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There are those who like Halloween, and then there are those who are maniacally obsessed with it, who've been counting down the days and crafting their next costume since last October 31. If you're ready to take the scare factor of your haunted house up a few notches, peep these 13 indoor and outdoor Halloween animatronics for putting together your most nightmarish display yet.
This full-sized scarecrow looks like just another seasonal prop on your front porch, holding a candy bowl in its lap. When trick-or-treaters approach, its head suddenly springs up, letting out a blood-curdling shriek!
Your Halloween animatronics don't need to be gory to have a bone-chilling effect. This haunted swing seems to be occupied by an invisible specter, ominously swinging back and forth.
The devil's in the doorbell — er, details. Push the button, and it opens its glowing eye, looks from side to side, and recites one of many ominous greetings. Users tout that this Halloween animatronic is just the right level of creepy for little ones to enjoy!
Speaking of kids, this pseudo-animatronic is another one that's right on their level. This bear looks super cute and cuddly, but if you squeeze it, its happy face will turn terrifying — it's a great addition to a Halloween costume as a Gremlin-like sidekick. This Feisty Pet is also available in puppy, monkey, and even unicorn form!
Want to up the creep factor, without spending an arm and a leg? This severed-hand Halloween animatronic is less than $30, and it moves creepily all on its own (through battery operation) across a table or around the floor.
Turn your front yard into a haunted hellscape with this terrifying, smoke-breathing gargoyle. Standing 3 feet tall, its bloodshot eyes and smoldering mouth begin to animate when an unsuspecting trick-or-treater walks by.
Grandin Road is known for its beautifully crafted Halloween decor, and its lifelike animatronics don't disappoint. This old-fashioned typewriter taps out a cry for help over and over, with its motion-activated keys and carriage moving all on their own. Users love the realistic, weathered look of this piece and that the typing sound is closer to a faint clicking instead of loud clacking.
Here's one for the true die-hards: This possessed person appears to float off the table, rocking back and forth, face frozen in a scream. The secret is that this foam-filled latex body is attached to a motorized, swiveling base that's hidden by the nightgown. After all, the devil's in the details.
More creepy than cringey, this Halloween animatronic is perfect for setting out on a snack or drinks table during a party. With the press of a button, this undead dancer spins round and round, while a haunting music-box melody plays, and the base glows and changes color.
Going for a Bates Motel theme for your house of horrors? Make sure you don't forget about Mother. As this Halloween animatronic rocks, she lurches back and forth, her decrepit grin seriously scaring the bejesus out of whoever dares to go near. Unfortunately, the rocking chair isn't included, but we have you covered here!
Get into the Halloween spirit by setting out this accessory of the underworld at your next ghoulish gathering. This animatronic spirit board is beautifully detailed, with the look of a weathered wooden chest, and the planchette piece is activated through a motion sensor. Though it doesn't spell out any specific words or phrases, guests will still be spellbound by it.
Seat this demonic clown on your porch or at an open chair with a candy bowl during your house party. Its limp head makes it look like it's sleeping (or dead!) until someone reaches out for a treat. Its neck will snap up while it yells "Surprise!" So much for sweet dreams.
This decrepit doll stands at just over 2.5 feet tall, and it can be light- or motion-activated to say four creepy phrases in a child's voice. Because everything sounds scarier in a child's voice.