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Behind the Scenes : Halloween Special 2010

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Hopefully everyone was able to check out the Halloween Special that aired on Hallmark last night. If you didn't, check your local listings to find out when it re-airs.

Today I am sharing photos I took while taping the segments with Brendan Fraser. An amazing set was built in one of Martha's buildings on her Bedford property. A small art team lead by Aaron Caramanis created the fantastic set that had all kinds of surprising details. An area in a barn was completely transformed into a World of Curiosities that included unexpected movements that were brought to life by the amazing puppetry of Basil Twist and his team. It was a busy day of shooting, but I hope the images help give a sense of the activity and hard work that went into creating the Halloween Special. Martha also has some great photos over on her blog as well. Enjoy!

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All eyes were on the details...This cubby is...

1 All eyes were on the details...This cubby is...

...just one cubby of this cabinet. This cabinet was just part of...

2 ...just one cubby of this cabinet. This cabinet was just part of...

...this larger set...

3 ...this larger set...

...which was built in the tool barn on Martha's property.

4 ...which was built in the tool barn on Martha's property.

This is how it looked behind the set.

5 This is how it looked behind the set.

For all those details, many bins of stuff had to be brought to the location.

6 For all those details, many bins of stuff had to be brought to the location.

Glass domes await to be put to use.

7 Glass domes await to be put to use.

Tables of fun things...

8 Tables of fun things...

...await placement.

9 ...await placement.

Bones are always useful.

10 Bones are always useful.

Especially when the bones are decorating frames.

11 Especially when the bones are decorating frames.

Just in case people forget.

12 Just in case people forget.

These framed collections were super easy to make.

13 These framed collections were super easy to make.

Bone table from the October issue of Living.

14 Bone table from the October issue of Living.

Real plants add to the décor.

15 Real plants add to the décor.

The collection frames have a great impact.

16 The collection frames have a great impact.

Vintage animal anatomy charts, beakers filled with mystery fluids, and Martha Stewart Craft items create a spooky lab.

17 Vintage animal anatomy charts, beakers filled with mystery fluids, and Martha Stewart Craft items create a spooky lab.

It's anybody's guess what might be brewing in the sink.

18 It's anybody's guess what might be brewing in the sink.

Maryanne and Adam stand in while cameras and lighting set up for the first demo.

19 Maryanne and Adam stand in while cameras and lighting set up for the first demo.

Monitors help everyone know what the cameras are seeing.

20 Monitors help everyone know what the cameras are seeing.

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Behind set, sat some folks....

22 Behind set, sat some folks....

and above there were some more...

23 and above there were some more...

...that did magical things, like make these snakes move.

24 ...that did magical things, like make these snakes move.

Basil Twist led this team of puppeteers in bringing elements of life to the set.

25 Basil Twist led this team of puppeteers in bringing elements of life to the set.

All these creepy mask were set up to twist and move during the taping.

26 All these creepy mask were set up to twist and move during the taping.

Reminders to everyone to be careful.

27 Reminders to everyone to be careful.

Francesca even showed up and became a prop.

28 Francesca even showed up and became a prop.

Brendan Fraser was so excited about the set, he had his son come and visit.

29 Brendan Fraser was so excited about the set, he had his son come and visit.

Even when told not too, people still touch everything.

30 Even when told not too, people still touch everything.

Off the set, props and supplies mix in easily with the tools that always live in the barn.

31 Off the set, props and supplies mix in easily with the tools that always live in the barn.

Some behind the scenes action...

32 Some behind the scenes action...

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Brendan really was such a great guest to let us wrap him up...

36 Brendan really was such a great guest to let us wrap him up...

...to then be strapped down to a board over a fire...

37 ...to then be strapped down to a board over a fire...

...so that Martha could roast him.

38 ...so that Martha could roast him.

And this creepy dish is what Martha made with Brendan's head once he was fully cooked.

39 And this creepy dish is what Martha made with Brendan's head once he was fully cooked.

Ok, I kid...it's a

40 Ok, I kid...it's a "brain" made from shrimp and aspic.

Brendan does some rehearsing...

41 Brendan does some rehearsing...

...to make sure he matches up with his skeletal reflection in the full size two-way mirror.

42 ...to make sure he matches up with his skeletal reflection in the full size two-way mirror.

Behind the mirror and the end to the behind the scenes from the Halloween Special 2010

43 Behind the mirror and the end to the behind the scenes from the Halloween Special 2010

Comments (4)

  • I have been trying every search I can think of to find out when the Halloween Special will re-air. I am getting nowhere. This link was of no help. Hallmark's web site is of no help and my service provider is of no help. I did program my cable recorder to record the special but it did not. There is something about the way my service provider handles the Martha Stewart shows that is baffling me. I can get it to work for all my other shows but I am having no luck trying to record the re-airing of the Halloween Special.

  • It looks amazing! I know a boy who would have loved a visit though he might have snatched a few things!

  • It is supposed to re-air on Oct 27 & Oct 28:

    http://www.community.hallmarkchannel.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1225

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