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The Mr. Jingles Crew is Back!

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After taking a year or so off to focus on the living, so to speak, the Mr. Jingles crew is back!  We’ve re-registered our domain name, so www.MrJinglesHH.com works now, and we are ready to go!  To kick things off we’ve picked up a new “Wally” to do things to this year.

This year, our local Walgreens didn’t stock the wonderful skeletons we used and abused in past seasons, so we turned our attention to Wal-Mart.  The version for sale at Wal-Mart seems to be based on the same mold as the other Wallies, but this version is “poseable.”  Well, it has gear type connections in the joints that kind of make them stay in one position.  We’ll have to fire up the camera and do a complete write-up on it a bit later.

Mr. Jingles wanted me to let everyone know that we are working on a very special project for this year, a Pumpkin Arch.  The inspiration comes from several he has seen on the internet in past months, and he wants to make his own version.  We may need to use more of the specially wired tea lights we wrote about previously so we don’t have to change out the batteries every night.

Looking forward to spending some time with our fans.  Happy Haunting, everyone!

Black Widow

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MrJinglesHalloweenHaunts.wordpress.com

Mr. Jingles AvatarMr. Jingles is moving!  Well, the site is, kind of.

Those of you who have been accessing the website through our “premium” URL, http://www.MrJinglesHH.com, are going to notice a difference at the end of this month.  This year we have decided to NOT renew the custom URL.  We’d rather spend that money on making cool props for this year’s Haunt.  We figure most of you are finding us through Google or the Halloween Forum anyway, so why waste the money.

If you want to be able to find the Mr. Jingles site over the summer, update your bookmarks now to our “old” address:  https://mrjingleshalloweenhaunts.wordpress.com/

Happy Haunting, Everyone!

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How To: Building a Better Tea Light

Flickering candle tea lights are a staple of every home haunter’s inventory.  They’re perfect for dressing up any prop or scene because they’re realistic (if you squint) and because they won’t burn the house down.  Still, they can be a pain to operate.  Replacement batteries aren’t cheap, and it can take quite a bit of effort to turn the lights on and off every night.  Thankfully, we’ve found a solution to both problems!

In the Mr. Jingles garage we’ve started hard-wiring our tea lights.  This process takes a tea light, speaker wire, a resistor, a soldering gun, solder, and a spare transformer (aka “wall wart).  It also takes some electronics knowledge/skill.  If you’re not comfortable with a soldering gun, unfortunately this may be a project you want to avoid.

First, pop the top of the light off just like you would if you were changing the battery.  Then, remove the battery out and set it aside.  Take a length of speaker wire and solder it to the piece of metal the positive side of the battery was touching.  Then, take a second length of wire and prepare to solder it to the piece of metal the negative side of the battery was touching.

To reduce the voltage  from the transformer (aka “wall wart”) to a level that can be used by the LED, you’ll need to add in a resistor.  In our case we used a 560 ohms resistor to reduce power from 12 volts to three volts.  To figure out your exact numbers, use the LED Wizard Array calculator.

Then, drill a small hole in the side of the tea light, run the speaker wires through, and snap the top back on.  You’re half way there!  The final step is to solder the speaker wires to the transformer.  In our case we cut down a transformer from an old cell phone.  Be sure to solder the negative to the negative and the positive to the positive.

As you can see in the picture above, we also included some male/female connectors in our circuit so we could fit the wires to the light through a small hole in our coffin.  Now, we can flip one switch to turn the entire scene on and off.  It makes setting things up so easy!

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Ghoulish Green Punch & Ogre Ear Wax

The little gremlins were in the mood for some fun Halloween-themed snacks this past weekend, so we whipped up some treats to make them happy.  The menu included some Ghoulish Green Punch and Ogre Ear Wax.

The Ghoulish Green Punch (recipe lifted from Betty Crocker) was made using 2 cups of sugar, 2 quarts of water, 2 packages of lime drink mix, 46 oz pineapple juice, 1 bottle ginger ale, and a package of gummy worms.  This time around, things ended up more yellow than green, so a few drops of blue food coloring were added to balance things out.  This would look really cool served in a cauldron with some smoking dry ice.

