Halloween Fun

My daughter and I have been planning on a special Halloween surprise for our Trick-or-treaters for a few days, and this morning we went to our local Halloween-surprise-superstore.

What, you don’t have such a store?

Well, neither do we. Sure, one can head down to the local Fred Meyer (or local equivalent) and purchase any one of numerous Halloween-themed displays with what to adorn one’s domicile, but that, in my opinion, shows lack of creativity.

Our goal is to have something that is triggered by the proximity of sucrose-seeking young-uns. Our first trip to Home Depot netted us the following:

  • One “Guardmaster” motion sensor
  • Two 1″ red round night light bulbs
  • Two Edison sockets for the light bulbs
  • One extension cord

We have a fairly good plan, but it requires me to build some new electronics, which requires parts, which necessitates a trip to Fry’s (Radio Shack is remarkably inadequate these days), which means it will take a few days.

Do you have plans in this area?

Comments (11)

  1. Tim says:

    Sounds interesting, I can’t wait to hear more. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything planned this year myself. Halloween falls on a Sunday, which causes great confusion here in Utah as to when to do trick-or-treating. Last year was a major disappointment, with only three groups showing up at the door. Weather played a big part. My daughter went to a friends house further north. When I went to pick her up around 10 PM, I was pleased to see a few group still out in that neighborhood.

    Still, we planted pumpkins this year, and my six year old son’s is about three feet in diameter. We are looking forward to carving it.

  2. Ricky Dhatt says:

    My apartment isn’t very fun for Halloween, so I end up decorating my parent’s house near Crossroads. My new addition for this year would be to make a box wrapped in chains that rattles as the kids approach. I was just thinking of throwing a switch from inside, but a motion sensor would be neat. If I get off my lazy butt…

  3. Smeghead says:


    How about this for a halloween supprise 😀

  4. Staunchy says:

    Smeghead – Now I’ve seen everything.

  5. Mark says:

    I highly recommend going all in and using some X10 bits and some software glue. My personal favorite is Misterhouse (http://www.misterhouse.net). Requires some Perl knowledge to do it all justice, but it’s worth it.

  6. nikki says:

    what is halloween

  7. Jason says:

    Good god thats a hideous pumpkin 😉

  8. MBA says:

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