Scary Ticket Booth Build. An outstanding user-contributed project from Keith Corcoran, who wanted a ticket booth to go with his haunt’s “Creepy Carnival” theme. He starts with reclaimed pallet wood and ends up with a gorgeous prop that looks like it belongs on a Coney Island boardwalk.
DIY Alien Invasion. Rows of preserved extraterrestrial cadavers recede into infinity, thanks to the “barbershop mirror” illusion, in John Russell’s sweet haunt prop from 2006.
Alien Twins Life Support System Haunt Prop. Another fantastic display by John Russell, from 2009. Click through for a video showing the system in “malfunction” mode.
Homemade Haunted House Controller. Eric Wilhelm’s easy homebrew haunt controller, as first published in the MAKE: Halloween Special Edition
Slime. “Egon, your mucus!”
Ultimate Fog Chiller, first published in the MAKE: Halloween Special Edition. The fog that comes off of most commercial fog machines is generated by heat, and tends to rise above cooler room air. To make eerie “graveyard” fog that hugs the ground, you have to chill it. Adam Tourkow shows you how.
Twins from “The Shining” Projection. Come and play with us, Danny.
Hot Glue Web Gun. Edwin Wise shows you how to retrofit a normal hot glue gun with a compressed air nozzle to make a cobweb-spraying creepy-blaster that makes Halloween decorating fast and fun.
Styrofoam tombstones have all the flavor of regular tombstones, without the pesky added weight! Our take on the classic yard prop, documented by Cory Derenberger.
Flying Crank Ghost. Brilliantly cheap, effective ghost prop pioneered by Doug Ferguson of Phantasmechanics. It uses a slow motor and a simple system of pulleys to create an eerie, ghostly motion that literally stops cars in front of homes.
Mini Electric Chair. Creator Jon Williams calls this front-porch prop “Chucky Fries,” for obvious reasons. Chucky shakes, thrashes, laughs, and survives the ordeal, ready for the next set of trick-or-treaters that happens along.
Haunted House Silhouettes. Demonize your whole house for less than $100, with no outdoor vandal bait, no permanent fasteners, and no more than a few seconds of clean-up time. Fantastic idea from Jeffery Rudell.