The Ogre Ear Wax was made using small marshmallows, lollipop sticks, and a combination of caramel syrup and peanut butter.  The caramel syrup is actually a bit more convincing when first applied, but it drips off quickly and can be messy.  For food that won’t be eaten right away, the peanut butter works better.  Also, to get the dimensions correct, it may be necessary to cut the lollipop sticks down a bit.

Now that we’ve had a quick snack, it’s time to get back to haunting!

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An Exciting Week for the Mr. Jingles Website!

It’s just a few weeks after Christmas and, surprisingly, it has been an exciting week on the Mr. Jingles website.  Last week, we got a notice that Spirit Halloween is now following our feed on Twitter.  How cool is that!  Also, we got a notice that someone else has subscribed to the blog to get direct updates.  For a website with just a few followers, this is great news!

I know things have been slow here since we packed up the Halloween decorations, but rest assured that this site has not been forgotten.  Bob the Cauldron Creep is still keeping a watchful eye over things in the garage and reminding us that there are less than ten months until the next Halloween.  We have plans for new props and we will share our progress with you.

Anyway, if you want to keep up with the latest news from the Jingles Crew, you can subscribe to follow us on Twitter (@MrJinglesHH) or you can subscribe to the blog directly.  And, if you really like something we post, you can share it on Twitter or on Facebook.  Just look for the buttons under each post.

Until next time, stay spooky!

–Black Widow

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Home Improvement Is Halloween Improvement

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Today my wife and I finally finished building a fence to separate our side yard from our neighbor’s back yard.  As we stood back and proudly surveyed our work, we both had one thing on our minds: Halloween!

Okay, perhaps I exaggerate.  It was 101 in the shade today, so our first thought was to get inside with the air conditioning.  After that, we discussed how the fence could become the perfect backdrop for an expanded graveyard.

That’s kind of how things are at the Jingles House.  Mrs. Jingles and I see the world through “spider web-covered glasses”, so to speak.  We don’t know exactly how it’s going to work, but expect to see the fence playing a part in this year’s haunt.

Mr. Jingles

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Hellooo… We Know You’re Out There…

The Mr. Jingles’ blog is now two weeks old!  Based on the site stats WordPress and YouTube are showing us, we know that we have readers and viewers, but so far no comments or messages!  Hellooo…  We know you’re out there…

Send us a message, drop us a line, or just say “hi”.  If you have any questions or suggestions, we’d love to hear them.  Your input could help us with future site development.

Mr. Jingles

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Video: Cauldron Creep Motor Movement

Painting has been fun, but we just had to get back to playing with Bob.  Here’s a new video clip that shows the movement of Bob’s head/neck motor a bit better than the original video.

Don’t worry, we’re working on a “How To”.  We’ll post all of the measurements and specifications then.

Mr. Jingles

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Off Topic: WordPress Mobile App

Did you notice anything unusual about yesterday’s post?  Probably not, because it looks just like all of the other posts made so far on this blog.  There was, however, one thing about it that was very different.  Instead of being posted from a computer inside of the house, it was posted outside using a cellphone, picture and all!

I have recently discovered that WordPress has a mobile app that can be used to manage blogs hosted on their site.  In addition to being fantastic for management, it is great for reading blogs that have been posted by others!  No more fumbling around with a mobile internet browser for me.

I picked my app up for free in the Droid Market, but I suspect similar apps are available for other phone types.  If you spend any time reading WordPress blogs, this app is a must-have.

Mr. Jingles

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Building a New Cauldron for Bob

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This year we have decided to build a new cauldron for our Cauldron Creep, Bob.  The small Seeping Smoke Cauldron we built last year just doesn’t seem to be the correct scale for what we have planned.  Shown above is the base we will be using for the prop.  It is a large (18 gallon) bucket we found at Walmart in the summer/beach section.

We have begun the process by painting the bucket with Krylon Fusion Hammered Finish spray paint.  Once that is dry, we will cover it with a dusting of black spray paint.  After that, the real transformation will begin.

–Mr. Jingles

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