Best Resources For Halloween Special Effects & Props You Can Build Yourself

big-scary-monster-halloween-prop-by-daveiam.jpg With Halloween right around the corner, you can do the same old thing and leave the porch light on with a bowl of candy near the door. Or, you can make a serious effort to make Halloween special for the children in your neighborhood!

How many houses stand out from your past as going the extra mile each Halloween? You want to be like one of those, right?

Well, you’re in luck. You should be able to find a lot of great ideas from the following Halloween props & special effects sources.

There are lots of Ideas that will help you decorate your house and yard and create a storyline that will surely provide some lasting memories for all the visitors who will be flocking to your door this Halloween! 


Most of these include instructions for props and special effects that you can make yourself, but there are a few that you can order online as well.

The Best Halloween Special Effects

  • Halloween Props & Special Effects – Dozens of great spooky ideas and visual illusions like the Talking Head Without a Body, as well as many different lights & sound effects.
  • Haunters Hangout – You’ll find swinging gates, tombstones, trash can traumas, flying crank ghosts, and more. Hundreds of great ideas…literally!
  • 50 Do-It-Yourself Halloween Ideas – Everything from Halloween costumes to Halloween decorations and Halloween food ideas. Fun stuff!
  • Halloween Magazine – For those who are less inclined to build your own, this collection of props can be ordered online
  • The Horror Dome – A spectacularly horrific mask is the key to scaring the heck out of trick-or-treaters. There are some humdingers on this site!
  • Halloween Yard Decorations – They have a great selection of creepy things that will accent your Halloween props.
  • DIY Halloween Props, Projects & Ideas – A large collection of links to all sorts of DIY Halloween prop ideas you can make yourself.
  • Halloween Props & Special FX – Everything from lighting, simulated thunder & lightning, even a rotting corpse or two.
  • Monster List of Halloween Projects – Over 250 how-to’s for Halloween props you can make yourself — all in alphabetical order with good pictures and instructions.
  • Halloween Prop Building For The DIY Handyman – A good collection of links and ideas for the home handyman.
  • Yard Haunter – This site covers every possible angle of creating the perfect haunted Halloween yard, including how to do it all yourself from scratch!
  • Garage of Evil – A wide range of fun Halloween props you can make yourself.
  • 10 Great Halloween Prop Ideas – Ideas for both Halloween costumes and Halloween prop ideas in this collection of links.
  • How To Make Halloween Props – A serious collection of links for the DIYer who wants to make their own Halloween props from scratch.

Now you’ve got more to choose from in the way of ideas for Halloween props than any one person could possibly make in one year. But that’s okay, because you’ll have a wealth of ideas waiting for you when you’re ready to tackle next year’s Halloween props… and the next year… and so on!

If you’re lucky, you’ll earn the reputation of being that weird family at the end of the block with a scary sense of humor. After all which is more fun… being famous, or being infamous?

Curtis Carper

Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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  • Pharos

    How can I find more info on the “Critter” built by Daveiam pictured above?  Where is it located and what was it built for?  Thank you.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Pharos – You can contact Daveiam via his Flickr page:

  • Cathryn Cathryn

    can I say that I prefer to buy the props from .I’M lazy I know ,but it’s convenient indeed …..