An online Halloween forum sponsors an annual "Prop for under $20" contest, ending June 30, and I decided to enter this year. My prop was a puppet inspired by a vulture that I used to work with.
And I am beyond pleased at how well he moves. It seems weird to watch it, because he looks so natural that I forget that I'm the one doing it.
I'm so happy with it that I don't even care if I win the contest--I'm just happy that it inspired me to do this.