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.
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
Hot glue gun
Wire Cutters
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 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.


Step 1:

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.


<p>I bought a doll like this from a thrift store without the tape that makes it talk and I'm having a hard time finding anyone selling just the tape for a reasonable price, would you be able to upload a file of just the audio tones so one could do this project without ripping the audio tones from the tape? </p>
Great! Yes, it will be a fun project. I should be able to get the original sound clip of frequencies ( the beeps that control the mouth/ eyes) that I extracted from one of the channels of the dolls tape and get it out to you somehow. I have it on my old computer. I also have a channel of frequencies on my MP3 player that I use with the doll now. You can match up the beeps with any audio channel of vocals that you extract from a DVD, tv, sound track, sound clips from web, or make your own. You would just need to put the sounds into a program like I show in my instructable and cut paste the peaks of the beeps into the correct channel ( left or rt , whatever I posted as the robotics controlling channel ) paste them near where you have your words in the other channel so the mouth will move at the right time. Give me some time to get this put together for you. I may not be able to get to it for a full week or so. Send me another message if you need it sooner and / or a reminder if you don't hear from me in a week or so.
awesome, thank you so much!!!
i would like to see a video of this in use or at least a download link for the audio track since i am not handy with audio editing but would love to do this kinda project with a cheap doll
Audacity, The audio editor I used is surprisingly easy to use. You select 'new' file ,press record, then stop, and If you have used cut and paste menu commands before you can easily edit your sounds to have the left channel (upper one with beeps) and right channel (lower channel with vocals) line up by using cut and paste on the left channel beeps, then save the file as an mp3. Audacity is a free application and there are Apple Mac OS X and Windows versions available. I hope this inspires you to give it a try. it was an easy project and was fun to customize the audio sounds for some great results on Halloween. It was definitely a hit attraction for the kids and adults that arrived.
well i have used that program before but i mean im not good at diolog or in programing like that it would just drive me nuts to do. also i would just love to see how it looks in use since it looks really cool. also i work at haunted houses alot (points at my picture) so i would love to do that and have it in my room.
look up how to do the voices
you open you mouth an talk
i meant for audacity sorry there are some good one like jigsaws voice
haaha lol plz post a video up plz
this instructable is creeepy lol its a good way for me too get back at my little brother :D
have a party then crash it muhahahahahahaha
I didn't catch where the stiff wire is used. Was it for posing the doll or something?
I placed approximately 2 feet of Romex house wiring inside his clothes on the knife side. The wire ran from his ankle to his wrist to allow me to pose the hand holding the knife up. You can use any stiff wire but I used a left over scrap of Romex 2 conductor house wiring because of the thick protective coating and ability to hold it's shape for this project.
Really cool and no where near as much work as my daughter went through for her Chucky Doll, although he WAS the hit of the Haunted House

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