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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 PM
    Sweet let the planning start now :)
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 PM
    Thanks for all of the positive comments! I appreciate all of them. chubstuff - yes, you said a mouthful. Although I have come up with many original props over the years, most of the animated props I've built were originally conceived by another haunter. It wasn't until 2002 when I was first on the internet that I realized "Hey, I could actually build my own Halloween props". And if I built if myself, I know exactly how to repair it if it breaks. We all inspire each other and I've never...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 05:09 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Pneumatic: how is this movement done? in Halloween Props
    Looks kind of like the swaying zombie prop mechanism. One of our own forum members, Diabolik, runs Spider Hill Props, and he sells a mechanism that might work for you. Or you can build your own. http://www.spiderhillpropworks.com/Animated-Swaying-Zombie-Complete-Kit_p_24.html
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Safety Coffin in Halloween Props
    I haven't seen them in a while, but if you could attach a vibrating motor to the "pole" holding the bell, when triggered it would shake the bell violently enough to ring like crazy. That would also free you from having to use string. You can make your own vibrating motor by attaching a half circle of wood/metal to the shaft of a fast motor. Probably at least 50 to 60 RPM. Even this one might do:...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 04:55 PM
    Great looking prop! I need to totally re-do my cauldron creep. Looking at your video, I think you would get more arm movement/motion if your stirring stick was straight instead of being curved. But, maybe you designed it that way. As far as the spine, I wonder if you could make or extend the current spine, to the hip, with something flexible, like a piece of rubber or plastic of some sort. Then paint it to match the spine color. It would move with your motor and still give the illusion of a...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 PM
    Looking good! I had a good time making my cemetery columns. Good luck!
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Today, 03:15 PM
    oooh. I'm in. I need to do some fun crafty stuff! Now to figure out WHAT I'm going to make with dragon eyes... hmmmm.
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Today, 03:13 PM
    I remember seeing this craft project a few years ago and thinking it was really cool looking. Yours turned out so lovely! I'd want to make several more so I could do a whole display of them on like a side table or something! https://flamingotoes.com/spooky-crystal-ball-halloween-candlesticks/ For anyone wanting the tutorial!
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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    Hey lets do a Craft of the Month for June 2019 Dragon eyes. these can be made any way you want get creative and have fun :)
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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Today, 12:00 PM
    one of my most favorite props
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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Today, 09:38 AM
    Really happy with this fine and it will be getting a saki make over
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    Today, 07:15 AM
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Pneumatic: how is this movement done? in Halloween Props
    I a sooooo not an expert, but it might be a standard wiper motor attached to a more bendy wire/arm to the upper body on a long throw, set to a faster rpm. I've done a rocking chair using a wiper motor and attaching it with a wire coathanger wire (cut it and then wrapped it around a screw) and I could see some "bounce" in the movement from the wire being more flexible, and could definitely see a faster RPM causing it to flail a bit more... At least this may serve as a bump to get the...
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    They're saying that windstorm was 65 MPH winds. And we've already had 3" more water than a normal water year. The water year is measured through SEPTEMBER.
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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    More goodies for goodie bags done
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  • Ween12amEternal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    Oh Spookywolf he's darling - where is he from? Looking over the this years line-up, I'm partial to the Library, and also like the clock. Can't wait to see them in person yeah seems like Micheal's tends to put them out after back-to-school, as does Menard's if you have one of those near you exlibrisnyx.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:51 AM
    Some of my neighbors: These guys were just starting out, but they moved away. HOA go to hell with your no halloween clause.
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  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 AM
    I think any of the Gemmy projector lights could do a decent job of it, really, depending on what you're going for, how far from the window the tree is, whether the tree normally drops it's leaves prior to halloween or not, etc. Depending on your definition of budget, maybe the Chauvet mini laser?
    4 replies | 56 view(s)
  • UnOrthodOx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    I don't know how you people deal with tornadoes. We have one maybe every decade or three in the whole state. And while I was driving when the last one hit, right where it hit, and it was only a little F1, it did some fairly impressive damage. Stay safe. We had a freak windstorm this morning, tore a tree down in my neighbor's yard, but my place was still fine when I left for work.
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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 AM
    I also wanted to put tea in the goodie bags so i made these tea bag envelope to go into goodie bags.
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  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    I wanted to put tea bag holders in the gift bags man are those things spendy when your buying 25 so i made my own
    59 replies | 2256 view(s)
  • Saki.Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 AM
    Have been creating goodies SO i have the gift bags decorated
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 09:27 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Safety Coffin in Halloween Props
    I have zero mechanical ability, but I LOVE the idea. I think any subtle/creatively creepy and historical props are just fabulous! I do think I've seen someone here make one of these before and it was really nifty... https://www.halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/116608-where-term-saved-bell-really-comes.html Found the reference! Mr. Grimsley started a thread on it back in 2008-09! https://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/72377-new-prop-effect-idea-dead-ringer.html The tech...
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  • ryanlamprecht's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 06:28 PM
    Yes, I have one neighbor who does sort of big-ish, but nothing compared to what we do. Wish they all would go big.
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  • xPUMPKiNxKiNGx's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 03:18 PM
    Let us know what you are trying to replace. I have duplicates of a few things ;)
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    05-22-2019, 03:14 PM
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  • xPUMPKiNxKiNGx's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 03:09 PM
    Not necessarily as big as my yard display, but I've noticed that over 15 years I've inspired neighbors to decorate. (which is wonderful) The more the better in my opinion.
    24 replies | 945 view(s)
  • madmax's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 12:02 PM
    madmax replied to a thread Lighting: How to create flickering lights? in Halloween Props
    I've used some LEDS that would flicker and some that wouldn't but that was a few years ago so . Somewhere in my garage I still have a box of fuses, cords, and boxes. If I get the time to look for them I will put one together and test with the LED bulbs we use at home.
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    Hi Terra, I was wondering if I could get the copy of the Hunter's Moon template. I think that is the most fantastic tombstone I have seen in a long time. I'm a big fan of Halloween and am always looking foe ideas for my "grave yard". Really enjoy your tombstone videos.
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    Hi Terra. I enjoy your tombstone videos very much. I am wondering how long the re-bar is that you use and how much of your length is pounded into the ground?
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    Hi terra! I'm a big fan of your youtube channel and your tombstone videos! Thanks for all the information!
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    Hi Terra. I am new here and just starting and learning how to build. Loving your tombstones tutorials. Do you have some kind of list of materials/tools that you use? Thank you in advanced
  6. Hi Terra, watching all the news on flooding and thought of you and your family. Hope you're all high and dry.
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    I totally understand that! They are high!
    -Halloween wifey
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    Thanks so much!
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    I've been away a while. Howdy! Some big news is that I've been asked by the owner of Guthrie Haunt Scaregrounds to be their new Creative Director! They were ranked last year by 2 ranking sites as 3rd and 5th (respectively) best in Oklahoma. I hope to bump that up for this year!
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    Thanks for the info terra - I have some steel brushes but maybe yours makes it easier with the bristles bent down. Will have to try for future endeavors....thx again
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Hunter's Moon Tombstone: Tutorial

