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    Default Idea for Halloween-themed Carnival Shooting Gallery Game

    I found a great game product on the market that I'll be using for my Carnival Shooting Gallery. I really wanted to incorporate something like this into my theme and even considered trying to adapt those targeting guns and sensors sold in the toy departments and making my own, but overall price and moving the sensors around somehow to make it challenging made it seem unreasonable. Then I came across this game, "Johnny the Skull", by FotoramaUSA. I love little Johnny, a skeleton whose skull spins around the room and shoots out visions of ghosts onto the walls. It comes with a target gun (with counter) in the single game version, two guns in the deluxe version. You syncronize the gun/guns to Johnny's one eye and press one of his game level setting toes and target practice begins. You get to reload twice I believe (6 blasts per round) and the counter on the gun keeps track of your winning ghost hits. The audio for the game is pretty nice as well.

    The kids love playing with this, just got it this week, and the skeleton/skull and ghosts are just perfect for use in a halloween carnival shooting gallery. I think I'll be turning our single garage into the shooting gallery where I can get a nice dark place for the ghosts to appear. Not sure how I'll award the high shooter, maybe with a carnival ticket to be used in the rest of the haunt, but I think this will be a hit.

    This game came out last year and quickly became scarce I guess, although you can still find it online in a few places. Toys r Us carried it last year as well. I spoke with someone at the company and channels should be restocked shortly, maybe at the end of the month if I recall correctly. I believe I was told that the deluxe version sold with 2 guns will be sold thru the company's website and thru Learning Express Toys stores. I'm really excited about adding this to my carnival theme.

    Here's a link to FotoramaUSA's website (requires Flash BTW, although you can access Johnny The Skull's instructions at the bottom of the site for more info on how the game works), and a link to an online vendor's YouTube video of the promo video--this is what sent me on a mission to find the game!

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    That looks really neat. How long does one game last? Just wondering what the wait time would be to play in a larger party.

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    OMG...that is awesome...I love the idea of adding it to our carnival theme...thanks so much for the info GREAT FIND!!!!!

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    Chinclub I'll have to put the batteries back in and play it again, but from the beginning to end of a round was not super long. I'll see if there's a difference in Player Level play as well. I believe six shots per load and I reloaded twice. At the end of the game Johnny shuts down and you have to reactivate him for another game. When he shuts down you would look at the gun/guns to see the person's score. Johnny has an On/off switch but the guns don't; only thing I thought was lacking (nowadays everything manufactured has to have a screwed down battery compartment so kids don't stick batteries in their mouths I guess). It's possible they could change the gun design in a new manufacturing run for the current season. It would be a real plus for parents. Don't see this as a problem so much for a carnival night however. After testing it out I did remove the batteries fairly soon after finishing the game so maybe the gun times out and shuts off but I don't think so.

    I purchased the double pack, one Johnny and two guns, and was given an extra gun by someone. Last night I picked up a used single player game on eBay for $15, so it pays to check around. I'm not sure what the retail price is on the single version but think the double is $49.99. As long as you sync the guns at the same time to the skull you can add extra guns to the game and each person can shoot independently and register ghost hits on their own gun. Of course if you have extra guns and another Johnny, you could set up two separate shooting galleries to get the kids thru sooner.

    I was actually pretty impressed by Johnny's head movement and there seemed to be a nice placement in direction of where the ghosts appeared. I really like this game better than any of the other things I've seen out there at the moment. We also have Fotorama's "Brainwashed" game (looks like a Frankenstein setup) and the kids like getting their heads wet in a challenge, but here in October it can get pretty cold so not a game for outdoors at night at that time of year in my area.

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    Thanks for the added info.

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    I just got my game. I love it. The family had a blast playing and I am excited about using it as part of our party this year. Thanks so much for letting know about it.

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    Im thinking about grabbing this for a tent...how do you think it would do in a 10X10 canopy tent...do you think that would be to small?

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    I think 10 x 10 would be good. The gun only works within 9 feet of the projection but if they stay somewhat in the middle it should be fine. That is pretty much the same thing I was planning to use for mine. A turn is pretty long so I think I will have two dry erase boards outside of the tent. One for high scores at each level and one for the waiting list. That way my guests can write in their name and go do something else until their turn comes up. I was thinking this would be a fun kids game but the advanced setting has the ghosts appearing and disappearing pretty fast so it was a challenge for me and my hubby as well. I think the adults might have a lot of fun as well.

    I got the single gun version from Amazon. I almost didn't because it got bad reviews. (most being that there is no off switch and the batteries die) That must be an old design because mine does have an off switch. The gun doesn't so I remove the batteries between games just in case. I bought dollar store batteries so if he does use a ton it is no big deal.

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    Awesome..thanks for the info...I really want to use him, hes just so cute but I was afraid to grab him if it wouldnt work (Ive seen him from 19 all the way up to 50...I also saw this Name:  get.jpg
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Size:  19.2 KB listed from $15 with free shipping-70 and thought I could go a shooting gallery wall as it wont need total darkness...its in a hunting theme but I figured i could paint zombies, whitches or ghosts on the one sides and trick or treaters on the other side (its designed to spin the targets from shootable animals to nonshootable hunters) but I cant find much on footage to know how it plays..

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    That is neat. I haven't seen that before.

 

 
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