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” screws