Halloween Tech

October 10th, 2013

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's one that I wish would be more than just one night, but with the right decorations, you can make it last the whole month. The preparation of your decorations is a great bonding experience for your family and teaches your kids creativity and little bit of science and technology. I am going to share with you some techniques I've used over the years that fascinate Halloween goers and make your house the highlight of the neighborhood.

Window Projections

Difficulty: easy to medium depending on your setup

Last year, I tried digital window projections that had kids coming by saying ‘we had to come by the eyeball house' and parents asking how it was done. This can be accomplished with a projector, white sheet, laptop, and a scary video. I downloaded an eyeball video and a lightning video from Hallowindow and projected it onto a sheet in the second story of our house. To get two eyeballs in different windows, I transmitted my video wirelessly using the Wireless 5x2 Matrix. This allowed me to have the same video so the eyeballs look at the same place at the same time making it look real. You can also use the Wireless HD Digital Kit for this effect which also costs less.


  • Purchase your video. Download here: Hallowindow
  • Hang a white sheet around the interior side of the window you want to project onto.
  • Setup your Wireless 5x2 Matrix or Wireless HD Digital Kit and start playing the video. Place the receiver in the secondary room.
  • Setup your projector in each room and project onto the backside of the white sheet hanging in front of the window.
  • Enjoy

Note: For an effective projection, you projector should have around 2000+ lumens.

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The video below is a Zombie invasion using the same techniques and a video from AtmosFEARfx. Setup is easy, but it may take some fine tuning to get it look just right. AtmosFearFX has many different videos which you can transmit to different projectors giving a variety of options. These are the videos I plan on using this year.

Singing Halloween Pumpkins

Difficulty: easy to medium depending on your setup

This is another great projection effect that is a bit more kid friendly and requires less money to execute. It is a similar technique used in the cemetery scene of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland with the singing statues. In the video below, Erie Acres Cemetery shows how simple the setup can be.

Note: in the video above, there may be issues with the battery life of your iPhone. See the IOGEAR products below to keep you iPhone running through the night.

There are several options you can use to get this setup. The first option you need to consider is the projector. You can purchase a pico projector (pocket projector) or a full size projector. It may be slightly cheaper to purchase a pico projector, but purchase a larger projector if you intend to use it for other purposes. In the video above, a 3M pico projector is being used and it seems to be the 32 lumens unit. Based on the results in the video, this may be sufficient for this effect. However, we have not tested it and cannot confirm the results. Update: AtmosFEARFX suggested that a 2000 lumen projector should be used due to potential light pollution. The greater the light pollution, the greater the lumens needed.

The second option to consider is the video player. You can use a DVD player, iPhone/iPad/iPod or other smartphone/tablet with video output, and a pc or laptop. The AtmosFEARfx videos are not formatted to play on Blu-ray players. Just note that if you use an iPhone, you may have to purchase the digital download. The digital download version is in mp4 format, while the DVD version is in a VBO format. If you end up buying the DVD, you may have to purchase video format conversion software to use it on other devices other than a DVD. If you decide to use an iPhone to output your video to the projector, IOGEAR offers a few products to help you in your setup.

IOGEAR products for an iPhone/iPad/iPod setup (iPhone 3GS w/ iOS4, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPad iOS 4&5, iPad 2 iOS 4&5, and iPod Touch Gen 4 or later. Does not work with iOS 7), you can use the Composite AV Cable with Charge and Sync for iPhone / iPod to output audio & video from you Apple device while charging it at the same time to keep it running during the evening. Just make sure that the projector can accept standard composite (yellow, white, red) inputs or has an adapter to do so. To keep your phone or tablet charged while running the battery draining video, you can use an IOGEAR GearPower Battery Pack. The GMP10K Portable Battery Pack is one of the most powerful in the mobile industry and will provide plenty of extended play time for your mobile device. If your mobile device does not have enough memory storage space, you can pick up the IOGEAR MediaShair which can transmit the video via USB flash drive, hard drive, or SD card to your mobile device.

To setup the audio, you can use speakers you have around the house that will accept the audio output of your device. I would suggest a bluetooth speaker that can connect to your phone or other device so you can place the speakers where you want.

You can purchase the singing pumpkin DVD from AtmosFEARfx or purchase a digital download at pond5.com. The digital downloads are pricier. You can get a full DVD for less than the price of one download at pond5. The digital downloads were formatted for more professional haunts, and thus, the price reflects that.

Use promotional code HALLOWEEN2013 for a 15% discount at ShopIOGEAR.com for the IOGEAR products listed in this blog. This promotional code is valid only at ShopIOGEAR.com until Oct 31st, 2013 11:59PM PT. Hurry now as supplies may not last.

About the Author

Brandon Orth

Brandon Orth

Brandon is a web developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, and jQuery and has been developing since 2005. Brandon has been with IOGEAR since 2010. He is recently married with one kid, a Chihuahua, name Cisco (he was adopted with that name). Brandon enjoys playing golf, baseball, programming, science, technology, movies, music, and much more. Always make a side dish without onions and cilantro; he's allergic. Isn't that weird?

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