Hanging Torso Illusi...

Ok, I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one, I’m really glad I found this video tutorial for this prop.  Last year the Mrs and myself were setting up a last minute haunt for our nephews and their friends when we were asked (at the 11th hour of course) to create the...


 

How To Bend PVC Pipe

This tutorial is considerably more utilitarian than most that appear on HauntersList, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.  The fact is, at some point, most home haunters are going to have to bend up some PVC and there’s a right way to do it and a not so right way...


 

Raven Manor’s ...

The moving Grave Slab prop that the Hallowed Haunting Grounds built in 1994 has served as inspiration for many home haunters since its creation. It’s a great idea that was well executed and tutorialized for all to benefit from.  Raven Manor put together a tutorial on their build of this...


 

How To Make A Pneuma...

If you’ve never built a pneumatic prop you’re a member of a very exclusive club that includes yours truly. And to paraphrase Groucho Marx, you probably don’t want to be a member of any club that would have me as a member. With that in mind, Chris from MonstarCraft...


 

Kicking Legs Prop

There are a ton of Kicking Legs Prop tutorials on the internet, but the one that the Hollywood Haunter put together stands head and shoulders above the rest.  To be honest, anyone that takes the time to create proper looking butt cheeks for their Kicking Legs prop wins every time as far as...


 

Devil’s Rust

Sometimes in Halloween prop building you need to accelerate the aging process a little bit and other times you need to accelerate the process a whole lot.  Devil’s Rust will help you when you need to turn the clock forward several decades to give your props a grimy, rusty appearance....


 

Flicker Light

If you want to add some atmosphere to your haunt a few flicker light circuits might just be the answer you’re looking for, and they’re really easy to make. Now, the first rule of working with electricity is always be safe, so if you don’t feel comfortable slicing and...


 

SFX – Deep Sca...

Scars are a easy way to change someone’s appearance without investing a ton of time and effort, and this tutorial from beautysbadhabit shows just how easy it can be.  The main ingredient is rigid collodion, which wrinkles the skin as it dries.            ...


 

Hands For A Hallowee...

If you’re a fan of American literature then you probably know that the thing the scarecrow wanted the most from the Wizard of Oz was a brain.  And that’s a great thing for fictional scarecrows to strive for, but when it comes to non-fictional scarecrows, more often than not...


 

Paper Mache Clay

Those of you that work with paper mache regularly may find this a real snoozer, but if you’re looking to get started with paper mache clay, or are just looking for a good recipe for paper mache paste you need to watch this video.  There are a ton of recipes for making your own paper...


 

Homemade Witches Lan...

If you’re looking for something a little different than the same old PVC candles to illuminate your haunt you may want to try these Witches Lantern Jars. S.K. Austin of The Haunting Grounds has a tutorial to make them and its a really simple process.  They don’t cost much to make...


 

Creep In A Can

The Creep in a Can is a great prop based on Jeff Baird’s original Leering Skeleton prop.  It’s easy to build and the fact that it’s housed in a trash can means you don’t have to worry about building something to hide the mechanism.  This video walk through of the prop...


 

Building Haunt Wall ...

If you’re interested in building some wall panels for your haunt you’re going to want to check in with Terra from the HalloweenForum before you begin. The tutorial for building haunt wall panels that she added to Scaryladyvideos  offers an easy and effective design for framing and...


 

Pneumatics DIY Video...

If you’re looking to start using pneumatics for your props or just want to see what’s needed to make the transition, Automation Direct has a four part tutorial series that will help get you started.  Each video is pretty basic, covering little more than the essentials to make a...


 

The Chelsea Smile

The Chelsea Smile is an absolutely barbaric way to permanently disfigure and possibly kill someone.  I cannot imagine in my worst nightmare doing this to another human being, but then again, that’s what nightmares are for.  And rest assured, if you’re interested in giving people...


 

Blow Horn Light

A quick blast from a horn coupled with a burst of light can be startling and disorienting when you’re making your way through a haunt, and those are always two great benchmarks to strive for. Brad Silvertein of Brads Boo Barn has a tutorial for making Blow Horn Lights, which will more...


 

Home Made Pressure P...

A while back I mentioned that I’m not much of an electrician, and this tutorial pretty much puts the exclamation point on that thought. I’m pretty sure there should be more than just cardboard and aluminum foil needed to generate power of any kind, but that’s literally all...


 

Anti-Gravity Machine

So is it a prop or is it a costume?  That’s the question I was left with after watching the tutorial on the Anti-Gravity Machine that Brick in the Yard Mold Supply created.  However you decide to categorize it, there is no question that it is completely awesome.  It’s an...


