548 comments (chronological order) on the Halloween Blog in 2006
I'm a bit behind in setting up my Halloween Decorations and updating my Perl code to handle the halloween webcams - expect things to be up & running sometime in the next week. Below is a picture of what it looked like last year. But figured it was time to turn on the Halloween Blog for those that want to toss in their thoughts, suggestions, & attaboys - all of which are appreciated. Below is a picture of Halloween/2005.
Halloween 2006 is gonna be awesome - three webcams instead of one - plus lots more inflatables - D'OH!!!
I look forward to checking out your site around Halloween and Christmas. Keep up the good work and make sure those bats stay outside the house.
Good luck with setting up the Halloween Decorations. I am having my eyes on this website frequently!
I can't wait to see what you are up to this year. You are always good for a surprise. Stay Spooky!
I've been peeking in from time to time hoping for an update. Thank you! I can't wait! My household has been itching to break out some Halloween decorations but we thought we had better wait for Oct. 1st at least. Time to start decorating!
I have been busy with tons of family stuff such as getting Dirk into Cub Scouts, driving the Hulkmobile in a small-town parade, sealing my concrete patio, mowing the lawn, surprising the boys for lunch at school, hanging out with my wonderful, understanding wife ("you want to put up more lights & inflatables?!?"), etc. She had the boys all day today while I played an ultimate frisbee doubleheader (I'm old-n-slow with a 2" vertical leap, but I have fun) so it was "Boys Night tonight!" We had a lotta fun dragging all the Halloween stuff up from my crawl space with some assistance from my two helpers as seen below.
The 8' inflatable Frankenstein was a huge hit last year as Internet surfers used the X10 controls to make 'em go up and down on the halloween webcam ("Kill Frankenstein") and he actually blew a fuse Halloween night! I got some new stuff at the post holiday sales (75% off) last yeari ... and two very recent additions are Homer Simpson (via FrightCatalog) and Elmo (via Bronners) - thanks guys. Homer is a big hit with the boys (and me - DOOPPP!) ... but after intense debate, Dirk-n-Kyle "informed" me there is no way Elmo will be out there for Halloween, so you'll have to wait until christmas to see him in action! ;-)
Homer is HUGE!!!!!
Your kids are right - no Elmo for Halloween. When does the show start? Hope you got a big web server - everyone knows about your crazy holiday lights and webcam.
"D'oh!" Great job on charity efforts too.
The HULK could SMASH Homer and Elmo!
How many lights this year Alex?
Yea, Homer is pretty big and cool - D'oh! Give me another few days and I should have stuff online - Perl coding is taking longer than expected, plus I'll be load balancing (the real-time application) across several servers. My initial guess is there probably will be about 5,000 lights for Halloween and at least three controllable inflatables. Christmas is a lot bigger - was 26,000 lights in 2005 - more than Clark Griswold! ;-) And thanks for the attaboy on the charity fundraising effort - I certainly appreciate those companies that have chipped in to help fight Celiac Disease with over $13,000 raised since last year - awesome!
To get people in the mood for Halloween, I've added some halloween music that plays when you load the blog. See the controls at the top right of the page. Be sure to keep playing to the end and then listen what happens. Can you name that tune?!? ;-)
Very nice "family" music - LOL!
I added the ability to optionally specify your name when you make a blog comments if you want to identify yourself.
Cute kids - goofy dad!
any estimation on when they'll be up, Alek?
About another day or two to polish up the Perl code, and then I'll turn the webcams and power controls on - heck, you'll be able to watch me put the Halloween Decorations - they are all stacked in my living room now.
Hey!, Us PUNY humans can't wait to see you Hulk! You guys are awesome! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Yea Alex, where is the green guy - we want to see him SMASH!
The Halloween Music is quite Lurching!
WOW - does that look different from yesterday - nice lawn and I just saw a school bus go by.
I see two live webcams - nice alec!
Make that three webcams - now where is Homer!
Yea, I've switched over to the new Perl code and have the webcams feedings images. Expect some erratic behavior the next few days as I fiddle with things and (finally!) setup the halloween decorations ... and Homer - D'op! Appreciate feedback on how the whole things looks.
Kid is running around the ghost in the front yard.
Superman was just on the webcam1!
That was Super Kyle!
THANK YOU ALEK
Power mower dude cutting grass across the street on webcam2
Hulk is down - call 911 - LOL!
HULK is back up - go jolly green giant!
Yea, the Hulk has been moved to the 2nd floor balcony - sorry for the poor image quality below, but it's shooting into the Sun. On the
halloween movies page, there's a time-lapse video of me "tossing" the Big Green Guy up there!
Saw the Rainier Beer sign - never heard of it - some local brew?
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ok, so what kind of good eats y'all giving out this year? gotta catch that on the puter'cam
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I can't wait til the decorations are up??
Homer is UP - D'OH!
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12:30 Mountain time- someone's really hamming it up on cam 1!
That's my "halloween helpers" - Dirk in the background and his friend (should we name him "Jack?") in the foreground ;-)
Hey, i like to decorate my yard for Halloween but my family doesnt like me decorating:-(...what should i do?...and what are some halloween ideas for the yard?
Kids and Worm Monster!!!
Homer and Frank are ALIVE!!!!!!!!
Homers rocks - long live Simson dude!
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Is there a firefox plugin i can use to block the terrible MIDI sounds that keep on playing?
There are sound controls at the top of the page if you want to stop listening to the Adam's Family theme song ... but I bet Lurch is disappointed that you called this halloween classic "terrible"
Hi there,Glad to see Halloween decorations.Luke :-)
Go Homa,Go Frankenstein,Go Hulk, Luke :-)
All the best for your halloween from England UK The witches are a watching you!...
Hiya! Lights looking good so far, when you say there going to be fully up and running by monday night just wondering, do you mean tomorrow night or the monday after that? All the Best for Halloween! x
I have a fair amount of Halloween decorations & lights still to put up, but have most of it all ready to go. I do plan to turn the X10 webcontrol ON Monday night - i.e. tomorrow as in October 9th - take it easy on Homer, allright - D'OH! ;-)
Still up at midnight, Alek? :) Goodnight bubs!
Says no rain, but looks pretty wet outside
Webcam2 showed you stringing some lights on the roof (?)
The lights are hung from hooks just below the 2nd story gutter - had these put in when I had the house painted. So I walk across the 1st story roof and hang 'em from there - even so, I still need a big long stick (with two nails in the end) to get 'em up there
As noted on the main webcam page, current temperature is 39°F (about right) and 0.03 inches of rain(that's low - has been a steady drizzle). Predicted low temperature tonight is 30°F with possibly 1-3 inches of snow - would be the first of the season if the weatherman is right - stay tuned for live coverage on the webcams! ;-)
The morning after Halloween/2004
Bugs in window on webcam2
Hi Alek,Its Luke,gives us a wave please!Love the decorations.:-)
Alek,why isn't cam 1 working? Luke. Hope it snows,we don't get much snow here in the uk.Luke.
I have just realised that it will be 1am here in uk when you turn the controls on,I will be in bed. :-( Luke.
