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Halloween Tricks (and Treats) with an Optical Illusion Inspired by The Haunted Mansion

Inside the Haunted Mansion, anything can happen. As things go bump in the night, your eyes also play tricks on you. “Is this haunted room actually stretching?

In 2011, we debuted a Haunted Mansion-themed optical illusion that featured our phantom friends, The Hitchhiking Ghosts.

This year, we’re back with another Halloween treat (and a trick) for fans of the classic attraction. A haunted hallway with a floating candelabra serves as the inspiration for this apparitional optical illusion.

All of the trickery was done without the use of any video special effects. At the end of the short video, the spooky secret is revealed. Happy Halloween!


  • Very cool Gary, thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Thanks for sharing Gary. Spooktaciular magic right in time for Halloween, 999 happy haunts along with optical illusion “tricks” and printable “treats”!

  • please make this available to either buy or print out!

    • Hi Gary,
      We made the Hitchhiking Ghosts available for print (the link is in this post) so guests could make them at home. I wish we could make this one available, but there are no plans for that.
      Thanks for watching!

  • This great, and a pretty amazing practical effect. You could even add some fun by replacing the center part with an LCD, and video of the candelabra floating … how cool would that be!

    My wife and I are buying a new house, so next halloween, we’ll have some animated Jack ‘O Lanterns singing “Grim Grinning Ghosts” in our downstairs window. Should be lots of fun!

    • Thanks Rob. Glad you enjoyed it.

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