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Halloween Bot

Make something for halloween.

Animate a skull. Make a flying vampire bat. Make a lightshow to frighten the wits out of small children. Make loud noises. Use the "magic smoke" for effect! How about a scuttling spider?

Time is short. I'll try to give more notice next year!!

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Notably, the September issue of Nuts And Volts outlined a project for a Talking Skull. They also offer a kit at


Fun contest!  Maybe someone can make a more complex version of this:


Having just gotten my Arduino, I feel obligated to scare little trick or treaters with some sort of contraption.  :)

Only if I have time, though.  Which I don't.  :( 

Man I love those Velleman kits. I have assembled a bunch of them-so much fun. I made a few of their X-Mas trees for family and the Pumpkin for my boss. It was great practice for soldering also =)

I've got an idea, but I don't have the means (yet -- gotta get some more experience first) to actually pull it off.

Set up a webcam that looks at your doorstep and then an array of lights and movements that can scare trick or treaters.  Then, put up a website so people can trigger the various mechanisms and try to scare trick or treaters, and watch their reaction on the webcam!

Not sure how many of you have seen those internet-controlled robots, but there are a whole bunch of them out there, and they're a lot of fun!  That's where I got the basic idea.

nice sketch BOA!  :)

You are an artist and a techy.

I fear you may be correct. I'm going over to the "Dark Side."
Now your hatred has become your strength!

got my entry - the snap-o-lantern (node 2678)