Been visiting your site for a few years now. Love it so much!!!! Thanks for the fun and beauty!!! Much love from New Mexico!!!
Yea Luke (and other UK'ers), you'll have to stay up pretty darn late to control the lights - it just doesn't look as good during the day - sorry. Maybe I'll pre-announce a day when I'll have them controllable earlier for people across the pond and other time zones. In the meantime, here's a video of me putting up Alien, Frankenstein, & the giant Spider. ... and damn, those puffy pants make my butt look big! ;-)
Thank you Alek, that would be great! Luke.
Here's a few pictures from the sunny 80°F Saturday when I was settings things up.
D-Link DCS6620G Wirless Webcam - garbage can makes a nice camera stand!
Kids enjoy D'OH'ing it up with Frank & Homer
Hiya!x how come camera 1 is offline?? also that would be great if you could have a day that you would put the controllable things earlier because i live in the UK and i have school in the morning so i cant stay up late! :(
Emma: I haven't decided if I'll have webcam1 run 7/24 like the others ones are. Rest assured it will come online at 6:00PM (3 hours from now) when the X10 controls go active. BTW, I just took a picture (note plywood bases to prevent inflatables from tipping over) of Homer in the rain - D'OH! ;-)
Homer Simpson kept falling backwards and getting stuck in the garage on inflation - I should have anticipated this earlier - sorry. I put a concrete block under the back of the plywood base and now he can pop right up - DOH!!!! I have to add some lights to the roof - look for me up there shortly ...
Homer is stuck again, it looks like he needs some V8.
hey your pumpkin cam has gone buggie.
And Homer is back up.
absolutely awesome Mr. Grass!
GOOD NIGHT! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
Don't look so stressed! Wow!! :)
DO you work at home Mr. Grass?
Is Homer and Frankenstein ready for another fun-time tonight?
Nice work, just sending an update to the webcam 3 for the time and date :)
wow you must of did alot are house is crazy but not that crazy
Great Idea! I'll be checking back in. The hard work you put into your displays is obvious!
Hi Alek, No snow last night then! Nice to see the picture of the lights and what they look like in the dark. I will stay up late Friday and operate them,no school Saturday,Yipeeeeee! Luke.
Alek,Maybe you could do your Christmas lights to music this year.Or halloween one's. Luke.
Night! Night! Alek,don't let the bed bugs bite.:-)
Hi Alex,Ted here in Myrtle Beach SC.Have been watching for the last few years.Decorate a little more then you ,but not as cool as on the net.I an looking into raising and donating money to your cause.contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
I welcome any efforts to raise awareness of Celiac Disease and help find a cure per the details on this page - total as of today is almost $15,000 - thanks in advance Ted for anything you can do.
Homer has had too much to drink!
ChrisS from Leeds England UK sent me some hilarious Halloween icons ... including a Frankenstein that goes up and down ... just like it does at my house. So we'll give the Flying Bat cursor a break for while - thanks Chris!
Ooh, I must get myself some wireless cams, especially since I was burgled a few months ago! Always concerned about running power outside though.. hmm. External power supplies, anyone? GOod work with the gear, my friend. Will be keeping a close eye on Halloween!
Why is this so addictive?
no one knoes why its so addicting. Philosophors have dropped other key debates and are pondering this at the moment.
hey Alex, Mr grass, whichever. Seems to me like the cams go inactive with the hulk pic a little too soon on this one. not a biggie tho.
I turned the X10 webcontrols on a bit early tonight. So while you can't see the lights too well yet, have fun with Jack, Frank, and Homer. Speaking of that, Chris P sent me a new "Frankenstein and Homer" cursor that I've put on the main webcam page - what 'ya think?
lol. i showed the site to my dad and little sister. now they are both addicted to turning them on and off, especially my sister. According to her, she deflated Homer and it hit you in the head. This brought alot of giggles from her
that is awesome you are the king of halloween so far :D
I'm here, Mr KY is here, who the heck is keeping an eye on the grass? The decorations are cool Mr Grassoween!
The little kid is trying to keep Frankenstein ALIVE by holding him up - for god's sake people, quit KILLING Frankenstein with the deflate button!!!
Here are a few pictures from the webcams - see the complete collection at the halloween pictures page plus the halloween movies. And yes, Jarvis, Kyle was trying to keep Frankenstein and Homer from falling over. Thank you h1000, damc, and Kynitekia for the compliments.
Hulk, Frankenstein, Homer, and "stuff"
on Webcam1 - Video
Pumpkin, Ghost, Kids, and Minivan on Webcam2 - Video
Hulks, Robosapian, Pirate, and Alek on Webcam3 - Video
Don't fall of the roof Alek! - Video
Kyle commands Frank & Homer to take a bow
Hi alek Any chance of switvhing the lights on a little earlier this weekend for all those overseas. We are missing out on all the fun at the moment.
hey no problem Mr G
Where is Homer?
Are there really 133 viewing?
YEP - the Halloween Decorations Webcam tends to be pretty popular this time of year and a number of websites have mentioned/linked to it - a noteable recent addition is Ernie's House of Whoop A** which bumped up the number of visitors a bit ... ;-)
What were you doing in the grass?
Americans are CRAZY!!!
please please pleaasseee can you put the controls on earlier tonight!! i live in the UK and i have school tomorrow and i really want to control the lights and inflatables!! PLEASE!!!
Yes Alek,Could we PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!have the controls on a bit earlier tonight.Luke.___-)
ALLRIGHT ... give me a few minutes and I'll turn things on, plus enable webcam1 ...
A Big Thank You Alek! From Luke :-)
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! xxxx
The sun is just above and to the right of the HULK ... so the sun glare is BAD on webcam1 - I tried setting up some shade, but just isn't going to work. Image quality will improve as the Sun moves away.
What-up with the goofy Franken-Homer cursor?
Webcam1 better now - no sun.
Hi Alek you really have done an amazing job i am so glad that there are other people who can enjoy the holiday as much as me KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK and thank you for sharing with the rest of us
Hey, I really love your idea of this, I think it's great. Just one question, where do you live? It looks like California, but I'm not sure.
Alek lives in Colorado. :)
woah at first i thought u bought and inflatable beer can
Wha??? Why, hello can of Alek's Blue Ribbon stuff. :Z (Thank you for giving us a new object to stare at Alek.) :D
I hope PBR is sending a couple cases in the mail! Good Beer!
"Ouch" said Alek's liver. Alek replied, "be quiet mine internal organ."
have you been doing some refereeing alek?
BUD LIGHT - I want my money back.
Hey is this really live? If so go outside in front of a camera.
Lol. Poor Alek. Catering to the websurfer's requests. Thank you for being so accomodating Alek. :)
DUDE - look in webcam3 - I just put the PBR I finished on top of the laptop.
What kind of Connection do you have to serve all the cams?
#119: Dirk says "DUDE" to you also Mr. Anonymous Poster.
#122: Read about the whole setup at the Christmas FAQ.
I live in Pa what time does it get dark in Co
is it possible to point cam 2 at cam 1 so i can get a general visual of where it is?
love the icons
thanx for all the little extras.
