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The answer to yesterday’s post…

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 11:04 am GMT -5

This is what all of those things have in common. The newest prop from my workshop….

Any guesses?

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 03:11 pm GMT -5

What do black silk flowers from Michael’s, a Phillips color changing LED lightbulb from Lowe’s, 330 yards of fishing line from Walmart, and three bottles of baby oil (dyed blood red) all have in common?


Almost finished with piano

Monday, November 18th, 2013 05:30 pm GMT -5

Every haunted house has a piano or organ that plays spooky music.

This is typically done by using a gear motor to actuate the keyboard and hiding a speaker inside the prop.

I always wanted to “one up” this typical prop by using a real Ian that will play real songs. … But typical player pianos are known to be temperamental.

Long story short… I now have a piano that can play digitally stored files.


In this example, I’ve got it running on an iPhone. (Forgive the Christmas music!)

The next version will be running on some type of video repeater that will project a ghostly image of someone playing the piano onto a scrim or fog screen that will sit in front of the piano.

Stay turned for more ….

Food donation for the York Food Bank

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 07:27 pm GMT -5

Today Beth took all the food donated via our annual drive to the collection point that 101The ROSE had set up at the York County Shopping Center.

They were very excited to see the amount of food she had…
I asked her to take pictures to share the news with our friends and neighbors.

They weight the food and track donations by weight rather than unit-count…

The awesome news is that Sinister Shadows made the largest donation to the food drive today.
I still wish it could have been more… But it feels good to be a part of something good like this, and it’s great to know the community I live in cares too!

Thank you everyone!

(Look at all this food!)