by Terra on 02-11-2014 at 12:19 PM
Hunter's Moon tombstone was made for my latest Secret Reaper victim Lisa48317. On her like list was black cats. That sounded like fun and also an opportunity to try out some fluorescing effects on a tombstone.



Made a video that will help you loads in visualizing the steps needed to make this stone. Please watch:

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Updated 09-16-2017 at 11:52 AM by Terra

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Noisemaker Scare: Tutorial

by Terra on 10-09-2013 at 05:17 AM
Here's a quick one you can put together to have some easy scares this Halloween. A Noisemaker Scare:



It's such an easy prop that this 2 minute video is the best way to see how to make it:



Another picture so you get a better idea of how it's hung:

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Graffiti'd Tombstones: Tutorial

by Terra on 05-05-2013 at 12:56 PM
Here's a new twist you can add to your graveyard: Graffiti! Adding graffiti can help make your graveyard transform from the traditional classic Victorian to a gritty, urban one that could fit perfectly in a post-apocalyptic or zombie outbreak-type haunt.






Here's the tutorial video that will give you a quick grasp of how to

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Halloweeny Art at KC Art Museum

by Terra on 04-27-2013 at 03:08 PM
Finally was able to drag the hubby to our art museum in Kansas City called the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. It's a first class museum and if you are ever in town - you may want to spend a few relaxing hours there. This visit I found myself gravitating to the Halloweeny-looking art items and thought I'd share them here.

First though, here is a couple iconic shots of the museum because you may recognize it:

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Chained Werewolf - Pneumatic: Tutorial

by Terra on 04-11-2013 at 02:28 PM

Have finally discovered the best use of pneumatic props - as a distraction! Yes, it is counter-intuitive to spend all that time and money making a pneumatic prop just to use as a distraction but today's ToTs are more sophisticated. They look for all the signs of a pneumatic prop so use that to your advantage. All you need here is a ToT taking a second or two hesitation

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