Halloween hacking ideas 2023

Halloween is coming and you might think you need some scary/funny decoration for it. It’s a chance to give everyone in the neighborhood a jump scare. Here are some links ideas. Modern Halloween Decorations can be built with some Addressable LEDs, weather-resistant speakers and some other effects.

2023 Halloween Hackfest: Musical Jack-o-Lanterns Harmonize For Halloween
Put on a show in the yard with some musical, light-up jack-o-lanterns you find build instructions at

2023 Halloween Hackfest: Candy Basket Sees You Coming


Spookifying Haunted Mirror build using Stable Diffusion

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    2023 Halloween Hackfest: A Spooky “Severance” Speaker

    If you know, you know. After becoming fully engrossed in the sci-fi psycho-thriller “Severance“, [Ben Brooks] absolutely needed to have a version of the ominous speaker known as the Board.

    This speaker represents the Board, who is the enigmatic governing body of Lumon Industries, the fictional and gigantic biotechnology company featured in the show.


  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Want Your Jack-o’-lantern to Last Longer? Stop Cutting a Hole in the Top!

    Like the ghouls and ghosts who spook us every Halloween, jack-o’-lanterns—so tempting to tiny predators and susceptible to mold and rot—are not really meant for this earthly plane.

    “The typical jack-o’-lantern normally has a three-day life expectancy at best,” said Marc Evan, co-founder of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers in Brooklyn, New York, in a phone interview. “With something so highly perishable, it’s a very zen thing, to carve a pumpkin knowing that it might not last as long as it took you to make it.”

    We do not recommend brining pumpkins, spraying them with bleach or, um, coating them in WD-40, as some questionable advisors on the internet might suggest. Any of these options can be harmful to wildlife—not to mention that they are a lot of work for what might still be little or no payoff.

    That’s right: Most people are cutting their jack-o’-lantern’s hole (through which you scoop out the inside) in the wrong place.

    The stem is crucial to preserve for structural reasons. As Soria put it, “It’s almost like the top of an umbrella holding the pumpkin together. If you cut through the top, after a day or two, that lid tends to fall right through the hole you’ve made. Then it’s only a matter of time before the pumpkin is completely gone.”

    So when you’re ready to turn your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern, begin by either cutting a hole in the bottom, as Taryn recommends, or on the back side of your creation, as Evan suggests. And either way, save that piece so you can put it back in place like a stopper when you’re done.

    Fresh pumpkins last longer, and “typically, the freshest pumpkins are available at farm stands, farmer’s markets, and pumpkin patches,” Evan said. “Pumpkins from grocery stores or big-box stores are never as fresh as when you go directly to the source.”

    Pumpkins at optimal freshness display telltale signs, starting with that essential stem: A fresh gourd has its stem firmly attached, and the greener the stem, the better. “The stem is the lifeline,” Evan explained. “Some nutrients are still going into the pumpkin through the stem after it’s been picked. As pumpkins get older, the stems get dry and brittle and tend to fall off pretty easily.”

    Pumpkins like cool temperatures and circulating air, so they fare better amid chilly autumnal breezes than inside your house (especially if you have your heat on). “If you keep it indoors, how long it’s going to last is going to be hit or miss,”

    “Refrigeration is good; freezing is bad,” Evan said. “Pumpkins are made mostly of water, so once you freeze them, the cell walls can break, and they can lose their structure.”

    A basic scrub-down with soap and water helps remove some of the bacteria, yeast, or airborne contaminants that may be on your pumpkin’s surface, Evan said, which could be transmitted to the interior during carving and speed up the degradation process.

    Because squirrels, chipmunks, and their friends can’t resist a carved pumpkin, consider storing your jack-o’-lantern inside—or somewhere protected outdoors, like an enclosed porch if you have one—overnight and during other viewing downtimes.

    Take a picture, it’ll last longer
    “One of the most common questions we get is, ‘how can I get my pumpkins to last longer—or forever?’” Soria said. “What we like to tell people is: Some of the best things in life don’t last forever, so the best thing you can do is take a photo.”

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Toxicity (System of a Down) 2023 Halloween Light and Fire Show – 4K

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Somebody’s Watching Me – Beatfreaks 2023 Halloween Laser Light Show!

    Somebody’s Watching Me – Beatfreakz complete with custom programmed animatronics, projection mapping and a laser light show!

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Beetlejuice – It’s Showtime! 2023 Halloween Show Opener

    Halloween 2023. Beetlejuice

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space – Lights on Lantern Ln 2023


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