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Our DIY Haunts Halloween prop contest has come to an end. We ultimately chose three eminently worthy entries to be our winners. And here they are:

Third Prize Winner: Paul Hale’s Clown Coffin

We loved the great maker spirit of this haunted clown coffin, and the dog eating the prop at the end won bonus points! Paul receives a MAKE Circuit Breaker Leatherman ES4, a MAKE Magazine Halloween Issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt.

Second Prize Winner: Tony DeRose’s Saphira

An excellent entry that displayed impressive skill. We especially loved how Tony involved a number of teenagers in the build. Kids are the future of haunting! Tony and his crew win a Lego Mindstorms kit, a MAKE Magazine Halloween issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-Shirt.

Grand Prize Winner: Paul Martis’ EL Jacob’s Ladder

This excellently spooky Halloween prop won over the judges with the technical skill it displayed as well as for its mad scientist style. Paul wins a Stingray Robot, a MAKE magazine Halloween Issue, a $50 Maker Shed gift certificate, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt.

Congratulations, winners! And for those who didn’t win, there’s always next year…

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • Improviser

    Nice try but not at all like a real Jacobs ladder. The sound is not very convincing either. I think it would be better if it was more random and worked like the old horror movie types.