Don’t Blink

I’ve never really watched Dr. Who, but I’m sure glad that MacabreRob over at HalloweenForum has because the “Blink” episode of the British television series gave him the inspiration to build two life-sized angel statues for his haunt.  To say that the statues are constructed out of paper mache and expanding foam insulation really underscores the amount of work that went into these. Several coats of paper mache were carefully coated onto a mannequin and then cut and removed in sections.  After they were carefully pieced back together, 1″ wood boards were inserted to add some support and it was filled with expanding foam insulation.   The wings were created using a similar technique with the form created using styrofoam and then coated with paper mache.  MacabreRob went even so far as to cast his daughters face in alginate to provide for the face on Angelica, the passive angel.     Once the bodies were complete he dressed them in robes made from bed sheets and thoroughly coated them in monster mud.  Both angels turned out amazing and it’s really cool to see a family working together on a Halloween project.  It’s definitely an intricate build, but if you can pull it off you’ll have the best looking cemetery in the neighborhood.  ...

Rotisserie Motor Torture Rack...

If you’re a fan of The Wheel of Death prop but don’t want to create something quite as heavy duty then the Rotisserie Motor Torture Rack that Toktorill constructed may be just what you’re looking for.  This torture rack relies on an inexpensive lazy susan and a 110v rotisserie motor to spin a cardboard wheel.   The cardboard was covered with a woodgrain patterned self-adhesive contact paper, which looks remarkably realistic.  It’s a fairly simple prop to create and looks fantastic, just make sure it doesn’t get wet.     Items needed to complete this include: 110v Rotisserie motor Lazy susan Cardboard Assortment of 1×2 & 1×4 wood Woodgrain patterned contact paper Victim for...

Halloween Graves

You’ve built your fence, carved your tombstones, and even built a grave grabber to put in your cemetery.  Job well done, but if you want to add a touch of that “freshly buried” look to your cemetery you do have a couple of options.  You could dig down about 2 inches into your yard removing the top layer of nicely manicured green grass and mix up your dirt until it’s nicely mounded, or you could follow the tutorial provided by Adrian McCarthy on creating Halloween Graves. His method utilizes a beach towel, some chicken wire, and some potting soil.  No need for a shovel or grass seed when you’re done!   Items needed to complete this include: an old beach towel brown fabric dye spray glue potting soil or mulch chicken wire or newspapers several 3-inch nails (optional) tombstone (optional) skeletal hands and feet...

The Haunt 2013

There is nothing more scenic than the streets of downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin on a brisk Autumn afternoon.  And when night falls, scenic turns to gruesome as The Haunt opens its doors at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds.  This haunted attraction is celebrating its seventh year of fear in 2013, and they’re waiting for you… This haunt is run entirely by the volunteer efforts of members of the Ozaukee County 4-H Program, who pride themselves on providing a high scare attraction every year.  All proceeds from this haunt go directly to support the 4-H...

The Hill Has Eyes 2013...

When truckloads of hazardous waste were dumped into this abandoned quarry in Franklin, Wisconsin, nobody had any concern for the residents of the nearby mobile home community. The mutations that followed have riddled this 130 acre site with mutants hungry for human flesh. The Hill Has Eyes offers two Haunted Trails and a ride on a run down chair lift which rewards its survivors with a trip through their 3D Zombie Maze.  After you’ve toured all of the attractions you can kick back in the beer tent and enjoy some music with a few of the undead or relax at the bonfire.   http://youtu.be/NHkYvCKO3fI     After the side effects began to develop, the mutated hillbillies were shunned by the public and forced to grow their population amongst themselves. Taking refuge in the nature that once surrounded their small mobile home community, they built homes and shelters using materials found in the landfill.    Mutated inhabitants, confined to the landfill, hunger for fresh human flesh. In Hunger Hollow, the captured are brutally butchered, eaten and given a satanic burial that harvests their souls into the walking dead.    Try to escape Zombie warfare by hopping a ride on The Ski Hill’s Scare Lift, ascending you into the horror of the hill.  Nothing can prepare you for the terror that awaits you as you board a rickety chair lift, once the cause of horrific accident, which took the lives of 43 skiers back in January of 1973.  The lift is now operated by these Zombies and continues to act as a death trap for those brave enough to take a ride.     What waits for those who survive the Scare Lift is The Hill Has Eyes newest attraction – Wisconsin’s very first 3D attraction —...

Foam Masonry

If you’re in need of some stone or brick panels for your haunt, you’re definitely going to want to check out the tutorial that HIY Productions created.  This tutorial takes you through the process of creating brick panels out of styrofoam from start to finish.  The tips provided in this tutorial are invaluable if you’re planning on creating any sort of stone or brick for your haunt.  The finished product looks amazingly real....

The Broom Flyer Witch...

