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Super Versatile, $10 Complete Picaxe Prop Controller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Halstaff May 26, 2011. 2 Replies

As many of you have seen, I've been designing and building, with lots of help from Fritz, quite a few different controllers for various tasks in my haunt using the Picaxe 08 chip. My ultimate goal…Continue

Tags: Picaxe, program, prop, animated, Halloween

3 More Skulls Are Ready To Speak

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Newton May 5, 2011. 1 Reply

I've just finished adding the servos to these 3 skulls so that they can talk and sing this year. I followed Scary Terry's excellent tutorial which worked perfectly -…Continue

Tags: talk, servo, prop, animated, Halloween

Very Cheap Micro Controllers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Halstaff May 12, 2011. 8 Replies

These are my newest super small, single function, dirt cheap controllers. They use the Picaxe 08 chip. The one on the left doesn't have a download capability but the other 2 do. They cost about $3.85…Continue

How To Give Your Wiper Motor Intermittent Control

Started Apr 3, 2011 0 Replies

One of the projects I'm considering for this year is a wiper motor controlled hanging victim. However I didn't want him to run continuously but to turn on and off providing a more startling effect. I…Continue


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The most important question! Do you build the elements that go into your haunt, and/or want to learn more about building props? Oh, and if you choose no, we're going to have to delete you.
How long have you been haunting:
One or two years
Your haunt comprises...?
Your haunt - Do you prefer?
Spooky ambiance
Tell us a little about your haunt..
The SOS Haunt (Sanctuary of Spooks) is completely made up of animatronics and has no live actors.
When it comes to props/decorations in your haunt, would you say you are:
Amazed by what you can find at Goodwill
Which statement comes closest to describing your haunt's attitude toward kids?
the haunt's for adults because Halloween ROCKS!
You understand that any non prop related content will be deleted?

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At 3:12pm on September 25, 2015, Spooky Steve said…
Thank you! Cant wait for another great Halloween!!
At 8:13pm on August 22, 2015, Steven Hulbert said…

Thanks for the link, ha? ve seen Scary Terry's page a few years ago from but wasn't able to spend any money. In your opinion is there much difference between Monster guts wiper motors and Fright Props? I will probably get the motor controller as well, thanks for the advice.

At 7:16pm on August 22, 2015, Steven Hulbert said…

Mr Halstaff, I am going to get a wiper motor from monster guts to learn actuating props, any suggestions on tutorials to integrate the motor?

At 11:02pm on April 29, 2012, Steve O said…

Grabbed a couple of those 300 sec modules tonight. Thanks again for the tip!

At 10:38pm on April 4, 2012, SavageEye said…

Congratulations on your win!

At 11:56pm on October 25, 2011, Steven Hulbert said…
Jane's Greeter is well done Hals, question for you sir. Apparently Radio Shack doesnt have a flourescent starter used for making lights flicker off an extension cord, do you know a different way or another device?
At 1:00am on October 20, 2011, kevin_bigelow said…

Was checking out your animated props. I thought they were really cool. 

Really wish I knew how to use all the electronics that you use. Maybe someday I'll figure it out. 

Keep up the good work.

Have a great haunt this year.

At 5:35am on August 17, 2011, The Evil Queen said…
Dude is that my lava field behind you??
At 8:17pm on May 4, 2011, Dan Basile said…
Thanks for the add halstaff
At 8:31am on March 14, 2011, Karen said…
Thank you so much for the link, it is exactly what I was looking for.  I'll have to study it to let all the info sink in but I think it has all the answers I'm looking for at this time.  You're the best.

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015 Thursday Advanced Classes – Do It Yourself Animatronics For The Home Haunter at HAUNTX

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

Take an all-day seminar with the man that created this animatronic prop. Visit with Steve Koci at the HauntX shoe in Reno this April 30th - May 3, Visit to learn more about the…


Tune in TONIGHT-Video Presentation on Animating Your Holiday Display

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:16am 1 Comment

Join us this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time as we continue our holiday display video how to presentations.

The first 9 weeks covered lighting primarily used in Christmas displays but this will be the first presentation that focuses on Halloween techniques. I'll be going over the basics of animating a holiday display with examples of some of the systems we use to provide movement to our props using motors, servos, pneumatics and projections as well as some info on adding audio to your…


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