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  1. Electronic/Software: animatronic automaton software

    Halloween Props
    Hi, I was wondering if there are more modern :D and maybe even open source software that is doing automation like "Visual Show Automation (VSA)" Regards, /Johan
  2. Lighting: Solar versus Low voltage

    Halloween Props
    Currently most of my lighting is driven by low voltage power or by 110 AC. However I was wondering if anyone has tried using mostly solar lights. I see advantages and disadvantages of each but I wanted to start a discussion. Powering the lights with Low voltage or AC requires many more wires...
  3. Static: Need Funhouse Mirror Advice

    Halloween Props
    I've seen several ways to make funhouse mirrors and am wondering if anyone knows of a way to make mirrors with superior results. By "superior" I mean without ripples and with a nearly true mirror quality reflection. Thanks.
  4. JoAnn Fabric Garland

    Wanted to Buy
    Wondering if anyone that picked up the vine black glitter garland on clearance at JoAnn's last Spring might want to part with a few? It was black with glitter about 6 feet long. I bought a few for a project and need a few more. Didn't see it on their site this year. Thanks.
  5. Roanoke meets jeepers creepers.. advice needed!

    Party Ideas. Experiences and Recipes
    Hi all Ok, time has come to start planning this year... I was thinking about having a kind of hillbilly roanoke cannibal colony meets jeepers creepers with a little dash of wrong turn about it. Scarecrow for the front garden, skelly in a rocking chair, bone wind chimes, pig mask skellies in...
  6. Hearse rental?

    Party Ideas. Experiences and Recipes
    Just starting to plan our Vampire Funeral theme this year, and I'm wondering... Is it possible to rent a hearse for an evening? I'd love to have this in the driveway when guests arrive, in front of my garage-door-turned-wall-crypt. Have any of you done this? Where do you rent from...a...
  7. Static: Climbing Skeletons

    Halloween Props
    I want to add some climbing skeletons to my house this year. I've seen tutorials on how to hang them on aluminum siding with Christmas light clips. I have cement board siding on my house which is not as forgiving as aluminum. I could probably find a plastic clip that I could slide underneath the...
  8. Mechanical: PMW Pulse Motor Controller + Recorder

    Halloween Props
    I'm going to build a "Monster in a box" prop this year. Actually it will be a "Monster in a Coffin" but the effect will be similar. I want to use the prop controller from Monster Guts in my title. I don't want the controller however to be triggered, but to run continuously on a loop. Fright...
  9. Gemmy Zultan mouth movement repair help

    Halloween Props
    Wondering if anyone can give me direction to repair Gemmy Zultans mouth movement and his little skulls mouth movement. Neither move at all. Thank you!
  10. Static: Davis Graveyard Cathedral

    Halloween Props
    I have a few ideas concerning how the Davis Graveyard built their amazing cathedral but I was trying to work out some technical details. I was thinking we could share ideas here and learn from each other. First I know they fit all the foam piece together with classic wood working joints like...
  11. Help! Slides hard to insert in Gemmy Lightshow Illusion Projector

    General Halloween
    Hi guys, picked up a Gemmy Lightshow Illusion Projector (2018 product) that comes with 6 slides and finding all the slides are super tight to insert into the projector. Too late to return after holiday and do like it so wondering how to make the best of this. Also curious if others have had...
  12. Hello

    Member Introduction
    Happy to be part of the forum. Does anyone have good advice on when/where to buy department 56 to get the best price. Just wondering if there is a good sale cadence, if I am patient. I know Micheal's is great for Lemax, just looking for good timing and locations for 56. Thank you for your help.
  13. Good tutorial (or class) for Electronics for Halloween props?

    General Halloween
    Hey all, Looking to step up my halloween display for next year and want to get into electronics and was wondering if anyone has/knows of good tutorials for beginners? I'm found some videos online, but figured I would ask here for more Halloween centric tutorials? Thanks.
  14. Electronic/Software: FM transmitter for UK, are they legal if so what do you recommend

    Halloween Props
    Hi, I'm toying with the idea of projecting onto my house for Halloween 2019, I would like to also have sound. I'm wondering whether I could have speakers (on low volume) for ToTs and an FM transmitter for people driving by. Firstly, are FM transmitters (for what I want to do) legal in the UK...
  15. Other: Tombstone patterns?

    Halloween Props
    Ok, now that I can start planning for next year, was wondering if anyone has a source Or if people share their tombstone patterns? I'm looking for the "inner" detail patterns, not the general tombstone shape, though probably be nice to share those if people have them as well. Thanks
  16. Static: How Could I Go About Recreating This Scene?

    Halloween Props
    Hi All! I'm new here- I decided to sign up because I made my first Halloween scene this year and had such a great time. Now I'm already thinking about next year... I want to do a Pirates of the Caribbean scene from The Curse of the Black Pearl, specifically the treasure cave scene. I would like...
  17. Anyone in the Raleigh, NC area?

    Off-Topic Stuff
    Hi all, I'm in Raleigh for business and was wondering if anybody in the area could suggest what I could do to celebrate the big night. I didn't know if there were any local groups that would be visiting haunted house and such, or what other activities to look into. Thanks, Calloween
  18. New to custom props: How much should I expect to spend per diy custom prop?

    Halloween Props
    I'm new to making custom props and am wondering just how much I should expect to spend for simple pop-up props, like trash can trauma or some other pop-up props complete with sound and lights. Is $100 per prop about right? Is arduino the way to go? Also, for air cylinders, do diy pvc cylinders...
  19. Static: What to do with garage doors?

    Halloween Props
    Hi guys, I'm just wondering what you all do to cover your garage doors? Last year I bought photography back drops and taped them on, they were a huge hit, the parents loved taking photos of their kids in front of them. I am changing it up a little having bought new scenes for this year. I was...
  20. How Much Candy do you give out?

    General Halloween
    I usually give out a big size Goldfish snack bag (from Sam's) to any toddlers 2 and under and for the tots a full size KitKat bar. I can't afford the full size candy this year so I bought Mars chocolate assortment, Skitlles and Rice Krispy Halloween minis. I've never given out the small bars...
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