walking along a shadowy path, as wisps of fog form around you.
Ahead you spy what appears to be a graveyard,
A rickety fence surrounds old, weathered tombstones.
You start to hear music, coming from somewhere ahead...
and an eerie glow can be seen
getting brighter through the fog.
As you get closer, you realize you've come upon
what appears to be a burial in progress..
There's a hearse, with the casket still hanging out the back
Parked in front of a mausoleum.
Suddenly, you realize you're not alone!
Someone is standing over there!
Or is there?
He's not moving!
Is he Real? Dead? Or is it a mannequin?
Welcome to the Haunted Hearse NorthWest
featuring the hearse named ROSE
A 1976 Centennial Edition Sayer/Scoville Victoria Extender
Did you get a digital picture taken
in the Coffin?
CLICK HERE see examples!>>>
*All pictures are the intellectual property
of Michael Smith,
and the Haunted Hearse NW Show.
Rose was found almost by accident. Back in 2001,I was cruisin' the Internet Classifieds
for a new car,
and decided to look under "specialty cars".
Imagine my surprise when ROSE turned up - AND it was in Eastern Washington
I called, and after talking to the owner for over an hour, decided I HAD
to buy her!
Rose is 22 1/2 ft long, 5 1/2 ft tall, 6 ft wide, and 6800 lbs. of rolling
steel, with a 500 cu in 4 barrel under the hood, built on a Cadillac Fleetwood
I've added RGB LED Undercarriage Lights, plus RGB LED interior lights in the coach area.
a Crystal Skull and 9 Black Roses on the dashboard , and my favorite pet
Cat - Lazy.
The better to HAUNT you with!!
During Halloween season, The Haunted Hearse show has evolved over the years, from a simple car
display, to a sophisticated show involving graveyard props, specialty
lighting, fog effects, a life-sized mausoleum, and background music.
Each year I try to add something
more to the show, either by upgrading an existing prop, or adding to the
show in general.
In 2005 , I jumped at the opportunity to purchase a REAL Coffin! Made
of 18 gauge steel, and weighing in at 150 pounds. It was used by the previous
owner (a 19 year old) as a BED for almost a year! He lined it with a 4
inch thick Black futon, and propped the lid open. Quite comfy!
I've repainted it, and relined it with a Camping foam Pad and WINE colored
velour upholstery cloth. A lot more room for more people!
UPDATE! Sept 2009- I just got a different coffin for Rose! This one is a
Split Lid with the liner intact! It's a little smaller, making it
lighter, too! Ask if you can have your picture taken in it, if it's not out!
Also, Lucky has been retired, and replaced by Lazy, the sleeping Cat! He loves to lay on the Coffin!
UPDATE! Summer 2016 - The lights under the coach, and in the back have been replaced with RGB LED light strips,
making a much more visual experience! 24 colors - 10 patterns! OH YEAH!
During Halloween Season, when we're on display,
I play The Grave Digger, or another "living mannequin" type character.
This is something I've had over 40 years experience doing!
I can "hold a pose", with minimal movement, and without
blinking, for up to 30 minutes at a time. And each time
I move, that "timer" starts over!
I have a lot of fun just watching everyone's reactions as they do
more and more outrageous stuff in a frustrating effort to get me
to "break" my character.
So far, it hasn't happened very often!
But, be warned, please...
I DON'T want to be touched and DO have someone watching to see if
you throw things at me!
In 2005, We added fundraising through "Photos in the Coffin"
to benefit a local Charity It's My Bag for Foster Children
Mr. Devilin joined me in 2007!
Watch your soul!
UPDATE: Richard (my brother who played Mr. Devilin, died in 2012
He will always be a part of the show by a tombstone in the display Cemetery!
in the coach,
is supplied by 4 300 watt speakers, and a 200 watt self-powered Subwoofer.
October 2009 - Finally upgraded to a GOOD CD/MP3/CD-R player, that includes USB and SD CARD adaptors
That means HOURS of nonstop music without having to mess with changing disks! OH, YEAH!
I play a lot of MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE, and NOX ARKANA, plus other various artists, while on display,
including DEATHWATCH BEETLE REPAIRMAN (listen for "The Carny of Mr Dark"!!)
What's that! ROB ZOMBIE!?!
and operated by Harvey Funeral Home in Ardmore OK., until 1989,
then sold to a Bellevue, WA. limousine service for use by 4 different
Retired in 1996, and sold to an individual in Tri-Cities, WA.
and sold to me in 2001, where we now reside in AUBURN, WA.
ROSE is one of 50 Centennial Edition S&S Coaches made, and one of
10 Extender Versions.