Most haunters start off with a graveyard of some sort. It's relatively easy to take a front yard and turn it into Boston's Granary Burying Ground or Tombstone's Boot Hill. They're what we expect a graveyard to look like. In fact, we think we could convince you that some really talented haunters made Granary Burying Grounds in Boston. The stones all have the same basic look. They're all about two inches thick; a common foam thicknesses haunters use in making fake tombstones. None of them are particularly tall or ornate. Nearly every tombstone seems to have the same dull gray color scheme with mossy accents. And their placement just speaks of someone trying to make the perfect Halloween graveyard. But most of us don't have hundreds of years to pull it off as well as Boston did. So, we'll try to offer different ways to achieve much the same thing. It takes a bit more doing to create Paris's Père Lachaise, La Recoleta in Buenos Aries, or New Orleans's St Louis Cemetery. Those cemeteries are full of architectural wonders. They're also really spooky. You can't have acres of mausoleums stacked on top of each other and not really up your creep factor. For those of us who see cemeteries as the foundation of our haunt, a few tombstones won't be enough. Eventually we turn to the icons of grandiose graveyards: mausoleums and crypts. Yep; we'll warn you now. It's addictive for most that start haunting. But on the plus side, it's also a whole lot of fun. Regardless of where we wind up, most haunters start with tombstones. Tombstones make it easier to hide prop motors, fog machines, lights, and cords. They let us work with just a skull and an inexpensive motor to create an animated prop of creeptastic proportions. They make a trip to a dollar store a jump off point for all manner of ideas. And for those of us who work on a budget, they are the least expensive, most easily made additions to our front yard available. Tombstones get quite a few pages on our site, because we have so much fun making them. We show you how to make them from using the simplest Styrofoam mini-tombstones selling for a dollar, to elaborate creations of foam and wood that fool our neighbors and thrill the kids. And, we do it for a lot less than you'll spend heading to the big box Halloween stores. If creating a cemetery is a part of your haunting plan, we might be able to inspire you. We do it with our humans all the time. We can show you ways to build and create a vibrant, growing space filled with dead, decaying stuff. Are you hoping to learn how to build a tombstone? Jump on over to Tombstone 101. We’ll show you how our humans do what they do. We also link to other folks whose tombstones they admire.
Cemetery Stuff There Goes the Neighborhood
Are you’re simply looking for a bit of inspiration? We put together a gallery of our human’s tombstones. Sometimes seeing another’s work is all it takes to jumpstart your brain. Clicking on most gallery photos explains how they were made. Some describe their use in the cemetery. Others have links back to videos or tutorials; just in case we pique your curiosity.
If you want to find more information about mausoleums and crypts, there’s a link below. Rich folks in mausoleums paid a lot to impress their neighbors; even if all their neighbors are dead. So, it makes sense that they’re going to want their own page. For the record, the link we provide below isn’t that page.  We’re bears, so we never had the money to build ourselves a fancy home before we died; let alone after. We were going to point out that their rich people bones and our poor bear bones look pretty much the same, but coyotes went and dragged off all our bones. So, there might be something to be said for splurging on a mausoleum if you really OCD about your bones. That said, if the wealthy wish to show you how they made their mausoleums, we say let them get their own website.   At our Haunted Bear’s website we’re going to share our secrets for making mausoleums and crypts that look spooky without causing the budget to flatline. Sure you can’t actually live in them, but then again none of the folks inside those fancy ones in Paris are living in theirs either.
Mausoleums to Die For
Good Fences Make Dead Neighbors Better
Another part of many haunter cemeteries is a fence surrounding them. They look great, and they help define the area where those trick or treating aren't supposed to wander. They also help define the kind of cemetery you have. Rustic old cemeteries and haunted houses are more convincing with a simple dilapidated picket fence. But for a more formal look, there is the ever popular faux wrought iron fence made from PVC pipe. The approaches are as varied as the haunters out there making them. Whatever you choose, fences can help keep your hard work a bit safer through the night. They're not going to stop vandals or thieves, so if you live in a neighborhood where that sort of thing happens, just be prepared to bring in your most valuable props at night. We have a cemetery that gets very sparse at the end of every night. We only put out all the props and decorations on the weekends and Halloween. What remains behind is either something bolted down pretty well, or something we like, but won’t be devastated by if it wanders off. We’ll show you what the humans made in the past, and what they’re making now. They’re not doing anything particularly unique, but it might help to see how they put it together. Who knows, maybe it will give you fence and pillar makers a few ideas. We certainly intend on showing you the folks who inspired us.
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