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Here is a list of common terms spoken is Halloween Forum....

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- 3-Axis Skull = An animated skull that is based on using a 3-axis tilt mechanism moved by servos...


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- Animated Prop = A prop that moves via a motor, pneumatics, servos or some other type of mechanism...

- Axworthy = an apparatus consisting of a taut line running along 2 or more pulleys, generally in a horizontal configuration, with one or more "ghosts" attached to the taut line. One pulley will be the drive wheel providing power to the rig...


B:

- Blue Foam = Same as pink foam. A highly dense foam that you can purchase from large hardware stores. Known also as styrofoam it is technically extruded polystyrene... Used for tombstones, facades and multitudes of set pieces...

- Bucky = an anatomically correct analog of the human skeleton, cast from resin. The "bones" are solid all the way through, making the "Bucky" relatively heavy and solid....

- Blucky = an anatomically incorrect analog of the human skeleton, made from blow-mold plastic. The bones are hollow, making it relatively light. The name "Blucky" is a conjunction of the name "bucky" and the term blow-mold...


C:

- C7 (sockets/lights) = a size of light socket in a string of lights. The flicker C7 light (and socket) is used in the Outdoor Flicker candles and many other lighting fixtures in a haunt...

- Casket = The North American style of a box used for the purpose of containing the dead...

- Coffin = See Toe-Pincher...

- Corpse = The act of converting a skeleton (primarily) into a cadaver, usually in an advanced state of decomposition...

- Crank Arm (crank)= An arm that is at a right angle to a shaft and motion is imparted to or received from the shaft. It can also change circular to reciprocating motion or vice versa. It is the basis of movement for the Flying Crank Ghost (FCG). Used in many other animated props...


D:

- DMX = A communications protocol to control props and lighting...

- DMXorcist: = The DMX version of Exorcist...

- Dot Room = A black light room that uses repetitive designs (usually dots) painted in fluorescent paint that disorientates the ToT...

- Drop Panel = An opening in an otherwise continuous surface, in which a sliding panel has been mounted - usually opened at high speed, to reveal something nefarious...


E:

- Exorcist: = A device used in conjunction with VSA to allow multiple inputs and VSA routines...


F:

- FCG = Flying Crank Ghost...

- Fog Chiller = A device used to cool and condense the fog produced by any variety of theatrical fog machines. The design of fog chillers may very well be one of the greatest debates among haunters...

- Fog Machine = A mechanism in which a thick, non-toxic mist is produced, for theatrical purposes...

- Fogger = See Fog Machine...


G:

- GB = Ground Breaker = An object that appears to be breaking through the ground, normally to fill in spaces...

- GG = Grave Grabber = A motorised prop that creates the effect of the person grabbing out of a grave...

- Gemmy = The manufacturer of many large and cheap Halloween props and inflatables. Those props are referred to as Gemmys...


H:

- Hot Wire = A tool either home made or store bought that is used to shape either pink or blue foam, usually used by haunters who make thier own tombstones...


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J:

- JOL = Jack O Lantern = The term given to a pumpkin which has an image carved into it...


K:

- Kicking Legs = An animated prop that simulates the kicking legs of a human...


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M:

- Massager = A shiatsu massager that has been re-purposed to drive props. Usually used for GraveGrabbers...

- MHC = Midwest Haunters convention = Takes place in Columbus, Ohio annually...

- MIB= Monster in a Box = A box or crate that shakes, makes noises or has some kind of prop pop out of it...

- MM = Monster Mud = A mix of 5 gallons of drywall compound with 1 gallon latex paint. Used to add stiffness to fabrics and help to make the prop look like stone...


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P:

- Pink Foam = Same as blue foam. A highly dense foam that you can purchase from large hardware stores. Known also as styrofoam it is technically extruded polystyrene. Used for tombstones, facades and multitudes of set pieces...

- PIR = "Passive Infrared Sensor". A type of sensor used by a lot of haunters to trigger motion in props...

- PLC = Programmable Logic Controller = A type of programmable controller that can be used to run animation routines and trigger props...

- Pneumatics = Prop controlled with actuators powered by compressed air, relays, and various triggering devices...

- PumpkinRot = A style of paper mache that reflects the style of the artist who invented it, PumpkinRot. Very organic and artistic creations...

- PVC (pipe) = Polyvinyl Chloride is made of a blend of plastic and vinyl that is extruded into pipes that you can get from large hardware stores. One of the most used materials in prop-making. Primarily used in prop forms but now also being used for candles...

- PVC Flicker Candles = Candles made out of PVC pipe and flickering tea LED lights. There is also a version that uses C7 flickering bulbs on a timer...


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R:


S:


- Servo = A Servo (servo motor) is a small device that has an output shaft. This shaft can be positioned to specific angular positions by sending the servo a coded signal. Used in multiple props especially the 3-axis skull...

- Silk Flame = Silk fabric that is used to simulate fire. Used for torches, candles and even campfires. A fan and light is positioned under the silk cut out in the shape of a flame...

- Spitter = A pneumatic prop that 'spits' a fine spray of water at a ToT. Good for spiders, snakes and acid zombies...

- Static Prop = The term given to a prop that has does not animate....

- Stolloween = A technique of paper mache that reflects the style of the artist who invented it, Stolloween. Layers of paper supports are built-out into a 3-D paper mache design...


T:

- TCT (Trash Can Trauma) = A animated pop-up head that is in a trash can...

- Tea-light candle = Faux candle made with short lengths of PVC, topped with battery-powered flickering tea lights...

- Toe-Pincher = A traditional European-style coffin which is narrower at the foot and head areas and wider in the middle. Not to be confused with a Casket!..

- ToT = Trick or Treat = Usually followed by a -ing ( Trick Or Treating ) or -ers ( Trick Or Treaters )...

- Transworld = A convention held each year that showcases professional props made for the haunted attraction industry...


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V:

- VSA = Visual Show Animation = A program that allows you to choreograph a prop's actions...


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Thanks to these people for helping with the dictionary;

  • Eanderso13
  • Junit
  • Partsman
  • RookieSpooker
  • Terra
  • Ugly Joe
  • Yardhauntjunkie
If you would like your name here go to the thread "Haunt Jargon" and submit any words and descriptions you like...


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