Monday, October 27, 2008

My Night as a Monster @ Knotts Halloween Haunt

Thanks to TPA (Theme Park Adventure) for hosting the contest that enabled me and my friend Diana to become monsters for a night!!!! You can read TPA's article about our night and see additional pictures here. Thanks to Rick West of TPA, Michelle Wischmeyer, Marketing Knotts Berry Farm, and all the monsters of the Corn Stalker Maze and all the rest of the monsters for the their support. WE HAD A BLAST!!!!!! Special thanks to Rick for allowing me to use his photos. (All photos are copyright by TPA & Rick West)

It started off as a whim to enter the TPA TERROR X2 HAUNT CONTEST. I entered it online at their website never even imagining that I would have a hope or a prayer of winning. Then one night I got a call from my friend Gina who was at Haunt for TPA night. He asked what my last name was and I asked her why. She laughed and said "They just announced the winner of the contest and it was your name!" I thought for sure she was yanking my chain. But sure enough the next day, it was posted on the TPA site. I had one a night as a monster for me and a friend, 2 tickets to Knotts Haunt, 2 VIP dinners, and 2 Haunt T-shirts. I was floored.

I have been asked many times by the monsters when I was going to cross the "veil" and work at Haunt. I always laugh and say never! NEVER SAY NEVER!

I was contacted my Michelle @ Knotts and the night and details were set into motion. At first I was told that we would probably get masks (ick), but they later decided that without a proper fit there might be a safety issue so we were going to get makeup instead! (YIPPEE!)

As always, here are the pics to tell the story.... enjoy....

Off to Knotts wardrobe to get our shrouds...
we were to be zombies

Our sweet Sugar Monster stopped by to wish us luck.

Once in our wardrobe it was off to makeup

Start with a pale basecoat

The we get the airbrush paint job

All exposed skin is painted

and the transformation starts to take form
(I look like a Smurf! LOL)

Additional colors are added for depth and effect

And another color is added for highlighting

again all exposed skin is painted

Once all the base colors are finished
then starts the detailing

And the zombie starts to come to life

Beast dropped by to show his love and support

Finishing touches

Meanwhile, Diana was getting her zombie look on

Do you think I am done ?

Oh no, theres the hair
as Lu looks on for his approval

Hey my turn for hair!

She said she was sorry for me when I had to brush it out. LOL

Diana and I see eachother for the first time....

Taking my pic for her portfolio

My amazing makeup artist, Deanna!
Thank you so much love!

At last the finished product!

The zombies LIVE!!!!

MY first look at myself!
Damn! I am scary looking!

Then is was off the maze and my darling Daughter
was there waiting for me...
She was my first scare of the night!
*tee hee*

Corn Stalkers

OH MY!!!!
We are scary!

and so our night begins in the maze....
scaring guests and having fun

I worked near the "Tin Man"
he was great!

And our pumpkin head
was a great help too!

Diana worked the front of the maze

And got some GREAT scares!

The hardest part for me was keeping a straight face
It is TOO funny watching people get scared~
I dont know why that is....

My little princess and family came to visit me
she was the only one who got a smile from me

I couldnt bring myself to scare the little ones
so I would just high five them...

Waiting for my next victim

Thanks to Lu for making the shaker can!
Thanks to Dementia for the use of her gloves

This guy was priceless....
I followed all the way out of the maze.
Later that night while on break, I saw him
elsewhere in the park and walked up to him
he screamed AGAIN!!!

Guests walking thru the maze
is like shooting fish in a barrel!

Sometimes all it took was a creepy look
and a crooked tilt of my head

My favorite was chasing them
out of the maze.

The shaker can is very effective too.

Thanks again to Rick West of TPA!!

The zombie and her friends and family
It was the most aMAZEing experience... the have crossed the veil and lived to tell the tale.... I am still asked if I plan to work Haunt next year..... I guess we will just have to wait and see....

Thanks again to everyone who made our experience the best ever!!!! I adore you all!!!!

Happy Haunting


-Sir Jack said...

Wow Minxie!! From smurf to zombie, very cool and scary!!!!!! Did the airbrush feel good on your face?? I bet it did, love!! Nice shroud too! Thanks for showing the step by step transformation, I really liked that!! LMAO--you're the high-fiving zombie!! ROFLMAO!!!!

I hope that you do it again next year! Will you have to enter the contest again or are you on the "zombie list?"

Looks like you had a fantastic time the whole a-M-A-Z-E-ing evening!!!
Thanks for sharing it it with us!!!

Movie Star Wife said...

That sure looks like a good time. I would jump at the chance to do something like that. I've always loved Halloween and haunted houses. Unfortunately, there aren't any good ones where I live now. We might go to "Fright Fest" at Six Flags Great America in Illinois. I'll take pics if we go.

Lotus said...

Minxie...COOL! You would have scared me jumping out of the corn!!! Hey, what were the gloves with the (metal?) disks on them for?

Thanks for letting us share your fun.

Robbi said...

That transformation is incredible!!!!
I just love how you took us through all of it, and your night...
What a fun time you must have had,,

You'll wait and see for next year?????

Sign yourself up!!!!!
How cool to be asked to come back..
You must of made a Super Zombie Gal!LOL!

I did that one time, but the makeup was nothing like your's!
It is fun to scare people,,,
But not try and laugh is the hard part...heehee!

Thank's for sharing!

Blaznfire911 said...

Wow Minxie! Great photos! You scare the crap out of me already LOL

I be tit was fun to scare all those people! There is nothing more I hate that a monster who follows you. Even though I know it isn't still scares me to death! Hence why I don't go anymore LOL

I can't believe all the work that must go into everyone's costumes. They really must want it to be authentic!! That's so cool! We don't have anything on this scale by me. It's mostly haunted barns and such.

How long did it take you to have the make up put on?

I hope you do it again next year too! I think you would have a blast!

Thanks for sharing all this! I have missed you a lot! I'm sorry to hear about your truck again. Hopefully everything will work out ok.

Take care you zombie!!!

shakenbsis said...

What an amazing zombie you turned out to be! Helluva scary one!!

Souns like it was a great experience, so glad for you!!

It's ketchup on blogs day for me, I'm waaaayyyy behind...

thanks for sharing love!

Blaznfire911 said...

LMAO I DID make a typo!! LOL

I meant... I bet it... not TIT! LOL

See ya!

Blaznfire911 said...

happy halloween!

Robbi said...

Just popping in to say Hi!!!
Hope all is going well!!!

Blaznfire911 said...

I see no pirate tree pics up yet! Hmmmm LOL


mombot said...

I truly enjoyed reading your story and looking at the pics! That looks like fun to do. I went to Universal Horror Nights here in Orlando and for some reason, I wasn't scared in the haunted houses like most people. But, your zombie might have scared me!

It was loads of fun, though. Take care!