Sure, Mike! I'm hoping they haven't re-engineered this model at all. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!
Thanks X. Sounds like a cool product I might consider in future seasons. Want to keep it simple for now. One of the main problems is power. Which is why I like the FM transmitters + shower radios idea Dave suggested. Another challenge is whether or not trick-or-treaters walking down the driveway will even hear the audio effectively at the angle / position it's coming out of from the culvert. Even if I had powered amplifiers, I don't know that I'd be able to achieve the effect I want to achieve--hearing something like spooky whispers from behind. The most effective method would probably be for people to hear something behind them at head/ear level rather than below them. And I can't achieve that from a driveway culvert. Think I'd need trees on my lawn and/or other posts to get what I really want.This might be overkill for what you're trying to do, and sounds like you are already going for a different solution in particular. But you could also use one of my MonsterShields with the MP3 module and a cheap $10 Parallax PIR motion sensor for a trigger. You'd still need an amplifer and speakers, and of course you'd need to get power to it. The advantage is you could program up to 15 different sound tracks to play, each being up to 16 minutes long. The MonsterShield can be configured to trigger one of the 15 slots randomly. Or you could set 1 slot to be an ambient track that plays in a continous loop until the MonsterShield is triggered, at which point it plays one of the other 14 tracks. This allows you to have more "personality" and variety by varying what it does each time it is triggered. The audio tracks are just MP3 files on an SD card. Also, since this is a full prop controller, you could also hook up other stuff to it such as lights, fog machines, etc if desired. If you don't plan on hooking anything up to it, you could disconnect the relay module to save space. Just a thought. Full disclosure: I'm the guy who makes the MonsterShields!
Very cool Deadicated. Battery powered boombox sounds great. Nice that folks couldn't identify the sound source.I did something similar with a sewer drain on the corner we live on. Our Halloween fence directs people in from the corner and they walk right over the drain. I put a simple battery powered boombox with a cd of growling and whispers on continuous loop and put the whole thing in the sewer on a milk crate. Youd be amazed at the number of people who look all over for the source but never down. Very effective and creepy with the echos.
Obviously watch the weather forecast but we put this in days in advance and then turn it on with a long pole.
I've thought that someday I'll put some static monster down there with glowsticks.
Can you imagine the fun you could have with this space if power were available?
Dave,Sure, Mike! I'm hoping they haven't re-engineered this model at all. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!
Thanks Saruman. Love ThinkGeek.com.I don't know of any way to invert the power on it, Mike.
I will say that I use mine every night for a few weeks before Christmas using the two AAA batteries. It runs about 4 to 5 hours each night and I have to change the batteries about every five days. So they last a good while.
I originally opened mine up to try to hack it for better reception. But gave up after I opened it. When I found out what kind of distance I was getting I didn't care anymore about hacking it.
What kind of distance are you getting on yours??
Thanks Dave!Your house looks fantastic, Mike! I love the flashing lights in the upstairs windows. And the skeletons in the car.
80 has been a high water mark for us. I'd love to have 202, but it's fun to try to break new personal records each season. And like you said, hey, can't complain about treats leftover for the hard-working host.We had a great night, but the turnout was probably the lowest I've seen. We got 202 TOTs and usually average about 250 or 260.
I'm not complaining, though. Finally there is some candy left for ME !