So, 60 days until Halloween. Any good project ideas to scare the kids?

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GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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I thought I would lighten the conversation on the Off-Topic area to see if anyone has a Halloween-related project (idea or finished device) they want to share that will either...
- scare the teenagers
- amuse small kids
- entertain me.
 

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GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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I've often though of making a device with a compressed air horn, and a camera, connected to my doorbell.

When the kids rings my doorbell, and the sound goes off, a picture is taken. That would be hilarious.
I can dumb-down that idea and, since Halloween is only about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, I will just use video and I can activate the horn (or even a buzzer) by toggle switch wired inside the house. Good suggestion!
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
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There are also some bigger kids, late teenagers. Sometimes they ring the doorbell and run away, so when I open the door, there's nobody there. When that happens, I'd like to have a zapper/tazer in the doorbell button, giving them a good nice ZAP when they push. I guess this is bending the rules of society a bit. :eek:
 

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GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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There are also some bigger kids, late teenagers. Sometimes they ring the doorbell and run away, so when I open the door, there's nobody there. When that happens, I'd like to have a zapper/tazer in the doorbell button, giving them a good nice ZAP when they push. I guess this is bending the rules of society a bit. :eek:
And the forum rules... So don't tell anyone.
 

DerStrom8

Joined Feb 20, 2011
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I live up in the boondocks where nobody ever trick-or-treats. Figure I'll just sit down Halloween evening with a good book.
 

djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
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Get a proximity detector, a microprocessor and a relay board. Whenever someone approaches your house, randomly flash the lights and trigger a ghoulish mp3 to play from a large speaker...
 

Brownout

Joined Jan 10, 2012
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My favorite Halloween gag is Pepper's Ghost, which can be made by projecting an image on a clear medium at a 45 degree angle. The viewer sees the image, but also sees through the clear medium at what 's behind it, so it appears the ghost is floating in air. I havn't ever set something like this up, and since I'm on the road again this year, looks like I won't thin time either.
 

Dr.killjoy

Joined Apr 28, 2013
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I've often though of making a device with a compressed air horn, and a camera, connected to my doorbell.

When the kids rings my doorbell, and the sound goes off, a picture is taken. That would be hilarious.
I know its been done but I love your idea but I would suggest making a train tunnel like the cartoons and out a bright light in the middle and horn to freak them out with a quick pic would icing on the cake..
 

Lestraveled

Joined May 19, 2014
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Back in the 60s I still lived at home and was a teenager. I put a sheet over me that had some fake blood spots on it. I sat perfectly still in a lawn chair next to the front door with a bowl of candy in my lap. I made my seating position as fake/ghostly as I could to make people think I was a mannequin. I had a great time scaring the crap out of kids. Two kids said they were going to steal me until I lunged at them. It was too much fum.
 

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GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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Back in the 60s I still lived at home and was a teenager. I put a sheet over me that had some fake blood spots on it. I sat perfectly still in a lawn chair next to the front door with a bowl of candy in my lap. I made my seating position as fake/ghostly as I could to make people think I was a mannequin. I had a great time scaring the crap out of kids. Two kids said they were going to steal me until I lunged at them. It was too much fum.
So, what kind of circuit did you use? I assume you had one to trigger the lunge and one to sense the crap.

:);):D
 
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