Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, plenty of time to create some pretty nifty, interactive, and spooky decorations that will have your friends and family jumping!
Of all the holidays, Halloween is perhaps the most fun for makers – a true makers holiday, really! So, to inspire the spooky, creepy maker in you take a look at the following fun ideas, making creative and scary use of Arduino and Raspberry PI to get the juices flowing:
Raspberry Pi and projectors make this house sing the Monster Mash
This is something of the ultimate in Halloween decorating – bringing the entire house to life to sing a fun, Halloween classic.
Through the use of Raspberry Pi and a few projectors, Twitter user @Firr was able to create this fun and impressive Halloween project using two Raspberry Pis, three projectors, some speakers, and “a mess of HDMI cables”.
One Pi handles the eyes using an HDMI splitter to project the same video of moving eyes onto a pair of windows.
The second Pi does the mouth which is a custom animation created in After Effects. This also handles the audio which is output to some party speakers playing the classic song:
Making my house super spooky for Halloween! pic.twitter.com/w553l40BT0
— Firr (@Firr) October 13, 2017
We’ve actually featured Burgess recently for another Halloween decoration with projected eyes, this time using spherical projectors.
While the eyes can move on their own, a joystick can be added for direct control. Firr created a switch that goes between autonomous animation and direct control.
Haunted Jack-in-the-Box – Raspberry Pi
This project uses a Raspberry Pi and face detection using the Pi camera to determine when someone is looking at it. This look like a great way to scare your friends! You can make your own – learn more about it HERE.
Magic Scare Mirror
Another great project to scare the pants of your visitors. It wouldn’t be Halloween without the evil spirits – make your own!
Talking Skull – Arduino
This is a classic, and another great one for eliciting jump scares! Perfect for setting the perfect Halloween ambiance to your home. Make it yourself!