Behind The Curtain: Halloween 2016, Grimm Tales

/, Halloween, Holiday, Home Decor, Inspiration/Behind The Curtain: Halloween 2016, Grimm Tales

Behind The Curtain: Halloween 2016, Grimm Tales

Wow how time flies! Good to see you again, you look great! Did you do something new with your hair? Have you been working out? Whatever you’ve been doing it works for you! I can’t believe a whole year has passed since we’ve last met. What have you been up to? We’ve been busy getting our Halloween display ready. Are you ready?

Here we go!

Welcome to Rogers Gardens Halloween Spooktacular: Grimm Tales!


We’ve been working really hard on getting everything ready and today is the big reveal. We can’t wait for you to see it!

I won’t give away too much…yet. But I am going to give you an exclusive peek into what goes on behind the scenes of our, or at least my, favorite holiday display at Rogers Gardens.


Let’s start at the beginning. About a year ago (maybe even earlier), our Creative Director had a vision. It was creepy. It was dark. It was the thing of childhood nightmares! It was Grimm Tales.

Based on that vision, an immersive Halloween experience was developed.  The buyers held this vision as they chose specific items and decor to fill it. Movie industry auctions were shopped for furniture and potential props, or interesting items to be reimagined. Ideas were discussed and turned into projects for the visual merchandising team to create.

As spring turned into summer, the team worked on bringing these projects to life (or death! mwahahaha!) Here’s a few examples:



First up, our very own Dr Frankenstein fiendishly creates a wicked (yet still charming) fairy!



Here a newer member of our team jumps right into the deep end with some mad calligraphy skills…



…and then demonstrates a villainous makeup application!



This is a Grandfather Clock being transformed into a more gruesome version of itself by yet another evil genius…



….whose super power is to destroy perfectly good pieces of furniture.



We at Rogers are proud to develop ground-breaking techniques transforming the ordinary into something of nightmares. Here we demonstrate our secret method for making things look old, ragged and, well, as if it had been dragged around from behind a cart.

We’re all about transparency here. You won’t see this glamorous side of decorating on ‘Flip or Flop’!

All these activities occur back of house during the work week up until we can move into the room. That day the curtains go up (the ones that everyone peeks through to see what’s happening), and then it’s on! Furniture is moved out, different furniture is moved in, walls are covered with fabric, and new walls are installed. At this point we start layering in the “bones” of the setup. It’s very woodsy this year so there’s a lot of vines to wind around cabinets along with branches that go up and around hutches stretching out to the ceiling.


New rooms come to life with doors to creepy forest cottages being installed…


This is how we suspended displays that wrap up the wall to the roof, requiring the dexterity of some team members that also moonlight as contortionists…


Also, no self-respecting team of magicians would go anywhere without their bag of tricks. We have carts of tricks, two of them to help us get things done and to keep…erm…organized?


This is just the beginning. Next week I’ll show you all the details as they’re layered in and how they completely transform the space. There’s a lot of work involved but we still have tons of fun. I hope you’ve enjoyed this exclusive tour and will join me for the next segment of ‘Behind the Curtain’. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go remove hot-glue strands from my hair.




By |2017-07-19T15:21:08+00:00September 1st, 2016|Fall, Halloween, Holiday, Home Decor, Inspiration|7 Comments

About the Author:


  1. juli savage Riedel September 2, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Another incredible display from Roger’s Gardens! I wait with anticipation every year for what fantastic theme you guys will come up with! Your videos are followed from coast to coast!!! I love the behind the scenes looks of what Rogers Gardens does and you provide loads of inspiration to us home haunters! We only wish that we had a Rogers Gardens in our home towns!

  2. Debbie Sweren September 2, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Just amazing and inspiring. Wish I could be there to see all the fun in real life (or death). Thank you for sharing and giving credit to all who have a hand in pulling this all together.

  3. Bradley Youngstrom September 2, 2016 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Simply amazing, thank you so much for sharing with us your creative and sinister ideas. It is truly inspiring……..definitely on my bucket list to see in person some year.

  4. Met Pude September 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Brava devious geni ! This years Halloween Exstraviganza is hauntingly beautiful. The set, setting and mood is everything Halloween should be. You know you’re successful when one sees new hidden treasures every time you turn a new corner.

  5. Donna Ross September 4, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    We are always thrilled with the Roger’s Halloween presentation!!! We never miss the opening day!!!

  6. Mrs. Freddie D. Merz September 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Delightful sharing of your Grimm production. Thank you! It’s such fun seeing such happy, enthusiastic and creative artists at work. I can hardly wait to see it in all its’ gory…..I mean glory!

  7. Paul Hagen September 5, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

    What a tremendous Effort By everyone to bring this common theme to life “””””” Er Or death !! From top to bottom every detail Is there .. I especially love the technique of preparing the wedding dress .. Behind the cart..! I can,t wait to visit tomorrow And see MORE AND MORE I love this !!!!

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.