Halloween isn’t just about kids trick or treating around the neighborhood and elementary school costume parties anymore. Halloween is for everyone and has steadily become a staple celebration every bit as essential as Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Pets wear costumes. Adults spends weeks, and way too much money, on the most creative couples costume for their big party Halloween weekend. Apartments, condos and houses are decorated with lights, skeletons and blow-up pumpkins. It’s a big deal and it’s no surprise that technology has caught up with this holiday by putting the digital into the devilish. Here’s how Halloween has gone high-tech…
Alexa, scare me silly!
Everyone’s favorite virtual pal Alexa has gotten into the Halloween spirit. As fright night starts, why not ask Amazon’s intuitive device to regale you with a spooky tale or some ice-breaking party games? She can even add illustrative sonic color to your decorations with haunted house sounds, blood-curdling screams, and things that go bump in the night.
Moaning and droning
Halloween revelers have been getting a little more creative in the scares department of late, thanks to drone technology. The Top Race Halloween Ghost Drone is a ghastly apparition that’ll terrify trick-or-treaters once they hit your doorstep. The bloodied specter can float just like the ‘real thing’, thanks to its nimble quadcopter technology. Additionally, it benefits from a one key return, lest you lose control of your airborne afterlife in October’s windy bluster.
Prints of darkness
Yes, 3D printing is truly next level. From homes to body parts, it’s technology that breaks boundaries of what previously seemed impossible. But who cares about all that when, really, all we want to do is petrify visitors with a 3D print of your own head? A fun, if needlessly disturbing way to shock the kids, printing a full ultra-realistic cast of your disembodied body can be the grisly centerpiece of your macabre decor. Add a dash of red around the neck for a little extra gory color. Surround by some skittering spiders for yet more festive dismay.
For a slightly more family friendly approach, how about taking the effort, mess and miasma out of pumpkin carving by 3D printing your own Jack O’ Lantern? Getting intricate designs via technology without having to spill a single seed is bound to light up faces as much as it does the faux pumpkins themselves.
Threads of dread
So that’s how to haunt your own home and guests. But how are you going to dress for the occasion? If your engineering skills can match your imagination, perhaps take a pinch of inspiration from Jonas Zibartas’ jaw-dropping skillset. The multi-talented cosplayer uses motion sensor tech, motors, LED lights and an extraordinary amount of dedication to realize his costume efforts.
If you’re not confident of your sartorial skills, maybe turn to Digital Dudz for their app-enabled Morph suit horror costumes. Featuring garish rubber masks into which you can slot your smartphone for a downloaded digital effect, they’ll be sure to freak out anyone popping by for candy. (Or simply, get the t-shirt.)
Happy high-tech Halloween to everyone! Don’t have nightmares…
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