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Hey everyone

I'm just settling on which theme to pick this year, last year's was supposed to be a Haunted pirate ship but a few things came up so I wasn't able to do a haunt.

I'm debating whether to go for an Area 51/Aliens kinda theme, green lights and fog OR a 90's themed zombie rave in the woods.

I'm a big call of duty fan and both ideas are based on Zombies in Spaceland or Rave in The Redwoods.

I love the aliens concept, but I think the uv lights (which I already have loads of) would go down better with the kids.

Thoughts?

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i'd vote aliens, but then again i've sorta had zombie fatigue in the last few years so take that opinion with a grain of salt. :)
 

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I would LOVE to, but my front garden isn't that big and it would just look cluttered and silly if I tried. Plus we have cars on the driveway so I'm super limited :(
 

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I think Aliens is a more "way out there" kind of theme and unexpected than the what's become "normalized" zombie theme. I've seen the theme done with scares and also with humor depending on your crowd. If you are looking for any projections of Aliens to run in your windows to announce their coming to your haunt like the week before halloween, I bought two videos from TotalHomeFX. They're inexpensive (8.99 each) and you can download them either singly or in a packaged group.

There's Alien Transport ( https://www.totalhomefx.com/product/alien-transport/ ) and Alien Invasion ( https://www.totalhomefx.com/product/alien-invasion/ ). If you create a space ship door and set up your screen in the doorway, either video would be great to give a peek inside the ship. As mentioned they are both packaged among a larger group of videos as well. These have been out for maybe two to three years and I know TotalHomeFX has pulled some of their other video offerings so if you have any interest in these videos I'd suggest buying them soon in case they get pulled and replaced by other videos. As far as I know these are the only Alien themed projection videos out there and I do think kids will love them.


If you do go the zombie route, this AtmosfearFX video "Sinister Shadows" is zombie themed and might work well in your woods theme if you have a good way to project it. I've seen it incorporated very well by at least two HF haunters this past season in their yard haunts, one on a garage door and the other on a fence. ( https://atmosfx.com/collections/halloween/products/sinister-shadows ) 9.99 each or 29.99 bundled of 4. Then there's "Zombie Invasion" which has been out for a few years now ( https://atmosfx.com/collections/halloween/products/zombie-invasion ). AtmosfearFX also has a "Halloween Zombie Bash" ( https://atmosfx.com/collections/halloween/products/halloween-zombie-bash ) if you want dancing zombies. Pretty sure TotalHomeFX has something along the same lines.


As you can tell I am a fan of projections and think they can add a lot to your haunt if you have the equipment and way to set up.


Going back to the Alien theme I'll also mention these ShowBalls that Home Depot has on 50% off clearance right now. Easy to use to work around them and create some glowing, pulsating alien egg that has come to earth or maybe one of them could be the pulsating top of a spaceship where the power source is LOL--could be set to a number of colors so eerie green or thermal "ready-to-explode" red for example. Waterproof and can be powered or run on battery, bluetooth controlled from phone or tablet. https://www.halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/201441-homedepot-2019-a.html#post2501577


BTW be careful with UV lights so they don't shine in people's eyes.


I take back what I said about TotalHomeFX having the only alien projection. Forgot about the grouping that Jon Hyer did. MPEG-4 files about 1 minute long each. 9 landscape scenes with "scarier" aliens in fog, single guy and with multiple aliens, some scenes with space ship (2 versions of). Also a vertical movie where the alien is in what appears to be glass transporter? 18.99 from thechristmaslightemporium. Downloads a 312MB zip file. Horizontal movies 50-99 MB, vertical with "power" wave effects, 166 MB. https://thechristmaslightemporium.com/products/aliens-projection-effect-digital-download I see their site says it's a closeout item so not sure how long available.

Crazy Bonez (mfgr of skeletons and skeleton animals) came out with a alien skeleton last year (in bone and green color). Here it is listed on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Bonez-Alien-Skeleton-Color/dp/B01B7OI1RG
 

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I would go with Aliens as well. I'm like Dane82, everyone does Zombies, and they quite frankly bore me, so maybe my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt as well.
 

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Oh wow, thanks a bunch!

You've definitely given me a load of resources for both themes there and it's really appreciated. I've never actually done projections before but I figure I could get it to work since I have two garages that I could put sheets up against.


The color balls you posted look really good but unfortunately, I live in the UK so we don't have a home depot. Do you know of anywhere else that sells them?

