Hello there, is this your first visit?

Join Halloween Forum today. It is free! Your #1 Halloween community since 2002.

Tab Content
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    So I popped over to say and noticed that you replied to my last message on your profile page and not mine. Dude, had I not stopped by I would never have know you responded. I thought you maybe you forgot about me! :eek:Lol. Did your son get married yet and if so are you starting to get into prop mode yet? I can't wait to hear about what you're up too. Ok, this time remember.... Answer on my page not yours! Teehee ;) :D
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:16 PM
    Speaking of the grand kids ... How are they?
  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 PM
    I love your creations and you are way ahead of where I was when I first started. What's neat about tombstone building is that every year the bar get raised higher and then they show how it done. That, in turn helps others build on the knowledge learned. Haunters are the most amazing people.
    8 replies | 164 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    Your tombstones turned out excellent! Just keep making a few new ones every year and soon you'll find you've improved enough to give those other stones a run for their money. Great job!
    8 replies | 164 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 PM
    You're welcome! Yea, those wands can be a lot of fun. Takes a little bit of practice, though. Also remember you don't have to go to the wand shop to buy the wand. My wife bought one in the Universal store in Citywalk, outside the park.
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • Terra's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 PM
    Terra replied to a thread Static: Advice: Sealer for painted foam? in Halloween Props
    Many times I use acrylic paint (artists' paints) for details after it was base coated with Drylok. Because you used exterior latex paint that would give it the same protection so you are good there. I've never had problem with the details paint effects washing away so you shouldn't be concerned. You are good to go :)
    3 replies | 107 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    I built a Swinging Skeleton about seven years ago and it's a hit in the neighborhood every year. The way I did it was to mount the skeleton and swinging mechanism on one branch of a tree, then mount the motor and crank assembly on a different branch (straight across from the swing mechanism). The swing mechanism arm is attached to the motor crank by about a foot of fishing line. Here's a video of it: Here's a link to my Photobucket page with pictures: ...
    3 replies | 167 view(s)
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:33 AM
    Yup, my feelings exactly! This reminds me of one of my favorite stories from when my kids were really really young. One of them was very angry at me for something and tearfully told me that I was the meanest mom they ever had! Lol
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    I have one that goes to school here in SC. (About 1 1/2 hours from us.) Her twin goes to school in NC. My son goes to school in Nashville. What major is your son considering?
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:25 AM
    Love the new hobby. Nice job on the pics!
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 AM
    The corner posts are just as beautiful as the fencing.
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 AM
    Wow, what an amazing old gothic fence!
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 AM
    This is very interesting. I have never seen this done before.
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 AM
    That is just lovely!!!
  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    If a reporter expects to take an hour of someone's "Time" asking questions, I always tend to think that the reporter should then spend a minute dialing that person or better yet, send them a copy of the article... although there have been a few "writers"that were then merely extending their period of embarressment .
    9 replies | 207 view(s)
  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
    Ever notice how many "New Shows" seem to lose their original writers rather soon? Many times the quality takes a noticeable drop about then, or it gets "silly-Stupid." It also seems the writers who come later always try the more "popular" story lines, avoiding any thing possibly risky or "new" at all. Any show that is more unpredictable than most will always keep my interest much longer... but then I started watching "Television" about 60 years ago! Too bad for me! "Radio" was much more...
    5 replies | 136 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:00 PM
    Yes. It sits on the road near a grassy area in front of the train station and the entrance to Diagon Alley. I couldn't see your youtube link, but it was a three level purple bus with the shrunken head hanging above the driver's seat.
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Grave Digger in Halloween Props
    Ha! No, Florida and North Carolina. But D.O.T. workers are the same everywhere.......
    20 replies | 605 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Not bad, not bad..........
    10 replies | 279 view(s)
  • Terra's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    What a fantastic idea for a thread! Fantastic props so far. Favorite prop is my pet doggie:
    47 replies | 1276 view(s)
  • Pumpkin Butcher's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:33 AM
    Doing pretty good, thanks! It has been too long, I've slacked off long enough, lol! I need to come up with something new for this year. Your haunt looked great!!! Bet the kids loved it. So you guys doing ok?
  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 10:43 PM
    Oh my god Saki, you need to be careful and SLOW DOWN!!!!! First we would miss you waaaaay too much if something happened and second a ticket at that speed would be very, very expensive!!! Where the dump can you go that fast anyway?
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 01:06 PM
    Thanks, Spookie! We didn't bring our best camera on the trip with the chance of rain and all. But I did the best I could with a point-and-shoot camera. Well, my wife bought the wand and specifically asked the sales guy if it took batteries and he said no. I will look at it again and check to see. There was not a key in the box. I think all of the things that the wand activates are behind storefront windows. Some of the displays it activates are over in Hogsmeade, near the older Harry Potter...
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 12:43 PM
    Here's a link to my Photobucket page. It has a few more pics that I didn't post here if anyone is interested. http://smg.photobucket.com/user/DaveNTracy/library/Harry%20Potter%20Diagon%20Alley?sort=3&page=1 My wife and daughter were able to ride the new Gringotts Bank ride and thought it was pretty good. My wife did say she thought the older Harry Potter ride (over in Islands of Adventure) was a lot better. They got in line at 7:00 in the morning and finally got on at around 10:00 am. My...
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 12:12 PM
    This is the entrance to the "Leaky Cauldron" restaurant. My wife and daughter ate dinner there and liked it a lot. That dark alley to the right is the entrance to "Knockturn Alley". Unlike Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley has a roof over it, so it's very dark inside. Especially at night. I think there are three entrances to this alley and a witch stands at each entrance. They never smile. I guess they're not supposed to.
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 12:01 PM
    I went to Orlando last week with the family and spent three days at Universal. I'm not really a big Harry Potter fan, but seeing Diagon Alley in person is utterly breathtaking. It's amazing the amount of work and technology that went into making it a reality. All of this and the Gringotts Bank ride took the place of the old "Jaws" boat ride and the Amity Island streets in Universal. They moved all the carnival-type games of skill over to the Simpsons ride and Krustyland. The park has to control...
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • Corpsesnight's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 11:22 AM
    Decorating the inside of the house today with the wife! Pictures to come soon!
    42 replies | 766 view(s)
  • Halstaff's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 09:21 AM
    Nuts and Volts magazine is going to have special Halloween editions in September and October.
    4 replies | 249 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 09:07 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Dave's Cauldron Creep in Halloween Props
    Sure, Ghost Ninja! I'm happy to share ideas. And thanks for the compliments. I'm sure your creep will turn out fantastic! Be sure to post pics when you're done.
    40 replies | 3252 view(s)
  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 08:59 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Grave Digger in Halloween Props
    Wow, outstanding prop! I love trying to figure out how to get the mechanical movement I want in a prop. Looks like you had great success with this one, since the movement is so realistic. Great work! I can see the local Department of Transportation stealing your idea and making dozens of these to give the illusion of men actually WORKING on the roadway. :)
    20 replies | 605 view(s)
More Activity

