View Full Version : Spookywoods Set Photos 2008

09-28-2008, 08:25 AM
Hi Haunters,

We finally got to open Saturday September 27th, a tropical storm that stalled our over NC delayed our opening by two days. We sold our Hellevator room due to throughput issues and redesigned the small farm house start of our show. The hellevator room has now been turned into a nasty kitchen, the animated baby crying in this set is one of my favorite props this year.

As we are striving for attention to detail I wanted to point out Nate Mitchell from N8 Design designed this farm house and setup the lighting. In the kitchen set he mounted a strong moon light effect high up in the oak tree just outside the window to create the errie full moon look coming through the window.


The animated zombie baby crying profusley sets the mood nicely for this set.

The first room in the farm house introduces our guest to the legend of Red Creek Valley Ghost Town. My favorite touch in the set that N8 Designed is the music of the 1940's with the added scratches to the mp3 to simulate an old LP coming form the victrola. The look of a toasty fire in the wood stove made through lighting effects is another attention to detail I just love in this set.


The SAW bathroom set we had last season was an amazing set, but as we are known to change 100% the sets in the farm house. The bathroom set has been turned into a hidden room that is overgrown with vines. Details like the ceiling beams exposed to resemble a basement are nices touches. Minispot lights are used throughout our attraction, I highly recommend uses these lights as they are great for lighting mini spots. Imagine that! You can see the beams of light coming down from the ceiling that highlight the detail.

It is intresting to see this same set in our 2007 photo gallery and see the transformation. This set is where the blood of an inocent man is taken by cutting off the leg. The actor really has no leg and makes it look as real as it gets. The fire effect and the use of real material like the brick chimney is inspired by the 13th Gate tour this past summer. Scarefactories Granny Walker is in the closet on the path into the room which is my favorite pnematic prop of 2008, she gets a great scare everytime!

We decided to not have any known horror characters in our show this year, all of our actors are orginal and most have SpookywoodsFX.com costumes. The Egyptian set is incredible with our new Anubus full body costumes that will be at IAAPA in November. Shameless plug, sorry.


Here is the same room as the bathroom from SAW we created in 2007.


I'll post photos from the outside parts of our attraction as our photographer get more shots as the season progresses. More photos can be viewed on our gallery page on www.spookywoods.com (http://www.spookywoods.com).

I wish everyone the best of luck this season!

09-28-2008, 09:11 AM

It's all looking amazing man! I can't wait to see this "new costume"... I'm sure it'll be freakin' amazing just like the others! Good luck man and have an AWESOME season! -Tyler

09-28-2008, 09:14 AM
Wow! Tony.....coming from a guy who knows film lighting........you all lit these scenes beautifully! What i wouldn't give to shoot a commercial in that "Saw" bathroom!

Why do you have to live 3000 miles away!! ha ha! Good luck this year.....I will be in NC in late october......i think i'll make a trip up to Spookywoods on the 25th!

09-28-2008, 09:37 AM
I bet everyone has a blast this year! Shane and its Graystone Manor Shane this time!

09-28-2008, 10:12 AM

I feel sorry in a way for the actor in this room having to hear this annoying crying baby for hours on end. But, I told her to take out her frustrations on the customers and scare the hell out of them!

09-28-2008, 10:43 AM
Very nice work...

Kevin Dells
09-28-2008, 11:15 AM
Looks Really Good Tony!

We'll see you guys Thursday the crew is really excited about coming down!

09-28-2008, 09:41 PM
The tropical storm brought moisture that created an amazing natural fog layer over the farm. You can seen in this shot across our haunted corn field with the flame tower going off just how much fog we had.


The singing busts from Skull Tronics are at the begining of our outside maze, I just love these guys. Donna just had to buy 3, but we all know who's the boss! LOL


The fear is in their eyes watching Crazy Kristin from Distrotions going off in front of them. That's Ghost Ride Productions animated half body dude behind them with Scare Parts vacuform Castle wall panels. My message here is "Support your Haunt Vendors" if you don't buy from them they will not be around to bring more cool stuff to market!. Buy Spookywoods FX costumes for high end costumes. Shameless plug....

While I'm talking about vendors, my loyality to this industry is that if I see another vendor emerge that is just ripping off from another one I will only buy from the original vendor. We need to support each other to continue to push this industry we all love and stop the blood sucking wanna be vendors out. I will not mention any other FX names, but you will surely see more of this as the popularity of haunting becomes more mainstream and others want a piece of the pie.


Here is a shot of our Anubus character in the Eqyptian set.


09-28-2008, 10:00 PM
Inspired by the tour through some of the New Orleans graveyards on the HauntCon tour. Costumes by us of course. We had so many orders that we are still making the ones for our own show this week. You may notice that one zombie on the far left does not even have a mask yet in the photo below, customers come first!




Did you notice the zombie sitting down on the right. This actor loves his job as he will get you when the other one distracts you.


09-28-2008, 11:08 PM
Great job Tony! I'm planning on doing some myself next weekend. We as owners should provide photos to the media not allow them to come and start taking pics with their flashes. We have to control what people see, and hear about our attractions. These are great PR photos.


