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Alek's Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease

Use the three halloween webcams for a live view of a buncha halloween decorations & lights and also CONTROL them - heck, you can even inflate or deflate the giant Frankenstein & Homer Simpson - D'OH! All three webcams are online from 1800 to 2200 MDT (GMT-6) which is when you can turn stuff on & off and "entertain" the neighbors. Plus send "Instant Messages via Webcam" for all to see. Watch for trick-or-treaters Halloween night!

If you enjoy the Halloween Decorations, please consider donating a few dollars to the over $80,000 raised for the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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We'll be back in Oct/2014 - pass the time viewing some nifty pictures from Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia ... plus cute Baby Hummingbirds in their nest.
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Halloween main page - also includes historical/future stuff

HULK says Puny Humans can add their spooky halloweeny comments in the Halloween Blog

While I appreciate the folks who have asked if they can donate/PayPal to cover the costs of the lights and (wind powered!) electricity, I've never asked for donations and don't plan to change that. It is a bit of work to put up all the Halloween stuff, but I enjoy doing it for the neighborhood kids and the web site is just my way of saying "Happy Halloween" and "Merry Christmas" to folks around the world. If you feel compelled to make some sort of donation, I've been involved with celiac disease so make a donation toward medical research - tell 'em Komar.Org sent 'ya! ;-)

BTW, for the actual night of Halloween, I have "HULK SMASH" audio playing really loud. So when the kids come by, I ask the smallest (and scare'dest one) kid to tell the Hulk to "Shut Up". It requires a little prodding, but eventually they will say "Be Quiet Hulk" ... and I, of course, hit the OFF button on my wireless X10 remote in my pocket and 'lo and behold, the Hulk is quiet ... since the speaker's power is toggled off. Always get a great response and that kid then feels pretty good! ;-)


Circuit Layout & Electrical Analysis for Halloween 2013
Circuit   X10-Zone   Amps   Lights   Description
1-Balcony     1       0.8      300   Upper Roof Icicles and Purple Orb
1-Garage-E    1       6.0    2,500   Garage Icicles, Driveway RIP's & Graves, Lighted Arch
1-Panel-1     1       6.8    2,200   Upper Roof Icicles, Purple Orb, Snapping Spider, Pooh & Bubble Lights, Pumpkin Jack
2-Balcony     2       1.7      400   Bloody Hands, Pirates, Skulls, Witch, Hulk Light
2-Garage-E    2       1.3      600   Driveway Orange Rope Lights, BOO
2-Panel-2     2       2.2      600   Inflatable Grim Reaper on Motorcycle, Witches, Bats, Purple Rope Light, Candy Canes
3-Balcony     3       1.7      400   Roof Pumpkins and Frankenstein, Balcony "Opera" Pumpkins, SpongeBob SquarePants
3-Panel-3     3       1.2      350   Giant Inflatable Pumpkin and Pumpkin Patch ... plus USA Flag!
3-Window-U    3       0.7      350   Upper Window Decorations
4-Balcony     4       1.5      400   Blue Rope Light around Balcony Skulls, RIP, Spider
4-Garage-W    4       0.8      100   Lighted Alien, Inflatable Headless Horseman
4-Panel-4     4       1.8      300   Inflatable Giant Green Skull and Lighted Skulls
5-Balcony     5       1.0      300   Railing Decorations and Skulls Light
5-Garage-W    5       0.9      100   Lighted & Inflatable FRANKENSTEIN
5-Panel-4     5       0.7      300   ON
6-Garage-W    6       0.9      100   LED Skeleton, Inflatable Homer Simpson - D'OH!
6-Panel-4     6       1.1      400   OFF
7-Office      *       1.1      300   Various stuff in the Haunted Office!   ;-)
                                        1:Brain Dude/Disco Ball   2:Rainier Beer Sign    3:Smilin' Pumpkin
                                        4:Groovy Lava Lamp        5:Skull/Hulk Lamp      6:Light-Up/3-D Cube
TOTALS       18      32.2   10,000   TOTALS
A question often asked is how much does it cost to light the holiday display - the electrical meter does spin a bit faster. That's easy to calculate - with all 10,000 lights ON, the current draw is 32.2 amps. Multiply by 120 Volts and divide by 1,000 to get 3.8 KiloWatts. The electricity cost in Colorado is about 10 cents per KiloWatt-Hour, so to run the display continuously for an hour, it costs 38 cents/hour - not much! But remember that Internet Surfers are turning the lights on & off ... so divide that by two and then multiply by the 4 hours/day it's active, and the electricty costs 76 cents per day. Multiply that by 31 days and for $23, a whole month of holiday fun is provided to people around the world ... plus some awareness and thousands of dollars in donations for Celiac Disease Research!

2013 Halloween Decorations Webcam Updates

2013_09_25: As noted at the top of the page, the Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease raises awareness and encourages people who enjoy the light show to donate to the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more here and consider adding to the over $75,000 raised so far. For reference, here is the halloween 2012 webcam updates.

2013_09_28: I was fortunate to have a loaner webcam last year, so am hoping to get another one for 2013 - wish me luck!

2013_09_28: Spooky comments now enabled on the Halloween Blog.

2013_10_07: Everything is pulled out of the crawl space, have completed some initial light testing/fixing, repaired some leaks in the Hulk's, and webcams are tested and ready to go.

2013_10_14: The 13th is unlucky ... so I turned everything on tonight ... still some more stuff to put out ... but the webcams and X10 controllers are all working well. Once again, an issue with a leak in the Hulk ... but I just keep pumping him up!

2013_10_18: Woke up this morning to a couple of inches of snow - WOOT! ;-)

2013_10_30: The weather forecast for Halloween night is sunny and 50°F ... so should see quite a few trick-or-treaters. I have 450 pieces of candy for the little kids and quite a few liquid refreshments for the "big" kids - hopefully this will be enough! ;-)

2013_10_31: Another crazy-fun Halloween night! Almost 200 trick-or-treaters came by as the weather was mild, although gusty winds came up later in the evening. They almost cleaned me out of candy (I'm very generous, especially early on) and I also passed out shots of Chocolate Wine, EggNog, and/or "Adult Chocolate Milk" for the "big" kids. Check out all the action in the time-lapse halloween movies while listening to some halloween music and read the funny commentary in the halloween blog.

2013_11_08: I've put away the Halloween stuff and shut down the Halloween Blog ... so it's a wrap for 2013 ... and time to get ready for Christmas! ;-)



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