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  1. MY life size music box dancers

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    So several years ago my wife had the idea of having Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers in our display (both skeletons). Like most props I make it is my wifes idea that i make become reality. So here it is. Stared out with an octagonal frame that is 47.5" from point to point. Bottom layer...
  2. Static: Halloween Train Platform Build

    Halloween Props
    We've been doing the Halloween trains for years and have gone through multiple versions and train sizes. I decided this year to make it a little larger but also have room for some of our Halloween light up houses and to make more room for some of the larger train cars like the Ecto 1 last...
  3. AtmosFearFX - 1/2 off on Eerie Eyes: Spooky Eyes projection

    Coupons, Discounts and Promotions
    Not seeing a banner for the new weekly sale yet but in looking through some of the projection titles saw that Eerie Eyes Collection's Spooky Eyes projection is 1/2 off (was 5.99, now 3.00). Not sure how long this price is good for as it seemed to be an unadvertised item at this point...
  4. Coffin Coronary - by Death Lord

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    ​Partsman's Note: Here's another how-to from Death Lord enjoy There are lots of places to find how to make a toe pincher casket on the internet, but I couldn't find a single place on building authentic coffins. Above you can see that we have used the dimensions of an actual casket to place our...
  5. Home Depot - free shipping, skeleton horse 1/2 off

    Coupons, Discounts and Promotions
    Home Depot is now shipping all Halloween decor online orders for free, and the skeleton horse is marked down to $99.50: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Holiday-Decorations-Halloween-Decorations/N-5yc1vZc2ve...
  6. Mechanical: Zultan issues...curtains again

    Halloween Props
    My curtains want to bounce 1/2 open. I have taken the gearbox off, removed the motor and inspected the "wandering gear". Mine appears to be stationary. I even tried to move it with a small screwdriver...no luck. Any ideas. I love the Zultan and do not wish to tie the curtains back. Sincerely, Dave
  7. Static: What to do with a 1/2 mannequin ?

    Halloween Props
    I have this 1/2 mannequin that I have no idea what to do with. Last year I sat it in a chair in clothes. So it just looked like an headless guy. It was boring. Does anyone have a better idea of what I could maybe do with it? The arms stay behind its back. I can move them forwards if it has a...
  8. Static: Pumpkin Reaper

    Halloween Props
    This is my Pumpkin Reaper, the head is paper mache and the clothing is burlap cycled thru a washing machine and dyed different colors. Frame is 1 1/2 in PVC pipe.
  9. Mechanical: Linear actuator

    Halloween Props
    A question for anyone with experience with these. Are they available with faster or slower speeds. Seem the ones I have seen go about 1/2 inch per second. That seems very slow. Anyone have a source for faster?
  10. Other: Anyone else having trouble getting rigid foam?

    Halloween Props
    Went to my local Home Depot today to get some 3/4" foam and found out that they no longer carry it. They now only carry 2" in both the pink and the foil-backed. Went to the service desk to see if other stores in my area had it and no such luck - nothing within a 100 mile radius. I tried...
  11. Prop Showcase: Backyard walk through of my haunt, 1/2 way point in setting this up.

    Halloween Props
    This year I am expanding my haunt to include a walkthrough with twists and scares. I prefer to use more family friendly props, so nothing really scary or gory. We get about 600-1000 kids each year. I am at the 1/2 way point in creating this. I just got lighting up last night and still have to...
  12. Sure we go to Home Depot......just for different reasons

    General Halloween
    Go through checkout today and the cashier says "Ok one 10 foot 1/2 cold steel pipe, 1/3 drill bit, 2 3 inch metal rings, cable ties, 1/2 threaded 90 degree angle, one 24 foot extension cord and one LED work light. Looks like you've got a busy weekend. Plumbing issues?" To which I had to...
  13. Static: Tiki skulls

    Halloween Props
    I need to do a 1/2 dozen of these. Who has done this before, and do you have any tips, etc.? THANKS.
  14. Cleaning out the Attic: Pnuematics/controllers

    For Sale/Trade By Individuals
    Hi All! Hope all is well, Cleaning out the attic this weekend as I prepare for yet another season. Came across some old pneumatic cylinders and solenoids, and controllers I have no use for. PICTURES: http://imgur.com/a/0uB7N Atlas Cylinder Double Acting 9'' stroke (cylinder length is 13''...
  15. Static: My 2nd tombstone for the year

    Halloween Props
    Almost done and couldn't wait to share. With only 4 & 1/2 hours invested it just needs some finishing touches, dry brushing and such.
  16. The House on Ranch Drive - 2015

    General Halloween
    Here is a daytime video of our haunt from last year. The dark section after the tunnel is a hall with 1/2 inch foam pipe insulation hanging down from the ceiling.
  17. Static: 2015 Jeepers Creepers Creeper II

    Halloween Props
    We finally got around to rebuilding our Creeper. When we first built him, we used a 60s/70s era vinyl mannequin and he was fine until we put the wings on. The added weight caused the knees to buckle and later the ankles to fail. :) The mannequin was also on 5'11" and had his legs together...
  18. Drinks

    Party Ideas. Experiences and Recipes
    Screwed-Up Screwdriver Serves 1 1/4 cup ice 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 1/2 ounces black vodka ( I made this with vodka and black food coloring) 1 black licorice twist, for serving (Optional) Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Add vodka so it sits on top of juice and...
  19. Static: Sneaking Halloween into the home year round/ Sideshow Merdermaid throne.

    Halloween Props
    Another attempt at sneaking Halloween into the home year round. Tell me how will my better 1/2 will ever say no! :P So I found this old tub online. 1/2 hour trip and $40 later it belonged to me. It's actually a very small tub barely 4' long so it's not ridiculously heavy (Even less so after the...
  20. Pneumatic: Home Haunt air rams

    Halloween Props
    Cleaning out the shop. Have these Spooky FX pvc air cylinders that were modified but never used. Hate to see them sit idle. I added a rig that keeps the cylinder from twisting and turning anything attached. They are about 14 1/2 inches and extend to 25 inches. Willing to let them both go for...