I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover how easy some of the coolest props are to make. The members here at the forum are some of the most creative, innovative people you'll ever meet, and they readily share their expertise with anyone interested. Everything from simple arts and crafts to pneumatics and animatronics to full sized haunt construction, you'll find it here. Just spend some time exploring the forum...maybe start under the "Halloween Props" section and the "Tutorials And Step By Step" section.
I joined the forum some time ago, but I don't think I've ever posted. I just wanted to share my first Halloween creation (inspired by a Hometalk post). Jack is currently undergoing his Christmas transition. - Patty