I also have another problem; There is a handful of kids who live in my neighbourhood (and honestly I only mean two of them so far) have a habit of trying to steal/pull down/damage the decorations (two years running).

So I'm concerned that anything I put out this year (including projectors on the floor) they will try to damage/take. I know they're kids but it's still thieving and projectors are expensive. I'll have to see if I can rig it to the drainpipe or fencing up high.

I'm definitely getting the alien skeleton though. I can hang him out of my window for sure.

Cheers for all the resources!
 

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I also have another problem; There is a handful of kids who live in my neighbourhood (and honestly I only mean two of them so far) have a habit of trying to steal/pull down/damage the decorations (two years running).

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Again. My opinion. Others may disagree.

You need three things.

1: A nice little outdoor display of something in your front yard. Valentines day is a month away so even a large plywood or cardboard heart with "Happy Valentines Day" on it would work for this purpose.

2: A small, discrete security camera.

3: A telephone to report them to the police with the security footage to back up the report.

Problem solved.
 

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Regardless of what theme you go with, I don’t think you grasp the full use of projection. While there is whole house mapping which sounds more like what you have in mind from the outside, “projections” for home house halloween use started by using your home windows and doorways and putting up a white shower curtain and projecting video files onto the “screen” from Inside your home. It's called rear projection as the projector is behind the screen and viewed from the other side of the screen from the projector. Unless the kids break into your home, nothing to steal! The beauty of it. No worries about keeping the projector away from the elements either.

Not sure what’s available to you in the UK but most projector “kits” here come with a plastic or tightly woven fabric screen. My first projection screen was a Walmart cheap white plastic shower curtain recommended here on Halloween Forum and used with a borrowed office projector connected to our DVD player and playing the first DVD title from Mark Gervais’ Hallowindow. The animated Eyeball video from that BTW is still a ToTer halloween favorite around here. Simple, fun to watch, and catches kids’ and adults’ eyes each time we run it. I ran it on Halloween night the first year we did projections, and didn’t the second, and had requests for it. Most kids don’t get to see this kind of fun stuff so really find it fascinating that someone in their neighborhood no less would do it. I find that running it during the week before halloween will help draw in kids to your house on halloween as you get noticed and kids tell their friends what they saw and what the friends must see too. Best advertisement for your home if you want traffic on the big night. Here’s the website for Hallowindow videos. The Green Eyeball was on Hallowindow II. Everything now for the most part can be paid for and downloaded from your computer, where as originally you had to buy a DVD to get them. Some projection videos are still sold that way and what’s convenient for you may depend on the equipment you have available to you.

http://hallowindow.com/

The Eyeball video in someone's house that started it all for me!:



BTW that Walmart shower curtain I mentioned is still in use today as a screen. In our case it’s thin enough to display the image and thick enough to not show the concentrated light source — bulb through the material (think this is called a hot spot and takes away the “magic” of the projection if visible).

I’d suggest watching this video from TotalHomeFX on how you can use projection videos in your house for viewing outside. BTW I believe they also are still selling some of Mark Gervais' Hallowindow videos fitted to their screen size if you use one of their projectors.

https://www.totalhomefx.com/product-demo/

There are other ways beside lighting your outside house with video mapping projectors too. AtmosFearFX has 3D forms you can buy and set up inside your home for example (maybe in a garage or entryway of a doorway) to project onto. Pretty cool too. You do need to have some distance in front of the form to throw the image to the height you want it to be ultimately. So depends on your own setup situation. But it makes it appear a person/creature is before them with the rest of the room around them perfectly normal and not a projection. The 3D form projecting would be different but similar idea behind the Disney talking spirit ball or talking ghosts. Check out some of the instructional videos on AtmosFearFX’s website on what are digital projections and their how-tos for more ideas: https://atmosfx.com/
 

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I would say Area 51, The zombie this has been over done in my opinion... I do have a zombie/bio-hazard room in our yard haunt, but it's like everyone else's idea that has been pretty much done already.... Just my opinion anyway. HEY... Zombie Aliens!!!
 

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I vote Area 51 Theme.

Get a gate of some kind. Danger signs. Keep Out. Beware. UFO and Alien Sound Effects or play The score from Alien or any kind of Alien themed movie that you think would fit.

Some electric and Black Lights. You could create some aliens or buy them, depending on what you want them to look like.

Or you could make your own spaceship and set it up in the front yard. I also think you can add some audio things from The X-Files could work out too.

 
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