enslin. It will ride on the shoulder of one of our hillbilly characters.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/560860_10201309483553353_1302041692_n_zps0a6e753b. jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/560860_10201309483553353_1302041692_n_zps0a6e753b. jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1150403_10201309483713357_2053782951_n_zps552e47d8 .jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1150403_10201309483713357_2053782951_n_zps552e47d8 .jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1185654_10201309483513352_1541226680_n_zps0d378eef .jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1185654_10201309483513352_1541226680_n_zps0d378eef .jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1239668_10201309484353373_1725260850_n_zps93ea977b .jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/1239668_10201309484353373_1725260850_n_zps93ea977b .jpg.html)

10-11-2013, 01:36 PM
Photo of the finished 4 story skull. Pretty busy now, I'll post more photos soon.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/SKULLFLAT_zpsf6960eed.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/SKULLFLAT_zpsf6960eed.jpg.html)

john haines
10-12-2013, 10:27 PM
the new 4 story is incredible !!!!!! wish i was there !!!!!!!!! good luck, god bless, man !!!!! you and your crew are the BEST !!!!!!!!! have a great haunt season, your friend always, john.................

10-19-2013, 12:18 PM
New photos from last night.
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/entranceflat_zps8b778bd9.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/entranceflat_zps8b778bd9.jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/SUZ_8892_zps2fa8c5a2.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/SUZ_8892_zps2fa8c5a2.jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/SUZ_8720-2_zps37907331.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/SUZ_8720-2_zps37907331.jpg.html)

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/skull_zps6d0e06cf.jpg (http://s92.photobucket.com/user/ericlowther/media/skull_zps6d0e06cf.jpg.html)

10-19-2013, 12:32 PM
love the chainsaw guy Eric....we leave the chains on too...just a simple special effect..jk

john haines
10-19-2013, 03:04 PM
Wish i was there only 350 miles away !!!!!!!!

10-29-2013, 02:35 PM

11-26-2013, 10:26 PM
A look back at 2013

Wrap party video in 4 parts

11-28-2013, 02:49 AM
Awesome Job! Hey I hear you are going to be part of the Legendary Haunt Tour? Can you shed some details!


11-28-2013, 04:40 PM
Check it out, more details coming soon. We will open for a special show on November 8th. We are honored to have been asked to do this. Should be a great time in Salem and three New England haunts to see over two nights. We will be working hard this season to turn it up a notch.


11-28-2013, 09:34 PM
This is one of my favorite video clips from 2013. It shows through photos and time lapse what a massive undertaking the giant skull (made entirely of wood) was for basically 3 guys on weekends.

11-30-2013, 02:34 AM
I really don't know how you do all that... its simply amazing.

I think this might be the coolest Legendary Haunt Tour yet... it sound incredible.