Here are a list of links to sites I find both helpful and inspirational. I'll keep the list short as I find links pages are hard to manage in keeping the links up-to-date and there are many other sites that offer a more comprehensive listing to everything Halloween. Consider this a list of, in my opinion, is the "best of the best".
FORUMS, CLUBS, MAGAZINES & PODCASTS:
Canadian Haunters Association
National Canadian Club of home haunters, commercial haunters, haunt industry businesses, and Halloween enthusiasts from coast to coast. Register your haunt for free, find out about events in your area, vendors, tutorials and more!
Very active online forum dealing with topics from costumes and makeup to serious prop building, pneumatics and all other aspects relating to home haunting.
Another large online forum devoted to all things Halloween. Helpful members, excellant tutorials, prop showcase, costumes and more.
Dead With Dave
Excellent video talk show format features informative and detailed how-to segments, product reviews, contests and more. Also host of the very popular Dead with Dave Home Haunt Awards.
HauntNation is an terrific resource with informative articles, tutorials, contests and more! Free to subscribe and download.
HOW-TOs & TUTORIALS:
Monsterlist of Halloween Projects
Like it says, this is the Monsterlist. Everything you could ever want to build is listed here. A great resource.
Haunt Project (archived only)
This was another great list of projects and How-Tos, organized into catagories for easy searching. Unfortunantely it went offline when the owner sadly passed away. You can still view the site as an internet archive but many of the links are broken since it is no longer maintained. Even so it is still one of the better prop building resouces out there.
NEW! Haunter's Hangout
A new but growing website featuring a wealth of tutorials on a great number of subjects. The format is very similar to the defunct Haunt Project in that there are thumbnail images for easy viewing. Also be sure to tune into the weekly Haunter's Hangout online chat for lots of informative (and entertaining!) interviews.
Spooky Blue's site has tons of awesome tutorials and projects all laid out step-by step. Everything from toe-pincher coffins to scarecrows, zombie groundbreakers and more.
Brewster Yard Haunt: Haunt 101
Kevin242's website for his Brewster Yard Haunt is well known for his animated Grave Grabber zombies, tombstones and more. All presented with easy to follow instructions.
Excellent illustrated how-to tutorials on boarded up windows, cemetery gates & pillars and more.
BLOGS, YOUTUBE CHANNELS & PERSONAL SITES:
Master builder of scarecrows and zombies. His props truly have to be seen to be believed! Amazing blog updated daily.
Terrific blog: your one-stop source for all your H.P.Lovecraft needs. Make your own Necronomicon and other mythos props.
Dave Lowe Design
Dave Lowe is a master prop builder working in Hollywood however in addition he has a great blog and posts the most awesome, creative projects, all with his unique sense of style and humor.
Stiltbeast Studios YouTube Channel
Allen Hopps from Stiltbeast Studios is a legend on YouTube for his massive collection of informative how-to videos. It's like an online course in everything you need to know about Halloween prop building.
Butcher of Provincetown
Brad Goodspeed's haunt, The Butcher of Provincetown, is not only an incredible (and scary!) home haunt walkthrough but also a master class in the art of video production and social marketing! Also featured are tons of how-to tutorial videos on skulls, masks, leather-working & costumes, you name it.
Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
New home haunt site with great how-tutorials: Carving Tombstones, Styrofoam Mausoleum, Cider Hut and more. There is also a list of epitaphs for tombstones, photos from past haunts and details on his set-up.
Haunted House Creations
Canadian distributor of ACC skeletons, PicoBoo controllers, Pneumatics and other great products aimed at both the home and pro haunter.
Canadian online retailer of all manner of great Halloween products. Fast & reliable - highly recommended.
Beautiful, artistic accents for your home and haunt.
Spider Hill Prop Works
Specialty parts and fittings for making armatures. Now you can easily build your life-sized figures or groundbreakers in realistic and fully adjustable poses.
The Basement FX
The Basement FX creates incredible movie-quality Silicone Masks, custom Special Effects Makeup and design. They also offer custom painting and repair services for your existing silicone masks. I had them re-paint my vampire mask and was blown away by the quality and detail of the paint job!
Online USA vendor specializes in more DIY merchandise including motors and power supplies, pneumatics, lighting and sound, controllers & triggers and more. Quick and easy service.
The Skull Shoppe is your source for the most amazingly realistic skulls on the market today. Cast from actual human skulls there are several models available. You'd be hard pressed to tell these from the real thing!
Very professional looking pumpkin carving stencils. Everything from movies & TV charcters to traditional monsters along with original designs. Really great!
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