Toy Engineer Builds Huge Crawling Spider To Spook Trick Or Treaters

A retired Fisher-Price toy engineer has created something wondrous and scary for this year’s Halloween – a giant animatronic spider that climbs down his house to scare trick or Treaters!

David Moomaw knew he wanted to do something different for this year’s Halloween given COVID. So he began building the spider back in May so it would be ready for October 31st. The incredible display has been a huge hit in the East Aurora, New York.

Dubbed Scarantula, the inflatable spider is on top of a crane Moomaw built and which is used to make the spider “crawl.” The web glows at night and there are numerous other smaller spiders bouncing up and down.

David Moomaw

Moomaw painted and sewed together the giant spider himself. He shared a video showing the spider in close-up detail.

Moomaw said in an interview with ABC13 News that he undertook the project after surmising that the COVID pandemic would affect Halloween. “With so much going on this year, I thought Halloween wasn’t going to be the same and I felt if there was ever a time that we needed something other to look at it was now,” Moomaw said.

Moomaw told the news station he enjoyed making the spider so much that he plans an even bigger display next year.

David Moomaw

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