• Welcome to the new Terror Syndicate Productions website. This is our 3rd make over since going online back in 1998. Take a look around and let me know what you think of the new design.
  • We have added NEW pictures and video to the Gallery Page.
  • Be sure to check out our Unfinished Prop Builders Masks and Hands on the Shop Page.
  • We also still have some Limited Edition Painted Masks available on the Shop Attic Page.

UPDATE 12/3/17:  Dark Works MOTEL was a great success. Our new online reservation system worked really well. No more line to wait in, traffic issues out front, and a more personal experience for guests. Pictures will be added to the site as time allows.

Information presented on this web site and in our handbooks / videos are presented “as is”, with no warranty, suitability, or fitness of purpose implied. We do not accept any responsibility for any injury resulting from use or misuse of this information. Your use of this information constitutes acceptance of these terms.


Welcome to the MM Playground!

For those of you new to the world of Monster Mud props get ready for a new ADDICTION!
First off lets get the story behind Monster Mud…


It all started when we met the strange souls at The Haunted Chamber. There it was lurking in the dark, the first joint compound/paint and burlap prop we ever saw. It was then that the “creative beast” was unleashed that now terrorizes The Terror Syndicate.

When we first named the joint compound/paint mixture in ’98 everybody was in awe of the whole concept. But “Monster Mud” has been used for many years by pro haunts and also widely used in the remodeling industry. It provides a great medium for sculpting cloth over prop forms and adds interesting texture to walls, ceilings, columns, posts and more. Nothing can be easier and give such great results for a low cost locally found material that you can mix yourself.


5 gallon bucket of Drywall Joint Compound
1 Gallon Can of Latex Paint (Exterior House Black or any color you choose)

Mix together the compound and paint at a ratio of 5:1 or what ever you feel is good! There is no right or wrong but 5:1  and 5:1/2 has worked best for us. We use a drywall compound mixing attachment and a drill to whip the two ingredients together. Hand mixing can be done if you have the strength and about 30 minutes…

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The mixture is applied with your hands. We normally coat our hands with petroleum jelly prior to starting since the MM will dry and stain. Nitrile disposable gloves also work well. The MM can be used on anything from simple burlap to clothing or anything you can conjure up. Most of our prop are burlap covered. Apply the MM by taking the sections of burlap and plunging them into the bucket, squeezing it into the cloth and removing excess through your thumb and index finger. Extra MM is applied to the prop as we go to keep it all stuck together.

It takes several days for the MM to dry depending on how heavy it is applied. The paint added to the compound is simply a color base coat. It can be left as is or detailed with other colors after the prop has dried. If you plan on using your finished prop outdoors it will need to be coated with polyurethane. We like to use a water based poly that dries fast and has very low odor as compared to the oil based poly.

You can see many of the Monster Mud Creations we have created in our GALLERY.

We also give detailed instruction on most of our Monster Mud props in our handbooks!

Home Haunter’s Prop Building Handbook 1

Home Haunter’s Prop Building Handbook 2

Home Haunter’s Prop Building Handbook 3



   Back in 1999 TS Productions began with the introduction of the first Home Haunter’s Handbook. Our goal was to share the prop building techniques that we used for our annual home haunt with everyone. The response to the publication of the first Handbook was so enthusiastic we decided to write more. Eventually we went on to complete a series of Handbooks then expanded our products to include rigid foam décor, a video series and our current latex product line. The success of TS Productions has amazed us and our deepest thanks go out to all the home haunters who share our enthusiasm.

            The mission of TS Productions is to provide in-depth instructional material on the production of props, installation of haunt systems, and fabrication of haunted attractions. We document the techniques that we use for our annual haunt, called Dark Works, and offer the home haunter detailed material lists and instruction so that they can produce their own attraction. It is our goal to give anyone that is interested in building his or her own props, or full scale haunt, the confidence to do so. We achieve this goal by sharing the knowledge that we have learned through our handbooks and video series. We invite you to come join us in the dark world of the Terror Syndicate.

~Home is Where the Haunt is~

Steve Hickman


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