If you have some serious crafting skills and a ton of ambition, you too can create a Flying Witch prop just like the one that Otto Dieffenbach created.  Or you could just watch the video of Otto’s prop and marvel at his creation.  Seriously, this prop is one of the coolest builds I’ve ever seen, it turned out amazing, but the third sentence of the tutorial pretty much rules me out from ever attempting it: “This is a difficult build and should not be attempted by a newcomer to the hobby. There is a lot of wood work involved. You may want to find a friend with superior build skills if you are a newcomer.” I’m not even sure I could find a friend with enough moxy to try to build this, but if you can find one, the full tutorial is posted over at the RCgroups.com website.     Items needed to complete this include:   Frame Broom Flyer cutouts in 6 mm Depron (available from Hoosier Cutout Service) Two 0.196″ OD x 0.125″ ID x 40″ Carbon Fiber square tubes (Midwest Products) One 0.125″ OD x 0.060″ ID x 40″ Carbon Fiber tube (Midwest Products) One .034″ x .121″ x 40″ Carbon Fiber strip (Midwest Products) 1/8 inch plywood sheet 1 ft x 2 ft ¼ inch plywood sheet 6 x 12 inches 8 Sheet metal screws 8 x ½ E-Flite Sea Fury retract landing gear (Optional) Master Air Screw 3 blade 10 x 7 propeller Two packages of Dubro micro pushrods #852 One bag of 15 Dubro Hinges #117 Two 1 7/8 inch wheels (Parkzone T-28 or F4u) Clear Gorilla Glue Foam safe CA and activator 5 minute epoxy 30 minute epoxy Paint Electronics: At least a 3 channel full range receiver Three...

Scaremation Halloween Displays...

If you’re a fan of projected Halloween displays there’s a good chance that Scaremation has an animation in their catalog that will appeal to you.  These inexpensive animations can easily be rear projected onto a plain white bedsheet and incorporated into your haunt, or used just as a cool effect for the trick or treaters.  Setup is a snap and the digital files are loopable for hassle free operation.   http://youtu.be/hIwiEFnKLO4 Scare-1: Rough Night, 4 minutes (Loopable) – Price:$45   http://youtu.be/B21czGK1FmQ Scare-2: Mansion Parlour 1, 4 minutes (Loopable) – Price:$20 (anniversary pricing)   http://youtu.be/6F6H0A9Gsxc Scare-3: Window Slammer, 1/2 minute – Price:$10   http://youtu.be/P2Bg4JH4MJg Scare-4: Skeleton Zombies!, 3 minutes (Loopable) – Price:$35   http://youtu.be/9NUBpZBuiZI Scare-5: Spider Lab, 3 minutes (Loopable) – Price:$45   http://youtu.be/l-dqFwef3AQ Scare-6: Underworld, 4 minutes (Loopable) – Price:$45   http://youtu.be/DsI5qkc9gdw Scare-7: Spectre, 55 seconds (Loopable) – Price:$20   http://youtu.be/1u-TqHsLQcI Scare-8: Zombie Slammer, 1 minute (Loopable) – Price:$25   Scare-9: Mansion Parlour 2, 8 1/2 minutes (Loopable) – Price:$45 http://youtu.be/jUEr3cLoc1U Scare-10: Gorewall, 3 minutes (Loopable) –...

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Making LED Spotlights...

I love mini LED spotlights, and they truly don’t cost that much to buy, but if you’re anything like me (is uber-frugal better than saying cheap?), it’s hard to justify paying for something that’s pretty simple to make. There are tons of tutorials online to guide you through the process of making your own LED spotlights, but none of the tutorials I’ve read have so clearly articulated the process as the video tutorial posted below.  And with that being said, it should come as no surprise that it was created by Allen Hopps of Stiltbeast Studios.  ...

I Ripped Up My Nail!

I’ve never considered wearing artificial nails, and I’ve never actually had a reason to want to.  Those are things I used to say prior to coming across this video tutorial from KlairedelysArt.  The fact of the matter is that if you’re taking the time to do you own makeup, you’re probably already doing your hands as well, but if your willing to take the time to do your nails, the results can be truly gruesome.  I must admit, the beginning of this video is hard to stomach, but well worth it....

Creepywoods Haunted Forest 2013...

Now in it’s sixth year, Creepywoods Haunted Forest in Kingsville, Maryland offers one of the most complex haunted trails in America with the most detailed set designs of any haunted trail ever created!  Located on the Jones Family Farm, this haunted attraction was voted one of the top 13 Haunted Trails of 2013 by Hauntworld.     This once peaceful forest now breathes life to evil, unleashing gigantic creatures, a terrifying pack of blood thirsty werewolves, ghostly spirits attacking from above, and even the trees themselves forbid all who enter to escape with their lives. If you thought going into the dark of the forest at night was frightening before, temp your fate and summon your courage, as the creatures of Creepywoods Haunted Forest awaits your arrival.     There is parking at Jones Family Farm. The price for parking is a donation per car. Creepywoods Haunted Forest is an intense Haunted Attraction. Those with very small children or who are too afraid to enter the woods can enjoy the Jones Family...

The Haunted Hall of Horrors 2013...

The Fort Bragg Leo Youth Club is getting ready to spread some more fear this year with the Haunted Hall of Horrors Death Asylum 3D!  This haunted attraction located in Fort Bragg, California is the Leo’s annual fundraiser with proceeds going towards anti-bullying school programs and vocational scholarships.   This haunt is geared towards older teens and adults and is not recommended for young children. Children under 10 most certainly must be accompanied by an adult....

Haunted House Wall Panels...

Whether your haunt is in a warehouse somewhere, or just in your garage, you’re eventually going to need to build some wall panels for it.  Luckily, there’s nothing tricky about framing walls, especially if you follow Hawthorne Manor Haunted House’s tutorial on building wall panels.  These panels are made of 1×2 furring strips with 2×2 cross bracing, and black sheets.  Once you’ve got your panels built you can configure and connect them however you want using some three-hole flat brackets.  They’re easy to build, go up easily, and (if you’ve got the room) store easily in your attic....

Necronomicon Tutorial...

