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12-08-2012, 06:48 PM
The popcorn vending scare
From my personal black book of designs, this popcorn scare is remarkable.
I designed for entertaining patrons in line outside your haunt.
An actor, much like a barker, or vendor selling peanuts at a ball game, pushes his large old popcorn wagon. It has a scent of fresh popcorn and is decorated with circus like details. The sign on it reads, “Popcorn, .25 cents.” The actor, stands next to someone in line to possibly make a sale when another actor pops up from inside the popcorn and bangs hard on the plexiglass.
There might not be any roof or ceiling so that the inside actor can throw popcorn at people.
If you don’t want a real actor you can actually rig up a pneumatic animation to pop up and thrash around hitting the plexiglass. Hide an air tank that could easily be filled from a compressor inside the wagon below the popcorn. The animation can be triggered by the actor with a switch hidden in the handle.
Being a portable scare this one could be used anywhere. The popcorn vending scare should be good for youtube videos.

12-08-2012, 11:04 PM
Brilliant! I am all over that!


12-09-2012, 07:04 AM
Sounds hauntingly familiar. LOL I obviously love the whole 'portable scare' idea. We used our vendor gags, and other portables, for years at our own haunt with fantastic success. The 'vendor' models were some of our best sellers at TransWorld last March, and we have even expanded on them for this year's show.

12-09-2012, 07:07 AM
Thanks! And if you build one, remember you can hide air tanks in this and battery. You might even have enough room for sound.

12-09-2012, 07:22 AM
We've worked it out so that we don't rely on air or electricity, making them totally portable and never needing any kind of recharge or tether. The actor controls everything, from maneuvering and selecting their prey, to triggering at the precise moment to maximize the scare. We do use music (classic creepy ice cream truck music) in our Ice Cream Cart that we introduced at the MHC last June.