Halloween Propmaker's Handbook

Halloween Propmaker's Handbook

by Ken Pitek


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Halloween Propmaker's Handbook by Ken Pitek

With some corn syrup, drink mix powder and water, you can make a splendid concoction of stage blood—without spending an arm and a leg. From budget-friendly frights to sophisticated props, this book offers dozens of imaginative ways to haunt a house for Halloween. Readers will find generously illustrated step-by-step instructions for creating a barbecued skull, devil eyes, bonehead tableware, a magic bottle, a glowing brain and other projects. The book details ways to enhance an eerie ambiance with effects like blacklights and music. Props use many common household items and tools. Where specialty items are required, the author tells where they can be found at a reasonable cost. Projects take anywhere from a few hours to several days to complete.
The chapters ooze with tips on topics like creating apprehension and surprise, using design to guide guests, creatively using plastic skulls, and making papier-mâché masks and molded hands. There are recipes for fake blood and vomit and ideas for using them, and other creative and adaptable ideas. Appendices include “Merry Halloween,” which advises, “One of the best times to look for bargains on Halloween prop-building materials is right after Christmas”; an alphabetical listing of props and supplies and where they can be found; a list of specialty suppliers; and an “epitaph” inviting comments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786424634
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/21/2006
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 941,823
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Ken Pitek lives in Marseilles, Illinois. His work has been published in Haunted Attraction Magazine and other publications.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: Welcome to My Crypt 1

How to Use This Handbook 3

I. Techniques

Scareology 101 7

Working with Black Light 19

Skull Painting 101 28

Put a Light in It 34

Two-Way Mirrors 59

Papier-Mâché, or, What I Learned in Third Grade 74

II. Projects

Terror Eye Skull 97

Twinkle Eye Skull 99

Unearthed Skull Method One 107

Unearthed Skull Method Two 110

Aged Skull 113

Barbecued Skull 119

Sushi Skull 132

Skull Light Skull Bright 139

Devil Eyes 143

Demon Eyes 145

Magic Bottle 155

Bonehead Flatware 159

Bonehead Napkin Ring 163

Bonehead Salt and Pepper Shakers 167

Skull Flowers 171

Bonehead Vase and Candy Dish 178

Glowing Brain 182

Partially Eaten Hand 188

X-Ray Hand 199

Spider Drop 203

Bucky’s Home Remodeling 207

Blood, Worms, and All the Rest: Miscellaneous Ramblings from a Disturbed Mind 225

III. References

Where Can I Find...? 239

Suppliers 244

Appendix: Merry Halloween 251

Epitaph 255

Index 257

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