Oh no, the cams have been drinking again! Is the witch in cam 2 a new addition? I don't remember seeing her before.
Nice spot - there are actually two new witches - one on webcam1 on the garage roof ... and an inflatable one above the ghost viewable on webcam2
Dude I LIKE the glasses, and what were you just doing to Homer?
I was trying to take some pictures in the fading light (there's about a 10 minute window when it's just right) and you guys kept turning the lights on and off ... so I had to lock you out while I did - returning control back to you now!
cant see hulk in the dark with cans in the way.
That's my son Dirk really blocking the view - just sent him out to take the cans away - told him no drinking the beer - he's too young and Celiac folks can't drink (wheat) beer anyway.
Dirk says "Your welcome and I'm at your service" ... and to Mike from PA, Dirk says "totally dude" - that really what he said!
who is the other big guy in the cam with you?
That's Kyle, my Big Green Buddy!
You should have a Frankenstein versus Homer smackdown!
hi kyle. WOW!!!
Frosty this AM
Gooood Morning Grass/Halloween Watchers! Today looks like another great day to watch that grass wither! Also the decorations aint bad. So far the weather is a terribly cold 44 degrees with 66 percent humidity. Perhaps it will snow soon! Well go ahead and stick a can of Miracle Grow in the fridge so you can be nice and warm when you watch today!
when will the thing that allows us to write text on the office cam be up, Alek?
Probably early next week - just have to write the code to handle the back-end ...
Several folks chimed in about the beer cans last night (see comments #113-#118), so I grabbed an image from the archives for those that missed it.
Hi alek, How can you grab an image from an earlier time when the cam just uploads an image that replaces the oldone of the server, Do you have some sort of script that keeps an archive?
I'm a Perl dude and have hand written my stuff ... and yes, and archive is kept - that way I can do time-lapse videos and my wife can count how many times I pick my nose in an hour! ;-)
Windows Update eeeeh LOL What specs has that lappy?
Dang - busted on the Webcam using Windoze - how embarrassing! ;-) That laptop dual boots with RedHat - I just hadn't run Windoze Update in a while, so figured I should do that. BTW, another laptop (4-year old 850 MHz Sony running Redhat) controls stuff. When you hit ON/OFF/whatever on the web interface, the back-end sends a command to that laptop at my house, which then uses an X10 Firecracker interface to send a wireless signal picked up by a couple of X10 receivers (redundancy!) which then transmit the signal through the house wiring to a buncha X10 Super Sockets and Appliance Modules which (finally) flips the power - total time elapsed is a couple of seconds - and most of that is due to X10 latency which I can't anything about. Read more at the FAQ.
My wife is having a couple of dozen Mom's from the Elementary School come over this evening - expect 'em to around 7:00. Be careful deflating Homer as they walk by - don't want 'em to think they are being groped - D'oh! ;-)
How HOT are the elementary school Moms?
The pumpkin isnt inflating! :(
So whatcha gonna do tonight with a house full of women Mr Grassoween? You jumping out of a cake in your Speedo for them or what?
why is there a can infront of camera 1??
Looks like it's Happy Hour again!!
is there any reason for the bottle being there?? xx
For Happy Hour yesterday, I put a beer can out there ... and I was going to do that again, but figured the Mom's would prefer wine.
P.S. Emma: Pumpkin is working fine - he just is a little slower at inflating.
It's called Product Placement. Mr Grassoween is probably getting a fat paycheck from the Bogle Wine Co and Bud Light.
LOL - I wish - just grabbing whatever is in the house! ;-)
good night alek. most haunted is on. see you guys saturday evening.
Just saw one hot Mama go by - she was SMOKING!
Hey Alek,Luke again! Aloud up late tonight,Friday! Yipee! Thanks for putting lights on early yesterday,will be working your lights all night! From Luke.
pumpkin is either really slow or busted. but hey its all good
are you really sitting at your desk right now? thats crazy how this all works___
Yes whoever said that.Im at my desk,its 3.00am in the morning. Luke.
no, I meant is that you ALEK sitting at your desk right now.
if thats you Alek, wave to the camera!
Im going now alek.Be back tomorrow.I declare i shall be on here 24 hour clock tomorrow. Hahaha! See Ya Alek for now.
It's actually Homer Simpson sitting at that desk - D'OH!
What kind of wine was in the glass on your desk??
The women have gone through about a dozen bottles of wine - my job is to go down there every 10 minutes, open up a new bottle, and take a sample ... so I've lost track of what I've been drinking ... but it's currently red! ;-)
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Alek, Can I use your script for my website? Or could you reccomend anything? ------Ian------
Glad to see the icons i did on all your pages now Alek! Looks great was well worth the time it took me! and glad to help such a great halloween website as yours! Happy Halloween!
The icons ROCKS Chris - thanks a lot!
Pretty quiet today on the Halloween Blog ...
why is the "Franken-Homer Cam" offline right now?
Alek appears to be gone at the moment. Chances are he forgot to turn it on. Don't fret, we still have the other cams, plus its only one night without homer and frankie
Sorry, I forgot to put my name in earlier... why is the "Watching Grass Grow in the front yard" is kinda messed up? Anyone know?
well that camera is actually in Alek's bedroom. So the poor quality is probably due to the exterior lighting's reflection in the window. Sorry for a poor night of cam watching gang
As noted on the front page from this afternoon, Franken-Homer Cam is having some technical difficulties - hope to have this fixed for Sunday night - sorry guys! P.S. I'm trying low-lux mode with webcam2 - does futz up the picture a bit, but otherwise it's totally dark when the lights are out - what do you guys think?
personally im all for cam 1. but i think cam 2 is doin alright with low lux. lets get Luke and H1000's opinion
Sorry again about Webcam1 - technical issues crop up all the time, but usually you guys don't see 'em. Plus Homer says he'd appreciate some private time with Marge - said something about it being his anniversary! ;-)
Alek I told my friends I'd try to add a webcam to my site, and this has been going on for months. Could I please use your script?
My stuff is all hand-written Perl code customized for my setup ... so no plans to release - sorry. But plenty of other products on the market that do this type of stuff.
after some thought, I think the proper responce should have been "Happy Anniversary!" Have a nice evening Homer.
Will Homer-Cam be working tonight?
Technical problem is 90% licked - hope to have it online tonight
what exactly went wrong with the cam, Alek?
The 802.11 wireless repeater is acting up, so it's not actually the webcam itself. Thought I had it licked, but still mis-behaving ... stay tuned!
Homer-Cam is back up - Cheers and D'oh!
is it zoomed out?
As a person who has to deal with Celiac, thank you for all your efforts in this area.
Who is bigger - Hulk, Frankinstein, or Homer?
Hulk, by a long shot
do i sense that the text writer will soon be enabled?
That's not ready, but I found some extra X10 appliance modules, so I added a few things in the Haunted Office Cam that you can turn on and off. And oh yeah, Homer is about the same size as the HULK, but the Green Guy is definately stronger! ;-)
by closly looking at the office cam, it appears as though Alek uses a dual moniter display, am i correct??
Pabst Blue Ribbon - YUCK!
