Update: I have figured out a way to practical way to produce the Pepper's Ghost Effect in an outdoor situation, so I have updated this instructable with the results, jump to the last step for if you want to see the result.

I wanted to add a personal stamp to our Pirate Ship decor for Halloween, and also to get my girls involved in the whole process. This effect is very easy, and could be used to project skulls or other face paintings on your walls to give your guests a spooky welcome. If you want to get a little more fancy you could also combine the floating skull with a "Pepper's ghost holographic effect" to scare the pants off any unsuspecting trick-or treaters.

Step 1: ITEMS

The black light is likely the key item you don't have lying around...
  1. Black light 10-50$ at amazon.com
  2. Fluorescent face paint 20$ at amazon.com
  3. Black face paint 10$ at amazon.com
  4. Camera
If you are trying for the Pepper's Ghost Hologram effect, you also need:
  1. A projector or monitor
  2. A piece of glass or clear plastic in your choice of size (if using a monitor, then 50% longer than the monitor in one dimension)
  3. Brackets to hold your projector/monitor and sheet of glass/plastic (fishing line, lumber, brackets...)

wow, well made!
Thanks, check back after halloween, I have new plans for Pepper's ghost.
Oh I like this idea so much :D
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I have tons of ideas running through my head after watching this. <br> <br>What's the make of your projector? <br> <br>
Thanks, <br>The closest thing I found to the model I have is below, it is more expensive than I remember and looks like it got a bump in specs. You should also consider Pico Projectors which usually come with a battery and a basic player that is integrated for 200-400$ (smaller, dimmer, quieter). I also have a bigger projector for my other projects that are more Lumens sensitive (Optoma HD25) <br> <br>http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&amp;cs=19&amp;l=en&amp;sku=210-ABLU <br> <br>http://www.projectorcentral.com/popular-pico-projectors.htm

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