Halloween is greeted with varying enthusiasm by Australians. From an awesome opportunity to dress up and beg neighbours for lollies, through to downright detestation of Imported Celtic/American rituals and celebrations.
I am probably somewhere in between.
However, many of my neighbours appear to be a little more enthusiastic, with the houses and gardens being decorated with spiderwebs plastic pumpkins and skeletons for some time in the weeks running up to October 31st.
And so, at 5 pm on Halloween I was starting to think that perhaps we should have some decorations up. That said we had no spray wedding, plastic spiders or anything similar. Just a lolly bucket shaped a little bit like pumpkin and purchased years before when my kids used to relish dressing up and begging the neighbours for sweet treats.
So I gathered my resources: some spooky looking mini figures, a light box, and my phone. And I took some photos of the video spectre as well as one of my ghosts from the Monster Fighters Haunted House.
I was able to reduce the background to total black and I placed the images in the centre of a larger black field. I import the resulting images into iMovie and applied the Ken Burns affect with extreme prejudice, to give these images a feeling of growing as they floated across the screen.
Now it turns out that I appear to have a data projector in our house, on loan. I also have very thin curtains, almost transparent, on the window. And so, an hour after I decided to get started, I was able to have ghosts floating across the curtain of our front room. I was also able to get the effect of Pepper’s Ghost, and old fairground trick, haunting my LEGO room.
I pasted the video into a keynote presentation, and set it to loop… and left it for the evening.
Such a shame that it was not visible from the street until after the sunset, at around 7:50 pm. The joys of Halloween occurring in spring. As the night grew darker, the projection became more obvious from the street. Such a shame most of the kids were tucked away in bed by then. Here then is is a video of how things appeared…
There you have it. This is how I incorporated LEGO Minifigures in my Halloween decorations.
How did you incorporate LEGO In your Halloween? Why not leave your comments below, and until next time…