we wanted a coffin that seemed as though it were haunted by some unearthly
spirit within. This effect works well in your Halloween
graveyard, on the front porch or even as a display in the house for a
Halloween party. Just make sure that you illuminate the prop with enough
light so that your guests can see it well.
the coffin, we wanted the toe-pincher type, so we bought a
"Toe Pincher Coffin" from the
Halloween Connection. This coffin works great for this effect because it
has small gaps between the boards wide enough to allow light
to shine through. We wanted the
lid of the Halloween coffin to be at about waist level when
our visitors passed by it. To do this, we purchased two plaster
pedestals to act as coffin stands. A light
cob webs from a cob web spinner over the coffin adds a real finishing touch.
behind the coffin to create fog flowing underneath the
Mister Kool fog machine is able to create a great looking "dry ice"
style fog effect.
This fog machine is simple to load and inexpensive to operate, because all you need is just regular
ice cubes and fog juice.
The Light Effect
produce a ghostly light that seems to pulse from inside the coffin, we
placed a string of blue colored twinkle lights (Xmas lights) inside the coffin
and plugged them to the "Halloween Lighting Effects Machine"
controller. This device is sound-sensitive and picks-up the sounds from the CD
player to make the lights brighten, dim and flicker.
Adjust the sound sensitivity control on the unit to the
volume of the CD player.
If you don't want the electrical
cord to show you will need to drill a hole through the side
or bottom of the coffin where it will not show and large
enough for the plug of the cord to fit through using a hole
We chose not to put anything inside the coffin since it
would be at a distance from our visitors and not opened. But
you could place a skeleton,
or other Halloween prop inside with the lights
the spooky sound
effects, we placed a
battery powered CD player inside the
coffin and set it on automatic repeat. We made
our own effects CD with a combination of moaning and a
strangle sounding effect recorded on it.
There are plenty of Halloween sound
effects CD's available that have many suitable sound clips on
them that can be
used for making the CD.
We used a
sound clip off the "Halloween Sound Effects" CD pictured to
the right. Track #35 - "Spirits in the Attic"