Welcome to My Halloween
Page for 2008. We've decided to do things a little different from now on. We decided that we would bring back our old Halloween favorites, and in addition to these we are then going to
add a new feature to be used for one year only. Build it, use it one year,
and then store it or tear it apart to be used for the next years feature. The
new feature this year is the Talking Pumpkin Head narrating the story behind the
Cannon shooting a Witch at my neighbor's house. The storyline is that a Cannon
shooting out Witches is the reason that so many Witches are stuck to so many
trees around Halloween time. (You've seen 'em, the Splat Witches that are stuck
to the sides of trees.) Rachel programmed the Talking Pumpkin (voiced by
Will, Rachel, Skippy, and most of the shop at Hamilton helped with the Cannon
and yard decorations/plumbing/wiring. The Singing Pumpkin uses
electroluminescent wire, an ice cube relay bank, and a Light-O-Rama control
system. A/B plc drives the show (thanks to Robert.) Check out the videos below.
If any of you
Automation types want to contribute to the cause, I'll let you.
The videos at the bottom
will show the stuff actually moving: Daytime video of the show (hard to see the
Pumpkin talking, but easy to understand the words), Nighttime video of the Show
with spectators commenting, Nighttime video (quieter so you can hear the show),
Jacobs Ladder, and Spider. The Pumpkin Man narrates the show, a Cannon "shoots"
out a Witch, the
Raven flaps his wings, tilts forward and backward, rotates his head, and his
eyes flash red, Ghosts light up and pop up, Creature tries to escape from the
coffin, Three pumpkins rise up and light up (The Pumpkin Dance), The rocking
chairs are lit up and rock. Mr. and Mrs. Skeleton, and Jr. are rocking
and greeting guests dressed in past Halloween costumes donated by Rachel and
Will. The spider travels his web from top to bottom, The fog machine adds
ambiance, Lights and pumpkins add to the festivities, and of course Disney's
"Grim Grinning Ghosts" Haunted Mansion Theme Song is playing in the background.
Click on the Little
Thumbnail Pictures Below to see a Bigger Picture. I forgot to take more outside
pictures, so some of these are recycled from last year.