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If you have any kind of MIDI-controlled prop you should check out this video.  It shows you how to create an animation sequence for your prop.  The video uses a skull and Reaper software, but you could apply the technique to any MIDI prop.

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Do you want to add computer control to your haunt or show, but you’re not sure which controller to choose?  Wolfstone has an overview of several types of controllers and the advantages / disadvantages of each.

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Vile Things has an article that gives some good information on basic prop control, as well as details on how they built a controller based on a Keybanger and some relays.

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Gemmy Animated Scary Skulls are great for hacking. Their jaws move, their eyes light up (and even move on some models), and best of all they’re cheap. Right out of the box they’re not so impressive though. You trip the motion sensor and garbled noise comes out of the tiny speaker for a few seconds. [...]

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Yard-light motion sensors are a cheap and easy way to add some automation to your haunt. Just hook up power to the sensor, hook the output to an outlet, and you can control anything that runs on 120VAC. But what if you want to control something else? It turns out it’s pretty easy to modify [...]

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Haunting with Compressed Air

This article explains some of the basics of pneumatics and goes on to show you how to build a grave popper. [Read Article]

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Use a Parallax motion sensor as a prop trigger. This method gives you more options and more control than some other methods, but requires some electronics knowledge. [Read Article]

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Learn how to hook up a wall switch type motion sensor to use it as a prop trigger. It is recommended that this one is used indoors only. [Read Article]

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Learn how to wire up a common hardware store motion detector to use it as a prop trigger. [Read Article]

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Use a slide projector and a mirror ball to get a floating ghost effect similar to what they have at Disney’s Haunted Mansion. [Read Article]

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