For some parents, Halloween is a perfect opportunity to get their craft on, either through elaborate costumes for their kids or themselves, or by decorating the hell out of their yards. This year one dad took it a step further with his Halloween-themed project.
He recreated a popular Disney ride.
In his garage!
Wisconsin dad Dan Schmidt spends his days as a design director for the Great Wolf Lodge, and apparently he spends his nights and weekends outdoing all the other parents on his block with his insane Halloween decorations.
After seeing videos of some DIY backyard rollercoasters, Dan decided to give his own a try, inside his garage. And thanks to the “Haunt Your Disneyride’ contest in 2017, he decided to model it after Disney’s famous Haunted Mansion ride, complete with all the spooky accouterments!
He used plywood to create the track, and everything was handmade – except for the shifting mirrors he bought at Disneyland itself.
“I cobbled together a “pop up tombstone” replica that I trigger with my shop vac. Again, very simple and crude. Wood, PVC, and a shop vac. I purchased the little ghoul head from a Walgreens clearance rack for a couple bucks. Here is a video of us making that. It works pretty much the same way it does in the mansion. (well, minus the shop vac and person operating it.)” he told ITM.
As you can see in the video, neighborhood kids – all decked out for Halloween – were lining up for the chance to ride the mini-coaster, surely making Dan’s house the most popular candy stop on the block. Thankfully, the ride was more “fun” than scary, according to the little moppet at the end of the video.
He must not have noticed the kid in the Tom Brady jersey. In Wisconsin! Not sure there’s anything scarier than that.