Making a skeletal face

Making a skeletal face


Making Halloween Props

Making Halloween Props


Rattle M Bones

Rattle M Bones


Our Reaper

Our Reaper


I posted a new YouTube video featuring some of our D.I.Y. Halloween Props we have used in the past. Let me say, we have so much more than what is in this video, but the ones featured are easy to do at home, and inexpensive or moderately expensive. The link to see the vid is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqwd5OmsOpw. Check out my pictures I have attached for specifics. I will give general instructions for these props, if you want more details, just contact me. You can actually find most of these props and even more cool Halloween projects at this link. http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/
We have hosted 10 Halloween parties, complete with a haunted maze or haunted house theme in our home or garage. (This year due to a family illness we can’t do a party), but I still want to share this with you.
First, everyone loves a little food and drink, so have friends/guests bring a light dish, this allows you, the host to focus on the party events. I always plan to eat and mingle around 7:30 pm, and that way those who aren’t interested in food can arrive at 8:pm, the invitations announce the time agenda and ask the guest to bring a simple, covered dish if they plan to eat. Around 8:-8:30, we always have a couple of fun games for the group, which can be played by all ages at our parties. A broom dance is always a hit for young and older guests, where the players pass a witch’s broom to music and when the music stops, whomever is holding it leaves the game. The last one standing wins a prize. Another favorite is “pass the bag” full of hilarious clothing/costumes, played similar to musical chairs, where the person holding the bag when the music stops has to put the article of clothing on, this continues until the bag is empty. We usually have an assortment of halloween masks, funny glasses, hats, boxer shorts, nighties, big panties and anything we find at thrift stores that is totally outrageous. Usually we have enough stuff in the bag for 15 rounds. You can award a prize simply by pinning a winning ticket to a random garment and whomever is wearing it wins. There is great fun in passing a gift wrapped box, with 10 layers or so, with instructions on each layer for the person removing that layer to act out a specific animal or halloween monster, done the same way as the games above, and the prize can be whatever is in the box itself. There are so many great games, but those 3 are favorites and apply to all ages. When we have parties, after a couple of games, we go through our haunted maze or haunted garage, and this usually occurs around 9-9:30ish. It is dark and the guests are anxious to be frightened. We have kids of all ages, so we try to have a variety of props, but none too scary, (though we have had kids cry or run out of the haunted feature) I have learned to handle this a couple of different ways, so let me cover that. Sometimes I give the younger kids a small flashlight or glow stick and I am dressed as a “good spirit”, this way I lead the younger ones through BEFORE the older ones go inside, and my “live” mosters are instructed not to be very scary during the 1st tour. This has worked pretty well, though kids always find a way to come back through when the haunted feature is in full swing with our “live” actors in full scary mode, so inevitably, we have kids leave in tears sometimes, but the things is, they always return the next year for more. Also, this is where I tell parents it is their responsibilty to watch their kids and decide if they need to attend the haunted house feature. (We have someone who watches the kids and helps them paint pumpkins or do an egg toss or something for the small kids who do not want to go through the haunted house, or who have already been through.) Then, we have the bigger kids and adults go through in small groups, unguided, and the “live” monsters and our animated props are at full throttle. The only rules: no touching, shoving or running. After the haunted house, we have a cakewalk, our family/friends love this, and the party ends around 10:30 to 11:00. So, this gives you an idea of how long it takes to have a party similar to ours, plan for several hours.
Now, about making props. Let me say we also have a “Flying Crank Ghost” not pictured here, or in the video, but it is a nice prop to build. One of our favorites in Grim. He is our 7 ft tall reaper, and he has been with us for many years. He was great fun to build. A little messy, but I doubt I have $75 in him. Click on his picture for the simple explanation of how we made him.
We also made the caged skelton, this is a simple prop. Buy one of the flimsy skeletons at Party City, rub some red stain on him to customize the appearance. Build a cheap cage using wood dowels and cut particle board for the top and bottom of the cage, assemble with screws around the skeleton you hang from a chain through the top of the cage, and then warm his hands with a hair dryer and immediately hot glue to the bars.
As for faces for dummies and props, there is nothing better than styrofoam heads. They can be used in dozens of ways, from putting masks on, (you have to get creative to make most masks fit), to making a human like face using ripped t-shirt pieces dipped in flesh colored paint and layered around the styrofoam head until dry. This makes a perfect way to create wrinkles, scars, torn flesh, you can’t imagine what you can do with this technique. Click on the styrofoam head picture for more info on that prop.
I use the same technique with skulls bought at Halloween stores, when I want a skeletal look.
We use a variety of supplies to make bodies. Depends on what you want. But chicken wire (and gloves when doing this) can be your best friend when making torsoes and open rib cages. But the props made with chicken wire and plaster of paris are heavy and take up a lot of space. If you need a dummy just to wear costumes that add to the atmosphere and also works great at putting your guests at ease thinking most of the monsters are not real, so that your real ones can spring into action, you can use a lot of plastic wrap, bubble wrap and newspaper for the insides. You can get the shape of your body by stuffing your costumes with this saran wrap type material wrapped around wadded newspapers, and use a pvc pipe for the support, or many other rigid materials. But these kind of cheap props have to be left alone when you decorate until time to remove. Because they don’t go mobile very easily. We also use oscillating fans and a lot of cardboard, as in our toilet trauma. This hand in our DIY toilet prop reaches out to try to grab a passerby, and it basically is a cheap fan without the cover and blades with the hand bought at Big Lots attached to it. Projects like our Trash Can surprise, which is driven by air, can be found on the link provided in this post. There are more props in the video, and I would be glad to share the techniques and supplies used, feel free to contact me. But you can find almost all of these props and projects on the link I provided in this post.
I love Halloween, it is a great time to be creative and have fun. But play it safe, and don’t get into too much mischief. Happy Halloween from InstantEscape and
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