09-29-2008, 08:56 AM
yes looks great nice work for sure best of luck for the years profits

10-05-2008, 05:12 PM
Voodoo Bayou - Water Blasters, Snacks, Dead Babies floating in the water, what more do you want?

Voodoo Witch, that's what they want! She is casting a spell on you as you walk across the swinging bridge.

Mental Hope - Zombie Babies, got to love em!


Not your normal hunting cabin deep in the woods, the Spookywoods that is!

10-05-2008, 05:16 PM
Gothic Horror - burned ruin

Inside Gothic Horror Ruin



Spookywoods FX Vampire - Shamless plug..... Get Some!

10-05-2008, 05:22 PM

You want a ride with smells or no smells?


The new Midway with retail shops and the last ride.


Gottca Coverd T-Shirt shop.


Chilling Magic - Where Magic and Horror Really Meet!

10-05-2008, 05:58 PM
HOLY SH*T TONY!!! Those shops and midway look amazing... oh, and the haunt looks great to! ;)... Your an inspiration Tony, thank you! -Tyler

10-06-2008, 02:09 PM
Great job Tony,

You guys and your haunt are such an inspiration. Hope you and Donna are doing well!


10-06-2008, 06:25 PM



Anubus Suits avaiable at IAAPA next month!


10-06-2008, 06:29 PM

One of our queue line characters is over 6ft tall and does a great job of chasing the fastest kids down.


Red Creek Valley Ghost Town - Phase one of a three year build plan. This will become Christmas town in winter!


The Casket Maker - AKA Joh Harp


The Tram Jumpers - The look on their faces says is all. I love my job!

11-23-2008, 02:34 PM
Just a few quick questions...

1) Do your haunt building have roofs? I notice some (like the cabin) seem to have some kind of open-air design, while others (like the vampire lair) appear to have a solid roof. Are any of these roof designs problems when it comes to the Fire Marshal? Do they require sprinkler systems? Do these buildings stand all year, with the props removed?

2) How did you build the foundation for your shops/ATM? It appears that they all share one slab of concrete, but it's tough to tell from the photo. It almost appears to be sitting on top of the ground, like it could be mobile? Do these buildings stand all year, with the contents removed?

Your Spookywoods look simply amazing!


11-23-2008, 02:41 PM
Hi Todd,

The fire Marshall was on the design board as we always consult him on our plans. He wanted the eves of the roof to be open on each side as not to contain smoke. They are all under the sprinkler code in size.

The shops are all built on skids to be able to move them. The shops are for employees only so they are not for customers to enter.

I'm all about Christmas now, LOL . Check out www.kerseyvalleychristmas.com

Raycliff Manor
11-23-2008, 06:05 PM
Freakin AWESOME as always Tony! You never cease to amaze me with the quality and professionalism! You're one hell of a nice guy on top of it!:) Thanks for sharing the awe-inspiring pictures my friend!


11-23-2008, 08:53 PM
Same here Tony. Thanks a lot for the pictures. They are inspiring and give me some good thoughts on some set design ideas.

And I like the theme song for you Christmas website!

11-24-2008, 09:50 AM
The shops are for employees only so they are not for customers to enter.

That awesome-looking tee-shirt shop is for employees only?! Interesting.

11-24-2008, 09:59 AM
The shops are designed for walk up shopping only. You misunderstood my statement.

11-24-2008, 10:20 AM
Oh... I see! I just took a better look at the exterior photo. I was so busy admiring the interior shots that I failed to see the "walk-up window" style set-up of the shops.

I must say, your haunt looks amazing, and so do your shops. I think I'm going to have to take a trip out to see it all in person.

11-24-2008, 11:34 AM
That looks really cool Tony! I just posted about protecting your stuff while outside from animals and the damage they can cause, any advice you do down there to keep things from being destroyed?


11-24-2008, 12:13 PM
Screw everything down and have infra red cameras with a employee watching the show at all times while open. We normally can detect the dumb ones in advance and head them off from destroying our stuff.

I use www.supercircuits.com (http://www.supercircuits.com) for all my camera equipment.

Smearing vaseline on the props helps keep sticky fingers from wanting to take our props as well.

11-24-2008, 06:22 PM
Thanks Tony, I was referring to actual animals like mice, racoons, etc getting into your stuff and chewing at things, damaging them. I have noticed mice chewing into several things already and I hesitate to store things on the property for fear of this. Any suggestions to that end Tony. anyone?


11-24-2008, 07:44 PM

Pics look great, awesome work, very impressive, especially in a "outdoor" haunt. Would love to see it someday.


11-24-2008, 08:15 PM
WOW those are just mind blowing!!!! Makes me want to take a visit all the way from Michigan sometime. I think it would be worth the money and drive!

11-25-2008, 06:57 AM
Can you share,some photos of Christmas town.

11-25-2008, 12:59 PM
Nice, the whole thing looks great and the photos came out great! I'm with campdoc, I to would love to see pics of Christmas Town.