We love a good Halloween prop – especially when it turns out to be something other than what it purports to be. For this reason, take a good look at this “mirror” built by Steven B. of Bedford, New Hampshire. When trick-or-treaters approach his creation to get a good look at themselves in their costumes, they are sure to get the surprise of the night!
Of course, this is not a mirror. It is simply a flat-screen television with a frame built around it, giving it the appearance of an ornate mirror. And those unhuman creatures attempting to break into this earthly realm? That’s the Paranormal Passage Decoration Collection. It works perfectly with Steven’s prop.
We acknowledge that not everyone has a flat-screen television or computer just laying around. But for those who do, it can become a wonderful prop that can be used in many different ways.
Perhaps the most well-known technique is associated with UnLiving Portraits and UnLiving Portraits: Halloween Hosts decoration collections. In these cases, a flat-screen monitor is framed and hung on a wall. Viewers will think they are looking at a stodgy old portrait – until it moves! You can learn all about it here.
And there are other techniques. For instance, you can frame a flat-screen monitor to look like a window (even add faux panes), and then display Zombie Invasion! Decoration Collection to make it appear that a brain-hungry horde is just outside. (You can use the same technique during the winter holidays to make it appear that you are inside a cozy mountain cabin with Winter Wonderland Decoration.)
Or, you can really blow some minds like AtmosFAN Shawn Wilson did. He framed a flat-screen monitor like Steven, but took it to the next level. He added one-way mirror glass between the frame and the monitor so that, when the decoration is dark, it looks identical to a mirror. It is a mirror! But when the decoration is turned on, it will shine through the glass, making it appear haunted. Shawn used the “Twisted Twins” from Ghostly Apparitions 3 Decoration Collection in the link here, but any decoration with ghosts will work.
But let’s get back to Steven’s mirror. You can get as detailed as you want but, as Steven knows, simply disguising the television or monitor is all you need for great impact. And a frame works great for that. Hide the cords, too. Steven uses a Sprite Media Player with Motion Sensor to play Paranormal Passage – it is both simple to use and small, so it’s easy to hide.
And yes, you read that right: “motion sensor.” The Sprite comes with a motion sensor, so it takes almost no time to set up so that an unsuspecting trick-or-treater might trigger your decoration. They’ll never forget that haunted mirror – and the surprised face they see reflected in it!
Are you building a cool Halloween prop? Maybe you have perfected something from a previous Halloween. Past or future, we want to see it! Send your photos and videos using this easy submission form and you may become the next AtmosFAN of the Week! Not only will you inspire others around the globe, you will also earn Kudos redeemable at the AtmosFX.com store, and win a free decoration collection!