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  1. 2019 Orgahouse - CarnEvil

    Party Ideas. Experiences and Recipes
    Super excited that it's only 145 days away from Halloween! This year, for our fourth Party Haunt at this residence, we are doing a clown/carnival theme. We've had a few planning sessions, began prop building and and started the build a bit early to ensure we can add the all fine touches. We...
  2. Static: Pumpkin Sentinels - 2018

    Halloween Props
    Hello Fellow Haunts! So this was my big project for last year. I added a back row to my archway as well, but I wanted to create something new and exciting! I built these two Jacko Sentinels to guard my back yard during the October season. They are built with a PVC frame and base. I used...
  3. The Addams Family animated!

    Off-Topic Stuff
    Not sure how I missed this but here it is! I like the look of it but it just makes me miss Raoul Julia even more. Yes, John Astin was first & best & great but when it comes to the movies I feel like Raoul nailed it as did Angelica Houston. Not sure if I like Charlize Theron's voice as...
  4. Electronic/Software: How to loop an Aurduino Uno?

    Halloween Props
    Is there a way to have an Uno run in a loop by jumping 2 connections, not by code, much the same way you can with a Picoboo? I'm wanting to run it with relays connected without a PIR and have the sequence run over and over? So basically when power is applied to the UNO it's starts playing the...
  5. Mechanical: Wiper motor quick popup

    Halloween Props
    I was playing around with linkage simulator and stumbled across this configuration. It would really work well with a Picovolt where you can set it start when it is laying down and it would stop then go in reverse back to the laying position. Or let it go ahead and just make one complete turn...
  6. Electronic/Software: Spirit Graveyard Lantern Hack-My first hack!

    Halloween Props
    On an earlier thread I asked if anyone knew how to make the sound activated Spirt Halloween Graveyard Lanterns stay constantly lit instead of the momenary light after being activated by sound. A few replies, but nothing concrete on how to do it, so I decided to take it apart myself and see what...
  7. Soggy sonic tube

    Halloween Props
    I made my skull towers out of sonic tubes , it has rained non stop Lately . My tubes are soggy I don’t have time or money to make make new ones..will they dry out ? I put them in the garage, will that help ?
  8. Static: The feeling of finishing your final prop of the year

    Halloween Props
    It’s a good feeling. Almost a relief knowing I am done. I’ve been at it non stop since mid July and am about burnt out. I think I made about 35 new props after only making one or two things last year. I can’t wait to set up this weekend. My final prop was a 13 foot tall demon tree king...
  9. I am so happy. Local News is once again coming to interview us.

    General Halloween
    One of our local news stations is coming up on Sunday to do a story on our display. We had another station come up three years ago to do a story and the turn out that year was three times what it normally is. With our display being up for a few weeks now we have had alot of people already...
  10. 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...
  11. Little bits of Halloween on vacation.

    General Halloween
    We always seem to manage to find some little bits of halloween on our vacation. This year, vacation was much later than normal, and wanting to get out of the heat, we headed for Tahoe. Looking at various activities around the area, you knew my family was going to hit Donner lake and the...
  12. Anything Halloween related in Toronto

    General Halloween
    Going to Toronto this week (cause everyone goes north for spring break). I was wondering if anyone knows a must stop place in Toronto for a Halloween junkie... I might try the Ghost walk and have a few drinks at The Lockhart cocktail bar (kinda harry potter theme), other than that whats up...
  13. Prop Showcase: Wheel of Misfortune!

    Halloween Props
    My carnevil wheel is coming along. I added a DC motor with a H-Bridge. Using an Arduino for control, I started the wheel up and using PWM pins, I decremented it down to a stop. I will be painting the wheel up, here I added a spiral design to see what it would look like spinning.
  14. Hiding Places?

    General Halloween
    Ah yes...it's that time of year! Halloween stuff is creeping out into some stores & websites, yes, it's OUR TIME!! Also know as that time called "Where Can I Hide This From My Spouse/Significant Other Until Halloween?" or WCIHTFMS/SOUH?" If you do stash & hide, where is it? Mine is lately in...
  15. Hello there!

    General Halloween
    Hello, Hello. Did anyone miss me? It has been awhile since I have been on the Forum. I have a lot of catching up to do, it seems. Life just got in the way so there is nothing new about that itself. We all are busy at some point. I actually miss being on the Forum. Once again. I thought I would...
  16. Pneumatic: Help with Pneumatics

    Halloween Props
    I purchased a kit from Fright Props to make a jack in the box. It did not however work out as I was getting air leaking badly from the hose in several spots. These were the push on fittings that came with the kit and after trying unsuccessfully for an hour trying to stop the air leaking I just...
  17. Electronic/Software: two flash crackers

    Halloween Props
    Has anyone tried to wire up two flash crackers to a picoboo using one of the controllers no/c terminals. Then connecting the flash crackers to a dpdt 12vdc relay. I tried this but when the relay opens up the flash cracker wont stop, i have to push the button on plug to stop it. Any one have any...
  18. Mechanical: Man-eating pumpkin plant

    Halloween Props
    I've been making nothing but tombstones for the last couple of months, so I thought I better stop with the stones and make a new prop. This is what I came up with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTR-quFDaSY
  19. Raven's Grin Inn � Mt Carroll, IL

    Haunts, Gatherings and Conventions
    New Article="GOOD!" She is a young woman , writing for a local tourist magazine, but guess what? She got everything RIGHT! I am Very Happy with the work that she did. (Now if the photographer could have only taken a picture of the back of my head, instead of my old, scary face! ) Plain to...
  20. Thunder, lightening, Rain! Last Night.

    General Halloween
    Did NOT stop a group of Haunters from all around the USA from coming to the Ravens Grin Inn! ("How do you do those special De-fects up there above the house, Jim?) (And over this whole corner of the State?) A great audience! they began laughing from the first "second" they walked in. There...