Halloween props: flying crank ghost


[Jake's] projects have become regular features here on Hack a Day. He keeps the Halloween hack-fest rolling with his Flying Crank Ghost. For the ghost he used a store-bought skull but sculpted some hands himself out of Styrofoam. The body is fashioned from coat hangers with a bit of creepy fabric draped over the hole thing to complete the look.

He added some very convincing motion to the ghoul using a salvaged microwave turntable motor. The motor is mounted in the center of a two crossed boards, and has an armature attached to it. Three strands of monofilament attach to the end of the armature, run through eyelets on the ends of the crossed boards, then attach to the head, and each arm. When the motor is turned on, the armature turns, moving the head and hands up and down at different rates. Take a look at the embedded video after the break to see the final product.

[Jake] does mention that the motor he used is a bit underpowered. We figure this only needs to hold up for one night, so dig through your junk bin and see if you can throw one of these together in a few hours.


  1. David S says:

    Super creepy. Nice job!

  2. VIPER! says:

    CREEPY! But very awesome looking. Now add a motion detector and dimmer then slowly light it up and move it when kids get close to your house.

  3. halloween2009 says:

    This is a good idea. I cannot try it without these tools. In my side, I search an idea on Halloween 2009

  4. tMH says:

    Wow, only 3 replies? I freaking love this project, I’m totally going to build it one day.

  5. keeg says:

    Anyone have information on how to power this microwave motor?

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