Writing the Necronomicon may take you a lifetime, but creating the cover for this ancient tome isn’t that difficult if you follow the tutorial from Zombie Nations. You’ll start by pulling the paper off of a photo album until you’re down to the cardboard.  Create your basic shapes for the back cover using some Super Sculpey sculpting compound and then continue to cover the entire page.  Once you’ve got the entire page covered you can use a little turpentine and an artists brush to smooth out the Sculpey.  Once the turpentine dries you can add some wrinkles and other finer details.  Once dried, put it in the oven at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes and once its fully baked, coat it with some black primer.     The front of the Necronomicon created in this tutorial pretty much follows the same procedure as the back cover.  You’ll use your Super Sculpey to create the face and then continue to cover the entire cover with Sculpey.  You’ll need to smooth it out using turpentine, then cook it and prime it.  Once you’ve got both side fully primed with the black paint you’re going to apply a base coat of brown to both covers.  Once complete, you’ll be brushing some thinned down dark brown acrylic paint to it.  This will settle into the cracks of the book and you’ll finish it off by drybrushing a lighter brown over the entire book.  The eyes can be painted using whatever color scheme you see fit to use.  When completed lightly spray the entire book with some Spray Matte Fixative.     The book that was created in this tutorial turned out amazing, I wouldn’t mind having a copy of the one pictured above.  Rest assured, though, that...

Spider Hill Prop Works Swaying Zombie...

Spider Hill Prop Works has posted a great video detailing the framework for their Swaying Zombie prop.  This silent film is meant to be more of a companion to the full Swaying Zombie Tutorial they put together which details the build.  The parts list included details everything you’ll need to get this up and running and contains many of the pvc fittings and articulating joints that they sell. The frame consists of a plywood base with two pvc legs attached that connect to another plywood base that forms the waist.  The wiper motor is mounted on the waist plywood and a swivel assembly is created out of pvc that connects the upper body of the zombie to the drive arm of the wiper motor.  This will eventually create the swaying motion for your zombie.  It’s a pretty intricate build that will require a delicate hand when setting up.  The tutorial is well laid out with great images and descriptions to give you everything you need to get your zombie swaying short of a hula hoop and some extra brains.     Items needed to complete this include: 10.5 feet of schedule 40 1 inch PVC pipe 4 feet of schedule 40 ½ inch PVC pipe (6) UMB-1 Universal Mounting Bases (2) ST-1 1 inch PVC slip-T fittings (1) Schedule 40 1 inch PVC cross fitting (1) Schedule 40 1 inch PVC T fitting (2) Schedule 40 1 inch PVC 45 elbows (1) Schedule 40 1 inch to ½ inch PVC reducer 12 Volt wiper motor with 5 volt power supply wiper motor bracket (hauntedparts.com) Approx. 25 #10 x 5/8” self drilling screws (1) ¼” x 20 x 3 ½” hex bolt (4) ¼” x 20 x 1 inch hex bolts (1) ¼” x 20...

Two Way Mirror

There’s nothing scarier than a good two way mirror prop, except of course paying for the two way mirror, which can be downright terrifying.  Thankfully, Gila Privacy Film can help you turn a piece of glass into a fully functional two way mirror for at least an eighth of what you would drop for a manufactured two-way mirror.  It’s available at Home Depot and other home improvement stores and comes in 3′ x 15′ rolls (you’ll want to pickup some of the Gila Window Film Application Solution and a squeegie as well). HalloweenAlliance has put together a nice video tutorial on the entire process, which is overall a pretty simple project.  You will definitely want two people for this because peeling the privacy film apart can be a tricky solo proposition.  Getting the bubbles out can be frustrating, but it’s not impossible and if you’re persistent enough you can create a flawless looking two way mirror.     Items needed to complete this include: Piece of glass Frame Gila Privacy Film Gila Window Film application solution...

Simple Laser Vortex Construction...

I’ve always wanted to post a link to a tutorial on how to build a laser vortex but I’ve not been able to find one that wasn’t either too detailed to the point of confusion, or lacking in detail, which is equally confusing.  Luckily, UrDaddyO31 posted a short video detailing the design of the laser vortex he used for his prop.  It’s not so much a tutorial, but it does lay out the design he used which was originally created by kimcfadd who has them for sale on HalloweenForum. This ultra-simplistic design incorporates a mirror mounted on a cpu fan.  The cpu fan and the laser are mounted to blocks of wood and as the cpu fan spins the mirror projects the circular laser effect which will become your laser vortex when you add a little fog.     ** Warning: Lasers can cause serious and/or permanent eye damage.  Never look directly at a laser or point it directly in someone’s eyes.  Consult Safety Recommendations for Laser Pointers for more...

CarnEvil Chicago 2013...

Chicago’s newest haunted attraction, CarnEvil promises to put your sanity to the test this year.  This haunted attraction is located on the grounds of the 10,000 seat Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and offers visitors five terrifying haunted houses and mazes.  You’ll enter a gruesome world of disfigured clowns, nightmare-inducing circus freaks, blood-thirsty carnies and butchered corpses.       Peek behind the curtain of this traveling carnival of death and decay, and you’ll see how the other half live. Keep quiet as you emerge from the sewers and make your way into the carny’s twisted world; sneaking into their rotting trailer and discovering the horrors that lie within. They won’t be gone for long, but you can’t leave until you discover the “secret” ingredient used in their processing plant, cleverly hidden behind their ramshackle home.   The good news, it’s MADE IN AMERICA, but the bad news you’ll have to learn for yourself. Wander into this bustling factory, and watch as workers transform various parts into eerily lifelike dolls, almost too lifelike. But the smell of death is everywhere and after a quick trip down the rickety freight elevator, you discover the real factory floor. Slick with blood, this factory is full of satanic workmen, butchering and embalming the innocent as part of a hellish assembly line.   Beyond the lights and sounds of the carnival, lay the remnants of a long abandoned circus tent, where a detestable world of disfigured clowns waits for unwitting victims.  Prepare for a long night as this chaotic maze is nearly impossible to escape; overflowing with nightmarish creatures at every turn.   Explore the cemetery grounds; final resting place for CARNEVIL’s most recent victims and home to the Tomb of the Voodoo High Priestess. Enter...

