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Laughing Talking Skeleton

Talking Skeleton

About The Joking Skeletons:

One of the things that I noticed over the years was that there were always a lot of parents and teenagers hanging around while the kids circled through the haunted house repeatedly. I wanted to give the yard some curb appeal and give the parents something to look at while they were waiting so I came up with the idea of the joking skeletons. They were a massive hit and I was told they were the best part of the whole haunted house!

Two skeletons telling jokes to each other is not an original concept and I’ve seen variations on it in other haunted yards but I was looking for something that was:

1 – easy. This project does not wire anything, build anything or disassemble anything.

2 – cheap. I happened to have all the parts.

3 – animated. It had to look pretty cool.

I had a pair of “Talking Boris” heads and I resolved to use them for the animation. The rest of the gag was fairly simple to create once I had the basic pieces down. Since all I had was the cheap blow-mold skeletons (“Bluckies”) that could not stand up realistically I decided to have the skeletons in lounge chairs.

For the actual jokes I spent some time researching jokes and then created my own mp3 files. The jokes were read into a microphone and then I edited them using a audio program to make the audio come from the left or right channel. I typically left the laughter in both channels as it would make their jaws move while laughing. Its not professionally done but I think that’s part of the charm…or perhaps its just the terrible terrible jokes!

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