Haddy's Halloween workshops
All workshops are for ages 12 and up and held at RadFX Lab, 1007 Bigley Ave. Register online through links found at www.facebook.com/RJHaddy.
• FANG-tastic Fangs: Oct. 7, $150. Register by Sunday.
• Foam Yard Props: Oct. 14-15, $175. Register by Oct. 1.
• Corpse Course 101: Oct. 21-22, $325. Register by Sept. 21.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Halloween is understandably Robert "RJ" Haddy's favorite holiday. The effects artist, a Season 2 runner-up on Syfy's competition show "Face Off," thrives on creating elaborate prosthetics and props that are often ghoulish.
This year, he'll be teaching others how to do the same.
In October, Haddy will hold three workshops for the general public: FANG-tastic Fangs on Oct. 7, Foam Yard Props on Oct. 14-15 and Corpse Course 101 on Oct. 21-22. It's a way to kick Halloween decorations and costumes up a notch, he said.
"You'll be able to have a fun afternoon learning cool things," he said, "and you'll have enough [supplies] left over to do stuff after you leave."
Those supplies are included in each workshop's cost, and advance registration is required so that Haddy has time to get them. (The deadline for the first workshop is Sept 16.)
"That's the only drawback to being here," he said. "You can't get supplies locally. You have to order things from out of state. That's another benefit of taking the workshop; you don't have to worry about hunting down supplies."
In the first workshop, participants will learn to make acrylic dental appliances -- including, but not limited to, fangs. In the second, they'll make large props such as tombstones out of insulation foam. In the third, they'll turn a medical-grade skeleton into a mummified body.
Each workshop must have a minimum of 10 participants. There's room for up to 15, although Haddy said he might be able to squeeze in a few more people if the interest is there, which he thinks it is.