175 Visitor Messages

  1. View Conversation
    Hello Otaku, I just love your Angel on the porch. I'll have to send you a picture of the 2 I purchased, I'd love to know how you have her illuminated? And I can't wait to see your current project when she's finished. Loved the album pictures.
  2. View Conversation

    Happy Easter
  3. View Conversation
  4. View Conversation
  5. View Conversation
    OH NO! Monday's almost here! Make the most of your weekend!!!

  6. View Conversation
  7. View Conversation
    Happy Valentine's Day!
  8. View Conversation
    HAPPY Valentine's Day

  9. View Conversation
  10. View Conversation
    Hi Otaku
    I heard your interview on Hauntcast. You talked about timers for a coffin lid using a wiper motor. Do you have a schematic wiring diagram of your controller for this?
Showing Visitor Messages 141 to 150 of 175
Page 15 of 18 FirstFirst ... 51314151617 ... LastLast
Page 15 of 18 FirstFirst ... 51314151617 ... LastLast
About Otaku

Basic Information

Date of Birth
August 8, 1953 (60)
About Otaku
Newark, CA
Mech. Engineer


I...have many names...

Dark Alessa


Total Posts
Total Posts
Posts Per Day
Total Albums
Total Photos
Visitor Messages
Total Messages
Most Recent Message
11-27-2013 08:04 PM
General Information
Last Activity
04-03-2014 08:29 PM
Join Date

62 Friends

  1. BunnyMummy BunnyMummy is offline


  2. caspersgirl caspersgirl is offline


  3. chillingham_manor chillingham_manor is offline


  4. Cloak_Dagger Cloak_Dagger is offline

    | )ark ( )verlord

  5. Corpsesnight Corpsesnight is offline

    The Great Pumpkin

  6. DaveintheGrave DaveintheGrave is offline

    Funeral Crasher

  7. DawnDead DawnDead is offline

    Crypt Keeper

  8. devils chariot devils chariot is offline

    The Great Pumpkin

    devils chariot
  9. DistalMarrow DistalMarrow is offline


    • Send a message via AIM to DistalMarrow
  10. dqderrick dqderrick is offline


  11. Dutchess of Darkness Dutchess of Darkness is offline

    The Great Pumpkin

    Dutchess of Darkness
  12. ELH(Erin Loves Halloween) ELH(Erin Loves Halloween) is offline

    Pirate Princess

    ELH(Erin Loves Halloween)
  13. estertota estertota is offline

    Master of disaster

    • Send a message via Skype™ to estertota
  14. ForbiddenDarkness
  15. Frankie's Girl Frankie's Girl is offline

    Typical Ghoul Next Door

    Frankie's Girl
  16. Gorey Vidal Gorey Vidal is offline


    Gorey Vidal
  17. Gym Whourlfeld Gym Whourlfeld is offline

    The Great Pumpkin

    Gym Whourlfeld
  18. halloween71 halloween71 is offline

    crossfit zombie

  19. halloweencreature halloweencreature is offline

    Crypt Keeper

  20. HalloweenDan HalloweenDan is offline

    The Great Pumpkin

    • Send a message via MSN to HalloweenDan
    • Send a message via Yahoo to HalloweenDan
    • Send a message via Skype™ to HalloweenDan
Showing Friends 1 to 20 of 62
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Activity Information
  • Total Points:
  • 6523.3
  • Activity Level:
  • 24
  • To Next Level:
  • 88.7
  • Percent Into Level:
  • 85.19% Achieved
  • Daily Activity:
  • 0 / 4.73 (0%)
  • Weekly Activity:
  • 0.4 / 33.09 (1.21%)
  • Monthly Activity:
  • 2.4 / 146.54 (1.64%)
  • Points for Attachment:
  • 72
Currently Held Trophies
Previously Held Trophies