The Haunted Garden 2013...

10/15/2013 UPDATE: A District Court of MD judge has determined that the Haunted Garden is in fact NOT a commercial event and is allowing The Haunted Garden to be open ONLY on 2 nights – the 25th and 26th of October.     10/5/2013 UPDATE:  The District Court of MD just granted a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER requiring cancellation of The Haunted Garden in 2013.  They will be fighting this legal maneuver, but for now The Haunted Garden is canceled and not open to the public.     Back for its fourth year, The Haunted Garden is an over the top Halloween feast for the eyes.  Hosted by Donna Kerr and Rania Peet the Haunted Garden is located on a beautiful 1/4 acre lot in Silver Spring, Maryland.  This incredible yard haunt offers 8 exhibits total and utilizes a mixture of larger than life hand crafted props, special effects, and live actors all designed to force you to face your fears.     This is a neighborhood event, and parking is limited.  If driving, please be courteous to the neighborhood flow and find parking within the blocks surrounding the garden. Parking signs will be posted. Please do NOT park in No Parking...

Tombstone Weathering

It seems like I spend more time watching tutorials on how to carve tombstones than I do actually carving tombstones, and that’s ok with me, because it’s all part of the learning process.  Well a major part of that process comes in the form of the two video tutorials that S.K. Austin of The Haunting Grounds provided.  This two part in depth analysis of how to weather your tombstones properly is an invaluable resource for those of us interested in created the most realistic looking tombstones possible.  ...

The Build of a Giant Spider...

It seems like we can’t go more than a few weeks without a good spider tutorial here at Haunter’s List, but Rania Peet’s latest prop tutorial, The Build of a Giant Spider is way better than “good”.  This is one oversized arachnid that could not possibly have turned out any better. In her tutorial you’ll start off making your head and body out of tension wire covered with chicken wire.  The tension wire comes round but is completely bendable to get whatever shape you see fit to make, it doesn’t necessarily have to be round.  The base is a rounded sheet of plywood that holds securely in place the 8 pieces of pvc that will form your legs.  Once the base is complete and painted, the body of your spider can be connected to it via a piece of metal flat bar.   The legs consist of three sections of 1″ pvc, a 5′ section that comes off the 45 degree fittings at the base, then connects to a 3′ section at the middle of the leg, and finishes with a 2′ section at the end.  Once the legs are attached Rania wrapped the pvc with some burlap and proceeded to spray Great Stuff in the gap.  The Great Stuff pushes the burlap and expands through the tiny gaps creating an amazingly creepy appearance that look both bulbous and hairy (just as I suspect spider legs would look like if you enlarged them to 17 feet in diameter).  Once complete they legs were coated with flat black spray paint. The body is covered with several yards of two tone long pile fur that were applied in sections.  The fur can be costly, but you cannot beat the appearance it gives the spider, it’s creepy unto...

Bulging Door

If you’re a fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, then you’ve probably already spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out how to incorporate some of your favorite effects from it into your haunt already.    Some are easier to accomplish than others, but if you’re looking for inspiration, HalloweenAddiction has a great tutorial on how to create a bulging door just like the one that appears to be breathing as it bows in and out in the corridor of doors.  The great thing about his prop is that it’s really not that hard to build.  Of course, you’ll need an empty door frame and a variable speed motor to create the effect, but the rest is constructed using 4 x 6″ foam that is held in the door frame via tension wire used for fencing.  ...

Sand Casting Skulls

If you have access to a sandbox, or even just have some sand and a box you can put it to good use in making some skulls using the sand casting tutorial that partsman at HalloweenForum wrote.  You’ll need some play sand, a box, some great stuff, and a foam skull (or whatever you chose to cast).   Once you’ve got all your supplies, you’re basically just pressing the skull into the sand and packing the sand really tight around it.  Once it’s packed, just remove the form and add some great stuff to the impression you’ve created.  As you can see the resulting product has a really great looking stone appearance to it....

Foam Barrels

Ok, since September 19th was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, (and I was completely unaware of this fact), I thought I’d post the tutorial that fravak from HalloweenForum penned on how to make foam barrels.  The barrels are crafted using styrofoam blocks, the kind that are used to stack small flatbed trailers, and while these may be hard to come by, even if you don’t need barrels and have access to these, they are gold, take them. Since the foam blocks start out square, fravak utilized the lid from a 5-gallon bucket to outline the round shape you’ll need.  From there the corners were cut off using a hot wire cutter and the entire block was sanded down using a drywall rasp to round it out.  Once this is complete the detailing of the barrel will actually begin.  A soldering iron will be needed to carve out the individual pieces of wood on all sides of the barrel.   Once this is complete you can add some finer detail by adding graining to all the wood planks with the soldering iron.  Fravak utilized paper mache for the straps around the barrels and a piece of blue foam for the plug.   Once all of these steps are complete it’s time to paint it up.  The base is a browish color while the top he top is covered with a black wash that fravak rubbed all over the barrel to make the color more uneven. The end result is phenomenal, these barrels look completely realistic they don’t cost much, and they’re light as a feather.  So next International Talk Like a Pirate Day, don’t forget to grab one of your barrels as you strut around town saying “Ahoy, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.”, it’ll just make a lot more...

