How To Maximize Crane Play With Halloween Prizes

Mike Tipton
R+ Blog
Published in
2 min readSep 26, 2022


We are entering one of the most fun times of the year, for many. With the cooler weather come holidays that we look forward to all year round. Tapping into the spirit of Halloween, for example, can provide your location’s Guests with an exhilarating experience of winning a true novelty spooky prize. As with the Winter Holidays, there is a myriad of characters that are built-in to Halloween. So how do you leverage the excitement of Halloween in a short period of time? Look no further than your crane machines!

Crane machines are the perfect avenue for enticing your Guests with the spirit of Halloween. Why?

  1. Ultra-high visibility: They are on the arcade floor with your Guests! Bringing Frankenstein, Pennywise, Chucky, Freddy and Jason onto your arcade floor in a crane helps build the excitement around Halloween fun.
  2. Sense of Urgency: Unlike retail locations, your Guests know there won’t be a big sale after the Holiday when they can get the prizes cheaper. This means they play for it now or they may not get it at all.

So here’s the “trick” to Seasonal prizes: Don’t buy deep. You don’t need to buy a ton of product to get the bang for your Halloween buck. 1–2 cases per designated crane will do the “treat.”

Do I need to fill all my cranes with Holiday prizes to make it effective? No. Let’s say you have four cranes in your facility. Putting a different assortment in two cranes will give your Guests choices, keep your costs low and still create excitement for winning a Halloween prize.

Want some scary awesome Halloween plush assortments? We’ve got you covered. Check out this week’s Eyes On The Prize for our recommendations! While you’re there, subscribe to our channel so you never miss a trend!