As the owner of Floating Phantoms, I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting Floating Phantoms these past 12 years. From those who purchased my original Floating Phantom, to those who visited my Dallas area stores, your interest in Halloween has kept me striving to bring you the latest in all things Halloween.
As I venture into this new aspect of providing the MetroPlex with professional Halloween Decorating, I thought I would give you all a brief history of me and how I got into the Halloween business.
I have always had in interest in Halloween – the costumes, the scares, the fun it presents. As a child, I can remember watching classic scary TV shows, such as
One Halloween, I even made my own werewolf costume. It was quite a success, as my Trick-or-Treat bag broke several times from all of the candy I collected. Once I got too old for Trick-or-Treating, a friend and I started decorating his house, making animated props that would scare the children, and even some adults. At that time, however, Halloween was primarily for kids, and as I grew older, my interest began to drop. It was off to college, a job, and the real world.
By the late 1990’s, I was working as a software engineer for a national telecommunications company, and Halloween was starting to become an excuse for adults to party. The company I was working for was really into Halloween, and supported having decorating contests between the various departments. In the engineering department there were several employees (including myself) that went all-out in decorating. One year in particular got me started in the Halloween business. We decided to have a Haunted House inside the office, and even invited the employee’s children to visit after hours. I found some plans for a floating ghost on the Internet, and built my first version of my floating phantom. Everyone was quite impressed with it, and suggested that I start selling them. With that suggestion, I was off and running. Since my full-sized phantom was too difficult a product to sell to the general public, I built a tabletop version, and sold several of them to fellow employees.
In 2002 I created Floating Phantoms, and attended my first Halloween product trade-show. My intent was to see if there was a market for my tabletop phantom, but I also brought along my life-sized phantom to attract visitors to my booth. When I arrived at the show, I was stunned to find out that there were over 1000 vendors attending the show! And I was even more surprised to find out that people were interested in my product – not the tabletop version, but the life-sized phantom! After that show, I went back to the drawing board, and developed an easy to set-up version of the large phantom. Over the next couple of years, I sold over 50 life-sized phantoms to various people and companies, including AstroWorld in Houston, and Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. And the rest is history !
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