Last year on one of the Halloween prop sites, most likely Halloween Forum, I found a set of instructions for creating a haunted telephone. The build, which was quite detailed, involved finding an old-style phone, mounting it to a table, attaching a switch to the cradle, and wiring the whole thing to a small MP3 player pre-programmed with spooky sounds. The prop seemed really cool, but, unfortunately, creating it would require more time than I was willing to invest.
Then, this past weekend, I spotted something interesting at my local Target store. As you can see from my shaky cell phone video above, this phone is a lot like the prop I described. Dialing the phone causes it to ring, and answering the phone triggers a series of spooky sayings. The phone is made of a very light plastic, though, so light that someone answering the phone could accidentally yank it off of a table. For use in a well-traveled haunt, it would be necessary to mount the phone securely.
The phone is priced at $15.00 and can be found in the Halloween Decor section. The exact name of the item is Victorian Phone. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a listing for it online. If you’re looking for a simple, reasonably priced, haunted phone, check out your local Target.