PBR sucks, but check out the Rainier Beer Sign in cam3
Eight people WGG. 53 people here. Guess this is where the action is now. HI KY.
Raindogg'ies RULE!!! I see a wine bottle on the desk.
yeeaaah! hullo H1000, yes this is where the action is...until halloween is over, then its back to WGG, then christmas rolls around...
Alek, what zone are the office stuff a part of, or have they been added yet?
And with that, it appears as though Alek and his two exterior cameras were abducted by the first alien invaders
801.11 wireless repeater dropped offline - see blog entry #182 - rebooted and we are back up!
OK, you all need to stop making fun of Mr Grassoween's Pabst Blue Ribbon. He probably spent all his cash on decorations for us and can only afford the cheap stuff now.
IM Bill Doberman (joke) for the campaign of real Decorators and I approve this message
looks like someone wants all the stuff off...overload after overload
So Mr Grassoween, you pulling out some home equity to pay your power bill this month? Bet the astronauts can see your house from space!
This has become a Halloween tradition for my family. We enjoy it every year!XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX The Cunningham Family.
Snow on cam2?
Its snowing Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh
Yea, the predicted snow for tonight is showing up early!
Cool. Its 7.00pm here in britain and its kinda cold.
snow for tonight in South Dakota. Seems as though we always get the same weather as you, only a day or so later
is it snowing yet?
Hi Alek, Luke here!why is there a beer can in front of cam 1????.Im off school next week so I will beable to stay up late and control your lights.Doing well at school,like the snow.
I see you Alek,on cam 1.It looked like Frankenstein was falling on you.Luke:-)
Snow! Must be nice to get some winter weather. It's still the same old boring sunny, blue sky, 78 degrees, girls in shorts here in SoCal.
lucky man....lucky man...
Well Alek,When your taking the Halloween decorations down,it will be time to start putting up Christmas decorations.Luke:-)
Snow is pretty wet, so Frank & Homer are struggling a bit to stay up, plus the webcam1 view is a bit blurry. I turned the X10 power controls on early since the lights are semi-visible in the overcast day.
Poor Homer, he keeps passing out from the cold out there. Don't you have a spare beanie for him or something?
uh oh. web cam one fell victim to the wind
Night!Night! Alek,got to go to bed now.Thanks for turning controls on early again.See you tomorrow,Luke.
Haven't seen the witch get up in while - is she down for the count in the snow?
Yea, Witch can't get up anymore - too much snow in her "pot" Homer and Frank are struggling too - try to keep them inflated!
uh oh. looks like frankie is gonna be down for the count soon Keep him inflated guys!
Just got to say that's an awesome setup you've got there! Hope you didn't get too cold clearing snow!
Man, I hope it snows alot this year, so we will get a day off school
20:27:41 cam 2. is that an early trick or treater?
LOL looks like its just a light hanging from the roof
How about a time lapse video of the snow :)?
Yea, I plan to do this tomorrow - should be neat. The webcam images look pretty cool now with the snow "lighting" things up thanks to the low-lux mode.
Wow you guys!!! Snow is beautiful. What a winter wonderland you have there!!! Still too warm 8 hours south of you for snow!! Bummer!!
Nice snowy sunrise.
WE WANT SNOW!!!Can the HULK deliver snow to us here in South Texas, Alek?
This is so much fun! Congratulations on such a unique idea for raising money for research. Good luck!
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I took some pictures and created some time-lapse video of the first Colorado snow - check 'em out!
That's awesome. Love the videos! And your snowy pictures are awesome. We are very jealous here in so cal! Any chance of a snow-o-lantern?lol
COOOOOOOOL videos Mr Grassoween! Thanks for always keeping us entertained.
i noticed that hulk always leans to his left. and again, sweet videos and pics.
Beer for Happy Hour earlier - what up with the Pumpkin Mix today?
You on the wagon Mr Grassoween?
Does JACK approve of the pumpkin can?
Ah, I see. We were previously shown "water evaporating", but now we are SUPER LUCKY now --- Alek's showing us "melting ball of ICE"!!! WEEEEEEE!!!!
A new record is about to be set here. Mr KY, you paying attention this time? I don't want to be accused of cheating again.
oh im payying attetion allright. but what record? oh! 246 from last year. HAH! ITS MINE! MUAHAHAHA
Hope the frozen pumpkin pie is good, Alek!
I donno. I'm kinda wanting to change my name to H247!
Hi, we're waving atchya!
but why would i allow that to happen?
BOOOOOOYAH KYNITEKIA247 baby!
You Bum!! I gotta take typing lessions, I'm to darn slow. Congrats my friend.
haha why thank you my good friend, although I have to admit, this was a minor vicrory compared to the 1000th post of WGG. But Ill take what I can get. So lets open another can of PBR and maybe some Pumpkin Mix and celebrate!
Well, if I couldn't get it, I'm happy that you did. Cheers! And wow, it's only Oct 18. Still a long way til Halloween. I'm shooting for 500th. Now back to deflating Frank and Homer.
Awesome site, congrats!
Alek, what are you doing?
do you get heck from you neighbors w/ your musical lights going on and off?
Glad you guys like the first snow pictures - they were kinda cool. I'll have to make a time-lapse of "snow melting" - LOL! And yea, we already passed the number of comments from all of 2005. My (great) neighbors are OK with the lights going on/off and inflatables going up/down ... and needless to say, the kids just love 'em.
Hello, Alex. I was hoping you had your Halloween decorations up. I just thought to check today. Thanks for all the fun. Dawn in Lake City, IA
do you realize that you are mini celebrity on the internet? LOL!
Excellent stuff - have to drop back later and see what's what when it's evening time in your locale. It's afternoon here in the UK.
i see your useing a Razr ! what carrier do you have?
Celebrity is right. The sale of Pabst Blue Ribbon and caned pumpkin has skyrocked this week!
P.S. That was actually my wife's Rzar cell phone - I don't have one. We have an el' cheapo Verizon plan, but they just upgraded her.
P.P.S. PBR, Bud, and Pumpkin Mix suppliers have not called me for my "celebrity" endorsments ... yet!;-)
RAGU on webcam1 - having spaghetti for dinner tonight?
I've been runing mine at 1280-1024 for a while and it looks good to me !
The Ragu was just something interesting I grabbed in the pantry - I better return it before my wife gets back. Note that we use gluten-free noodles because of my kids' Celiac condition. And ScottG from Ohio suggests I might be a scary looking dude ... so I'm hiding behind the sauce! ;-)
P.S. Glad it's working for you Andrew - you should not see the message.
hope you got my email and was abel to check out the updates
Check it out! The Munstermobile is parked in the street. Are Herman and Lilly going cruzzin'?
Here's a closeup of the MonsterMobile
i've seen the cams just fine despite the note.
Alek, you have bed head this morning! haha! you better go and do something about it before you embarass Wendy!
