This is my autobiographical self-indulgence page.
Why am I so into making my Halloween yard? My life!
Since childhood, I loved sci-fi and monster movies (I now earn a living voicing creatures and animals as a Los Ángeles voice actor). I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books. I liked acting, singing and making weird characters and sounds.
When I was young, my dad always concocted some weird creature that he “heard” was lurking around the neighborhood, always to be revealed on Halloween night. As a teenager, I could easily have chosen to go into special effects makeup, but had no idea how to start down that path from my basement room in Greeley, Colorado.
I wanted to make monsters and the fantastical alive.
I think it’s important to have things you do, things you create, that you love that are not about money, but are just for the joy of it, for the amateur thrill of it– to keep putting out your positive creative energy into the world. You just have to do it because it is of you. No matter how good it is, it is your art.
I may be a creative pro in voice acting, but I am also a dedicated life long amateur.
Here are some pictures from my life that I suspect led up to my enthusiasm for Halloween and my Creepy Yard:
My first movie: Dr. Doolittle.
A number of UFO sitings near my home town, Greeley, Colorado. Very exciting!
Serving as camera man on a monster/comedy short. I created the monster too.
Everyday working on the game show “Shop Til You Drop” was Halloween for me.
me, left, having Elmers Glued werewolf hair to my face.
I’m on the left, thinking I look like the “Gorn” on Star Trek.
Getting alien larvae installed for Nickelodeon series “Journey of Allen Strange.” In heaven.
A giant robot space ship I drew in high school
Getting into make up for Universal Studios Beetlejuice Show in Hollywood, summer 1994
My favorite childhood film “Planet of the Apes” had me wanting to get into special effects make up.
Being abducted by aliens for NIck’s “Journey of Allen Strange. In heaven.
“Shop Til You Drop.” No shame.
me & a chuckwalla
Playing Beetlejuice at Universal Studios: 1990 Orlando, 1994 Los Angeles
Getting the most out of my monster makeup kit for Halloween at college.
Circa 1983, in college, dressing as a nerd then going out on a date in character.
I wore this record down, used it as soundtrack to home made haunted houses when I was a kid.
A giant maggot puppet inspires me.
I make monsters vocally.
at work doing weird sounds for voice over gig
me with skeleton somewhere around 1970 in Greeley, Colorado
my stand up (left) tended towards performance art weirdness
Thrilled to run into make up artists Glen Hedrick and Ve Neill at Comicon San Diego
Finally! Abducted by aliens in Nickelodeon’s “Journey of Allen Strange” 90’s TV series.
Getting done up with baby aliens for “Baby on Board” episode of Nickelodeon’s “Journey of Allen Strange,” late 1990’s, I think
fellow Coloradoan Lon Cheney Sr. with his makeup kit
I loved monster movies
Gorn latte, Burbank
My favorite magazine ever.
I owned every issue except for #2.
My Halloween costume, October 1977. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
thrilled to meet Jawas at Star Wars event at Disney World
Button-eyed Halloween upstaging of my kitchen jack-lanterns!
What a cool career! Lon Cheney Sr.
I read a lot of sci fi in my youth. It’s fun to go back to the classics, where it all began!