Tutorials

  • Learn to build these yourself!

    If you like what you see and you might consider making something like this for your own home or yard haunt, or even a professional haunted attraction, all the secrets are revealed in this tutorial. Everything you need to know to build your own is here step by step.

  • Learn how to use the software that controls all this

    Whatever you want to build or buy, if it has servos and you want to sync up the action to a soundtrack, this is the software for you. Here is a tutorial on how to use Brookshire Software's VSA program.

  • Serial Controller Card Tutorial (SSC-32)

    There are a few different methods for controlling your animatronic props. One way is to control your servos using the serial interface on your computer. This tutorial goes over in detail how to hook up your servo controller card. (One type in particular, but the principles apply to all)

  • Using DMX to control your props and lighting

    DMX is another standard of control for animatronics and lighting. It can be a bit more expensive to set up initially, but the simplicity of the system and the extreme reduction in required wiring may make it well worth it. Check out my tutorial here. This is the control system I now use.

  • Here's a cheap DIY 'Audio Sensitive Switch', A.S.S. for short.

    This is a quick Tutotial on making your own switch that can activate a prop, like a strobe light for lightnig effect, or a pop-up corpse in a coffin, or anything you can think up whenever it gets a sound. You feed the sound directly into it, and it activates a switch with the audio.

  • A Valuable Resource

    I am a member of many online Halloween communities, but halloweenForum.com has a particularly large following. That means more input and more great ideas. I have linked to their Tutorials section here, but you would benefit by browsing the entire site.