Yaay!! broke up 4 half term now so i can finally control the lights!! only 11 days until halloween!! xxxx
Alek, were you out to lunch? Hope it was good! Does Dirk like Cub Scouts? I've been in Scouts since I was a Tiger Cub, And now I am a Boy Scout. And I REALLY ENJOY IT!!!:D
Pretty cool stuff.. Do you have a technical FAQ.. I would love to read how you pull this off
The webcam page has a link to the Christmas & Halloween FAQ - I just added a header bar to highlight this and some other links - any comments from folks on that new look?
MMMMMMMM. For some strange reason, I'm craving a PB&J sandwich.
Now this is spooky. . . on 20 Oct 06, your site banner: NOTE: Your monitor appears to be 1024x768 - Webcams looks best on at least 1280x1024 - BUY A NEW ONE Look again Mine is 1280x 1024, hummm you don___t happen to have a 1280x1024 that you are trying to unload?
Hey Alek.Luke here! My first term done. :D Im aloud to stay up late for a week,but wont be on between tomorrow and Monday tea time,going to see my cousins.Luke ___D
My mistake,i was meant to put :D There sorry Alek.
The IP page has the incorrect Screen Size also 1024x768. I do not have Mozilla browser, have IE. I___m not sure if the ___your city___ should be where the computer is located or has something to do with my ISP. The IP page has Parkville___ I___m not there nor is my computer
What are you up to alek? Sorry that im being nosy,Its funny being nosy.I always like to know what people are doing. From Luke. :D
The IP detector got my location and monitor size wrong as well. It says I'm from Herndon, VA. I'm in CA. The funny thing is it got the time zone correct. I wonder what is throwing it off, it was always correct when I visited last Halloween and Christmas.
o good, you finally combed your hair! LOL!!!
I can see you Wendy!
Hey Alek,it would be really cool if you could take pictures of the cams and there locations, And is cam 1 located in that webcam enclosure that you made?
OK - here's some pictures of my outdoor webcam enclosure.
P.S. Thanks for the feedback on the size/IP detector - stuff like this isn't perfect.
Hey Alek, i've been directed here from HIMonline.tv and i just wanna say how amazing your Halloween lights are, i enjoyed them last year also. I hope you manage to raise awareness and funds for celiac disease. you need to dance around the office cam or something.. entertain your viewers :o___
im liking the headers on the top of the page. good navigation help!
Better not have the Hulk eat that can of Garbonzo Beans below him - big green gas could be deadly.
beans beans the magical fruit...
dude..you rule!!!!! great site!!! Booo!
Hulk says he likes beans but they give him SMASHING gas!
Dont know how you do it. Came across your site a couple of months ago and thought it was excellant. Halloween decs are brilliant. Cant wait til xmas. We decorate the outside of our house at xmas too but you are the master.Well done.x Manda in the uk.
my god they do work. good fun. excellant work again,manda in the uk.
292 - HULK says at 2006_10_21_17:47:23.620:
Hulk says Beans good.
Hulk like Chili better.
Puny Human Alek get major gas if he eat all that!
it is good fun but what about homer? doesnt he get food or beer?D'oh!
heyyy! Ive visited This site 100 times now, and wasnt exactly tryin to get that number. Dont suppose I get an award?
excellent and good luck - my daughter and myself are both positive for celiac disease - know where you are comming from.
and thats a wrap! Good night decoration watchers!
the lights may be off, but I still watch the ol' man in his office! nothing else to do since dh is deployed! LOL
The "Email me directly" appears to be broken. Besides that, you did another wonderful job once again! Regards from The Netherlands :)
Oooops - this is now fixed - thanks ... and thanks also for the attaboy!
I love your decks. I started thinking in August, what you might be doing this year. When it comes to decks, I never forget. annette computerwheelie
Alek, me again will the lights be on early this Halloween. I live in Ireland and havent got a chance to play with the controls yet lol. By the time u turn them on its 1.00am here.
Same problem as Gary :P
OK - how 'bout I turn things on early tomorrow night - i.e. about 26 hours from when I'm posting this. Again, the lights don't look so good in the daytime, but the inflatables are pretty hilarious going up and down. And should I put beer, beans, chili, or something else out there?!? ;-)
lets see a pyramid of all three!
a cup of water so we can see it freeze :)
on halloween night would you be able to put the lights on early as well as 2morro??
Nice smile alek!! :D
Thanks - 5-year old Kyle carved this pumpkin BTW.
Alek, i enjoyed your face-pulling at the cam when you were moving the pumpkin outside, i think you should dance with Homer sometime, infact i demand it right now !! Lol x
Haha, thank you.. FANTASTIC !! Alek, you got moves man!
Did you just kick Frank?
For anyone who missed the dancing going on outside, i didnt have time to cap the face-pulling though. Greetings from Blighty.
how do u control the office lights?
b****in lights man kjeep up the good work!
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HALLOWEN IS THAT THEY GIVE OUT CANDY AND I LOVE HOW PEOPLE DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEN
THANK YOU VERY MUCH I REALLY APPRICATE IT
Hi Alek, I understnad that 17" TFT monitors are very cheap at this time but the most used resolution is still 1024x768, so maybe you should make your site fit that resolution. Just a quick tip from a web designer for you. Nice coding.
Yea, I hear 'ya on that ... but the "problem" is that the images alone are 704x480 ... and I don't see any way of "scrunching" the control panel so the whole thing fits on 1024x768 ... most of it does already though. And I'm not willing to resize the images because big pictures look kinda cool in my opinion and I want people to be able to see those. Thanks for the feedback and compliment.
Dr. Alessio Fasano, Medical Director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research (beneficiary of the Halloween Decorations fund-raising efforts) is selected as entrepreneur of the year for his work toward treatment of Celiac Disease. Here's a picture of me in May/2005 with Dr. Fasano and Operations Director Pam King from their 10th anniversary event. For Christmas/2005, he was quoted in the Washington Post about my controllable holiday lights saying "I took control of everything from here ... I could turn on and off the lights ... he's proving this can definitely be done ... I have to say, hats off to this fella."
So now I guess I have the opportunity to say "Hats off to you Dr. Fasano, Pam King, and the rest of the CFCR Staff" for your efforts to find a cure for Celiac Disease - thanks!
Thank You greatly for start early tonight.
New text entry feature coming soon finally?
yup. try it out at 4! I call first though!
Greetings from Sweden. Keep up the good work!
uh oh, i think i broke it.
watching - paint - dry dot com.
The IM-style text entry feature is now up and running and seems to be working well - quite visible in webcam3. And for those that
missed 'em, read what was said - the time-lapse videos on this should look pretty funny.
That pumpkin looks thirsty out there in the sun - any PBR's left from last week?
The Hulk Rules!!!!
wow i finally got 2 control the lights again...i love the new feature where you can type something in and it comes in the haunted office!!--BTW its exactly a week untill halloween! lol seeya xxxx
oh yeah...and also this has been puzzling me it says after my hits on this site--is your name griswold?..may i ask who IS griswold??
i always associated "Griswold" with Christmas...
Your info. bar that tells you where you live is wrong!!
its right for me.
Too bad...wonder why. Anyone have an idea?
it could be getting a false IP, which could be located to a different area, hypothosis only though
Yeah that could be it. TNKS PS___ are you Ky on the chat thing?
sry, only 11 here!!!
