PROPS & SPECIAL FX
No graveyard or haunted house would be complete
without a layer of realistic cobwebs adorning it. There are many ways to
create that old, cobwebby look and here are a few of the types that work
best for us.
Ever wonder how haunted attractions spin their
cob webs? The "Webcaster Gun"
shoots out realistic looking webs much faster than fan type web-spinners. The base
unit is a highly customized hot glue gun, equipped with a special tip that transfers the
webbing material into a stream of compressed air, allowing for detailed application of
cob-webs. These types of web shooters do require an air compressor with up to 100psi.
Whether you need close-in webs for detailed work, or are shooting webs over the front of
your garage, this unit can do the job. Using the flow-valve, you can adjust amount and
density of the cob-webs produced. The Web material cleans off easily, but we always
recommend that you test some on important materials. This unit uses regular hot glue
sticks to produce lots of great looking cob-webs. Or, you can buy special glow-in-the-dark
glue sticks that glow under Black Light. Another nice benefit to these types of web
shooters, is that you don't have to worry about the web fluid drying up over time.
Used for years by haunt enthusiasts, commercial haunted house operators, special
effects companies, movie studios and major theme parks, cobweb spinners are fan-like units
that spray out thin filaments of a cobweb like material.
You just pour in some of the cobweb fluid,
attach the Cob Web Spinner unit to a standard electric drill (must spin at 1,100 to 1,500 RPM) and you can cover a
room size area with great looking cob webs in just a few minutes. The web spinner includes
many improvements over other professional spider web shooters including professionally
machined parts, large capacity and metal construction. We use our Cob Web Spinner to add
webs to our tombstones, skeletons and other props.
Used well, those bags of stretchable cob webs you can buy during the
Halloween season can add a great effect to particular areas of your haunt.
The effect can
be enhanced by using the cob web spinner to add light webs around the heavy ones.
Used well, those bags of stretchable cob webs
you can buy during the Halloween season can add a great effect to particular areas of your
LARGE SPIDER WEBS
Large spider webs made
from cotton or nylon rope can be used to create an entire scene. These are available
from three to nine feet in diameter. We like to hang one of the large ten foot
spider webs between
two trees, at a slight angle. We then use our
cobweb spinner to highlight the web and where it connects to the tree
for a more realistic effect. From here you can place a large spider prop
on it or
hundreds of the tiny plastic spiders that cab be purchased in bags.
Black Light hair spray will give it that added kick under a black light,
just take a couple cans and cover the web with spray, let dry and add
WALKING THROUGH COBWEBS
Here's a trick that has been used in haunted attractions for years. Hang
long pieces of
black thread from tree limbs so that as your trick or treaters walk through them it feels
like they are moving through spider webs. We like to have a particular area that our guest
have to pass through that we use string webs and our Cobweb Spinner over and around the
path. This really emphasizes that they are walking through spider webs. Avoid using tacks,
staples or other sharp devices to attach the thread, as these might come out and become a
danger to your visitors.