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RichardH

Holdman Halloween Display - 2009

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What a day and night! I am exhausted of setting up the display all day and running it. Sure is a lot of work for one night and I get to clean it up tomorrow. :) But it was worth it.

We had 500 pieces of candy and by 8pm we were running low and I had to run to the store and buy another 200. I am guessing we had around 600+ trick or treaters. It seems we get more and more every year.

Here is a quick video I made and uploaded to YouTube. I plan on editing a better one some time next week.

And a few photos.

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Awsome Display Richard! I like how you use your LOR controllers with your Halloween Display as well.

Are those some type of home made trees at the entrance to the sidewalk leading up to your front door? Or are they real trees?

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Awsome Display Richard! I like how you use your LOR controllers with your Halloween Display as well.

Are those some type of home made trees at the entrance to the sidewalk leading up to your front door? Or are they real trees?

No those are real trees. The one on the left is 20 feet high! I had to bend them down with a rope to wrap the top of them.

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No those are real trees. The one on the left is 20 feet high! I had to bend them down with a rope to wrap the top of them.

Wow Richard, that is high. They look really cool with the color of the leaves and the way you have the lights on them.

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What in the world in wrong with you Richard?! HAHAHA....that's freaking awesome! I can't imagine the amount of work you put into all that one night extravaganza!

So what did the neighborhood have to say? And I'm sure everyone was asking if you were doing the Christmas display on your house this year?

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That's awesome Richard. :cool: Where did you get the skull in the window? I so want one. Was he run off a dc board? Hope you have time for a tutorial some day. Still trying to figure out how to use LOR to operate my talking Boris. Thanks for sharing.

Daren

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OK, so how long will it be before your community decides to lock the front gate for Halloween like they did at Christmas? I hope they don't give you any grief like a few did with your Christmas display, maybe those neighbors will move out so you can bring your Christmas display back home some day.

Love the Halloween display by the way... As always your creations are most awesome!!!

-Pat

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Great job Richard!!! That is the most creative and original Halloween display I've ever seen!

How did you make the talking pumpkins work? And the blue skull in the window? Very cool!

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Thanks for the compliments everyone.

A few details about the display.

I am not the one that created the animation for the singing pumpkins and the skull. I came across

and the guy that created the animation sent me a copy on DVD. The video I received was each character singing for 1 minute. I then brought them both into some video editing software, synced them up, and made a seamless loop video that runs about 1 hour.

I then use two DVD players, one for the singing pumpkins, and another for the skull and start them at the same time so they are in sync with each other. What is really cool is that it is a different voice for the pumpkins and for the skull. The Pumpkins is on the Left side of the sound track and the skull is on the Right. They sing in sync with each other and you start hearing the skull singing as the pumpkin fades away as you walk towards our door where the skull is. I am sure many people don't notice, but I like it.

The skull display was made by taking my 52" LCD screen and laying down and putting some Plexiglas above it at a 45 degree angle. It gives a cool effect but I think next year I was just use a video projector from inside with a sheet. I really don't moving my TV around and have to set it all up just for one night. Here is a picture of the set up

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As far as the lighting animation, I just programmed a 1 minute loop with LOR that runs over and over. Not using LOR for any of the sound/music.

There are a few other houses and go to some effort of decorating for Halloween night besides just have some pumpkins on the porch.

There is one other house in our neighborhood that does a really good job and uses some really large Halloween props. They are very professional looking and easily could be used for a commercial Haunted house. Last year they made an entire spook alley in their garage.

The thing is though that our gates are closed. Last year a week before Halloween I sent out an e-mail to everybody asking if the gates were going to be open for Halloween and some people replied that we should open them and some replied that they did not want them open. I didn't push the issue and the gates remained closed. The gates were also closed this year.

Here is the thing though, so many people are coming and going that people just following somebody in or enter the exit when somebody is leaving. If you could not get in, people would just wait a few minutes until one of the gates opened.

The vote that took place for 2 years ago was if people wanted the gate open for certain Holidays. It had nothing to do with having "to many" lights or decorations on your house.

I have been thinking about maybe bringing the Christmas display back to my house and if people happen to follow other people in, oh well. :)

I had a few neighbors though including some that are new move ins that never saw my Christmas display but have heard about it that want it back. I am seriously thinking about doing it next year at my house again and what every happens, happens.

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Richard! That is the best hallowe'en display I've ever seen! How do you do the guy upstairs who... Screams :)

There is a lot of good videos that you can buy at

http://www.hallowindow.com/

that is where I got the guy that screams. The guy that screams is from Hallowindow 1 and you can buy the download for only $6

http://www.hallowindow.com/products?downloadable=1

great stuff!

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Richard -

I just watched the YouTube vid in HD. Great job. What a difference the HD makes.

Thanks Chuck! The HD does make a difference.

Wow! Great job Richard!

Did you use a projector for the pumpkin faces out front?

Yes. It is hidden right behind a tombstone and then I use a low watt orange bulb to give more ambient lighting to the pumpkins.

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Are the videos one long sequence or can you pick certain scenes to use. Next year I want to do a spider themed display and would not want to use all of the scenes. I did look at the website and could not find the answer.

Thanks,

Brian

There is a lot of good videos that you can buy at

http://www.hallowindow.com/

that is where I got the guy that screams. The guy that screams is from Hallowindow 1 and you can buy the download for only $6

http://www.hallowindow.com/products?downloadable=1

great stuff!

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Are the videos one long sequence or can you pick certain scenes to use. Next year I want to do a spider themed display and would not want to use all of the scenes. I did look at the website and could not find the answer.

Thanks,

Brian

You have to get the video and edit it yourself in a video editing software if you want it to play back only certain things.

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