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  1. Dark and Gothic DIY clothing projects, great for costumes!

    Halloween Costume Ideas
    Finally getting updates and new projects after over a decade. Stuff like pirate shirts, cloaks, fancy skirts and such. Meant for beginning and intermediate sewing levels. Always wanted to learn to make your own costumes? This is a good place to start. Antimony & Lace
  2. Mechanical: Wiper Motor driven Grave Digger

    Halloween Props
    I'm finally back to doing videos. Here's my version of the Grave Digger -
  3. Other: How to paint a Squawkers McCaw / faux fur?

    Halloween Props
    After seeing some great projects with it here I finally bought a Squawkers McCaw and the board to go with it from J-Man. The problem is that my theme is a spooky graveyard, nothing piratey. My solution is to turn Squakwers into a zombie parrot in a cage, but I'm not sure how to tackle paining...
  4. Greetings from SE Wisconsin

    Member Introduction
    Hello! I am Justin and I too am new. Last year I was finally able to build my first Halloween display. The beginnings of a graveyard with a few homemade pop-up ghouls. Overall the neighborhood enjoyed it.
  5. Free At Last!

    General Halloween
    Free at last, free at last, thank *dietyofyourchoice* all mighty, we are free at last! No more holidays breathing down my neck for at least 8 more months! Is anyone relieved that Hallowthankmas has passed? I swear, I need an additional month between Halloween and Christmas. There is just not...
  6. Spirit Halloween animated "Creepy Cat Urn" for sale?

    Wanted to Buy
    Hi everyone. I previously owned this animated creepy cat urn from Spirit (that the cat pops in and out of) and it was a big part of my interactive shooting gallery, but this year it finally stopped working. Does anyone have a spare they might be willing to part with? Unfortunatley it looks like...
  7. Talking Skull Project on the Cheap Pt. 2

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    OK here is the promised tutorial on the cheap talking skull build. I'm trying to create a talking skull, that will react to any audio file you run through it, for less than $30... The first step was to cut the skull in a way to get access to the inside in a way that viewers couldn't see the...
  8. Ultimate Guide to DIY Animatronics Book

    For Sale By Merchants
    It is finally ready! My book, The Ultimate Guide to DIY Animatronics, is available on presale for $10 off through Monday! Order your copy from the first run and have it in time for Christmas at https://www.servomagazine.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-diy-animatronics You can find it on Amazon as...
  9. FINALLY finished taking it all down!

    General Halloween
    Since Halloween, we have worked long hours on every weeknight and every weekend and it's taken us until last night to take it all down and put away. There's actually still about an hour of work that needs to be done to put away the last few things, but it's finally done! We still have the...
  10. My 2018 Yard Display

    General Halloween
    Hi everyone it's been a long time since I've been active here. Life just always seems to have other plans for me. So I uploaded some pictures of my yard to the Halloween 2018 album but here's a wide view of most of the graveyard. So this year my town had the first ever House of Horrors...
  11. 2018 One-car Garage Haunt -- Video Posted on YouTube!

    General Halloween
    Finally got around to posting something to YouTube! I had about 200 visitors and maybe 100 walked through my haunt. It's not too scary, I keep it fairly tame as we have a lot of young children. Still it was a lot of fun to put together... Enjoy! :D
  12. Static: Pirate Treasure Chest

    Halloween Props
    I've been wanting to add a big treasure chest to my Pirate's Graveyard display for a long time now but could never find one that was big enough or at a price I was willing to pay so I finally broke down and built one myself. The chest measures 30x24x18 and cost less than $20 in materials...
  13. Hello from France - Normandy

    Member Introduction
    Hi, I'll try to introduce myself. After years of work, I've finally reached the goal to celebrate Halloween with my best friend. She's husky breeder and this year, she will receive her customers for a little party. For the moment, we've bought decorations in supermarket and some CO2 sticks...
  14. Prop Showcase: Ravenwood Asylum Cemetery Gates

    Halloween Props
    Well, it's taken a while but we've finally completed our cemetery gates..not really...nothing is EVER completed in our quest for an awesome Halloween display. But, I thought we had them to the point where I was ready to unveil them and show everyone. I'll post instructions on how these were...
  15. Modifying a "spotlight"

    General Halloween
    Hi all! I bought a "spotlight" several years ago, but have never used it. I finally got my skeletons up into a tree in our front yard... and I thought it would be fun to shine a spotlight on them. So I put in a bulb, plugged it in... and it's really just a bare bulb. So it's super bright for...
  16. Hello from Oklahoma!

    Member Introduction
    I've been lurking for a while but finally settled on a username and decided to join. This year I decided to go much bigger on my yard, I'm working on a somewhat realistic giant spider with a 12' legspan and a creeper. I have a fairly small yard, so I'm limited on how much I can add, but if I end...
  17. Mapleton Manor Yard Haunt 2018

    General Halloween
    So I finally finished this years video of our Halloween Display. Go ahead and check out the link for it in my signature. Hope you all enjoy. I even put in a special Thank you to all the member here on Halloween Forum, without you I probably wouldn't have a Yard haunt as nice as it is. From...
  18. Prop Showcase: Modifying 18" fiberglass skulls from Home Depot

    Halloween Props
    Picked up these last year from HD and was inspired as our house has a cemetery theme. I wanted to mount them on the columns on either side of our front door so I cut the back of the skulls off using a jig saw and then epoxied a piece of wood towards the top to act as a mount. Originally they...
  19. Electronic/Software: Zombie Containment Unit

    Halloween Props
    Well I finally got the big new prop for this year up and working. I have a few more things to add like signage and what not but got it all wired today and tried it out! Should be a big hit as was the monster in a box last year I rigged up. Here's a short video.
  20. Fog: Front Porch suggestions/help with fog

    Halloween Props
    Hello fellow Halloween Fans! Been a member for a few years but rarely ever post.........come to think of it this might be the first. I have been inactive the past few years for Halloween because I was renting an apartment. Well I finally got back into a house and want to do some cool things...
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