In this Wicked Makers video, Jay and Jaimie take an Empty Soul Girl on a Swing haunt prop from Sprit, animate her with the swing accessory kit, and then upgrade her look with tweaks to the frame, beefier pool noodle arms and legs, and a more authentic-looking creepy nightgown ($4 at the thrift store).
This is good inspiration for realizing that you don’t have to live with these cheap props and animatronics as-is. There are always things you can do to make them look higher-quality, scarier, and customized to your liking.
Bonus: Jay and Jaimie take their annual pilgrimage to Spirit Halloween:
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