Kingsbury Cemetery 2013...

The Kingsbury Cemetery Haunted House is back for more scares in 2013 and they’ve got an all new location in the Galleria of Shops (the old Ames plaza) in Painted Post, New York.  This attraction sets its sights on being a traditionally scary, Victorian themed haunt, as opposed to the stereotypical “blood and gore” houses that are a dime a dozen.  The haunt relies on superior storylines, special effects and actors to provide an immersive experience that promises to raise the hair on the back of your neck.   This year’s attractions include: Kingsbury Manor – The Phantom Opus:  Young, creative, and sensitive to the supernatural, William Kingsbury discovers an heirloom organ that soon consumes his days. Regrettably, it’s a musical instrument of doom when angry ghosts are drawn to its power…note for note, and an eye for an eye!   The Cabinet of Curiosities: Thaddeus Ortch is the owner of the Cabinet of Curiosities, a museum of bizarre and grotesque oddities that otherwise would be flawless except for two things: his Egyptian sarcophagus needs a mummy, and he needs something from the Kingsbury family. When one of those things falls into his possession, his quest for the other has dire consequences! Some doors should remain locked...

Midnight Terror Haunted House 2013...

The Midnight Terror Haunted House started as a small yard display in 2000 and has grown into the full walk through haunt that it is today.  Completely rethemed for 2013 the Midnight Terror Haunted House beckons you to enter “The Asylum”.  This charity driven home haunt is located in Oak Lawn, Illinois and showcases a majority of hand crafted props.  Coming off a strong 2012 showing in which they were rated 6th in the visitor’s favorite Halloween event by Hauntedillinois.com, the Midnight Terror Haunted House is looking forward to another year of fear.   Donations from this haunt benefit the Autism Society of...

Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien 2013...

Scream Xtreme and Great Country Q94 are getting set to bring back the Halls of Terror in Prairie Du Chien and have added two days to this years event.  Located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin they’ve got a completely redesigned layout this year featuring new scares and effects, including outdoor elements as well.  While this haunt is not recommended for children under 12, there will be a special kid friendly haunt on October 26th from 2pm to 6pm.  For only $2.00 the kids will get a lights on trek through the haunt with friendly monsters and candy handed out at the end.   Proceeds from this haunt go towards the Prarie du Chien Fire Department, Parks Department, and other various...

Asylum Haunted Scream Park 2013...

After expanding their operations three years ago, the Asylum Haunted Scream Park has quickly become a must see haunted attraction.  Located in Louisville, Kentucky this haunt offers visitors 4 unique and separate attractions all located on a forty acre site.  All of the attractions here are completely immersive and give visitors the opportunity to experience a world overtaken by alien zombies and hillbilly freaks.   More than just a quiet stroll through the woods… Be prepared to face your darkest fears on this hellish mile long trek through frightful indoor and outdoor displays of terror.   You’ve seen zombie movies, now come live one!  Zombie City is a live action interactive haunted attraction unlike any you’ve ever experienced before.   Think you can stop an invasion of killer zombie aliens?  This fully interactive first-person shooting experience offers a 9,000 square foot arena of doom filled with zombie aliens.   Open every Friday and Saturday night this full carnival and freakshow showcases the talents of the Human Pincushion, a Fire Eater, Fortune Teller, Games, Prizes, Food and more....

Making a Drop Panel

A drop panel prop is great for some quick and easy screams, and building one is a pretty easy process as long as you can cut a hole in a wall.   Ok, it’s a little more involved than that, but if you’ve ever wanted to build one for your haunt, check out the tutorial that Brad of Bradsboobarn made.  There are a lot of videos out there on how to build this prop, and they’re all pretty much the same, but I really like the way Brad has incorporated his kids into this video, really cool....

Mr. Gravedigger

I’ve wanted to build every prop I’ve come across lately, but none as much as I want to build this one.  The Gravedigger that Mizerella at 102 Wicked Things To Do created for her cemetery is amazing looking and doesn’t seem that difficult to pull off (said the guy that’s never created an entire person out of paper mache). The head of this fellow will take the most care and attention to detail when creating.  It’s made using a foam skull that’s a blend of paper mache, mache pulp, and Creative paper clay.  The features of his face including the nose, ears, tongue, teeth and eye brows will need to be built up with the Creative paper clay which is where some basic sculpting abilities will come in handy.     Once you’ve got the head done you’re almost done.  The rest of the prop is a pvc frame that’s been heated and bent to give him a warped stance.  The pvc frame is then covered in chicken wire and paper mached numerous times.  The arms and legs incorporated pool noodles to build them up before coating them in paper mache.  The final piece of the puzzle when creating this fellow were the hands, which were a mixture of wire, cut straws and many layers of paper mache and mache pulp.   Once all of the pieces of the puzzle are complete it’s just a matter of dressing this guy up in your favorite old clothes and finding a final resting spot for him.  Mizerella’s gravedigger looks incredible and I’m a little skeptical on whether I can make one that looks as nice, but I will definitely be giving this guy a...

