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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 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 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 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_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_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.
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