Preliminary programming is included, but this can
always be changed by the customer to better fit their
theme or to make changes from year to year. The project is
not complete until the programming is done (Figure 14).
Efficiency is Key
Highly efficient methods have been created to produce
a tremendous number of props in the shortest possible
time. The paint room, for example, is set up to allow for a
large number of creatures to be painted at the same time
(Figure 15). They take every opportunity to streamline the
build process without
If your travel plans do
not include a visit to
Denver, you still have
plenty of opportunities to
Marcia, along with other members of the crew can be
found displaying at many of the Halloween trade shows
around the country.
I had the pleasure of first meeting Ed and Marcia at
the huge Transworld Halloween trade show in St. Louis (see
Resources). These events are an outstanding opportunity
for them to showcase their products to the industry and get
feedback to help them improve their line. Customers get to
rub elbows with the makers of the products they purchase.
This personal touch helps build the bond with their clients
instead of only having an online business relationship
Hey, I Think I Know Him!
Their clientele includes more than just the casual
Halloween fan. You can find their products in professional
haunted houses around the world. They also do custom
projects for numerous well-known celebrities including Dick
Van Dyke and Alice Cooper (Figure 17). Their services are
in high demand by anyone looking for reliable and realistic
If It’s Monsters
The Monster of the
Month Club was a
wonderful program that
Distortions just wrapped
up after two years. It
allowed members to
receive a surprise original
limited edition mask every
month (Figure 18).
These were crafted by
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Figure 17. Distortions’ popularity
extends far and wide.
Figure 16. Visiting with
friends on the show floor.
Figure 15. Has anyone seen my head?
Figure 18. Who would not want one of these to show
up in their mailbox?
Figure 14. The end is in sight; it is
time for programming.