This year’s addition to the haunted garage is a simple-looking throne with a hidden secret. A motion sensor concealed in the skull at the top detects when someone reaches into the bowl for a piece of candy and triggers both a pneumatic cylinder to strike inside with a loud crack and a strobe light just behind the bowl brightly flashes. It does a pretty good job of scaring most of the people who tried it. More pictures are available in my photo album. Check out the video to see this year’s haunt and to see the new prop in action.
This is the second year for what I hope will be a long tradition of my haunted garage. My plan is to add to it every year, and this year’s addition is a flying crank ghost. I found the plans last year on Phantasmechanics.com, but didn’t have time to build it, so I sat on them until this year. The written description is a bit hard to follow in places, and the photos included on their web site are a bit dark, so I’m offering the video below of the rig I built to help clarify the design for anyone who is looking for help.
This was the year I finally did it. I built the haunted house in my garage. Many thanks to my patient wife Dixie who put up with several weekends of my Halloween-induced insanity. It took a lot of work, but it was so fun watching the reactions of the kids going through it. In the end, I think it was worth it. Here’s a short video showing some of the construction and then the final product. I hope you enjoy it.