Monsterlist of Halloween Projects

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The Monsterlist of Halloween Projects is the most complete collection of links to pages with do-it-yourself projects on them that I have ever seen. These are not your little kids Halloween crafts, every scary devious seriously spooky prop and project designed for truly scaring people is listed here. Most importantly, the list is checked periodically for accuracy. This is not an all-inclusive list of everything Halloween, the Monsterlist has no popup ads or sponsors, it is a volunteer site and will stay that way. It is not an index of professionals pushing their wares. It is simply a gathering place of projects and ideas that people who build their own Halloween props can use. Usually I have linked to the project page itself however I recommend browsing from there to the owners main Halloween page, there is usually plenty of interesting Halloween information. 

Last Update 01/12/2012 , 731 Project Links Validated


In the list below are plans and/or descriptions detailing how to build your own scares for Halloween. Each link opens in a new window. NOTE: The owners, developers, and authors of this web page and web site are not responsible for the misuse of the information provided on this page and web site and do not take responsibility for any use or outcome of the same. Please use common sense and the utmost safety precautions when designing and deploying special effects, props and decorations. 


Flying Crank Ghost

There are enough pages detailing design modifications and how-to's for Doug Ferguson's Flying Crank Ghost (FCG) that it deserves its own section

Dr. Crankenstein - design changes for the Flying Crank Ghost,  by SpookAlley (Zach)
$20 FCG - illustrated instructions for low-cost version. By Jeff Kessler.
Flying Crank Ghost - extensive illustrated instructions for the full Flying Crank Ghost. By Pat Jones
Simple Inexpensive EZ FCG - illustrated instructions for FCG. By Ron Tye
FCG Phantom - illustrated instructions for the FCG. By The Hedstroms.
Sally - animated instructions for making the FCG. By HalloweenAddiction (Heath)




Gravestones and Tombstones

There are enough pages detailing the construction and design of tombstones that they deserve their own section

3D Tombstones - a short primer on 3D tombstones. By Corey Minion.
Basic Tombstone Instructions - no pictures. By T.R. Shaw
Bleeding Tombstone - illustrated instructions for tombstone that drips blood. By Aaron Lebioda
Gravestones - illustrated instructions for constructing 3 different styles of gravestones. By John Nelson
How to build your own tombstones - detailed instructions for tombstones. By Shannon.
How to Build and weather a tombstone - illustrated instructions for foam tombstones including an easy technique for adding 3D graphics. By Aaron Lebioda
Instructions and epitaphs. By Chris Silvia
IronStock 2001 Tombstones - illustrated example of how to build very realistic tombstones. By Keeba and the gang
Lit Tombstone - illustrated instructions for making a tombstone with lighted graphic. By Aaron Lebioda
Rocking Tombstone - illustrated instructions for making a tombstone that rocks back and forth. By Chris Silvia.
Shady Hollow Cemetery - instructions for creating lifelike tombstones. By Nathaniel S.
Tombstones - basic instructions and a few pics. By Glenn Blinn
Tombstone Factory - instructions and pictures. By Chris Grande (via halloween-online)
Tombstones - illustrated instructions for creating carved tombstones. By Cory Derenburger
Tombstones - instructions for creating foam tombstones. By Crypto propology (Paul)
$1 Gravestones - instructions for super-cheap gravestones. By Derek Greenwood
Tombstones - instructions for carving tombstomes and adding LED eyes. By SpookyBlue
Tombstones - instructions for tombstones with various detailing. By BigScreamTV
Tombstone Applique - instructions for making and attaching appliques to foam tombstones. By Tracy
Halloween Tombstones - instructions for making tombstones using a spraypaint lettering technique. By Thad and Kelly
Tombstones - instructions for making, carving, painting and weathering foam tombstones (including manual letter kerning for giant-sized fonts) (select "projects" from left then "tombstones" from list.) By Ghostess Deanna
Character Tombstones - instructions for making tombstones featuring a 3D custom face in relief. By Stolloween (Scott)
10 minute tombstones - instructions for quickly carving, painting and assembling tombstones. By Screaming Scarecrow Studios
basic Tombstone Tutorial - instructions and discussion on creating intricate foam tombstones. By Zombie Sniper (Trevor Baldwin)



Useful information for the Do-It-Yourselfer



All The Way With paper Mache - Different types and recipies for paper mache. By Sue MacDonald
Blood Recipe - instructions and pics. By Wraith
Blood Recipes - several different recipes. By Brian Oberquell. (on Haunted Attraction Mag Online)
Foggy Window Effect - Water-based foggy glass. By SpookAlley (Zach)
Monster Mud Playground - Description and links for simple but effective texturing/construction material. By Steve Hickman
Templates - full-size downloadable templates for making your own tombstones. By Michael Hedstorm.
Sound Effects - Plenty of sound effects MP3's for your haunt. By Keeba
How To Take Great Halloween Photographs - linked with permission from the New York Institute of Photography website at
Fog Safety - reprints of NIOSH article on theatrical smoke safety. Also a summary. Note both are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format
Using a Wiper Motor in your Halloween Projects - instructions on how to obtain and connect wiper motors. by Scary Terry
  Paper Model of Disneys Haunted Mansion - downloadable PDF file for making a cutout Disney Haunted Mansion., By Ray Keim
Yard Haunt Lighting Tutorial - illustrated basic tutorials for lighting props around a yard haunt (.PDF format). By SkullAndBone
Extreme Pumpkin - a website showing examples and how-to's of extreme pumpkin carving
Working in Styrofoam - several techniques for successfully making props with styrofoam. By Dreadnight
Snot~Rag Mache' Recipe - Snot~Rag Creations - how to make the special purpose paper-mache formula used by DeCaye. By DeCaye.
30 Photoshop techniques for haunters - useful techniques for adjusting photos/portraits into something more suitable for Halloween. By Michael Garmahis
Haunt Floorplans - detailed plans for several generations of haunted houses. By Halloweenaddiction (Heath)
Stonykins - a website showing well-done how-t - a website showing well-done how-to's on carving pumpkins. By St0ney
Haunt 101 - the basics on setting up your own haunt. By Hauntary (Steve)


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