One of the things that Harry and his friends marvel at when they first arrive at Hogwarts are the painted portraits that appear to move and talk. We wanted visitors to the Halloween house have a similar experience as they got their treats “inside Hogwarts.”
To achieve this, I decided to use monitors which played movies of the portraits that I would mount on a wall. My work was selling off old monitors, so I got them at a really great price. I was able to remove the monitor stands so that the monitors themselves were separate and able to be hung.
Then the fun part—filming the moving portraits. One of the portraits that we envisioned was a group of old-fashioned wizards sitting around a table. They would have ruff collars and pointed black hats with no rims. Since we didn’t have these items, we made them!
To make the ruffs, we cut long strips of paper (about 13-16 ft long, about 2½ -3 in. wide), and folded them/accordion-style with a width of about 1½-2 in. (We used a roll of children’s craft paper that we got from IKEA). Then we punched holes in the paper and threaded yarn (long enough to go around a person’s neck and tie) through them.