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I have to share a Post from Shellhawk’s Nest that was written by Cory Hunt of Nightmare Playgrounds.

First a little back story: West Coast Haunters Convention is a Convention for Pro Haunters, Home Haunters, Halloween lovers of any kind and generally a large loving family of people that not only love the Spookier side of life but also enjoy the company of like minds, although I will fully admit that most of us do not look approachable or may seem, on first glance, like the person your Mother warned you about.
The WCHC is also geared around being a fundraiser for the Oregon School for the Deaf, “How is there a link between the two?”, you ask. OSD hosts a Haunted Attraction called Nightmare Factory which Ed Roberts is responsible for it’s inception, the haunt being created as a fundraiser for the residential programs at OSD. Ed also started the WCHC a smidge over four years ago and it’s original location was OSD. Clicking on the Nightmare Factory link will give you more history for the haunt. Not only do the students work as actors within the Haunt they also attend the Convention.

Back story having been told and the warning’s from your Mother fresh in your mind, you may not expect such a heart felt and well contemplated post to be written by ‘one of those Halloween/love to scare the bejeebee’s out of you types’…

Please head on over to Shelley’s Blog and read this… you will be glad you did.


Here is a snippet of Cory’s Article:

Deaf Kids Don’t Listen
By Cory Hunt

One of the great joys of my life is being with people who are enthusiastic, curious, willing to be themselves and let you be you.  I have always tended to find myself drawn to the outcast of society.  And, pretty quickly, I realized that we are all outcasts in our own minds.  There is a whole side topic in this thought that I am going to shy away from.

Because what I want to talk about are some awesome deaf kids, their cool teachers, and how they hear us better than we hear ourselves.  More importantly:  the lessons that we can learn from them and how to better work with them.

Continue reading here


The West Coast Haunters Convention…yes you heard me right! This year will be it’s 3rd annual event and I have decided I’m going!! I will need to start saving money and selling artsy stuff to do it but I’ve made up my mind and I already bought the event tickets.
The only thing that will stop me is a family emergency or some other financial emergency.

Ed Roberts, the founder of WCHC and his minions are still working out some details for Make and Takes, seminars, etc but it should be off the hook!!

WCHC will be June 1-3rd 2012 and will be at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Here is the link for more info: http://westcoasthaunters.homestead.com/untitled1.html

Kyle Murphy that is Som Ep’ Laceak took video while we were doing the photo shoot. His daughter is Olivia Murphy and is the young girl you see in the video and it is her picture that I have used my Facebook profile picture. She does creepy so well.


Here is the link the original post with the links to he Photographers
Here is the link to Part 2
Here is the link to Part 3

More photo’s from Sandee Rice…

Here is the link to the original post that contains the links to the Photographers and the info about the shoot.

Here is the link to Part 2.

Photo’s by Sandee Rice

More Photo’s from Mhark Laroza

To see the original post with the links to the artists click here

The following photos were all done by Mhark Laroza


Yesterday I went out on a photo shoot with Rebecca Belcher to Gateway to Darkness Haunted Attraction. For those of you that don’t know, GtD is the only Pro Haunt in Alaska and they hold the bar very high compared to all of the Non-Profit Haunts we have.  Michelle and Sam Marsh are the owners and both are active within the haunt.
The main theme of the shoot was ghostly haunted with the models wearing mainly whites and grays.  Michelle worked the airbrush for whiting out faces while a couple of her makeup artists did the detail work. Sorry, I didn’t catch their names.
There were four photographers total, Rebecca Belcher, Sandee Rice, Mark Laroza and John, that I need to verify the last name of, and one videographer Kyle Murphy that is Som Ep’Laceak Media.  The number of models numbered somewhere in the 12-15 range. Most were professional models  both female and male. A few males, that had come with female models, were persuaded to join in the on the fun. Who can say no to dressing up before Halloween??!!
We had roughly four hours of shooting time, which seemed to fly by once everyone got into the flow of things. All in all it was really fun running around in the dark, the hard part was leaving and having to return to the bright reality of the outside world.

I’m going to post a few pictures for now, when the photographers make them available I will provide more and update the names of the male photographers.


Gateway to Darkness
Gateway to Darkness on Facebook
Rebecca Belcher Photography
Rebecca Belcher Photography on Facebook
Sandee Rice Photography
Sandee Rice on Facebook
Mhark Larazo on Flickr
Now for the fun stuff….

I’m so excited for Ed Roberts!! I’m literally bouncing in my seat! ::: breathes ::: Ok check this out…

Extreme Makeover Home Edition is at the Oregon School for the Deaf…right now!!! The are redoing the Boys Dorms AND get this…AND redoing The Nightmare Factory as well!!

Guess who is over there helping? Give up? Chris and Jeff Davis, and their crew. I am sooooo envious!!! I would love to be there getting splinters, paint in my hair, blisters and exhaustion to help them out!

Now I know that us Halloween Haunt fanatics are excited due to the Nightmare Factory part, but the kids are getting the royal treatment on this. They are all going to Minnesota on behalf of the Starkey Foundation and will get a family vacation along with brand new hearing-aid’s for those that use/want/need them. Not to mention the Boys Dorm being rebuilt/designed. Rock on kids!!!

The Bloodshed boys…excuse me, the Bloodshed Brothers have done a vlog about it and they called and talked to Ed!! You have to watch this…awesome’ness!

I had my Halloween spark re-ignited yesterday. I went out to Wasilla so that I could stop by Gateway to Darkness to meet Michelle and to see the haunt. She renewed my faith in haunted attractions in Alaska. I had completely given up on there ever being any haunts worth going through up here. Gateway to Darkness is definitely a change from what has been plaguing Alaska for many many years. Gateway is in their third year, if I heard Michelle right, and this year the haunts theme is Insane Asylum. I won’t give anything away except to say… you have to go!!! Take your Depends with you!!

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