Although it's not a scary addition to our Halloween decor, I built a lighted sidewalk (the famous effect from Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video) to entertain party guests and treat-or-treaters on their way to our door.
Only the wiring was a little tedious, the rest of the construction was pretty simple, and we've gotten lots of great comments and impromptu dancing.
Step 1: Goals
First I came up with these goals:
- Keep any additional platform low to ground. I don't want people to feel like they're stepping up onto something.
- Span the whole 12-15 length of our sidewalk. It wouldn't look too cool if only a few feet were done.
- Outdoor-friendly and fairly immune to moisture (we typically get rain in October).
- And most of all it would have to work with fairly light people, but not crumble under foot of heavier ones. I had to figure people might start dancing on this, so it'd have to take a fair bit of abuse.