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Picture of  Halloween: cheap and easy dropping spider silhouette
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

Picture of 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
 
ZapWizard (author) 4 years ago
I used this for two years, it was effective both years even with some of the same kids.

Last year I had a much larger spider web and spider that I modded LED eyes into.
I also had the spider drop at the door.

LED modded spider

This year however I have stepped it up a notch to down right unnerving.
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.

annark3 years ago
think theyre both great, the animated one is very effective!
FatCatDaddy4 years ago
Where can we find that animation or one like it?
ZapWizard (author)  FatCatDaddy4 years ago
http://goo.gl/ZVWP
Granny_Leah4 years ago
Very effective.
Have you continued to use it, or made any changes?
askjacob7 years ago
Nice and simple. I like it!