Not a problem. 16 here
im heading out. later gang!
This was hilarious - I was chatting with my wife and she happened to look at the screen ... and then waved to you guys - watch the video.
dang i missed it
Can you make the IM feature available all the time?
Are we seeing a ballon on webcam3?
Actually, there was a balloon to the West of me that just landed neaby - watch the video
nope, a light up bug dangling from the roof
Hi Alek, Is that a Christmas snowflake there?and will you be leaving any of the lights up eady for Christmas?Luke :-)
I saw you on the news last year at christmas I don't know why I just thought about your decorations but I am glad to see your still at it___laura from tulare
I can't wait until the kids get home from school they are going to love this site.
So, Mr KY, how many times have ya visited this site now?
145 times. You?
Forgot to display my name, now 146 times.
How many times has Homer and Frank gone up and down? For real and that DAMN cursor?
Alek, is that on screen messaging you setup using linux?
looks like the screen messaging is busted
Laptop must have had a momentary drop of the wireless connection, so the Meta refresh stops. Hit a manual reload and back in business. I'll look into running an Ethernet cable to it. Details on how it all works on the halloween text messages page.
alek, are you happy with all the IMs you get? I'm not. I know freedom of speech but this is not the forum. Goodnight.
I agree some of the language in the IM's were outa hand - unfortunately, a few "bad apples" feel the need to make inappropriate comments on a family web site. I'd suggest ignoring 'em.
Good morning Alek! I forwarded your page to a couple of the local news media here in Dayton, Ohio. Knowing them, they'd rather run a story on paint drying, but I'm giving them a shot anyway.
Thanks Scott - BTW, here's a great paint drying site - even more exciting is watching grass grow! ;-)
Hey Alek, good morning to yooo. I logged off last night when someone felt they had to lower the tone and ruin it for everyone. I've set up a webcam of my own but nothing as snazzy as yours, its pointing at the rain outside at the moment - em75.camarades.com
Is that a ghostly snowflake in the office ?
Good Morning Alek!I'm off school this week,so I can stop up and work your lights.Raining really hard here in uk.Luke :-)
Hey 'halloween webcam dude' ___o) thanks for the comment on my profile lol and i'll try and get some decs out there too, couldn't rival your efforts though!! ___:o___
Earthcam has a list of cool Halloween webcams - check it out and consider rating/voting for this website and
Hulkin' Homer picture! ;-)
Thanks for the link, i'll go have a look at them now. I'm doing an alek at the moment and have the cam pointed on me at the pc, thats enough to frighten anyone at halloween !!
Alek, I think i should point out that your IP address shows up in the intstant messages log and i don know that you intended for it to. Anyway, on a side note, You may not remember but we had a chat on e-mail about webcam enclosures, I am running a musically synchronised xmas display this year and i have made a similar enlosure as yours for my webcam. I will e-mail the URL to you. Best Regards.
Nice spot, but that IP address resolves to www.komar.org so people can probably figure that out already! ;-)
emX:Your webcam is almost as scary as the one watching me in the Haunted Office! ;-)
BSOD on laptop :(
Thanks - the laptop was meta-refreshing a 10 line HTML file and "Windows had a serious error" - go figure. Fortunately, everything else runs on Linux! BTW, I dragged/stretched a Cat5 cable to it, so we shouldn't have wireless dropouts as occurred last night.
How much Pumpkin Pie can the HULK eat?
As much as he wants!
what uve done with this site and halloween lights is truely amasing your decorations look great im having fun playing with the lights and other decorations and when i get money i will donate some money 4 u guys well cya later
"The Hand" almost stole the Pumpkin can!!
That does look pretty fearsome ... ;-)
I've had several requests on IM to wave to the webcam - here 'ya go! ;-)
Alek, the im thing this is just a guess but does the IM system use firefox in fullscreen and you maybe wrote some AJAX that makes it show up ont he screen?
Read more at the halloween text messages - yea, just a full-screen browser but just using a meta refresh of 3 seconds to get the latest text message.
Alek,whats is wrong with cam 2?it is all fuzzy.Luke.uk
Is cam1 not on tonight?I cannot turn lights on/off.Luke.uk.
___-) Mines way scarier, only because my hair looks like a fright wig tonight !! x
wow...alek...the connection seems faster tonight. what'd you do different?
Wind is picking up and temperature is dropping - weather forecast is still 4-6" of snow tomorrow - stay tuned on the webcams!
Luke: Lights were working fine for me - maybe someone was battling you ... plus inflatables can be slow to pop up if all the air is gone.
#380: No changes on webcams/Internet connection - continues to be pretty speedy for me.
I see snow and it looks LOVELY. We have yet more rain to look forward to in the uk (grrr)
Love the webcams :), the interactive stuff is a lot of fun. Keep up the good work. If anyone has any Halloween pictures they'd like to send to our moblog, you can send them to (one at a time) halloween.ecm(at)ecmj.com.
Per Blog Entry #365 below, the Earthcam folks have some nice pictures at the link above - including a Hulk'in Homer one. Also check out their 2006 hallowen webcams and consider voting for this one! ;-)
Had to come and see how much snow ya got I wish I lived where it snows we don't even wear coats here!
Time to build a snowman!!!
Alek, do you have a job? If so what do you do?
I'm a long-time computer jock who does Unix/Network Sysadmin and has worked at Startups & Fortune-50 companies - here is my geek bio.
Excellent, I though you would work with computers, seeing as you are so eleet :)
I still want to know what the boys think of other people watching and controling things around thir home. My boys had a blast on here last night!
Dang, check out all the snow!! The pumpkin is gonna have a rough time digging himself out of that tonight. Still sunny and 78 degrees here in boring old SoCal. You got a guestroom cuz I wanna come up there and throw some snowballs!!
blog blog blog
wow...he even walks outside! THis guy must be human!
Ummmmm...Alek could you move that snowman? I can't see Frank or Homer...D'oh!!
Sorry for the double post, but can we control the inflatable witch?
Whacha got in that pipe Me Grassoween? Is it Happy Hour?
Homer collapsed from second hand smoke!
Here's a picture of that CornCob Pipe plus some time-lapse video - as you can tell, pouring gasoline in it works a bit better! ;-)
I'll try it again at 6:30
i thought i saw a gascan
Comment number 400!! We gonna make it to 500 before Halloween?
More gasoline (and after sunset) provides a MUCH better effect - watch the video!
very fun! can't wait till christmas!
what is planned tonight - more fire?
No fire planned for tonight - the snowman melted. BTW, here's a picture of the Pumpkin finally busting out of the snow - along with
Can we control the inflatable witch?
YES - zone 4 - I've updated the tables to make this more clear ... and here's a closeup from last night for 'ya ... but she might cast a spell on you if you deflate her too often! ;-)
Watch Ghost Whisperer tonight on CBS, 10 p.m. 9 central. Learn the name of the 'macabre memento' the 'scary sounvenir' mentioned on the show, post the answer, win round 4 and get one step closer to winning ___1 million in gold. Hurry, you can still win! goldrush.aol.com?ncid=AOLGRH0005000000037
Whasup Mr Grassoween. you getting kickbacks from CBS for running ads now?
