So I was walking through Menards yesterday, doing a little window shopping as I already had procured the goals of the visit. Cruised through a few of my favorite aisles – yes, the PVC section for sure and the power tool section because every guy likes the power tool section. Picked up a few things for some props I’m working on and headed towards the checkout. Almost made it there before I was completely stopped dead in my tracks. Before me were shelves filled with Halloween decorations. My heart skipped a beat – grabbed my phone and checked the date. Okay, still July – what a relief. Still a few months to go before the Haunted Trail for 2020. Clearly the commercial chains are trying to blow right past Halloween so they can put out their damn Christmas decorations even earlier. Pathetic Menards, truly pathetic. It did get me thinking about the props I built for last year… then realized I had decorations still in the post queue and then looked back down at the phone and the heart skipped again thanks to realizing I only had a few days left before the end of the month and still had not met the month’s quota. Needless to say, not a good day for the heart ha! Anyway, made a point to get those concerns addressed, so here we are.
Meet Ned, one of the new props for last year’s Haunted Trail of Tears (link here). I must say for the record, the trail shot really doesn’t capture how creepy this prop turned out. We ended up putting in in the adult section as we were not sure what kind of impact it would have on the kids. Of course, I consider that a complete success hehehehe. Hit the jump to learn how Ned came to be.