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  1. Hi from Pittsburgh

    Member Introduction
    My name is Bill Elwell. I am 73 years old, an Electronic Engineer, and have been prop building since the 1970's. I have a wonderful workshop and many hobbies. Some of my props have been featured in Nuts and Volts and Servo magazines. I just recently 'yanked' myself into the 21st century by...
  2. Hi all

    Member Introduction
    Hi all, I am a new member to this forum and happy to be here. I have been building up a Halloween garden haunt for the last few years and am looking forward to taking it to the next level! Hopefully there will be loads to learn here and loads of inspiration to share.
  3. Static: ideas for this cool feature of cauldron

    Halloween Props
    I'm about to start building cauldron creep prop and have purchased this barrel to serve as the cauldron. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2252470498414744/?ref=messenger_banner The barrel is pretty cool as-is but I may glue a few skulls or bones to it. You have any other ideas? But...
  4. Hey everyone!

    Member Introduction
    Hey all, I am new here and excited to be part of this great community. I love building Halloween creations for my favorite time of the year and I hope to add some of my creations to this forum soon. Please fee free to check out my website. Thanks, Nick
  5. Pneumatic: weathering galvanized steel trash can - muriatic acid?

    Halloween Props
    I'm building a trash can trauma prop and want to weather the 31 gallon galvanized steel trash can, add some rust. I read somewhere that there is a youtube video on how to do this using muriatic acid. I can't seem to find that exact video. Anybody have tips on precisely what I need to do? (Do I...
  6. Other: Creative ideas for these junk?

    Halloween Props
    I have gotten a hold of a few unique items that I am going to use in building something for my outside displays. In addition, I have quite a collection of string led lights and a lot of tools. Any suggestions that doesn't cost a lot?
  7. Other: Recommending PVC Pipe Cutter for prop building

    Halloween Props
    Last year I had some large size PVC pipe to cut and wanted a clean cut without all the plastic debris from sawing. Not being someone with a lot of tools or being handy constructing things, I ended up buying an Orbit "1/2 inch-to-2 inch PVC cutting tool" from Home Depot. A bit on the pricey side...
  8. Spider Hill's Leering Skeleton Plans!

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Hi All, We get a lot of questions about building this prop so the last time we built one I made sure to document everything so I could make a complete set of plans to share. Feel free to download the file from our site. :) If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me and...
  9. Building a Faux Rock Arch

    REQUEST FOR TUTURIALS GO HERE
    Hey Spooky People! This isn't so much a request for a tutorial as it is a "am I going about this correctly" guide. The entrance to our haunt is a sort of fall-down-the-rabbit-hole type deal. I want to build a rock arch similar to this: It's not going to be that wide as I only have about 5'...
  10. New member & home prop builder

    Member Introduction
    New member and have been building props for home haunt for a few years. Here to learn some new tricks and maybe share some of my experiences. Thanks to a lot of you from YouTube videos I have built cauldron creeps, leering skeletons and added octobanger for my props.
  11. Mechanical: UK Monster-in-a-box

    Halloween Props
    Hi all, Halloween isn't as popular in the UK as it is in the US, but I'm hopefully going to change that over the next few years as I build my drive / front garden (yard?) display, well at least in my leafy part of West Sussex anyway. I have a lot of prop building experience (R2D2, 2 x Daleks...
  12. 2019 follow along: Cadaver Tomb. Trevor 2.0

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Don't know if it will be so much a tutorial, but I've decided to revisit one of my old props and attack it with some lessons learned. Back in 2012 I created the original Trevor. It was meant to be a one-off, and sold after Halloween that year. I was unhappy with a couple little...
  13. I need help finding this or knowing if it's coming back next year

    Wanted to Buy
    So I've been building a bigger and bigger pumpkin patch (all different sized fake lit up ones) for my yard haunt and the day after Halloween I see this beauty on clearance at HD. It's perfect for what I want, add some scarecrows, spot lights, tombstones........perfect. I don't know how I missed...
  14. Mechanical: Is it another stolen prop?

    Halloween Props
    I know we have posted about this in the past. Was doing my Day after shopping and came across this: Yes it is a crouching swaying Ghoul like other have built on here for the past two years and hallowen express now has it. Well i still plan on building my own that will last for years and...
  15. Woodcraft DIY, House Of Horror with a $200 budget.

    Halloween Crafts
    Hi, This is my first post on the forum, and I'll have to admit that i found this at the very last minute. I work as a teacher for kids who are 16-20 years old and we decided to build our own "House Of Horror" as project for Halloween. I will here share what we did, and also how we did it. Both...
  16. Static: Found cool parts

    Halloween Props
    So you never know what kinda parts you need for props. I got my washing machine worked on today. The shocks were bad. I had never seen any before. So before I threw the box away, I opened it. I'm sure these will come in handy one day for something I'm building. Even if I take them apart for...
  17. Pneumatic: Creepy Clown Prop Animatronic

    Halloween Props
    Just finished building my 9th animatronic prop. I started building props nine years ago and have done one every year since. This year's prop is called Creepy Clown. Hope you like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_85QAC4mVQ
  18. Prop Showcase: Wheelchair screamer prop

    Halloween Props
    hey russ, this took me a week to design and build....i might start building in september. lol
  19. Mechanical: Raising a tombstone - What do I need

    Halloween Props
    Hey all, Kinda looking/searching into more animatronic props lately (building myself) and wanna get more into electrical and motors, etc. I created this prop this year, kinda like tombstone, built outta foam and wood. Maybe weights 20lbs or so. I was thinking of raising it up and down. So...
  20. Static: Been lurking and building - first tombstone (Texas T)

    Halloween Props
    This turned out well. All Foam with plastic flowers.
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