Chicken Wire Ghosts

I’m going to be honest here, I’m not sure exactly who is making all of these chicken wire ghosts for their haunts, but I’m guessing that their hands and arms are covered with tiny little red spots from where the chicken wire pierced their skin.  Seriously, though, I’ve noticed that a ton of people lately are searching for the chicken wire ghost prop, and while it’s not something that I would ever consider doing, they sure do look cool when they’re done right.  Shawn and Lynne Mitchell have put together a pretty concise DIY tutorial on how to make these.  You can make them with or without the cheesecloth dressing to get the look that’s best for you.   Items needed to complete this include: semi-transparent fabric S-hooks thin wire mannequin head roll of chicken wire with 1-inch cells roll of chicken wire with 2-inch cells wire cutters cheesecloth scissors wire hanger work...

Flying Ghosts

Originally created by Scott Axworthy in 1988, the Axworthy Flying Ghost prop is a great effect that is pretty easy to understand conceptually, but always seems to elicit some really hard to follow tutorials.   The prop features ghosts that zip along on a tie line along the path of your choosing.  It’s proven to be a time consuming prop that is prone to bogging down if things don’t go just right, but when it’s working and the ghosts are chugging around your line, it looks awesome.  The Haunted Driveway has done a great job of putting this prop into an easy to understand tutorial that just might inspire someone to give this prop a shot this year.     Items needed to complete this include: Gear motor around 1/8 hp and speed around 110 RPM Wheels made for V-belts, 5 inch diameter Threaded metal rod that will fit the wheels Locking nuts that fit the threaded rod Wood or angled steel to attach the threaded rod Black tie line Fishing line to hang the ghosts Hot glue gun Ghosts...

Burnt/Two Face Makeup Tutorial...

I suppose you could settle for a plain old latex mask this Halloween, but if you really want to put some fear into the kids this year, try utilizing the Burnt/Two Face tutorial that Mel Rose made.  It’s a really easy effect to accomplish, though you may need some help applying the makeup since you’ll be working with only one eye.  The cost is minimal and it will look more realistic than any mask you could buy without breaking the bank.   http://youtu.be/_Eev6lYGT5A   Items needed to accomplish this include: Red Cream Makeup Black cream makeup Card stock (for teeth) Liquid latex Eye popping latex appliance Spirit gum Toilet paper Textured sponge...

Dr. S. Cary’s Haunted House 2013...

Back for his 5th year of fear, Dr. S. Cary is now accepting victims, er, patients.  Dr. S. Cary’s Haunted House, located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin features two unique haunted attractions. The Dungeon of Terror haunt features over 30 rooms including 10 new rooms & 10 newly re-themed for 2013.  If you survive the horror in the Dungeon you can try your luck at Pandemonium, the Dr’s all new attraction.  Pandemonium is a Haunt where you will be scared and terrorized from within.  It is intended to confuse and disorient you,  you will experience total darkness, intense strobe lights, heavy fog, offensive odors, loud music, and have very limited vision.  You will also have to choose between multiple paths if you are ever going to find your way out....

Scream Acres Ct 2013

Scream Acres Ct is back for its 10th year of fear, and this haunt just keeps getting better and better.  This haunted attraction in Covington, Kentucky started as a home haunt and has grown into an awesome haunted attraction offering four incredible themes.     Do you have what it takes to climb into a real wood coffin and be buried alive?  Come test your fears in this chilling attraction! In 1940 Dr. Boron opened up Castle Hill Funeral Home in Latonia, Kentucky.  Three years later the funeral home was shut down and Dr. Boron was charged for the murder of 42 local residents. On the night of the incident Dr. Boron was nowhere to be found.  He’s still missing.  The old funeral home has been boarded and locked up until now… In the backwoods of Latonia, Kentucky lies an abandoned funhouse.  During the 1940’s the funhouse was a popular attraction, until it unexpectedly closed.  Come experience this 3D attraction. Afraid of the dark?  Not to worry, this attraction isn’t dark, its pitch black.  Navigate your way out of the haunted house in complete darkness.  What’s worse, what lurks in the dark, or your imagination?  ...

Sinister Haunted House 2013...

“Sinister is built and ready to tear down your psyche.”  Let the 2013 haunt season begin!  Sinister Haunted House in Utica, Michigan offers visitors a journey through a highly detailed and overtly creepy house.  Scenes packed with gruesome props and freakish occupants help to keep you on your toes as you wind your way through.  And that’s where this haunt really excels, because the actors that work this haunt have historically been top-notch making for a completely immersive and interactive experience.    ...

Davis Graveyard 2013

I’ve never been to the Davis Graveyard, but I imagine if I did go I would never want to leave.  This yard haunt has been a Halloween destination for residents of Milwaukie, Oregon for 13 years now, and suffice it to say, Chris & Jeff Davis know how to haunt.  Their home haunt has been featured on FearNet’s Route 666: America’s Scariest Home Haunts, Haunted Attraction magazine, and they’ve even been caught on Extreme Makeover Home Edition.     This is more like a Halloween art exhibit than a mere yard display, the handiwork and lighting on these homemade props is second to none.  If you are planning  on heading out there, don’t be shocked if you’re waiting in line for a while to see it, this is a very popular...

Hauntville Haunted Houses 2013...