New feature for you guys - Halloween Maps using Google Technology - see where from the world surfers are coming from!
P.S. H1000 - people can (unfortunately sometimes) post all sorts of stuff - I just try to ignore stuff like this.
I'm kinda hurt that San Diego isn't highlighted on the map. It is afterall "America's Finest City" and where one of your biggest groupies lives.
As noted on the page, that is a SAMPLING - I just manually added your IP address location to it though ... ;-)
Hey Alek, my cams go live tommorow providing the required hardware arrives! I will email the link to you when it is up!
Now I feel special. I sent you a thank you email.
Then you need to add Liverpool uk to the Google thingymajig purlease, im on here all the time.
Oh oh, now look what I started.
Yea ... hold off on these requests guys - as noted on the page, the map will be auto-updated in a few days.
Sorry, I didn't mean to create a MONSTER.
Homer is my buddy - yeah!
I stumbled upon your site - it is awesome. You've managed to do the Halloween and Xmas thing that I've only dreamt about doing. I had no idea how to achieve the light control stuff, but now you've peaked my curiousity to check out this X10 stuff. Excellent work!!!
yyeeehhhh yeeeeaahhhh how do you like that billy boy yehhhhhhh yyehhhhhhh!!
Are you working fromhome?youseemtobeupveryearlytodayAlek,haveaniceday
WOW someone is up early !!!
Hello there NTL user from Belfast! Have you had any problems with NTL lately? I have.
What are you doing on that PC Alek? Are you just contstantly managing/maintaining this site?
Thats a pretty cool map thingy. Only problem is that It says im on the north side of Sioux Falls whereas Im on the South
wooo!! only 3 days untill halloween!when do you take the lights down alek? x
It goes from 20 degrees to 70 degrees in the span of a few days there?? How do you do it?
Actually USC Trojans, snow one day and sunny the next are common in Colorado, so 50F° swing isn't surprising. Yea, I happen to get up early and caught up on some misc. computer stuff - mostly non-Halloween related. Glad you guys like the halloween map thing - as noted, geolocation isn't always rights.
What you doing with Green Monster?
The MONSTER had some burned out lights inside of him, so Dr. Frankenstein (me!) fixed him up - "IT'S ALIVE" ... and should look better tonight.
Who/What big hairy monster in webcam1?
I love the map showing where people are from!
Check out the hottie who just popped into webcam3 - Homer says "Oh Yeah baby!"
VA VA VA VOOOM!!!!!
Night Alek,Hope fundraising is going well. My last day off school,back Monday. If I don't get to stay up late Tusday Happy halloween to you and your family. My house will be decorated too for Trick N Treats. Luke:-)
good man luke. I remember you from last year. take care and sleep tight:)
goodnight Alek. Thanks.
The webcams don't have an auto-switchover for Daylight savings to Standard time, so I just "nudged" 'em. The lights will be visible an hour earlier, so I'll be turning the X10 controls on early too - D'OH!
How many hours from now Alek for the overseas people.
Hey Aleck can u add thephoto in cam 3 on 7:30 ( u and sons in pc):P
Wow. Mr Grassoween was hanging out with Pink last night!!
Greetings from germany...here halloween sadly isn___t that popular like in the states....but it gets bigger every year... Awesome how you decorated your home. On my homepage I made some halloween chemistry experiments. Take a look on it if you like to: LINK DELETED Happy Halloween!
I can't believe its almost Halloween. Can't wait til the Christmas stuff.
Nice job! :D
get rid of th thing that is hooked to the mouse get it off now
Franken-Homer cursor rocks - LEAVE IT IN!
This is the first year i have seen this website but it is awesome. HI from Tacoma, Washington!
watchya up too? Is that Dirk?
seems a bit long to have the cams on tonight. It's dark and 8:01 here in the desert. We don't time change either.
that's pretty neat!
HAVE A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!!!
ALEK, YOU HAVE SUCH A BOOTIFUL HOME. THANKS FOR INVITING THE WORLD FOR A LOOK. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!
Love the gorilla head. :)
Hi Alek,Not long now!Halloween tomorrow.Is that snow on your grass?
Please can you turn the controls on early tomorrow for halloween?? xxxx
Pretty cool! Have a Happy Halloween!
Was that Howard Dean doing "the scream" on the Halloween Blog - AAAAAAAA!
Looks like test and turn-up time for tonight run.
I'm so excited!! Gonna be tossing and turning all night! Can't wait for Halloween at Mr Grassoween's!! MMMOOOYAHAHAHA!!
Well done! ___url=LINK DELETED homepage___/url___ ___ ___url=LINK DELETED site___/url___
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Hi Alex! I found your site last year just before Christmas. I made a point of bookmarking it so I could visit again this year and see all of your cool Halloween decorations and your new Christmas display. Thanks for all the smiles and happiness. I'll be returning every year as long as you keep doing it. :) P.S. The new map thingy is awesome EH! ___)
OOPS! Sorry, half asleep here! Of course I meant AleK...sigh. :)
This is awesome! Kristy Lella
que fella es halloweenww.que fella es halloween
Thanks for all the compliments on the blog and on "IM on webcam." BTW, a neighbor just told me about his Uncle who has an awesome halloween display and is also broadcasting (streaming) webcam footage tomorrow night - check it out!
R U switching the webcams on early
OK - webcam1 is turned on early ... and I'll enable the X10 power controls at 4:00 tonight - remember that the lights don't really "show" until it gets dark after 5:00.
Really cool page!! Lots of compliments!! I___m looking forward to watch the "trick or treat" tonight ___)) Greetz from Switzerland
Happy greetings from Germany! I am mailing from the southwest Black Forest nearby France and Switzerland. Time 5:33 PM
Will the lights be on all night
The can of PBR is back - also like the American Flags to go with it Alec.
Here's a PBR picture for 'ya
your page is cool! Congratulations! We will stand up in the night to see your Halloween-lights! Happy Halloween! Martina and Stefan (North-Germany, nearby Denmark)
Hello, my name is alexis, I'm a french man it's 6:06 PM in france I'am in my office i can see your house.. it's very fun congratulation
Greetings from horrible snowstormy Finland!
Alek, Is it still fun?
YEP - I'm still a big kid at heart with a smile on my face! ;-)
Hi Alek, Great site- loved the Christmas lights you did last year also. Looking forward to Xmas 2006 lights! All the best James
Hey alek, Nice camera, is it an SLR? If so what make. From what i have seen so far your photography has been pretty good. check out my pics flickr.com/photos/adcuz/ I am using an SLR style camera.
Hey, Your website is really cool! Im jealous because we dont do halloween here and i wish that i was there it would be so cool!! Could you please make a video of the tricker or treaters going to your house please cause i wont be around do see the cam! If you good i would be very thankfull Happy Halloween!
Jareth: Check out the halloween movies which has footage from last year and (in a few days) will have footage from this year.
Adcuz: That is a Sony F828 digicam I'm holding - Webcams are D-Link DCS-6620G's.