 

How to Build a Rumbl...

If you’re looking to add a little excitement to your haunt, or just want to give the trick or treaters a quick startle before sugaring them up for the season, then a rumble bridge might be just what you need.  It’s a pretty simple project to build and the guys over at...


 

Severed Finger

If you’re looking to serve Ladyfingers you’ll want to pair them with tea, pudding, or ice cream. If you’re looking to sever Lady fingers, on the other hand, you’ll probably want to take a look at the tutorial that Rachel from SplatterFactoryTV posted.  She details a...


 

Motion Detector Hack

If you’ve ever wanted a motion sensor to trigger your Halloween props but didn’t feel like laying out the cash for an overpriced store bought unit then pay close attention.  The reality is, they’re not that difficult to make if you’ve got a moderate amount of...


 

Kindred Moon Product...

If you’re a fan of Kindred Moon Productions video projection effects then you’ll want to checkout their latest offerings for 2014.  The additions to their already impressive lineup include:   Mirror Mirror Effects Kit – $1000   Pumpkins Volume 3 – $34.99...


 

Silicone Skull Mold

If you’re interested in making your own skulls, and I’m talking seriously making a lot of your own skulls, then you’re going to need a pretty serious mold to cast them in. You can use the Cheap Easy Skulls method provided by Dr. Kreepy, but if you’re interested in some...


 

Easy Brain in a Jar

Allen Hopps has a brain the size of a baked potato. Ok, now that I’ve got your attention I should probably rephrase that. Allen’s got a great tutorial on how to easily make a brain in a jar that starts out roughly the size of a baked potato and requires far fewer ingredients than...


 

The Build of Giant M...

Ever hear the phrase “Go big or go home”?  Well I’m pretty sure Rania Peet has, and her larger than life Halloween props sure live up to that standard.  This time she’s set her sites on The Build of Giant Mushrooms, and her finished fungi could not have turned out any...


 

LED Lunacy

I’ve got a confession to make.  I’m clueless when it comes to basic electrical circuitry.  In fact, pretty much all of the concepts of electricity other than don’t stick your fingers in the outlets seem to be over my head (ok, well, don’t stick your fingers in the...


 

How to Chop Someone ...

Seeing a person cut in half can be a life altering event.  The kind of event that makes you want to try to recreate yourself, which is ok, provided you see the person cut in half at a haunt and not in some back alley in the wee hours of the night.  And that’s pretty much how I’ve...


 

Faux Moss Applicatio...

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but a tombstone (and my patio) gathers plenty.  So if you want a realistic looking tombstone you’re going to need to find a way to add some realistic moss that will stick to it.  Troy from Halloween Hellmouth has a great method that produces a great...


 

Tombstone Lettering

Nothing spoils a good tombstone more than poor lettering carved into it.  No matter how realistic your tombstone looks, all eyes will eventually focus on the text, and if you want it to look really good, you’ll want to check out the video tutorial that Eerie Acres Cemetery put together...


 

Making Zombie Clothe...

If a zombie can take the time to dig its way out of its grave, the least you can do is make sure he’s got some appropriate looking clothes, right?  And if you’ve taken the time to build a Full Sized Zombie Prop, or just plan on becoming the zombie yourself, you should probably pay...


 

Full Size Zombie

If you’re looking to build a full size zombie that you can leave outside you’re going to need something that is a little more solid, and once again, Dr. Kreepy has just the tutorial you’re looking for. The lower body is framed using 2 x 4’s for legs attached to a 1 x 6...


 

Rockin’ Granny

There’s something completely unsettling about a decrepit looking old lady slowly rocking back and forth in her chair.  If you know a decrepit looking old lady then you’re half way there, but if you don’t, you can always follow ScareFX’s tutorial and make your own...


 

Sparking Fence

Want to create an impressive looking spark effect for your haunt that’s absolutely harmless?  Bradsboobarn has a video tutorial on how you can achieve this effect and it’s easier than you think.     If you take one thing away from this video, it should be that in order...


 

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...


 

The Broom Flyer Witc...

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...


 
Making LED Spotlights Oct08

Making LED Spotlight...

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...


 

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,...


 

Haunted House Wall P...

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...


 

Spider Hill Prop Wor...

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...


 

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...


 

Simple Laser Vortex ...

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...


 

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....


 

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...


 

Scary Guy at the End...

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...


 

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...


 

Animated Coffin

If you’ve got a coffin that’s looking for a little something extra then consider adding a slow rotating wiper motor to it.  Eerie Acres Cemetery has a video tutorial on how he built his and it turned out great.  The wiper motor spins at the perfect speed so that it doesn’t...


