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I don't get to post on this forum very often, too busy, especially from August through the week prior to Halloween , but I visit often to get fresh Ideas. We have a large setup, walking trail, cemetery and haunted barn and it gets harder every year to find new things. One thing I decided to try, just to see if it would work, was a spider attached to a remote control all terrain truck.

When I first put it together no one was too impressed. It didn't seem like anything really scary and you could hear the truck operating so I went back and forth about using it. I placed the spider in an area near our spider web that is a really long tunnel lit with blue fluorescent bulbs, and asked some of the volunteers to try it out on the crowd, but nobody was interested. Once the event started I picked it up and took it to a volunteer that really didn't have a job who just happened to be in the spider web area. We set it up on the edge of the web and waited to see what would happen. It was great, better than the huge spider we drop on their heads. When that little spider ran across the trail, people would turn back and run toward the entrance. You absolutely couldn't tell it was on a truck.. It looked real in that particular situation and the sound of the truck was not an issue at all.

It was super easy to make. I purchased the truck at Wal Mart for $30. We had a soft posable spider that was about 2 feet wide with legs outstretched. I painted the bright colored parts of the truck black with spray paint, took the body off which left a flat surface for the spider to sit on. I used zip ties to attach it to the truck body and it was done.

With all the amazingly creative people on this forum, I'm sure it's by far not a new idea, but I couldn't find a thread about it when searching the forum. I just wanted to share how easy and successful it was for our trail.

I will try to post video of it working if I can get a spare moment to do it tonight.
 

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I'm doing almost the exact same thing with a remote control car I picked up at a yard sale for $2 and the same sort of spider you're using - one of those soft posables you find at Walmart for like $3. I decided to ditch the car body and just use the remote control chassis. I added loops of rebar tie wire in the bolt holes for mounting the spider. The trick with the spider car really is patience and waiting for the right time to spring it. As it stands this year, it is the cheapest prop I've made, at a grand total of about $6.

Next year, I'll be adding a spare battery pack and 8 red LED eyes to the spider to give it a little extra oomph. I might add a relay switch as well, so the eyes only light up when it moves. I'd love to gut the spider and add a mechanism to move the legs as well. I'll also build a second one for next year, since I still have a few more of those cheap remote control cars left that operate on another frequency. LOL. Can you imagine the reaction of 4or 5 of those things suddenly came at you?
 

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Cool! I'm doing a similar thing except I'm trying to put a ghost or killer doll on this $10 remote control car I got from Walmart. I'm using light wire hangers. cheese cloth, thick cardboard and a little light I got from the 99 cent store that changes clors to a ghostly blue, green and red.
 
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