Costume parties, fake blood, tombstones in the front yard, grapes for eyeballs … Halloween is fun for everyone! For many, Halloween isn’t just about finding a cool or scary costume. It’s about displaying Halloween props that take frightening to a whole new level. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate technology and have the best props on the block!
Techie Spins on Classic Halloween Props
If you’re a professional geek, you know that technology makes most things better, and Halloween props are no exception. Why drape a sheet over a balloon and draw two eyes with a marker when you can drape a sheet over a remote-controlled quadricopter drone and greet trick-or-treaters?
Another staple of haunted houses everywhere is the fog machine. For a few bucks, and some household supplies and chemicals in the proper proportions, you can make your own fog machine. All you need is a candle, an aluminum pie tin, some distilled water, and a bottle of glycerin. Heck, get the kids involved and you may inspire them to become chemical engineers.
Of course, you will also need to consider your Halloween props for the front yard. There are plenty of DIY options for that perfect creepy cemetery look. Consider making a spiky cemetery fence from PVC piping and fake cobwebs, life-sized zombies cut out of plywood, and/or gigantic spider webs made from clotheslines.
Release Your Inner Special Effects Geek
This is where it gets interesting. If you really want to release your inner geek, adding special effects to your Halloween props is the way to go. Fake blood, disease-ridden skin—all this and more can be yours with a little creativity and some supplies from grocery and home-improvement stores. Just ask special effects guru Andrew Clement, whose resume includes creating special effects for Star Trek, ER, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Halloween Is Not Complete Without a Good Costume
If you’re properly motivated, there’s no need to rent a costume or buy a cheap mask for the kids from Wal-Mart or Target. If you have old computers, printers, or stereo equipment lying about—and what techie doesn’t—you can make a state-of-the-art cyborg, Robotech battle suit, or Halo super-soldier. With a cache of LEDs, you can dress up as a jellyfish or butterfly. Your options are limited only by your imagination.
If your interest in technology goes beyond Halloween, contact All Phases IT today to speak with one our experienced IT consultants. We’re here to help put that old, legacy technology to use on Halloween. And we’ll replace it with new technology that is reliable and can be used all year long!