After having to give up pyrotechnics, I needed a new hobby. Halloween props allow for mechanical, electronic, and artistic expression, plus they're fun. This page will show different projects and eventually haunts from various years.
I got a lot of really good information from Dave Korr at Halloween2go.com. If you're new to haunting, there's a lot of detailed explanation on electronics, animatronics and pneumatics.
November 4, 2011
Re-constructing My FCG (Flying Crank Ghost) - Part 3
You can see a few more details at Halloween Forum.
My goal was to enclose the ghost in its own chamber so that only the reflection would be visible. I used 4 x 8 sheets of styrofoam insulation for the wall panels. I first primed them with grey latex paint.
Each panel was attached to a 2 x 4 frame with screws and fender washers. The panels were attached to the porch with a clamp, some zip ties, and a few 2 x 4 braces so there was no permanent damage to the porch. Here, I've added mortar lines to make the panels look like stone walls.
Here's the costume I wore for Halloween. The mask was on discount for $8, the gloves were free from the hospital, and the nails were $2. It was a hit with most of the kids, though I did make four of them cry (they got over it and the candy avoided any permanent scarring).
Other ProjectsRe-constructing my FCG - Part 2 - July 24, 2011
Re-constructing my FCG - Part 1 - July 10, 2011
A corpse I made from a skull model and latex - October 19, 2005