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September 2014

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Halloween Spectacular!

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Features

The Inner Workings of Rock Golem

Coming from years of taking things apart, hacking kid’s toys, owning a copy of Forrest Mims’ Getting Started in Electronics, and plenty of trial and error, this is my story of how I hacked the Golem’s electronics to life.


Behind the Boo With Scare for a Cure

Learn firsthand what it takes to run FX for a charity haunt.


Leonard Pickel On Haunting

I come to haunting from a completely different direction that most of my colleagues ... many of whom have some theatrical or set building background. I didn't start out as a home haunter and grow into the pro ranks like many others.



Projects

Haunting 101: The Basics of Boo

Here are 13 prop ideas to get you started in haunting.


Build the Peek-A-Boo Ghost

Not all decorations have to be scary. Have some fun with this quick build.


PumpkinFX

Learn how to animate a character’s mouth to match music or speech.


Trio de los Muertos

Mix animation and psychology with this fun prop to liven up your next “Day of the Dead” celebration.


Monster in a Box

Give your treaters a nice trick with this prop that’ll keep ’em wondering what’s trying to get out.


Automating Your Haunt Using PICAXE Microcontrollers

Instead of actors running your haunt, use electronics instead.


Ruby’s Flame Extended Online Version - Part 1

Add “fire” to your next display with Ruby's flame, a four foot tall faux flame prop. Part 1


Ruby’s Flame Extended Online Version - Part 2

The power supply, electrical, and wrapping it all up. Part 2


What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?

Save time and money making decorations with CNC.


The Crypt Creature

This entombed skeleton prop is startling good fun.