sitting a coffin in your living room, on your porch or in your Halloween
graveyard makes a spooky statement in its self. But there are a lot of
things you can do with a coffin to raise the scare level. Below are a few of
the things we've done with our Halloween coffins. Note - These effects have
been used with the "Toe Pincher Coffin", but could be adapted
for use with other types of coffins and caskets.
Trapped in the Coffin
For this Halloween prop, we bought eighteen feet of two-inch black or silver plastic chain from
Chain and a couple of cheap padlocks
from our local dollar store. We then wrap the section of the chain around the coffin and padlock
it together as shown in the picture. You can add either a fake hand or skeleton hand between the lid and case as though
someone is inside and trying to escape. Lastly, we place a CD player inside the
a home-made CD of moaning and screaming, and set the CD player to
If you want
to take this prop to the next step and create a very realistic animatronic
effect, you can buy a "Coffin Lid Banger". This device mounts inside
the coffin and actually bangs on the lid of the coffin, causing
the lid move and a real banging sound as though someone is inside and trying to get out.
A very creepy effect!
Here's an old classic. With the coffin is laying on a flat, solid surface, or if the
coffin is standing up, place it against a wall for stability. Dress as a vampire and lay
or stand in the coffin very still. When
trick or treaters approach, open the lid and greet them.
About to be Buried
shallow grave in your Halloween graveyard and place the coffin next to it as
it is about to be entombed in the ground. Place a old-time lantern on top of the coffin
and stick a shovel in the ground near it
for added effect.
For a little more shock value, you can hang a fake
hand or skeleton hand out of the lid.
Inexpensive fake hands can be found at most
department stores during the Halloween season. For a boney skeleton
hand, the most realistic would be a
"Bucky" skeleton hand, available from
The Skeleton Store. The second option would be to buy an
inexpensive plastic skeleton and remove the legs.
small fog machine with a fog machine timer/controller and battery powered strobe light inside the coffin and set
the fog machine to come on every few
minutes. This works best if the lid is propped open a couple of inches to
allow fog to seep out.
If you want to add sounds
effects, you can place a portable CD player inside the coffin with
a home-made CD of ghostly sounds set on continuous play. Just be sure that it is
powered by batteries and not AC current and that you place the entire CD
player inside of a extra large Zip-Lok bag, because the moisture from the
fog machine could cause it to short out and create a fire or electricution hazard.
light from inside the coffin. Place two strings twinkle lights (Xmas
lights), one green and one blue, inside the coffin, attached to an
automatic, two channel cross-fader. A cross-fader is a device that slowly fades
the attached lights on and off, or in this case slowly between the two
strings of lights.
Digital SL has a cross fader for
$30.00. To add sound effects, place a
portable CD player inside the coffin with
a home-made CD of ghostly sounds and set the player on repeat.
Skeleton in the Coffin
Place a full
size skeleton such as a Bucky Skeleton inside the coffin.
fishing line to the outside edge of the coffin lid and run through one
or more eyelets screwed into the ceiling. When trick or treaters
approach, pull the line from a distance, and the coffin lid will open.
If you want the coffin standing up, instead of laying flat, you will
need to attach the skeleton to the back of the coffin so that it stands
up. We drilled two small holes about two inches apart in the back-board
where the top of the spinal column would be. We then laid the skeleton
in the coffin and used a black colored zip-tie to attach it around the
spine and through the holes.
Use the coffin as a center-piece at your Halloween
party. For a stand, we use two thick logs, cut to equal height as the
stands. Place a gothic style candelabra at each end. Make sure that
the candle-holders have wax catch-wells, and only use drip-less candles, you don't want
melted candle wax running all over your coffin. In the center of the coffin place a
Jack O' Lantern or Halloween themed floral arrangement.
last Halloween party, we placed the coffin in-between a "Halloween Cemetery
Entry" and it looked great!
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of this classy product.
Halloween Town Display
Use a coffin as the base for creating a miniature Halloween Town display.
Place the coffin on stands and partially fill with
Styrofoam chips to reduce the amount of bones you will need. Fill the coffin
up the rest of the way with skulls and bones. Bulk bags of realistic skulls
and bones are available from
The Skeleton Store.