This possessed little monster will scare your trick or treaters when it comes to life & speaks to them. I hide him around the corner from some bushes ready to frighten unsuspecting victims when it says 'Hi, wanna play' and laughs like a possessed doll at them.
* Click the link below to see this possessed robotic doll in action if you dare !
Here is what you need to easily make this animatronic hack for a scary Halloween Decoration...
A Talking doll (cassette playing type such as Cricket or Corky.)
A Cassette tape from the doll that makes it talk
An MP3 Player
An Audio Cassette Player
Car audio cassette tape adapter
Fake blood or red nail polish
Hair color spray
Doll clothes including striped shirt, blue jeans, sneakers
1 or 2 feet of Romex house wiring or other stiff wire
Hot glue gun
Audio cable, (straight through mini headphone jack to mini headphone jack)
Audio editing software. I use free applications such as Audacity for Apple Mac OS X. You can download 'Audacity' at http://www.audacityteam.org, other editors will work also.
You can find the talking doll, cassette player, cassette adapter, and old mp3 player on ebay or Amazon. Some of the items can be found in department stores also.
Here is the extracted audio control file (the beeps that move the dolls mouth) I have included several formats of the file such as; WAV, MP3, and AUP (Audacity file) and some amplified ones in case the first ones don't make your animatronics work well enough. You only need one of the files and; The audio 'beeps' need to remain on the left speaker channel, your vocals need to be placed on the right channel. You can create / record any audio for the doll to speak, and place that on the right speaker channel in line with your left channel control beeps.
Making the little monster speak....
For this project I used a Cricket talking animated doll but Corky or other cassette player type animated talking dolls should work well also. Using a regular cassette tape player and a straight through stereo mini headphone connector cable (cable with a stereo mini headphone jack on each end) connect the cable from the headphones connector on the cassette tape player to the mic input on a computer. Insert one of the cassette tapes from the talking doll, one that makes the doll talk and animates the mouth. Now you are ready for the next step; recording and editing the audio tracks.