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Halloween party props 2013 – DIY Photo Booth and more

Halloween party props 2013 – DIY Photo Booth and more

This is Halloween, this is Halloween, everybody make a scene! Yes the Halloween season has been and gone for another year and so have more Halloween props and prop making. Living in Australia and loving Halloween is a double edged blade, there is always some twat waiting to say “We live in Australia! Halloween is American”. Well to those people I say, you have no soul and if my having fun on Halloween offends you, I’d say that says a lot more about you than it does about Aussies who love creativity, fun and partying with friends.

Halloween is actually more Scottish / Celtic than American, at least in its roots, not that it needs justifying, but it irks me when people say it’s American. Having said that, no one does the modern Halloween season like my American friends, they take to it with gusto and Il applaud and love that. The creativity shown amazes me each and every year and I love being a part of it in sunny Qld, Australia.

Halloween collage 2013 friends and family of Nerfenstein

I have an amazing family and awesome friends.

This year – as always – my family hosted our annual Halloween party and needless to say I made a few props for the occasion. I thought I’d share this years Halloween props with you, along with a few hints and tips for making your own Halloween props on a budget (as I did last year).

The DIY Halloween Photo Booth…

How to make a DIY photo booth for Halloween and other occasions


We really wanted a Halloween Photo Booth at our get together this year, but paying $1200+ to rent one on the Gold Coast for a couple of hours seemed a bit expensive, so I set to doing a budget version and it worked great! Here’s how you can make a DIY Photo Booth for your next party. Find a space for the booth, using an existing small room works perfectly as it saves you creating PVC pipe walls.

We used our laundry, covered the counters with bloody tablecloths (thus covering the appliances) and I made a foam faux wood surround for the door (see pic to the left), including a Halloween Photo Booth sign. You could do this in card, or anything you have handy. For the camera I used my MacBook Air and the Photo Booth App that comes as standard on Mac. Set the height, print off a ‘How To Use’ sheet for non Mac owners (literally a button press!) and the DIY Halloween Photo Booth is complete. If you don’t have a Mac laptop fear not, use a webcam, even an old camera phone or camera with timer.

halloween photo booth 2013 DIY booth photos

Just a few of the 120 or so taken!

Halloween Prop Box! Despite everyone coming in AMAZING costumes, we included prop boxes in the booth, they were filled with silly glasses, mustaches, masks, hats, weapons and various other things. People loved them and made good use of these as well as taking photos without them.

prop making tips DIY halloween photobooth

DIY Halloween Photo Booth – Step in and smile in terror!

Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman prop how to…

Headless Horseman Skull Sleepy Hollow prop

Add a few fake cobwebs

What you need.. a large glass jar, some EVA foam (or card) and a plastic skull that fits snuggly inside the glass jar. You can get as creative as you want with this one, I used a tiny bit of green dye in some watered down pva glue and lightly coated the inside of the jar so it looked like the skull was submerged in some sort of rancid goop.

The metal struts and lock on this are all made of EVA foam, as you can see the struts are straight so they’re simple, the lock less so, but still not hugely difficult. I also added a light to mine in the base, but without it it’s cool too. I airbrushed the plastic headless horseman skull and used stone paint to give it this cool crackled bone appearance.

This headless horseman skull in a jar turned out to be a cheap prop at around $15-$20 (the jar was $10) it looked cool on display and will keep for future events.

Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman skull in Jar prop

So that’s where the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow keeps his head

Dwarven Axe, Belt Buckle and Pauldron…
If you follow me on Facebook you will know my lovely son-in-law needed a few things for his Tolkien Dwarf costume. I made all of these out of EVA foam (and PVC pipe for the axe handle). I was blown away by his costume, he looked amazing.

Dwarven Pauldron prop should armor from EVA foam - Model Jason Vorhees

Dwarven pauldron armor from EVA foam – Modeled by Jason Vorhess, well it is Halloween.

Dwarven belt buckle and pauldron from EVA foam

Oversized belt buckle and mines themed pauldron

Dwalin axe prop tolkien dwarf prop axe for halloween

Dwalin axe prop from PVC and foam

This costume shows you how awesome you can look by tweaking other things to fit what you need. My daughter looked for a ‘dwarf beard’ and had no luck, then she found a ‘pirate beard’. She bought that and platted it… epic! I say these words often, but: Use what you’ve got!

Hobbit Pipe prop
I made this little pipe prop after being unhappy with the plastic pipe prop I bought. I wanted the pipe to look kind of chunky and as luck would have it I found a lathed wooden barrel type thing in an op shop, I bought it for $1. Drilled out the side, glued in a piece of dowel that I’d sanded down thinner at one end. Used some Apoxie Sculpt for the mouth piece and used the latex paint woodgrain technique on the dowel. Painted it and Hobbit pipe prop done! Much better than the tiny plastic prop that cost me $5.

Hobbit pipe prop costume piece

Every hobbit needs her pipe.. even if she doesn’t smoke.

Resident Evil gun and badge
Don’t worry I’m not taking this gun outside anywhere, this was purely as a costume prop at the party, a fully weighted pistol for a Resident Evil soldier costume. It also sported one of my Racoon City badges, a Racoon City Knife and a toy walkie talkie toy I’d painted up to look a little more realistic.

resident evil pistol badge and police radio props by nerfenstein

Every Racoon City police officer needs her badge, gun and radio

Halloween 2013 was epic fun, the prop making and more importantly the creativity of family and friends. This year saw so many fantastic costumes, I can’t wait for our 2014 Halloween party. In the meantime here are a few photos of my lovely family and friends.

The Dolphin Crew 2013 Halloween Wizard of Oz theme

How awesome is this.. really though? And they all arrived as a group!

Nerfenstein's Halloween pals - Halloween costumes 2013

Just some of my awesome friends and family! Halloween 2013

Halloween costumes 2013 Zombie Belle Dwarf, Anonymous, Clockwork Orange and Maleficent

Halloween 2013 – AMAZING! Clockwork Orange, Zombie Belle, Maleficent, Dwarf (though he was hot so he took off all the fur and armor lol) and some Anonymous dude

Sadly I can’t post too many or I’d be here all night, but it will hopefully give you an idea that regardless of not living in America, there is no reason you can’t have an epic Halloween celebration here down under!
Here’s to next year!

That’s all lovely people, now go do good things… preferably in costume ;p
Nerfenstein out!

Post written for home blog of Nerfenstein… the geek you can catch up with on her Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter!

One Comment

  1. I work for a photobooth company and I find your alternative idea pretty cool. You can also buy tent like structures if you don’t have a room ready like you have used in this example.

    Nice post though so thought I would take time to respond.

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