I wound up spending my time up on the roof, basically inside the spider. I could control the legs and have the spider shake, or lurch out at people (though not far, enough to freak people out).
Next year I hope to have more time to build it better. Actually delivering the candy through one of the pipe legs would work well, having a speaker/megaphone or something would be nice, as I got rather hoarse by the end of the night from “hissing”.
The webs really added to the effect, I had a nice spolight on it, with a red bulb in the ‘mouth’ of the spider.
Several kids, and even a few parent refused to even approach the house.
So last night, I wanted to do something to add to the Halloween spirit. See our neighborhood goes all out. Everybody has picked some theme/location from the Harry Potter series, and has gone all out in the decoration. Maybe I’ll get some pictures of it for later, but understand that it’s good enough to get featured in the local papers and TV. So I quickly had to start my bit, here’s a sneak preview.
Right now I’m figuring out how to make the back legs stand up more, so it appears to be walking more, and improving the fangs. I have a light that goes into the back and makes it glow some, and am putting a floodlight on the front, so the face shows up, and the eyes glow a bit.
I’ll be adding the spiderwebs in today, and a ‘body’ wrapped up in spiderwebs. The best parts though. A) I’ll be in the spiderweb, ready to freak people out. But also, that long front leg, I have fishing line on it, so I can make it reach out and grab kids as they go for the candy
It’s not a good Halloween unless you can make a kid soil their costume
The only really bad part is, my wife is refusing to walk in the front door now.