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July is hot, October is coming.

Every year, I cast manage House in the Hollow, a Haunted Attraction in the greater Philadelphia area. If you’re in the area, have a few screams with us! Check out the facebook page for more information and fun!


And on a not haunted attraction related note: thanks to Hunger Games Fireside Chat for featuring my Alma Coin!

House in the Hollow

Midnight Productions House in the Hollow is located in Buck County PA, about a half hour outside Philly. We are a theatrical haunted house. Our current theme is the Malfate Manor, a family who has suffered through many unfortunate events. For the past 10 years, I have been working with the wonderful crew and cast supervising make up and doing a bit of acting. If you are in the area, you should swing by and check us out.

For an awesome preview of what you might find there, check out our trailer:  Tales from the Hollow

For more information about the House in the Hollow, you can check us out on Facebook at House in the Hollow FB


House in the Hollow Website

And of course, stay tuned for some behind the scenes make up shots throughout the season.

“Perhaps there’s a cosemetic solution. Some more lipstick.”

New make up!

This was a lot of fun to do. sculpted the prosthetic on a cast of my face from a couple of years ago. I did my negative mold today, then poured in the silicone to create these custom fit prosthetic pieces. These were inspired by Pam’s make up this season on “True Blood.” Her rotting face was WONDERFUL and I knew I had to do it. This was the first attempt today, and will be refined until I’m happy. I’m thinking of making the cheek piece that can be torn off as well.

The silicone came from a company called Brick in the Yard. They’re a wonderful, super helpful company. Be sure to check out their stuff at www.brickintheyard.com.



You can find more horror make up here.


Brains….om nom nom

Zombie Walk Through Quickie

It’s getting to be that time of year. Here is the quick zombie walk through I did last year. I thought this might be helpful for those starting to plan their costumes. Beth is my wonderful model, and this was filmed by the amazing April. Thanks ladies!

New Make-up

New make-up art will be added over the next several days.  Check back often!

Also, expect some comic pin-ups soon, maybe even of characters you know and love!

A Quickie Zombie Walk Through

How to Become a Zombie

Check out the link for a zombie walk through.

Some Make Up Tips

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Since Halloween is quickly approaching, I thought I could impart some quick and easy tips to get you up and running.

1) Less is more. This is always one of the first things I go over when teaching a make up work shop. You don’t need to use a ton of make up to get the desired effect.  Start with a really thin application. It is always easier to add more than to try to take some off.  You’ll also thank your self at the end of the night when you don’t have to wash as much off.  That is one of the key things I’ve learned through my years of working at a haunted house.

2) White is a great tool–but it is not the end all be all of make up.  A thin coat of white can give an awesomely ghastly pale complexion, but too much and you look like a clown.  If that’s what you’re going for, great. But in most cases you only want a little bit of white. Try applying white to the highlight areas only.

3)The same can be said for black.  Black is also wonderful and I use it all the time, but it’s an accent, not the base.  Use it to darken shadows, not as the shadow itself.

4) A fun little trick for making eyes look really sickly is to apply a little bit of red right under the lower lash line, just like you would with eyeliner.

5) Also for that sickly pallor: A little bit of yellow on your highlight areas, and a smidge of purple on your shadows and you will rock the sick look.

6) Veins can be a really fun look.  Take a thin brush, and trace really light thin lines on the face and neck, or even your hands.  The eyes and mouth are a good place to focus, but if you need some ideas, google is your best friend. Reds, purples, and blues are great for veins.

Stay tuned for a part 2, but these should help you get out the door for some trick-or-treating.

The Paynes’ Asylum

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Welcome to the asylum.  This dark graphic novel follows Doctor Paynes’ attempts to confront and control the darkness in all of us. But in this house in the hollow, one can never trust their own senses.

Written by Karl Custer, drawn, colored, and lettered by me.  Check out Karl’s own site at http://www.uncleyo.com/

The following are some screen caps.  If you want to see more, spread the word about this delightfully dark tell. Hopefully you’ll be able to follow the good Doctor from your local book store.

Fall is Coming

Fall is quickly arriving here in Bucks County, which is always my favorite time of year.  I find that very appropriate timing to getting this website up and running.  I’ll try to keep you, the reader, updated with the artistic goings on of my life, and my maybe even my thoughts and some art–movies, theater, music, what have you.  I hope that will keep you entertained.

New art will be posted as I can, so check back often.

October and Halloween is swiftly approaching.  If you haven’t yet, check out http://www.activeacreshauntedfarm.com/ for a look at the haunted house I work at.  It keeps me busy, and I will certainly be posting more about it as we go along.

Thanks for stopping by.

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