I'm not exactly sure when I stopped being any fun, but I kind of hate Halloween. With this in mind I have created the anti-Halloween House. The Anti-Halloween House is an automated system that turns off all of the front lights of my house any time a trick-or-treater approaches. After all, nothing says "GO AWAY!" like having all of the lights turn off on you whenever you approach. The best part is that this allows me to be a grinch without even having to get up from the couch to do it.
I did consider that this may result in angry mobs of children at my doorstep and have decided to counter this problem with another anti-Halloween innovation, a remote controlled Flamethrowing Jack-O'-Lantern. With one of these strategically placed in conjunction, I can easily keep all of the trick-or-treaters at bay.
Step 1: Make the transmitter
To make the motion-sensing transmitter you will need:
- An Arduino (Uno preferable)
- A wireless SD shield
- XBee Series 1 transceiver
- Copper foil
- SPST 3A solid state relay
- 5" x 2.5" x 2" project enclosure
- Outlet socket adapter
- A plug in socket
- 3-pin female header
- 9V battery snap
- Parallax PIR sensor
- Lamp replacement cord
- 220 ohm 1/4 watt resistor
- Tiny 1/2" nut and bolt (don't know exact size, but must fit through PIR mounting holes)
- A light bulb
- Shrink tube or electrical tape
Step 2: Arduino
Plug in the XBee into the Wireless SD shield.
Plug the Wireless SD shield into the Arduino.
Step 3: Copper
Cut a long thin strip of copper foil that is the width of one of the prongs of the plug in outlet.
Fold the end into a small tab that fits snugly between the prong and the case.
Solder it the prong that makes contact with the outer metal case of the light bulb.
Step 4: Drill
Drill an 1/8" hole into the bottom of the socket next to the prong with the copper foil attached.