Hang On To Your Head This Halloween

Scary balloon animal - head popped off, by balloon artist Dale Obrochta

Don’t Lose Your Head Halloween is the start of the busy season for entertainers.  Every Park District, community organization, school, bar, you name it tries to cash in on the very popular holiday.  Halloween is so popular that it rivals Christmas in sales as the second-biggest buyer holiday.  This being said, you can easily lose … Read more

The Great Pumpkin King

Pumpkins are a blank slate for an artist.  They can be silly, happy, or scary it is up to you or should we say the client.  Pumpkins vary in size, shape and design, which allow them to be transformed into anything. Recently, I had a request for a scary pumpkin, but they wanted it more … Read more

Vampires Can Be Girls Too!

Putting the bite back into Halloween In this modern world we live in, we tend to fall back to the old stereotypes of Count Dracula with his black cape and pointed V-shape bangs.  This year, I am looking to break the model and make a vampire girl.  So I typed into the Google search box, … Read more

Ghostly Mishaps When Booking Halloween Gigs

The ghoulish mishaps of not fully being truthful to the client can come back to haunt you in ways you never expected. In my youth, I would accept almost any entertainment job offered. The adage that “the client is always right” was what I thought I should be doing to gain more business.  The focus … Read more

Halloween – Ghoulishly Cute

I love Halloween as an entertainer. It is fun because of all the options I have to be creative.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, I focus on the cute balloon figures, but Halloween allows me the opportunity to explore the dark, creepy, and ghoulish side of Halloween.  This is the only time of the year … Read more

Details For A Reason

I have learned over the years, that details can be the difference between working and not working.  Do that little extra on a balloon design can bring accolades from colleagues and friends, but when you working a line or large crowds, you need to know what detail is important. Adding that unneeded detail, just because … Read more

Spiderman’s Halloween Costume

Have you noticed Superheros are not the creative people when it comes to disguises? Superman and Wonder Women took off their glasses, Batman and Robin wore a mask, and other Superheroes just put a stocking cap over their head. Their physical appearances did not change nor did their voice, but nobody could figure out who … Read more

Pumpkin Head

Using pumpkin’s for a figures head is nothing new.  It’s just a mater of how much detail you want to incorporate into the body once the head is complete.  I like to keep the body simple and keep most the details in the pumpkins’ head. The open face pumpkin is built with your typical 260-twisting … Read more

Old School Pumpkin

Every year balloon entertainers look at how to take a balloon and transform it into a Halloween design. Sometimes, we forget about the things we’ve learned when we first started out.  The simple, quick, and effective designs that date back to the beginning of balloon entertainment – the round balloon. Yes,  the orange round balloon … Read more

Whimsical Pumpkin Totem Pole

Stacking pumpkins into a whimsical pumpkin totem pole is unique but a fun Halloween balloon figure. This is a quick and easy balloon figure using balloons that most balloon entertainers carry on them. The design is not complicated.  All you need is a 1-350 orange balloon, 1-160 green balloon, and color markers. Pumpkins are the … Read more