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  1. Static: Horse/hearse on a budget.

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    Really great work! The re-purposed parts fit right in, and I love how you made the skeletal horse be in an 'action' pose.
  2. Mechanical: Man Eating Plant (image heavy)

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    That's great! Really love how it came out, good paint job. Post a video if you can!
  3. Static: Another Halloween Tree with a Magic Mirror Inside

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    I think they'll love it! Really love the texture of the tree bark! Do you have any well-lit pictures and/or how-tos?
  4. Fair~Lane Hotel - Lenticular Sign Tutorial (sort of)

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Very neat effect and nicely executed.
  5. Other: Halloween carnival shooting gallery table - how high to make it?

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    This year for Halloween we're working on making a shooting gallery with nerf guns and a few interactive targets. As part of the gallery we need a table which will both be where the guns are anchored and where the kids will stand to shoot. My problem is I don't know how high to make it! I want...
  6. West Coast Haunter's Convention in Portland, OR [May 16-18 2014]

    Haunts, Gatherings and Conventions
    I didn't see a thread for this convention, so I thought I'd put one up. Next week is the West Coast Haunter's Convention in Portland, OR. The website is http://hauntersconvention.com/. They have a lot going on with 4 simultaneous presentation tracks, pay-to-attend classes, vendor booths...
  7. Static: Making a mummy

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    The nice thing is there are lots of examples here on the forums of how people made various types of mummies, so the hard part is picking what kind of mummy you want. Do you want one that looks like an ancient Egyptian mummy (with an organized wrapping style and bound legs) or more old...
  8. Static: How to make a spider?

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    Are you going to make some of the spider's arms move with the pneumatics, or is the entire spider going to be moving on the end of the pneumatic? I recently made a large spider out of 1" and 1/2" PVC; some of the legs were static and some had joints so they could be moved by a motor. So that...
  9. Electronic/Software: 8 foot motion-activated giant tarantula

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    Thank you all very much for the comments! I really appreciate them, they have filled me with glee :) I think it would work much better and I would certainly look to using some kind of metal cable in the future. Can I ask where you get it, and how you terminate the ends? I saw that...
  10. Prop Showcase: Shadowfang Keep 2013 Props

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    Fantastic and very inspirational! I love how you've made very unique things. Hard to pick favorites, but I must say the giant eyeballs dangling by optic nerves would be my pick, followed very closely by the sewer beast that was snakelike.
  11. Prop Showcase: 2013 setup day n night video

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    I can hear and see both videos just fine! I think your yard is great - lots of variety. I really liked the skeleton in the coffin (so much motion!) and the flying ghost, and you had good lighting too. I understand feeling dwarfed by the amazing people on this forum - I only had one prop...
  12. Electronic/Software: 8 foot motion-activated giant tarantula

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    The body of the spider is made of two planks of wood which sandwich a bunch of PVC 4-way connectors. Due to the weight of everything, the PVC was not very stable and legs kept working themselves loose. So I drilled holes through the connectors and the legs and dropped in bolts to act as pins...
  13. Electronic/Software: 8 foot motion-activated giant tarantula

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    In 2011 I made a giant tarantula. The body was hollow, made of cardboard and plastic. The legs were made of pipe insulation and foam, and the whole thing was covered in long fur. I tried to give it moving arms, but my string-powered arms never worked right and it required an actor inside to...
  14. Prop Showcase: Splatterhouse arcade game custom cabinet.

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    Wow, so much detail! That's fantastic, you've really gone above and beyond. Thank you for sharing!
  15. Lowes,Menards and Home Depot Halloween 2013

    General Halloween
    At Lowes, I picked up the Halloween Plastic LED Candle with Scenes Purple Lighted Tabletop Holiday Decoration. This is an electronic snowglobe in the shape of a candle - kind of hard to tell what it's like from the still picture, so here is a short video of it in action: It also comes in...
  16. Mechanical: How to make spider egg sacs wiggle?

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    I'm hoping to pick your brains for ideas :) I would like to hang up some giant spider eggs sacs that would wiggle on their own. I am trying to think of something I could buy and re-purpose for this. Maybe something like a toy. I would like it to be: - self contained (runs on batteries) - not...
  17. Prop Showcase: Finishing the spider

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    Nice big spider! I'm not sure if you mean best way to attach in terms of "looks" or in terms of glue/nails/etc. If you are asking about the pose, I would take a look at pictures of real spiders. This is a good image...
  18. Top 13 Most Hated Halloween Candies

    General Halloween
    Ah, that brought back memories. To add to your list, I did not like Dum Dums at all, or Tootsie Pops. Dots were fun after I learned you could make them into shapes. For example, make an indent on a red one on the flat side, then squeeze a green one in the middle until it's a bow-tie shape...
  19. Other: Hanging something that has a wet effect feeling!!!

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    I just wanted to mention that if you're talking about natural latex (derived from plants), many people are allergic to it. Contact with latex could cause anything from a mild rash, to swelling, or even a really severe anaphylactic reaction. So my advice would be to never put natural rubber...
  20. Other: Hanging something that has a wet effect feeling!!!

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    Oh yeah, I like that idea. You can find them in the floral section of Micheal's and Joann's. They come in several sizes and lots of colors. When dry they are tiny. When wet - well, I don't know if they feel wet exactly, but they are unpleasantly squishy! Once they are big and wet, maybe you...
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