Welcome to the first installment of October Oddities, where we explore the offbeat and mysterious side of tech, each Friday of the month. This time out, we’ve unearthed a curious collection of spooky décor—read on if you dare!
October has arrived, and with it comes the annual anxiety to totally own All Hallows’ Eve. Whether you’re trying to keep up with the Joneses or cash in on a costume contest, technology will likely play a role in your Halloween spirit. Here are some high-tech ways to amp up your scare-game this year.
Trick or Treat Tracker
Letting your little ones loose on Halloween can be a little nerve-wracking. While chaperones offer a considerable amount of comfort, now you can keep a watchful eye on the kiddos while they trick-or-treat with a little help from your smartphone and GPS-enabled apps like Mamabear. These apps keep track of your children in real-time and even allow parents to set up a digital fence that sends alerts when the child goes out of the preset area. When you decide that your kids are ready to go out on their own, this might bring you some peace of mind.
iWound simulates and animates gory guts and offers up a realistic beating heart that’ll get your blood rushing. No pockets? No problem! You can carry your smartphone in a specially designed bib.
Light It Up
Brighten up your night on the town and add a little LED lighting to your costume. Add an illuminated halo to an angel costume. Make a unicorn more magical with a brilliantly lit horn. Take your superhero outfit up a notch with real light sabers and laser beams. From fiber-optic fairies to robots with all the bells and whistles, you’re sure to show up the competition when you have some light to shine.
If you have access to a 3D printer, your costume options are limitless. Masks, props, accessories, suits… if you can dream it, you might be able to print it. You’ll need some software knowledge (or you can take a tutorial) to get your design going. Beyond that, just hit print, sit and wait.
If you own a drone, you’re probably up for new and creative ways to put it to use, and Halloween certainly isn’t short on such opportunities. Dress your drone like a spooky doll or ghost to add to the festivities. And if you’re in a nostalgic mood, you can even float masks of famous horror movie characters on your drone.
This time of year, lots of people love to wander through the narrowing hallways and dimly lit rooms of imaginative haunted houses. The fear you feel as you grip the shirt of the person in front of you, completely unaware of what’s coming for you next, is unparalleled. Now, the bar has been raised as technology brings virtual reality into the mix. No more “scareactors” popping out of corners. Just you, your helmet and a virtually terrifying experience.
Raise the Body
In 1973, a very possessed teenager and a priest terrified audiences in what is still considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time. Thanks to Scare Factory, you can recreate the illusion of her infamous bed levitation scene in the comfort of your own home.
Bathroom breaks will likely be cut short once the screaming starts. This motion and sound-activated serial killer curtain is sure to be an unexpected trick for houseguests. As theme music plays from a certain classic horror film featuring a terrifying mother-son duo, unsuspecting party-goers will likely be running from the loo.
No matter what you decide to do to spruce up your spook factor, know that there are a variety of ways to incorporate technology into your frightful festivities. Whether you decide to DIY or buy, impressive costumes and future-forward haunts are only the beginning. So, keep an eye out to see what’s on the horizon this year and have a happy high-tech Halloween!
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