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THINGS IN A COFFIN


There are a lot of things you can place in a coffin to make it even creepier than it already is. All of the things below have been used with the "Toe Pincher Coffin", but you can use just about any other coffin or casket.

Skeleton in the Coffin
Halloween Coffin and SkeletonPlace a full size skeleton such as a Bucky Skeleton inside the coffin. Attach fishing line to the outside edge of the coffin lid and run through one or more eyelets screwed into the ceiling. When trick or treaters approach, pull the line from a distance, and the coffin lid will open.

If you want the coffin standing up, instead of laying flat, you will need to attach the skeleton to the back of the coffin so that it stands up. We drilled two small holes about two inches apart in the back-board where the top of the spinal column would be.

We then laid the skeleton in the coffin and used a black colored zip-tie to attach it around the spine and through the holes. Since the Bucky skeleton comes white in color, you will probably want to "distress" it, so that it looks old. Click here for our article describing how to age/distress a skeleton.

Corpse in the Coffin
Halloween Coffin and CorpseProbably the most common thing you would actually find in a coffin would be a rotted or desiccated corpse. We made a bed of hay on in the coffin and placed a homemade corpse on top of it. Click here to read the "How to Make a Corpse" article.

If you plan on having the coffin in a standing up position, you will need to skip the hay and attach the corpse to the back of the coffin so that it stands up.

We drilled two small holes in the back-board of the coffin where the top of the spinal column would be and ran fishing line through and around the neck to hold it in place.

The Vampire's Coffin
Halloween Vampire CoffinHere's an old classic. With the coffin is laying on a flat, solid surface, or if the coffin is standing up, place it against a wall for stability.
Dress as a vampire and lay or stand in the coffin. When visitors approach, open the lid and greet them. Check out these articles for  vampire costumes and vampire makeup ideas.

Or, you could place a full size vampire prop like the one pictured to the right, inside the coffin and use it as a static Halloween prop. For an added touch, we set the coffin on top of two painted plaster pedestals to act as a stand.

These can be bought in the Home & Garden section in some department stores or at you local nursery.

Coffin Full of Bones
Coffin of BonesPlace the coffin on a sturdy stand and partially fill with Styrofoam chips or other suitable material to reduce the amount of bones you will need to fill the coffin. Fill the Halloween coffin up the rest of the way with skulls and bones.

Bulk bags of realistic skulls and bones are available from The Skeleton Store. If you want it to look particularly gory, splatter and spray the bones with red paint.
 

Coffin Full of Body Parts
Halloween Body PartsFor a really gruesome display, fill the coffin up with an assortment of fake body parts such as severed arms, legs, torso's, heads, etc. We were able to get one torso, four arms, four legs, two heads and a couple of extra hands and feet inside the coffin.

 You can either leave the lid closed and encourage visitors to look inside or securely prop the lid open. We bought our body parts at a local Halloween store, but you can also buy them online.

The Mummy's Coffin
Halloween Mummy PropWith the coffin is laying on a flat, solid surface, or if the coffin is standing up, place it against a wall for stability.
Dress as a mummy and lay or stand in the coffin very still.

When trick or treaters approach, open the lid and greet them. You could also place a mummy prop inside the coffin and lightly dust with fullers earth.

Or, you could place a full size mummy prop inside the coffin, add some cob webs and use it as a static Halloween prop. We covered a Bucky skeleton with strips of aged cloth for a great mummy prop. Click here for some Mummy costume ideas.
 

Coffin Full of Treats
Halloween CandySet the coffin on a stand and securely prop the lid open. Fill with an assortment of Halloween treats
. We did this with the Toe Pincher coffin on our front porch, yes we get a lot of trick or treaters. We bought a sheet of four inch thick Styrofoam insulation and cut out two pieces to fit inside the coffin to reduce the amount of candy we would need to fill the coffin up.

We painted the top of the visible piece of Styrofoam with flat black, water based paint. To fill the coffin almost to the top with candy, we bought twenty-four of the extra large bags of assorted Halloween candy. It cost about two-hundred dollars, but the kids loved reaching inside a coffin for their candy!
 

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