Still a relatively new kid on the block, Hauntville Haunted Houses’ reputation continues to impress, as well it should, after all, its creators have been in the professional haunt business for over twenty-two years.  This haunted attraction in Elyria, Ohio offers three unique haunted attractions, plus the all new 3-D Zombie Hunting Area.  The haunts are setup in a free flowing sort of way so it actually seems like one giant attraction instead of three unique haunts.   Visitors to Hauntville Haunted Houses will have the opportunity to experience Ohio’s first 4-d Haunted House.  Wicked Clowns in 4-D, promises a mind-blowing environment, full of emotions.  The use of 3D glasses combined with physical and special effects that are synchronized together creates an intense, thrilling and exciting visual and sensory experience.  And don’t forget, there’s Wicked Clowns to deal with as well! Psycho Manor will take you on a tour through a 1920’s Victorian Mansion that’s loaded with creepy detail and awesome effects.  The lost souls that make this their permanent residence are more than willing to interact with visitors and make them feel at home.   Cell Block 13 is an extreme tour of a prison and psychiatric hospital built to house some of the most dangerous and criminally insane prisoners.  You’ll get to meet the warden, and tour the cell blocks, sanitarium, infirmary and execution chambers.  You’d better hope a riot doesn’t break out during the tour.   All new for 2013, is the specially designed Zombie Hunt in 3-D. Shooting Zombies is always fun, but shooting them in a ChromaDepth 3-D environment is Zombie killing to the extreme!     http://youtu.be/Vv0EtDNMUDA...

Carnival of Horrors 2013...

Are you afraid of clowns?  If so, then you might want to avoid Carnival of Horrors.  Or not, because this haunted attraction located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio features four individual haunts all brimming with the kind of clowns that plague your deepest fears and occupy your nightmares.   A pulsing, winding and chaotic labyrinth of wrong turns, dead ends and terrifying psychotic inmates roaming the abandoned mental institution that are waiting to tear your soul apart.  Try and keep your mind clear, this confusing and high energy maze is difficult to escape and not for the weak-minded!! Are you afraid of clowns? A terrifying journey through a haunted fun house featuring several Hollywood-style effects and scares. BEWARE: This is an extremely high-intensity scare oriented haunted house. Consistently voted as one of Ohio’s number one attractions year after year. Many have entered, but very few have left alive. Northeast Ohio’s first and most original fully three dimensional walk-through haunted house, using state-of-the-art Chromadepth 3-D glasses to bring The Freakshow to life. The floor, walls and ceiling become a living 3-D experience that will leave you begging for mercy. To survive and reach the exit, you must be able to pass through the 3-D Vortex Tunnel. You won’t believe your eyes. We dare you to walk through the darkest corner of Blossom’s haunted woods. Don’t expect to see anything coming, because you’ll be alone while you try to escape. However, the monsters will be watching and waiting to strike. You’ll never know what hit you. We will even supply you with a flashlight since it’s so dark and scary. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to send you in there unarmed. So, only with a flashlight, you must attempt to find your way out and escape...

Scary Guy at the End of the Hall...

The HollywoodHaunter has a hilarious prop idea for you if you have a corner of a haunt that’s in need of a prop.  It’s also proof that haunt props don’t have to be exceedingly elaborate to add to the creep factor of your haunt.  It’s essentially an oscillating fan with a head on it that appears to be a scary guy at the end of the hall!  What could be easier, right?  I can guarantee you, though, that more than a few people were creeped out by it before they realized what it was.     Items needed to create this include: Oscillating fan PVC end cap w/screw 12″ of 1/2″ PVC Dark fabric Foam head Form...

Alien Capsule

Now that the C.I.A. has actually acknowledged the existence of Area 51 it’s almost like they’re giving their seal of approval to the Muddy River Haunt’s tutorial for an Alien Capsule.  Almost.  And even if they’re not, we’re more than happy to give this prop a thumbs up because it’s exactly what we suspect we would find in the bowels of Area 51.  It’s a really simple prop to build and will add a really cool element to any alien scene. It’s basically a wood box that’s wrapped with plexiglass and aluminum flashing with an alien inside.  Even though they’re listed as optional, I would highly recommend using the fog machine and strobe light with this prop.   Items needed to complete this include: Aluminum Flashing: 1 sheet 3 ½’ X 7′ 2 sheets 3′ X 16” 1 sheet 1′ X 7′ 2X4 wood:  (4) 2”X 4”X 7′ (4) 2”X 4”X 3′ (2) 1”X 3”X 2′ Miscellaneous: 1 sheet Plexiglass 5′ X 3’X 0.016” (Thin enough to bend without cracking or without too much pressure) Some pieces of thin lattice board Alien for inside the capsule Optional: Fog machine Pipe Strobe...

One Armed Grave Grabber...

If you’re not familiar with the Grave Grabber tutorial that Kevin over at Haunt101 posted, you really owe it to yourself to check it out…right after you take a look at his One Armed Grave Grabber tutorial!  This prop is a little easier to build than the full Grave Grabber but it’ll still provide you with an awesome effect in your cemetery.  The mechanics are very similar between the two props, although the One Armed Grave Grabber utilizes an animated deer motor instead of a higher torque motor.  There’s also an added element with the skull linkage in the One Armed prop.     The animated deer motor actually reverses when it meets any resistance, thus the two “stop” screws that are drilled in the base.  If you check out the video of this thing in action at Haunt101, you’ll see that this prop has just the right amount of movement to create an unforgettable prop.   Items needed to complete this include: One foam skull One length of plastic tubing One tape and wire hand One length of 1/8”x1/2” aluminum flat bar One length of heavy wire One length of thin wire One length small foam block Burlap One Buck animated deer motor Two pieces of lumber 4” and 2 ½”...

