Skeleton Props for Halloween: 10 Comparisons

Skeleton Props for Halloween: 10 Comparisons

Where are all the anatomically correct skeletons?

Where are all the anatomically correct skeletons that are seen in thriller movies and science labs?

The Anatomical Chart Company used to manufacture and sell anatomically correct skeletons. These full skeletons resembled the real thing!

The skeletons were so good in appearance in fact, that one would ponder if these bones were once the frame of a real person? One thing is certain about the skeletons… they were pieces of skeleton sculpture artwork at its rarest. 

The adult human has 206 bones!

So too, the manufactured skeleton had to have as many pieces.

Each bone piece was made using a technique called “molding and casting”. The 2 piece process of Molds and Casts allows the re-creation of any three dimensional object. 

The Mold is the surrounding negative area used to create a Cast. 

The Cast is the final result, the positive three dimensional object. 

Think of it this way… You perform this technique at home every time You freeze water in ice trays to make ice. The mold is the ice trays; the negative three dimensional space around.  The cast produced is the ice itself; the positive three dimensional object. 

(In the world of Molds and Casts, there also exists a one time pre-step called Modeling. However, let’s move on and stay focused on the topic.)



Molds and Casts allow for three dimensional pieces to be made, such as bones. The process involves 3 steps. 


The positive temporary model, the negative cast, and finally the positive final product.


a complete skeleton was sculpted of a hard wax or  that was eand used to create casts.


The casts were of metal. Essentially there would have been a cast for each bone; 206 casts! Each cast was used again and again


once for the making of 1 skeleton. The casts were used again and again, each time creating that 1 bone.

were 206 metal casts.

Each bone piece had a metal cast that was used over and over. 

The bone material consisted of a bone color liquid resin plastic that was poured into the individual bone cast molds. After the bone pieces were dry and cured, the result was a solid durable bone piece. 

Then the bone pieces were all assembled together by use of various hardware, bolts, nuts, and wire. 

The skeleton was 5 ft 6 in in height. It featured jointed legs with positionable feet, jointed hands with positionable hands, a movable skull jaw using springs, and finally a hook at the skull crown (should the skeleton be displayed upright on a dolly stand). 

Prices for these anatomically correct skeletons ranged between $2,500 to $3,500. At first perhaps is WOW that is expensive! The cost may seem as shocking as the skeletons themselves. However, manufacturing and assembling each skeleton required a manufacturing plant, quality materials, numerous hours and the laborers to do so.

The main clientele that provided the market came from the medical field community. Hospitals and Orthopedic Doctors needed anatomically correct skeletons as ways to show the human frame to patients and staff. The Anatomical Chart Company delivered. 

After market, 4th generation Budget Bucky Skeleton for haunters

How do I know all this? I used to subscribe to the catalog and purchased a 4th generation skeleton that I use every year.


What has come on the market are cheap 

hallow is great for halloween, just not in our skeleton decorations.


Who is selling now?


company Manufacturing these skeletons were expensive. 


and could be hung up on a stand for display . Years ago the Budget Bucky Skeleton 4th Generation was available. e haunter would purchase a Budget the Anatomical Chart Company created full life size skeletons