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  1. Electronic/Software: PIRs

    Halloween Props
    So I have been playing around with a some used PIRs and I think I have learned a few things but I just want to confirm. I am working with 12V PIRs and have 12V actuators or 12 V LEDs hooked to them. First I noticed if I tried to directly hook the PIR to the actuator that the PIR triggers over...
  2. Would you hand out comics on Halloween?

    General Halloween
    I write scary comics for kids (primarily ages 7 to 12), and I've been giving out copies of my comics on Halloween for years. This year, I'm planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a much larger print run of small-size, black and white editions. It's my way of testing the waters to...
  3. ToTs without costumes

    General Halloween
    Hi everybody! Sorry if this question was already raised, but how do you feel about ToTs (in my experience generally older) who come and ask for candies but they don’t have a costume or not even a mask or something? I don’t get too many, but they still annoy me a bit - I would like to tell...
  4. Static: Best process for corpsing a skeleton like this?

    Halloween Props
    I picked up a skeleton from Spririt the other day, but it is way too cute for my yard. I am looking into converting him into a groundbreaker and would like him to have a greyish corpse look to him similar to the below pictures. I've seen some posts about using plastic wrap and a heat gun to...
  5. Lighting: LED Lighting Question - PSU, LED Driver

    Halloween Props
    Hey all, I bought some pre wired LED's that I'm using in a project. ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DZIRPM4/ ) I'm still trying to figure out how to hook them up, but need some help. Would I use a Power supply or LED driver to drive these? I only need 6-10 of these led's hooked up...
  6. Electronic/Software: Ardurino queston

    Halloween Props
    Hey all. Trying my hand at DIY props this year. Looking to go Ardurino over Pico as it seems to be less expensive. So, sorry if my question is too vague or open ended. Basically I'm doing an human interactive electric chair with electric sander, vibrating motors, flash cracker and routed fog...
  7. Lighting: Projector that's the best of both worlds? cheap w/usb input

    Halloween Props
    I've used projectors in my setup in the past by buying old but high lumen ones off of ebay. I had success with 1080i Dell projectors as well as others, but I always found these older but high lumen projectors to be a huge compromise because they tend to only have vga or older composite vide...
  8. Lighting: Used projector for effects that can also be used for my computer? Min resolution?

    Halloween Props
    While I love my xd500u Mitsubishi projectors, they don't seem to have sufficient resolution for computer use. I want to hook my mac mini up to a projector for double-duty use in my home studio, running / playing with a soft synthesizer called Omnisphere 2. What resolution should I consider...
  9. Electronic/Software: Animated Scarecrow (First prop build/looking for input)

    Halloween Props
    I'm starting my very first prop build and thought it would be a good idea to start a build thread looking for input. For Halloween this year I picked up a really cool scarecrow costume just didn't as well as I would have liked it to. It looked really good but was just was very hard to see out...
  10. Connecting 2 Fog Machines Together Please Help!

    General Halloween
    Hey guys, this might be a shot in the dark but was wondering if anyone knows how to connect 2 VEI 950 Fog Machines together in Series? It doesn't say in the manual and I can't get a hold of anybody at VEI and they no longer make this model fog machine. I know you can do it cause it says you can...
  11. Need opinions on this prop-Cauldron Keeper-Sale Ends Tonight-Need Input fast

    General Halloween
    http://www.halloweenexpress.com/animated-cauldron-creeper-p-30168.html Guys, what you do think about this prop. I need input fast because sale ends tonight and the discount is quite nice.
  12. Static: Anyone seen the It Lives! prop in person?

    Halloween Props
    Trying to decide if I should get one... Thanks for any input!
  13. Halloween projecting questions

    Halloween Props
    windowfx halloween projecting had anyone used this and know whether its as good as the atmosfearfx projecting? I cant seem to get my projector to work for atmosfearfx so I thought about this instead cause it looks easy. anyone have any input on quality of image and what not of this? thanks for...
  14. Lighting: Spookiest Colored Lights

    Halloween Props
    What color lights create the spookiest effect in a graveyard haunt? I'm thinking either blue or green, but need some input from the experts. Thanks.
  15. Other Remeber the gourdlets?

    Halloween Crafts
    A while ago I bought some zombie ground stakes from a board member. They languished in a box til one day I stumbled on some other dried gourds we had stored. So after some splicing and dicing here are the works in progress. The Gourdlings , tenders of Gourdlets , and eaters of all else...
  16. Fearfx DVD or download

    Halloween Props
    Hello all just wanted to see what would be the best way to go. I'm looking into a projector and I know I want to get one with USB and HDMI but what I want to know is would it be better to buy the fearfx DVD or get just the download. My prop is going to be the Skelton DVD and maybe the ghost...
  17. Electronic/Software: Carnegie Mellon: input and control using plastic tubing

    Halloween Props
    I thought this merited sharing with the group, for those who are dabbling in experimentation with props and may be looking for methods for getting input from users to control and interact with their props: http://www.gizmag.com/acoustruments-physical-smartphone-controls/37103 Doug Parker...
  18. Arizona - Rob Zombie Haunted House

    Haunts, Gatherings and Conventions
    The Great American Nightmare opens up in scottsdale this friday as opening night. I'm going, is anyone else? I know this was open last year in Pomona California anyone have any input on what to expect?
  19. Electronic/Software: Need to find replacement input jack for Gemmy Butler's head

    Halloween Props
    I need help locating a replacement input jack for my Gemmy animated butler's head. I bought him at a great price needing a little TLC and fixed the jammed motor that makes his chest breath in and out but the eyes wouldn't move. Upon further inspection , the input power jack inside the bottom of...