Prop Dental Plates

If you create your own masks or creatures for your haunt, you’ve probably needed to find some teeth for them.  I always heard the phrase that necessity was the mother of invention, but it turns out it’s actually Allen Hopps.  He’s got a great tutorial on how to make dental plates for your masks and props.  Since they’re made from hot glue sticks you really don’t want to put them in your mouth, but they’ll look great as an accent to any prop....

Dry Brushing Tips & Tricks...

Whether you just finished building your latest masterpiece, or simply want to age a store bought prop a bit, properly painting your prop can make all the difference in the world.  Eerie Acres Cemetery has a great video tutorial with some really helpful dry brushing techniques that might just give your next prop that extra bit of realism....

Spook Hollow & M.C. Manor 2013...

For 33 years the Marquette Heights Men’s Club has been scaring Central Illinois with Spook Hollow & M.C. Manor, and their 2013 campaign has expanded.  That’s right, this haunted attraction located in Marquette Heights, Illinois has added an attraction to their lineup for 2013 and extended their season to include 3 weekends!     M.C. Manor is an all indoor haunted house that will be sure to get your heart racing as you make your way through its highly detailed, movie quality rooms.  Then, Spook Hollow will take you deep into the woods of Independence Park on an almost 1/2 mile long trek with plenty of horrific indoor sites to see along the way.  And new for 2013, M.C. Nightmare is an intense indoor experience that will overload your senses as you try to make your way through a twisted and run down industrial haunt .  This trilogy of terror promises to take you on a journey into your deepest fears. The Marquette Heights Men’s Club is a non-profit group of 18 and older males that work together to better the...

Thornhill Woods Haunted House 2013...

When George Coffey learned to harness the power of the demons he was exorcising for his own benefit, he unleashed an evil so unspeakable that it would plague the community for generations.  Now, more than a century later, the residents of the community of Thornhill Woods have begun to understand all too clearly the dark secret that lies buried within their community’s tragic history.  Most of the evil seems centered around one house, and every Halloween they open the yard for everyone to get a glimpse of the horror. Thornhill Woods Haunted House is a charity yard haunt that since 2004 has been the house that all the neighbors flock to at Halloween.  This incredible haunt features animatronics, video projection effects, and live actors, all housed in a highly detailed cemetery environment.  This year they’re taking it up a notch by adding a brand new 420 square foot walk through haunted house in the driveway.  The yard haunt is free of charge, however, they do ask for donations to benefit the Sick Kids Foundation.  Every year, donations raised go towards children undergoing treatment at Sick Kids Hospital. Since they can’t leave the hospital, a portion of the fund provides these kids with costumes and Halloween candy to encourage the holiday spirit....

Hallowicked Haunted Woods 2013...

Hallowicked Haunted Woods is an outdoor trek through some of Mansfield, Ohio’s creepiest woods.  The terror starts before you even enter the haunted woods as you’re locked into a coffin and unleashed into the woods via the buried alive coffin entrance.  Once inside the woods you’ll give yourself a self-guided tour of the haunted woods and encounter unique scenes of horror and unspeakable evil.  Whatever your fear…it’s HERE!...

Abandoned Haunted House Complex 2013...

The Abandoned Haunted House Complex will be bristling with activity this October as the doors to this “abandoned” haunt will be open for another year of fear!  This haunted attraction located in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin offers two individual haunts that are designed to overwhelm your senses.  The haunts are setup in a continual walk-through format, meaning you’ll go from one haunted house directly into the second within the same building.   Ambush Haunted House is designed to be an intense startle-scare haunted house, with loud noises, actors popping out of unexpected places, bright lighting effects and engulfing scene effects. Hysteria Haunted House is a haunted house designed to focus interactions on your senses and mind. Visual and audible scares are interspersed in this environment, as well as confusion, misdirection, and illusions. Things are not what they seem… Lighting effects, sounds, and actor interactions will keep you on your toes in this walking adventure.  ...

Mize Cemetery & Haunt 2013...

The Mize Cemetery and Haunt is a great example of how to turn something you love into something that truly benefits your community.  This charity home haunt located in Salem, Oregon has been delighting local residents since 2006, and more importantly, providing food donations to the Marion-Polk Food Share since 2009. The Mize Cemetery and Haunt began as a small yard display and has grown in size and scope over the years into a must see home haunt.  The majority of the props in this haunt were created and built by hand, and their creator, Terry Marsh does some really excellent work.  In fact, in 2011 Terry was invited  to present a workshop at the West Coast Haunters Convention, as well as  showcase  some of his props to fellow haunters.     Admission to this charity haunt is free with your donation of a non-perishable food item.  The Marion-Polk Food Share distributes over 8.2 million pounds of food annually through partnership with nearly 100 member direct-service charities that are working to serve hungry families, children and individuals in Marion and Polk counties....

Indy Scream Park 2013...

The Indy Scream Park is one of Indianapolis’ largest haunted attractions featuring five spectacular haunted attractions, plus a Monster Midway.  This haunt has been serving up bedlam since 2010 and has been getting stronger each year.  Located just outside of Indianapolis in Anderson, Indiana the park features three indoor and two outdoor haunted attractions on a 120 acre facility.  The Monster Midway offers a large outdoor area for patrons to play games, get a tarot card reading, have a bite to eat, or relax in front of one of several bonfires.  With five haunts for one admission price, be prepared…to get scared!     http://youtu.be/ZhngJCh2Zh0...


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