Once again, the Wood Family created a haunted porch sensation for our Scotts Valley neighbors. This year's theme: Psycho Circus. Taking for granted the fact that many people think that clowns are creepy, we created a multimedia Halloween carnival this year. The highlight was a freak show with a two-headed baby (with cooing and gurgling sound effects), a crawling hand, and a man-spider hybrid. Jenny rigged the baby to wave and the spider to bounce when folks peered into the boxes. The carnival also included a gory "Corpsy the Clown" (absolutely earning our yearly "PG13" warnings to parents), a video display of scary movie clown scenes, hanging clowns in the upper windows (lit by strobe lights), and atmospheric music from Michael Hedstrom's "Midnight Circus" CD. Rounding out the spectacle, Jenny gave tours of the freak show as a bearded lady and I handed out candy as "Creepy the Clown," complete with dangling cigar. Psycho Circus, which ran from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., was a smash. Countless waves of kids waited in line to climb the porch and enjoy the show!
|Step right up!||Click to see the entire porch. Jenny spent three hours sewing the tent from purple and yellow sheets.|
|Jenny, the "bearded lady," holds her two-headed baby. Aside from needing a shave, she's beautiful. The kids are a handful, though.||Andy as "Creepy the clown." Poor Jenny had to hear me explain to the children no less than a hundred times, "It's OK to take candy from a clown."|
|Close-up of our two-headed Baby. Their names are Sherri and Terri. Fans of The Simpsons liked that, and our "Krusty the Clown" doll sitting on the chair.||Lifting the box to the freak show, you can see the crawling hand and the man-spider hybrid.|
|"Corpsy the Clown"||"Corpsy" has a friend. Had a friend, actually.|