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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.


 
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Step 1: Make the transmitter

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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
- Epoxy
- Shrink tube or electrical tape

Step 2: Arduino

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Plug in the XBee into the Wireless SD shield.

Plug the Wireless SD shield into the Arduino.

Step 3: Copper

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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

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Drill an 1/8" hole into the bottom of the socket next to the prong with the copper foil attached.
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Winged Fist3 years ago
I guess this is one option... Wouldn't it be easier to spend the money going out to dinner and a movie? Oh, I forgot... you're no fun!;-)
How is this a waste of money?!?
um... you could just turn the lights off and or post discouraging statements on your door, that would be cheaper and less complicated than two xbees and an arduino.
whats the fun in that ?!
form always follows function. i.e. look up the Halloween history plz.
criggie3 years ago
Hate halloween myself - its never been a "thing" here in New Zealand until the last couple years when retail merchants start to push all the commercial side of stuff.

Simply put.... Halloween is Extortion.

Standover tactics from a school aged bully.

To me, "trick or treat" boils down to "give me lollies or I'll do something nasty to you and yours." That's bullying.

Is that what you want to teach kids?

"Trick or treat" sounds more like they are asking for either a trick or a treat. This house succeeds in tricking them, so I say it is well within the spirit of halloween.

At our house, we give both. It's not a real halloween until children leave your doorstep crying. Even more satisfying are the teenagers who are too scared to even come to the door.
asghdf kidmosey2 years ago
please tell me what you do to them!!
klimb criggie2 years ago
This is exactly how America started the "Trick or Treat" tradition. Kids used to vandalize and cause havoc on Halloween, but some people found they could bribe the kids with treats and their houses were spared the damage. It wasn't long before the marketing companies started picking up on it and pushing it around.
"give me lollies..." -If I had a time machine, thats what I would change the phrase to!
To me, "trick or treat" is a figure of speech...
person%2 years ago
instead of having witches rip you off and ghosts trying to haunt me, i give them a fright before they do. once a group of people went all the way around to my backyard and scared me from behind, wasn't prepared for that.

don't you think that you could make some money out of Halloween? i made a lot of money once, i sold zappers to some friends, i charged them for building some cool anti-Halloween thingies, and my friend, who was more of a fan of Halloween, set up a course(he had lots of land) for little critters and he ripped them off, probably because he attracted visitors with prizes. he also made about $50.
person%2 years ago
i have a friend who likes to squirt people who don't hand over on Halloween. he owns a powerful water pistol.

for some reason, he made me make a rig to disperse large quantities of leaves off a tree which goes over his driveway. it was triggered when someone stepped on some planks of wood. once it rained all day and it was really bad, and once i accidentally stepped on the wrong step and my friend was in the way and he got so itchy that we stopped doing those pranks from then on, it was a bit cruel.
person%2 years ago
ha ha ha ha that is really funny

I'm not so good at all that technology, i can only understand what happens but not the detail, maybe a bit of the codes, is it similar to C++?

i have an idea. i think you could just put some switches in a floor mat and opens a circuit when the mat is stepped on and switches the lights off.

at Halloween, i got some thin black thread and connected it to the front door. i held the other end behind the garage and when someone came (without an adult) i would pull the string and the kids will get a fright, while my mum waits for people to arrive. next time maybe i could make it automatic, but it is not a good idea to go poking around without paying much attention, because a very daring person might see it as an opportunity to rob my house without even needing to open the door!
Randy, you are so funny.;)
I'm going to be that old man that gives out rocks ;D
soundmotor2 years ago
It's funny but next year for even more fun, get up on your roof with the hose.
Sovereignty2 years ago
His shoulders dropping when the lights go out; that was the greatest.
BOOO! Halloween is a great holiday. Makes for perfect excuse to buy lots of candy to gobble without guilt... afterall...its for the kids... and is a great excuse for that whip and cuffs you might have in the garage...they are ummm Halloween props.
rockerape2 years ago
Too bad they don't celebrate halloween in my country. I wish I could be mean to the kids but here this proyect is purpuseless. LOL.
lizardknits2 years ago
Way too much effort! I just go out to dinner and a movie, and get back home after all the munchkins are gone for the night.
darkclaw423 years ago
Dude. Why the effort? I just put a empty Halloween-themed bowl out on the porch with a sign that says "Happy Halloween!". No one ever rings.
Because some peple enjoy making things.
The effort is what makes it funny.
PuzzleJenn3 years ago
I want to come up with a nice, simple way to say "We wish we could leave you candy, but we're the ones doing the amazing fireworks show you're going to see at 8 pm, so we're not home right now." Unfortunately, one of my roommates WILL be home on Halloween, but he's deaf and probably won't wanna answer the door. We wish we could be home, but as pyrotechnicians, you never get a Halloween off. :)
How about a big sign on your lawn, or a pre-recorded message that plays using a proximity sensor...
Nachoman3 years ago
And the house that will get egged on Halloween, then vandalized by angsty teenagers and short-changed by paperboys and delivery guys for years to come belongs to...
Grissini3 years ago
oh you're twisted. I love this. Maybe add a non-lethal shocker to the doorbell for really hard to deter children. Or you could have done the worst thing.....
passed out handfuls of horrible candy.  
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Hand out vegetables, lol.
VEGGIES?!? Oh, the horror! I'm still laughing.
Those peanut butter taffy things were my favorite!
JakeBlanton3 years ago
I always thought adding a motion sensor to a sprinkler system would be nice for such situations...
raybob3 years ago
Well, the social contract AND social convention of this holiday is "TRICK or treat", right?

Don't be surprised if irritated kids wreak their vengeance on you.
3leftturns3 years ago
You could always make your house look like it was made of ginger bread and candy and then stuff the fattened kids in your oven...

This is such a cool project!
EggHead1013 years ago
Just a piece of paper that says: OUT OF CANDY...
One year, I put a box on the front step with a sign reading: "Kiddies! Put your candy in the box and go away quietly, and no one will be hurt."

No one stopped at my house that year.
It was probably the scariest house on the block.
alcurb3 years ago
Very cute. Just hope no one comes up with an automatic egg launcher.
>:) You just had to say it. Kidding
venom15393 years ago
the flamethrower pumpkin is a bit overkill, literally.
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