Hi Alek! Will you be putting up video of the little Trick or Treaters later tonight or tomorrow (or whenever you get the chance)? Would love to see it as I have to leave soon so I won't be here to experience all the fun tonight. :) I hope you and the boys and your lovely wife have a really wonderful time tonight. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Mehhh..perhaps I should maybe READ down the blog a tiny bit BEFORE posting stupid questions. DOH! LOL!
36 minutes to go before X10 controls are enabled - currently 297 people viewing - I'm not sure if Frankenstein and/or Homer Simpson are ready for this! ;-)
Almost 300 people are awating for the lights to be swithced on. Ohhhh dear I think the inflatebales might just glow up
T-4 minutes ... now I hope everyone doesn't "Kill" Frankenstein, "Smash" the Pumpkin, or "D'OH" Homer at the same time - yea right! BTW, 426 people currently viewing - "SERVER MELTDOWN" starts at 500 - lets see how four dedicatated 100 Mbps servers handle the load! ;-)
"Kill Frankenstein" is the first X10 command sent ... but shortly thereafter, someone hits the other button ... and "IT'S ALIVE" BTW, the lights will start to look better as the sun goes down.
HI!!! From SPAIN, from CEUTA!!!! Greetings, Happy Halloween!!!!
Hi Kyle and Dirk...see you at the clubhouse for trick or treat. Drew and Jeffrey
Holy Moley!! 497 people watching!! Is that a record?
Hi Alek and Family,Happy Halloween. Off to bed now,got school in the morning.Hope the trick and treats go well,we had lots of great costumes here tonight.Have fun!Luke,uk :-)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Grassoween for all his efforts and hard work this Halloween. You did a great job this year and it has been a lot of fun. Props to ya!! All you guys meet us over at Watching Grass Grow until the Christmas lights go up. Happy Halloween!!
Hello from St Andrews Scotland, Happy Halloween
And Happy Halloween to you Mr KY. You gonna dress up as Strawberry Shortcake again this year?
this is where alek makes another post with him posing to the cam
hardy har... no way dude, its Barney for me!
Hi Meghi.. Happy Halloween
Awww. But you looked so cute last year. Just wanted to pinch your cheeks!
Got It!!!! 500 comments!!!
psssh u cheated again!
Happy Halloween, Hope you aren't about to run out of candy like I am.
Holy Green Donut! What a great display and use of technology. All teh best in your efforts and to your family!
Lots of trick-or-treaters showing up, so not much time to pull some good images - here's one of me and Darth Vader.
Over a 100 trick-or-treaters so far, so have barely had a chance to look at the halloween pictures. Also, I've been giving shots of Port to the big kids - am just about out! ;-)
thanks alek. looking forward to CHRISTMAS. take care.
What is the scariest halloween outfit you have seen?
This one is for cpe-76-190-16-176.woh.res.rr.com ... ;-)
happy halloween from canberra australia! great work mate :)
So will you be putting up the christmas lights tomorrow ___-)
how many trick or treaters did you get and are you drunk on port? Dave
Awesome! We had Halloween last night! Great to see you guys celebrating! - Brisbane Australia
You need to get a Myspace page. That would help you raise a lot of mone for this wonderful cause!
First preliminary time-lapse footage - see the Halloween Movies page - better stuff later tonight/tomorrow.
Since there are a lot of people online tonight (and it is Halloween), I'll leave things running until Midnight!
My kids had a GREAT time tonight - got a nice candy haul. But everyone is asleep now, so I have a chance to look at the footage - which monster picture is scarier?!? ;-)
Both are scary. Appreciate the midnight extension and would like to do it again tomorrow please.
I went through almost two bottles of Port led by "John the Pirate" - video.
Thank you for leaving it up late - can't wait until Christmas!
Two more pictures before I hit the sack. Someone "bloody" hanging out with Frank and Homer, and someone even older than me ... ;-)
Good Year!! Cant Wait for The Christmas Display!
Alek, i am captureing jpegs and storing them every ten secs with my cam. I have a directory now with thousands of jpgs and i am trying to find some software to make them into a time lapse vid, how do you do yours? what programme?
Now for Christmas lights :p. How long are you leaving Halloween lights up for?
Sorry!just read top of this page,leaving them on one more night.Yipeeeeeeeeee!Then Christmas lights,yipeee!yipeee!
Can u not switch tme on now have been checking everynight. I live in ireland by the time u swtich them on i'm always in bed boo hoo haven't got to see them
Hiya!! Cant wait for christmas lights!! Great lights this year for halloween! well done!! :D Keep it up! xxxx
Complete time-lapse footage from Halloween night is now up on the Halloween Movies page. In addition to over 200 folks coming by to trick or treat, the messages surfers typed in for the "IM on webcam3" are pretty funny. #522 - see that page for info on the Linux command line JPEG-MPEG convertor used.
Update: Also have pictures of John the Pirate,
and time-lapse video of all of the
Port wine I poured
to the "big kids" - went through two bottles! ;-)
hello do u put it on all year
Big green Franken-Hulk in office and orange witch on webcam1 - new props Alec?
New addition on webcam2 - GIANT SKULL!!!
Yea, I picked up a few things at the 50% OFF post-Halloween sales. Say "Hello" to Mr. Inflatable Skull in the front yard, and Franken-Hulk (nice name) lamp in the Haunted office ... plus the be-headed monster and his girlfriend Mummy! ;-)
Ooops - the "Lava-Lamp Witch" in webcam1 is also new.
Thanks for all your hardwork! The new decorations will be awesome next year!! :) Happy Holidays!
Whats that stuff in the driveway did someone break some decorations??? Also whats on the grass leaves or snow??
Is that the Halloween decorations finished now then !!!
Yep ... I've turned off the webcams (although you can still watch the grass grow) and am taking all the Halloween stuff down - have to start putting out my Christmas Decorations! I appreciate all the kind words and those are leaves in the yard/driveway Christie - only vandalism this year was some vermin chewed through a couple of cables. I'll turn off blog commenting in a few days.
Hi There!will a webcam be working so that we can see you putting your Christmas decorations up????.Luke :-)
I still never got to see the halloween lights swtiched on ah well theres always christmas mayb u might switch them on early for us irish ones!!!???????
good job this made halloween a little more fun! you had my whole family watching will check on you at christmas. have a great thanksgiving with your family
Christmas decorations next? What, does that mean you're not putting up Veterans Day lights? Or what about Thanksgiving decorations. C'mon, we're depending on you to keep us entertained! Remember, I cancelled my Netflix and HBO because of you.
Here's a cool video of NYC Halloween 2006
Allright, now that I have taken down my halloween decorations, it's time to start putting out the christmas lights ... so commenting is now enabled on the Christmas Blog.
Hi Alek. Thanks for another excellent Halloween display. I'm sure next yaer's will be even better. Much love and hugs to you and your's from FL. Have a happy Thanksgiving. See ya at Christmas.
Halloween/2006 was a ton of fun, but all good things come to an end, so I'm turning off blog comments until next September ... come back for halloween 2007. In the meantime, I'll be putting up my christmas decorations in a few weeks and the christmas blog is open for comments.