This was my dirt simple, zero cost, last second prop for Halloween.

Since I had setup a lot of spider webs in my front door, essentially making it look as if you are walking into a cobweb, I figured a large spider was in order.

Step 1: Making the spider

I searched for some good spider images that I could convert into a silhouette but found none. I did find lots of good reference images though.

I fired up Google Sketchup, as it can work as great and easy line drawing program with a mirror function. It also allowed me to layout my frosted glass panel to scale and visualize how large I wanted the spider to be on the glass.

I drew a cool looking spider, and a few minutes later I had a to-scale print out to use as a guide to cut my cardboard.

The template I made is online here: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=f25f707c99ef38358b62e185294e8b2e
I used this for two years, it was effective both years even with some of the same kids.<br> <br> Last year I had a much larger spider web and spider that I modded LED eyes into.<br> I also had the spider drop at the door.<br> <br> <div class="media_embed"> <div class="media_embed"> <div class="media_embed"> <div class="media_embed"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zapwizard/4066025565/" title="LED modded spider by ZapWizard, on Flickr"><img alt="LED modded spider" height="180" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2478/4066025565_04cd7c9a8f_m.jpg" width="240"></a></div> <br> This year however I have stepped it up a notch to down right unnerving.<br> I am using a ultra-projector I bought last year along with a animation of dozens of spiders crawling across the door glass. In person in the dark it is very hard to tell they aren't real.<br> <br> <div class="media_embed"> <object height="385" width="640"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zkEs6Pg5OgE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zkEs6Pg5OgE?fs=1&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></embed></object></div> </div> </div> </div>
think theyre both great, the animated one is very effective!
Where can we find that animation or one like it?
Very effective.<br>Have you continued to use it, or made any changes?
Nice and simple. I like it!

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