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  1. Static: My newest creation - "The Impaled Corpse"

    Halloween Props
    Started out just wanting to see how detailed I could make a corpsed skeleton, then it evolved into a corpse on a stake, then into a corpse staked on a tree branch with some severed rotting heads alongside. The corpsing was done with latex, shop towel and great stuff. There are a few other odds...
  2. Lighting: candle help and ideas

    Halloween Props
    I recently had a conversation with a friend that works at a custom lighting company. Some of her lamps have plastic candles. She has been throwing away the extra ones. She just gave me my first batch of the leftover candles. They already have factory candle wax drips on them. They also come with...
  3. Static: Large iceberg/glacier props for Frankenstein in the Arctic theme

    Halloween Props
    Hello all! Anyone else pining for the season? This year's haunt theme is the last voyage of Frankenstein's ship. We plan on converting the front porch into a ship and turning the front yard into an arctic sea. Wondering if anyone has thoughts on creating icebergs, lit from within. My initial...
  4. 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'...
  5. Static: Want to convert snowman into pumpkin monster. need ideas

    Halloween Props
    Hello. So every year I grab more and more of those lighted pumpkins to the point where I have a good sized pumpkin patch that the kids really like. Time to make it a little evil and scary by combining it with my graveyard stuff. I wanted to add this from Home Depot but I didn't see it until...
  6. Flicker Circuit by Death Lord

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    By using an extension cord as the basis of this project it not only allows you to plug any light into it, but more importantly the extension cord give you the ability to plug two lamps (bulbs) into the cord. I use two 25 watt bulbs (red or red and yellow?) and a 5A fuse. Total construction time...
  7. High Amp Power Supply Probably In Your Closet

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    ATX computer power supplies are in almost any old desktop computer case you may have sitting in your attic or closet collecting dust. These power supply's have at least 5- 12v, 8-5v and 4-3.3v leads all running with enough amperage to run any motor, arduino, servo or light setup that you have...
  8. 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...
  9. Animatronic Eye Mechanism

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Hi all, longtime haunter first time post: This is a quick eye movement test I did of some eyes I made (these were a junk pair that I had used for a sculpting blank). The actual mechanism is made from 2 old servos, some baling wire and a home depot paint stick. It is just a test but as you see I...
  10. Mechanical: Help! Spirit Halloween Harvester Repair

    Halloween Props
    I recently obtained a Harvester from a local yard sale. Cosmetically, he is in great condition. No dirt anywhere on his inside or his clothes. The problem I am having is with his head rising mechanism. His eyes, mouth, and head turn all work great, however his head doesn't lift up or down. You...
  11. Electronic/Software: Party City Michael Myers H2 help

    Halloween Props
    I have a Party City version of Michael Myers H2 and the power wire inside him is cut where it connects to the power jack port. Could someone w the same prop post up a couple of pics of the power wire under his coverall where it leads into the plug jack and any speakers. Thanks !
  12. Boo's from Chicago.

    Member Introduction
    As if Chicago is not scary enough...... I have been into making custom props over the years with varied success. I've built a number of large props where most have sold. The largest I built was a shed sized mausoleum that sadly, did not sell. It was repurposed into several other projects so...
  13. Electronic/Software: Convert piezo sound sensor to PIR (HC-SR501)

    Halloween Props
    I just started getting into hacking props this year. Maybe next year I'll try my hand a my own custom props. Anyway... Last year, I bought the Rising Reaper on clearance at Wal-Mart. It runs off of 3 AA batteries. I dislike battery operated props, so I converted it to AC power by simply using a...
  14. Electronic/Software: Skeleton tree lunger

    Halloween Props
    Hello, I recently bought this Halloween skeleton tree lunger from Big Lots. It has a motion and sound activation function, but does not seem to be working for me. There is a try me button attached to it and that works quite well. I was wondering if anyone knew how I might be able to extend the...
  15. Mechanical: PIR Sensor How-To - NEED HELP

    Halloween Props
    Hi all. Ordered 2 smaller animated props from Spirit Halloween and one came today, the leaping spider. Works great and will definitely scare but the issue I have is that the motion sensor doesn't work that well if at all, and need a simple PIR sensor that works with the hookup on the prop. I...
  16. Beef Netting Web, Giant, Lightweight Foil Spider

    Halloween Props
    #$%@ Pinterest made me want to try to make a foil spider. Lightweight, weatherproof, huge! NOTHING STICKS TO $%&# FOIL! Found that out not as quickly as expected. Here's how I made mine: Legs: I stuck heavy wire in 5’&6’ pool noodles, crinkled & uncrinkled heavy duty foil and glued on with...
  17. Electronic/Software: Hellp. Need to disable sound on this prop

    Halloween Props
    Hello everyone. I bought one of these canvas led paintings at HomeDepot (actually it's the one where the witch is outside a house with a ghost above her but I can't find it on the HD site.). It's perfect for the location I have but I don't want the sound to play, it's fun once or twice but not...
  18. Female inline or slide-on plugs for sale

    For Sale/Trade By Individuals
    Female Inline or Slide-on Plugs for sale: these are brand new vampire female inline plugs for 18awg, SPT-1 wire; standard extension cord wire. Quantity: 100 New they cost $75, I'll sell them for $50. PM me your zip code for a shipping cost These are very convenient to use. Instead of running...
  19. Goth Goddess Headdress

    Halloween Costume Ideas
    I set out to make a huge flamboyant Goth Goddess headdress to go with a long black dress. I watched this video to learn how to make a wire frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBdnr2elRKM&app=desktop My materials were 20 gauge wire (the next thickest wire up would probably be more...
  20. Electronic/Software: CEREBUS prop missing FOG MACHINE RELAY CABLE

    Halloween Props
    Nov 1st, 2016 I bought a Spirit Halloween Cerebus, but it is missing the FOG MACHINE RELAY CABLE. I contacted Spirit Halloween several times since then, and initially they said it was temporarily Out Of Stock. But after regular emails to them (they do answer promptly), they finally say the...
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