Fun Find: Haunted Victorian Telephone

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.

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Carry the Skeleton and His New Wheels

This year we have decided to move Carry from his position on the front porch to a featured spot inside one of our large garage windows.  To do this, we mounted his coffin on a rolling platform identical to the one we created for Bob last year (instructions to come as soon as I can find the pictures).

As you can see from the pictures below (click to enlarge), we had to zip-tie Carry into place to make him stand in the coffin.  Then, we used a series of large L-brackets to secure the coffin to the platform.  Brackets were also used to secure the coffin lid to the platform and to the coffin itself.  Only one of the angles was a perfect 90 degrees, so the rest had to be bent/muscled into position.

The final bracket, the one fastening the lid to the coffin, proved to be tricky.  The drill wouldn’t fit into the space, so instead of using screws, we came at the holes from the opposite side using a pair of bolts and nuts.  The exposed bolt heads, as well as any exposed brackets, will eventually be covered up as the prop is dressed for Halloween with pumpkins, candles, and more.

The next step is to dig up Carry’s LED accent lighting from last year and mount the spots somewhere in the coffin.  Then, we’ll hit the entire prop with a layer of spider webs, either from our Web-Caster, or from a home-built design we have been eyeing.  Either way, those are posts for another day.

Happy Haunting everyone!

   

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A Closer Look at “Carry” the Skeleton

Those of you who took a look at the pictures from our 2011 Haunt may have noticed a skeleton in a coffin sitting on our front porch.  This skeleton, known as Carry, got a brief mention in one of our build posts, but he really didn’t get all of the attention he deserves.

Carry, named such because he was being carried around in his coffin, was paired with the smaller of the two toe-pincher coffins we built last year.  With the skeleton and the coffin both being about five feet tall, it was a perfect fit.  Originally we were going to make this an animated prop, with a thumping lid, but the lid proved to be too heavy for the motor, so we moved on to Plan B.

We stood the coffin up on its end, drilled a few holes in the back, and zip-tied the skeleton into place.  Carry was fitted with two glowing red eyes, using the same method we used on the Cauldron Creep.  Then, he got a blinking heart, thanks to one of the bottles in the Witch’s Ingredients Bottles from Spirit Halloween.  We simply yanked the heart from the bottle and hung it in the rib cage with wire.  Finally, we hit the entire prop with accent lighting from a few home-made LED spot lights (a How To coming soon).

The picture above is a shot of how Carry looked in the daylight last year.  As you’ll see in the next post, Carry and his coffin are in the process of a make-over to prepare them for this year.

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Mr. Jingles, Back From the Dead!

Hello everyone!  It has been a long and wonderful Summer, and somehow this year’s Halloween Season snuck up on us!  With less than two weeks to go before “Haunt Day” (October 1), the Jingles Crew has shifted into overdrive.  We have to complete some of the unfinished props from last year’s haunt, and bring some new props to life.

Most importantly, we need to finish the “How To” for our Cauldron Creep.  You may have seen that we updated his body.  Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  We promise to complete the instructions so those of you who are creating your own Creeps at home can see what we did, hopefully get inspired by our ideas, and certainly learn from our mistakes.

Until next time, Happy Haunting everyone!

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Skeletons Have Arrived at Walgreens!

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Bob’s Bone Transplant

 

Poor Wally had a very bad day today.  We popped off his head and pulled his bones apart.  Don’t worry about him though, his sacrifice was not in vain.  His dismemberment was necessary for a bone transplant to Bob.

Thanks to Wally, Bob is now sporting a new pair of hips, a spine, and a half a rib cage.  Once we drape him with a “new” set of rags these mismatched bones should look more like a complete skeleton.

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Halloween at Michael’s!

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Halloween at the Dollar Tree!

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Westinghouse Lanterns Come in Two Colors!

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a Haunter happy.  Today I got a big smile while walking through the garden section at Walmart.  I had returned to purchase another one of the Westinghouse Lanterns I posted about a few weeks ago and was delighted to find that now a second color is available!

This amazing lantern (see video) not only comes in a brushed metal color, now it comes in solid black too!  You can see a comparison of the two lanterns above.  The item number for the one on the left is W704001-17W and the item number for the one on the right is W704001-08W.  I couldn’t decide between the two and ended up purchasing one of each!

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Aloha from the Mr. Jingles Crew!

Aloha from the Mr. Jingles Crew!

Less than six months to Halloween!  Are you ready?

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