 

Sybil the Clairvoyan...

About five years ago Mr. Chicken created a Madame Leota prop for his yard haunt.  It turned out fantastic and I’ve wanted to build my own ever since (yeah, I know, I’m a procrastinator).  Well, things have just gotten a little bit easier for me because Mr. Chicken has just taken...


 

The Making Skulls Se...

What makes Canadian skulls better than American Skulls?  Brad Goodspeed,of course!  The skulls he produces in his Making Skulls series of videos are so good looking it’s hard to believe that they start off being a cheap styrofoam skull. These videos are an invaluable tool to anyone that...


 

Easy Bloodshot Eyeba...

This easy to do eyeball tutorial makes it’s way to us from HauntItYourself Productions.  You’ll need to get some half eyeballs off of Ebay (by searching for half eyeballs of course), some clear nail polish and red yarn for veins.  From there, it’s just a matter of painting...


 

Making Glow In The D...

If you’ve taken the time to follow Dr. Kreepy’s tutorial on making Cheap Easy Skulls, you’ve no doubt ended up with a boatload of superb looking skulls.  The only thing that could possibly make those skulls look better is a little variety.  And what can help give a skull...


 

Zombie Mask Tutorial

Ich fürchte, zombies, aber ich habe nichts dagegen, wie einer aussieht. Every now and then a tutorial comes along that is so good it leapfrogs it’s way to the front of the Haunters List line. Such is the case with this great video tutorial from Stefan Schäfer Photography.  In this video...


 

Introduction To Pneu...

I’ve never really wanted to delve into the realm of pneumatic props because it’s always seemed like such a difficult process.  Well, Mortarlover123 (aka TangoAlphaCharlie1) seems to think that it’s a pretty easy endeavor, and after watching his tutorial on the basics, I...


 

Grime Up Props

Making a prop from scratch takes skill, but aging the prop so that it looks like it’s been around for a few years takes talent.  Now, it’s well known that Terra from HalloweenForum can build anything.  I mean, I honestly think she could build a structurally sound house out of...


 

Ruining Your Life wi...

I’ve always wanted to build an Axworthy Flying Ghost for a haunt.  Unfortunately the spacing of the trees in my yard would make for a ridiculously long run for it so it’s never really been an option to attempt it.  That may be a good thing, though, if you ask Joseph Keller, a.k.a...


 

Ankle Tickler Tutori...

If you’re interested in creating your very own ankle tickler then take a look at Operatingnurse’s tutorial.  She’s given us everything we need to know to create this unsettling effect for our own haunts.  I will openly admit that this effect drives me absolutely nuts, I...


 

Spectral Illusions 2...

The crew over at Spectral Illusions is at it again adding four new video effects to their lineup for 2013.  These four great new videos are priced at an affordable $20 to $30 apiece and are offered in both high definition (1920×1080) and standard definition  (720×480) formats as...


 

Milk Jug Skulls

What was it that Dr Kreepy said?  “A home haunt without skulls is like a cake without icing”?  Well what if I like a whole lotta icing?  I’m a big proponent of saving money, and the less money I have to pay for a quality prop the better.  Bearing that in mind, I don’t...


 

Blood on the Cheap

If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for blood then look no further.  Actually, Allen Hopps from Stiltbeast Studios would probably disagree completely with that.  He’s provided some great recipes for blood in his Blood on the Cheap tutorial, but I’m sure he would...


 

How to Make a Corpse

Some people have great tutorials on how to corpsify a Bucky, and that’s truly fantastic.  Others, like Mr. X & Dr. V, the brains behind MonstarCraft Productions, have tutorials on how to actually build a skeleton and then further tutorialize how to corpsify the Hell out of it....


 

Hi-Rez Designs Visua...

Hi-Rez Designs offer some really high end visual effects for your haunting pleasure.  Their collections range in complexity from simple projections like the sky effects, bugs, and ghosts DVD’s     to more intricate video window effects that can trigger pneumatic valves,...


 

Air Cannons for Dumm...

If you’ve ever wanted an air cannon in your haunt but didn’t want to spend upwards of two to three hundred dollars then you’re in luck.  Terroronshaddowway will show you how to build one that will cost considerably less.  This video tutorial is easy to follow and, once...


 

Cauldron Vampire Cre...

Since the launch of HauntersList the number one most often searched for item that has resulted in a hit to our site has been the Cauldron Creep tutorial by the Devil’s Workshop. I would surmise from this that just about everyone is planning on building one this year, and if that’s...


