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Hi all!

New here on the forums, but have a bit of experience making my own static props the last few years, mostly tombstones, a Grim pumpkin guardian, bottomless pit, etc.. Finally got my son infected with the Halloween bug and suckered my family into making our backyard/driveway into a haunted walk this year. What we really need to pull this off is some animated props to make things pop and add some jump scares.

Most of our props are graveyard related, though for the walk we're thinking of having multiple zones including an asylum pseudo-maze (limited space), haunted cornfield/pumpkin patch, giant spider's nest, and of course, the graveyard.

I know next to nothing about mechanics and pneumatics.

What should I start with? What can I make that fits those themes that will pop out and make ToTs drop their candy and run for their lives?

I've considered a Monster-in-a-box type prop, but really haven't the slightest clue where to start. I also thought it would be really cool to have a giant spider that pops out of a nest LoTR Shelob-style, if I had the proper guidance to create such a thing.

Thoughts? Help!
 

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hi, and welcome.

http://www.spiderhillpropworks.com/Animated-Swaying-Zombie-Complete-Kit_p_24.html
http://www.halloweenfxprops.com/pneumatic-mechs/
https://www.frightprops.com/control...obox-flex-with-terminal-block-connectors.html
https://www.frightideas.com/booboxes.html

I'm not sure if you want to build completely from scratch or buy rigs and add your own props to them, or get some already made.
I've included a few links that will help you out with all situations, be it, supplies, ready to go mechs or ready to go props.
there's a lot of other site, but some get pricey, but these couple of site, should help you figure out what you want / need to get going :)

have fun

Steph
 

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I know it doesnt answer the question on animation but...
If you want to not do an animated spider prop...and you want A shelob...go to Homedepot.com and buy the 9ft spider. Its a great base, add a little paint if you wish and it is a huge prop that will wow people. It is also been going down in price where I got mine for $175 (when normally was $250 at halloween). If a vet, you can even apply a discount
 

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Thank you all for the ideas, and the links are great.

I might go with a premade kit to save time at some point (depending on what the wife will let me get away with $ wise) to save time, though I figure since I'm getting a good head start this year I would try my hand at making something from scratch. That will help me learn the mechnics and hopefully lead to some good ideas down the road.

And I would love to have that giant spider from Home Depot. I'd bet that with the proper equipment it could be rigged into something that pops out of a hole and scares the bejesus out of more than a few people!

I'm stalking the Tut forums now to see what inspirations that will trigger.
 

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