Disney Villains Halloween Display by Mike Schwalm Imagineer

Animatronic Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop In A Garage

This former Disney Imagineer and illustrator converted his family’s garage into a scene from the classic Snow White tale with an animatronic Halloween prop display.

Mike Schwalm created the evil witch at her cauldron in this scene bathed in blacklight and set to music.

Outside his garage, a larger-than-life fire breathing dragon peers down upon the heads of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters!

Mike was kind enough to share some behind the scenes photos as he was putting it all together.

These props are over the top! What do you think?

Animatronic Evil Witch Prop Lights Up The Night For Trick or Treaters!

Images by Mike Schwalm / Youtube.

Mike handmade his character forms by wrapping them with masking tape to give them shape.

Mike Schwalm Illustrator Prepares His Halloween Prop Display

Look at the expressive detail in the witch’s fingers, face, eyes and nose…

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Head Fabrication

Mike is an illustrator by trade, so by using his software, he whipped up the ideal scene for two characters – a witch and dragon.

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Illustration Mockup

Both characters are framed with PVC pipe and fittings.

Animated Dragon Outdoor Halloween Prop

The dragon’s tallest point even maxed out the height of the garage!

Mike skillfully put each prop together – notice the witch’s back made of chicken wire…what a pose!

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Taking Shape

Even with a crazy look in her eye, she has a stage to stir her magic brew!

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop On a Stage Taking Shape

A full background adds depth (and made you forget this is a garage!)…

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Scene Fabrication

Inside her neck, a lifting motor mechanism makes her head nod up and down…

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Motor Fabrication

…an interior view of the cauldron shows you how the stirring motor is placed.

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Cauldron Motor

Here are the nodding and brewing motions in action!

With a little lighting and paint, this dragon head gets spooky!

Animated Outdoor Halloween Prop Dragon Head Lighted

Wait a minute, is that baby safe–Mike where are you?!

Animated Dragon Halloween Prop Fabrication

Take a closer look at the prop’s PVC frame used before it was changed to wood the following year.

Is it hot in here? This Dragon puffs real smoke!

Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Lighted With Fire Breathing Smoke

*Insurance agent calls* Are you being a good neighbor…? #NothingToSeeHere!

Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Set Up

Blacklight paint really makes this Halloween prop “POP!” with a mystical storybook appeal.

Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Blacklight Lighting

The dragon’s wood frame allows for more height, stability, and maneuverability (keep scrolling for the video.)

Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Wood Frame Fabrication In A Garage

Check out these nighttime captures before Halloween night!

Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Nighttime Testing
Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Nighttime Testing

Staying up late puts a little fire in his belly!

Even the daytime pics look pretty fantastic.

Animated Outdoor Dragon Halloween Prop Blacklight Painted Daytime Photo

Adding blacklight reflective paint gives it that Disney-esque dark ride flavor.

Animated Snow White Evil Witch Halloween Prop Blacklight Disney-esque Dark Ride-Like Scene

Enjoy a time-lapse video of Mike and his wife setting up their animated Halloween prop display, as their little pumpkin runs around in the background!

Mike Schwalm Imagineer Animator and Illustrator

Thank you Mike!

For more info about this haunt, check out Mike’s blog and Instagram.

Mike pulls inspiration from his childhood when he dreamt to become a theme park designer. (Hey, dreams really do come true!) 😉

Images by Mike Schwalm.

Our big thanks to Mike for sharing!

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Frank

Frank

Frank is a contributor and editor for HallowLane.com. He has a passion for learning about and building creative outdoor Halloween displays. We invite you to send in your story and Halloween yard haunt photos so we can re-share and inspire others to get their hands dirty with a project of their own. Thank you!

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