 

How To Make Slime

Grant Thompson of thekingofrandom.com posted a great tutorial on how to create your own Slime, or as he likes to refer to it, Ninja Turtle Ooze.  This is really easy to make, inexpensive, is non-toxic and looks great when you add a couple of glow sticks to it!  The container he creates for it...


 

Master Fog’s H...

Some tutorials are harder to write about than others.  This is not one of those.  The tutorial that the guys over at Master Fog have created for their Fog Chiller is perfect.  I can’t believe that I’ve already wasted this many words setting this wonderful tutorial up, but if...


 

Steel Haunt Panels

If you’ve ever browsed the HalloweenForum you’re no doubt familiar with Terra.  Suffice to say, she’s a prop making goddess.  Her video tutorial on making steel haunt panels showcases the kind of cool, realistic looking props you can make for your haunt if you’ve got a...


 

Cheap Easy Skulls

In the immortal words of Dr. Kreepy, “A home haunt without skulls is like a cake without icing…”  And to the great benefit of us all, Dr. Kreepy has given us the icing (in video form) in his tutorial on how to make your own skulls using Great Stuff expanding foam.  There are...


 

Homemade Stalkaround

I’ve always wanted my very own stalkaround costume.  I’ve never wanted to pay $1500 for my very own stalkaround costume.  Those two statements have always been synonymous until I found Rottincorps‘ video tutorial over at HauntForum, Stalkaround No Backpack.  I’m not...


 

Hangman Prop

Ulcerative has posted a great video of  the perfect frame for a hangman prop.  When the attached wiper motor is turned on the flailing effect is supreme, and even though it’s just a PVC frame in the tutorial, you can more than visualize the awesome effect you’ll get...


 

Paint Faux Wood Grai...

Terra from HalloweenForum has posted a great video tutorial on how to achieve an incredibly realistic wood grain look that can easily be applied to your styrofoam projects. I’m blown away at how realistic it looks and how simple it is.  ...


 

Zombie Doll

What’s more creepy than those two little girls from The Shining?  How about imagining the creepy dolls those girls would play with!  I expect that they would look something like the zombie dolls that Cyclonejack from HauntForum creates, and he’s been nice enough to create a video...


 

Homemade Meat Hooks

Allen Hopps of Stiltbeast Studios has a fantastic tutorial on how to make some really realistic looking meat hooks out of plastic hangers.  You’ll absolutely love how easy they are to make and the cost for a dozen is next to nothing.  All that’s left to do after this tutorial is...


 

Super Sticky Cobwebs

If you’ve ever used the stretchable spider webs that everyone sells you know that they sometimes don’t stay stretched quite as nicely as you’d like them to.  Well the tutorial below from the Dapper Cadaver might be just the solution you’re looking for.  I originally...


 

Chromonite Inkblot M...

If you were lucky enough to attend Transworld’s 2013 Halloween and Attractions show in St. Louis last month you are no doubt familiar with Chromonite, producers of the Rorschach Inkblot Morphing Mask.  Made using thermochromic paint the pattern actually changes shape as your breath...


 

Spectral Illusions

Spectral Illusions offers some really great looking digital downloads that would look great in any haunt.  These great videos can be used with a flat panel monitor and a frame for a picture effect, or with a scrim or reflective surface for a great Pepper’s Ghost effect.  The videos loop...


 

Simple Pneumatic Gro...

  I gotta admit, when I first watched Casa Fear’s tutorial on how to build a simple pneumatic ground breaker at HauntForum, I didn’t think the finished product was going to be worth the effort.  The frame of this prop doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that it’s...


 
Darklight Precision DMX Apr22

Darklight Precision ...

Darklight manufactures the world’s smallest LED spotlights.  At least that’s what their website says, and while I’ve never measured to verify this claim, they do offer a wide assortment of micro LED spotlights and floodlights that are very tiny.  The Precision DMX, on the...


 

Micca Speck

Every now and then you come across something that is too good to sit on and you’ve got to share it with as many people as possible.  That’s exactly how I feel about this cool piece of tech that Bigant from HalloweenForum posted about.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive...


 

Homemade Web Spinner

Instant Monsters over at HalloweenForum has posted a great tutorial on how to make your own Web Spinner using some easily obtainable items and a drill.  The cobwebs that this thing puts out look amazing and would make most spiders jealous.  They’ll require some serious cleanup, but if...


 

Dr Kreepy’s FC...

For the longest time I struggled with how to build a simple Flying Crank Ghost.  The guide at Phantasmechanics.com (R.I.P.) seemed ridiculously complicated to my simple mind.  Then I found Dr. Kreepy’s YouTube videos and everything clicked.  My FCG might have even flown had the party I...