Halloween is here and for the next 24 hours you'll be expected to endure all manner of frights. But what you may not be ready for is this surprisingly effective horror show delivered via iPad.
Going to a costume party is fun. Obsessing over the perfect costume isn't. Maybe that's why you usually decide what to wear late in the afternoon on October 31. To give you hand, we've slapped together some ideas that aren't too much work to put together. You won't win a best-dressed award, but you'll get credit for making some kind of effort. Plus, all these ideas appeal to geeks — perfect for keeping your friends guessing. So fret not — here are 12 easy, last-minute costumes from the world of tech, video games, science fiction and more that you could toss together after work today. (And no, neither zombies nor vampires on on this list. You can call that two free ideas right there.)
Worried your house might be haunted? Not sure how to tell? If movies have taught me anything, just wait a while and, believe me, you'll know. Especially when the walls start dripping blood and your roommate starts speaking in tongues. (Then, you know who to call.) Joking aside, how can you tell if your house truly is haunted as some believe they can be, or if it just has an annoying tendency to creak like someone's coming up the stairs? Yesterday we told you how to haunt your house. Today, we offer a crash course in de-hauntifying it.
If you want to keep those pesky trick-or-treating kids away from your door this Halloween, you're going to need something pretty scary. This flame throwing Jack-o'-lantern looks like a good bet, as long as you don't get sued for setting some kid's Lady Gaga costume on fire.
Can Halloween fans bring a big budget feel to their haunted house on a shoestring? Well, thanks to technologies new and old it can be done not only for cheap, but without a ton of effort. To find out how to make it happen, we spoke to Steve Eaton, a special effects man who works in Hollywood and who every year puts on his own haunted house in Santa Clarita, California. And he's able to do it with some simple tricks thanks to digital projectors and a handful of fog machines. Here's a few things he uses to create that eerie haunted vibe.
We've bombarded you with fantastic Halloween costumes nearly every single day this month and as the pumpkin-carving-play-dress-up gets even closer, we're seeing better costumes coming out of the garage, like Shawn Thorsson's Dead Space 2 costume. It's truly hardcore.
If you want something really unique to scare the bejesus out of your fellow trick-or-treaters this Halloween, this creepy face projection system should do the trick.
High-tech Cylon pumpkins? We don't need no stinkin' regular jack-o'-lanterns after seeing this 1,818.5 pound pumpkin — the world's largest pumpkin, actually — cut up into a zombiefest. The fine folks at Inhabitat were on hand to shoot, uh digitally shoot, with cameras, the masterpiece.
Get out your pumpkin carving gear, folks (or boxes of Legos) — Halloween is almost here! But you won't find any generic monster faces or black cats here — oh no. We've searched high and low for the very best geek-o'-lanterns the Interweb can provide, whether they're carved from the flesh of a pumpkin, or suggest the shape in other creative ways. Some of these are sheer works of art, so if you haven't had time to carve a jack-o'-lantern, let them inspire your own delightful creations.
Okay, I really love cameras, but I think Tyler Card loves Nikon cameras more than anybody else on the planet. Why else would he build Nikon D3 DSLR Halloween costume that actually takes real digital photos?