Well, it is time to get this set of posts out. I have been avoiding it due to some emotional memories that come along with this year’s Halloween extravaganza. Waiting any longer isn’t going to change the situation so I need to get the Haunted Trail of Tears 2019 taken care of while I can still remember all the work it takes to make this thing happen. Original intent was to slam this into just two posts, but there are way too many images to force on you all at once. As a result, went ahead and extracted the prep series out separately – this way you can ease into the barrage of photos that’s coming your way!
With Linda’s surgery, in August, we opted to push the date a week to give her extra time to recover and more importantly me time to make up for the lost weeks being up at Mayo. I had spent a large part of the summer building the new all-weather prop sensors. Think by the end I had produced over 60 of those devices building on our previous design with an added feature of being able to put the batteries in ahead of time so we could simply switch them on come event start – I cannot even begin to explain how great that was both in savings during the activation step and then more importantly being able to turn them off at the end and not have to worry about getting them out of the woods if bad weather hit us (like last year.. and year before that …). Unfortunately, that meant rewiring all the props to use the new sensor. Thankfully, Ron came to my aid and helped get everything converted over!
I also had to finish up a number of new props that where being worked on since a month after last year’s effort (yep, there is no Halloween downtime here at Intrigued ha). Here’s Ron with a major addition for this year’s trail. Something tells me you can guess what that is. Linda was excited about finally getting that life size horse out of the basement after 10 months. Ron actually came down a week ahead of the planned date which was greatly appreciated. It is hard enough to get all of last year’s props out and each year it grows bigger and bigger. The zombie horse was just one of the new items making its debut this year.
Hit the jump to learn what happens behind the scenes of the Halloween Haunted Trail of Tears extravaganza.