14 Projects to Make the Ultimate DIY Haunted House

Time to get creepy.

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It's Halloween season, the time of the year when it is acceptable—and even expected—to scare the living tar out of the children in the neighborhood as they come to your house asking for candy. Here, we compile 14 projects from that will make your haunted home the envy of all others on the block.

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Eric Wilhelm, president and co-founder of Instructables, describes how to build an incredibly innovative and complex solid-state controller that can manipulate lights, fog, animatronics and sound in a glorious choreographed Halloween production.


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Fingers reach over the top of a grave branded with your name--and winds make the fingers wiggle.


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Whether or not the audience is afraid of clowns, a 7-ft-tall Jack-in-the-Box is sure to strike fear into the heart of any onlooker.


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These cuddly, hand-sewn goblins are half-cute, half-grotesque--and the perfect addition to any haunted house.


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Whether you want your dormant skulls to tell jokes or give a pronounced "Boo!", here's your complete guide to the art of animatronics.

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This classic Halloween project is easy to implement and does wonders for the spooky ambience.


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If you have a spare PC and are willing to cut a large hole in your wall (or erect a false one!), this is the ultimate party trick.


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This simple fence is a must-have for any haunted house.


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The master's graveyard fence.


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Here is an easy--and less messy and wasteful--alternative to the department store cobwebs.

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What's better than a magic mirror? Star Wars-quality holograms.

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No, these skeletons don't actually climb, but they are the most frightening roof decorations around.


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For a backyard graveyard in an hour, turn to styrofoam.


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Combine this project with your animatronics skills (above) for a stylish and scary addition to your walls.

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