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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 2014 Circuit X10-Zone Amps Lights Description 1-Balcony 1 0.8 300 Upper Roof Icicles and Purple Orb 1-Garage-E 1 5.0 2,200 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 4.2 1,400 Inflatable Grim Reaper on Motorcycle, Witches, Bats, Purple Rope Light, Candy Canes 2-Window-L 2 0.9 250 Lower Window Decorations 3-Balcony 3 1.7 400 Roof Pumpkins and Frankenstein, Balcony "Opera" Pumpkins, SpongeBob SquarePants 3-Panel-3 3 2.8 900 Giant Inflatable Pumpkin and Pumpkin Patch & Tree ... 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 Garage-W 5 0.9 100 Lighted & Inflatable FRANKENSTEIN Panel-4 5 0.7 300 ON 6-Panel-4 6 1.1 400 OFF Garage-W 6 0.9 100 LED Skeleton, Inflatable Homer Simpson - D'OH! 7-Office * 1.1 300 Various stuff in the Haunted Office! ;-) 1:Brain Dude/Disco Ball 2:SpongeBob & Rainier Beer 3:Pumpkin & Plasma Ball 4:Groovy Lava Lamp 5:Skull/Hulk Lamp 6:Light-Up/3-D Cube TOTALS 19 35.7 11,300 TOTALSA 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 11,300 lights ON, the current draw is 35.7 amps. Multiply by 120 Volts and divide by 1,000 to get 4.2 KiloWatts. The electricity cost in Colorado is about 10 cents per KiloWatt-Hour, so to run the display continuously for an hour, it costs 42 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 84 cents per day. Multiply that by 31 days and for $26, 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!
2014_10_05: Once again, my neighbor got their Halloween Decorations up before me. But it's kinda like the race between the turtle and the rabbit ... slow-n-steady "wins" the race! ;-)
2014_10_10: Most everything is pulled out of the crawl space and am repairing some leaks in the Hulk's. I have some family stuff this upcoming weekend, so I'm going to be a bit behind in getting everything out there and online.
2014_10_14: I did the initial setup on the front lawn ... hope to do the haunted office tomorrow. Still need to do some light testing and dust off the webcams and X10 control system. Hoping to go online by the end of the week.
2014_10_16: While I still have a lot more stuff to put out, I turned everything on tonight and went live on the Internet - the webcams and X10 controllers are all working well.
2014_10_21: Pretty much everything has been deployed and hooked up ... although there's always a little bit of "fine tuning" to make the display look just perfect - D'OH! ;-)
2014_10_29: The weather forecast for Halloween is sunny and 60°F ... so should see quite a few trick-or-treaters. I have a buncha candy for the little kids and quite a few liquid refreshments for the "big" kids - hopefully this will be enough! ;-)
2014_10_31: Another crazy-fun Halloween night! Once again, close to 200 trick-or-treaters came by as the weather was mild. They almost cleaned me out of candy (I'm very generous, especially early on) and I also passed out shots of Chocolate EggNog and Pumpkin Liquor (plus beer and wine) to the "big" kids. Check out all the action on the Halloween Blog ... Jerry Garcia costume was the best! ;-)
I've put away the Halloween stuff and shut down the Halloween Blog ... so it's a wrap for 2014 ... and time to get ready for Christmas! ;-)
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