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  1. Welcome Room
    Hello! I am a serious Halloween fanatic. I am looking to step up my game this year and build some serious animated props. I want more sound and movement to scare the kids and get them coming back for more! Hopefully with your help I can be the talk of the street! Can't wait to get to know...
  2. Technological Terror
    Description from the website (cached page as they stopped selling it now) Sound activated, animated head with light up eyes and moving mouth. Requires 3x 1.5V AA batteries, included. This is a decoration not a toy. Keep out of reach of children. Always read label. Keep away from fire. I picked...
  3. Pneumatics
    The latest addition to the haunt for 2012 is my Skelerector built from the plans by Bourno. They can be found at http://www.teambac.com/web_hall/skelerector_how-to.html As soon as I get my skeletons out of storage, I'll finish it up.
  4. Showroom
    In addition to working on the electronics projects, I have spent some time building props this year. Here's a short video showing some of what I've got done for this year so far. There are more detailed videos of each of the builds on my YouTube channel at...
  5. Pneumatics
    I finally took the plunge and bought a welder and am trying to teach myself how to weld. Here's the results of my first attempts at welding up a pneumatic pop up. These will be combined into my Pirate display with an audio track and run by a Picaxe controller.
  6. Showroom
    This project was not on my to do list for this year but when I found this old broken up Grandfather Clock I knew what had to be done. It will be installed in the parlor of the haunt along with the piano player and singer. The door is controlled by a 1 1/16 inch bore, 4 inch throw cylinder and...
  7. Technological Terror
    I posted in another post but figured this would be more clear. I am making a giant 3 foot tall by 2 foot wide talking skull and need a super servo to control the mouth movement which weighs an estimated 1 to 2 lbs. I have read a lot about using a wiper motor in a servo configuration to achieve...
  8. Technological Terror
    My biggest goal for this year is to get all of my 3 axis skulls up and running and to put together a controller system that allowed them to be stand alone props. I didn't want to be connected to a computer and didn't want to have to program them in VSA. Since none of my skulls movements need...
  9. Showroom
    I built this greeter so that he can be used with either the skull and a pair of skeleton hands or with the skull skin and the regular hands. It also has the joints from Spider Hill Prop Works for the shoulders and elbows so the position can be adjusted. I'll need to adjust the jaw closure point...
  10. Pneumatics
    In an effort to add to the scare in the spider portion of our haunt, I added a triggered leaping spider. He'll be placed near the front door and will be the final scare the TOT's will have to pass before they get their candy. I'm planning on adding a spitter as well that will add a great hiss...
  11. Showroom
    I put this together from a Christmas reindeer I picked up after the holidays for free. I bought the mask for $1 at a garage sale, the shirt from Goodwill for $3, and the gloves from ebay for $12. My wife had put the Levi's and boots in the Goodwill bag but I was able to save them! A cheap and...
  12. Pneumatics
    My eel was delivered today and I can't wait to include it in my display. If you haven't seen Bobzilla's creations, make sure to check out his posts. His work is fantastic! Now that I have my eel in hand, it's time to figure out how to animate him. He has a 1" pvc pipe running through the body...
  13. Technological Terror
    I'm using a 08 Picaxe built to Fritz's VLC design to control my Vampire Pop up. When the Picaxe is triggered, it activates a relay which causes the audio to begin, the solenoid to activate and it turns on a light. After the routine runs, I've set a retrigger delay of 30 seconds before the prop...
  14. General Prop Discussion
    Hello Gouls and Girlz! I was able to get a couple of hours to put an idea I've had for a couple of years. The idea was to create a shambling zombie that moves back and forth. This, coupled with fog and strobes and it should make a kid or two not want to come to the door (more candy for me)...
  15. Technological Terror
    Not sure what to ask for here, maybe which motor and other tech parts I'd need, but here's the idea. I just want to make a stick figure (probably pvc) bend forward, delay a moment, then go back to upright, delay a moment, and repeat. I'm not expecting it to weigh much - empty frame, wig head...
  16. General Prop Discussion
    Being a big fan of zombie movies and books, I wanted to have some kind of new prop for my place this year. This is my first attempt at building my own prop, I've always bought stuff from the stores to decorate. I envisioned a bunch zombies powered by motors that could be placed in front of...
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