1 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/09/28 24:00:00 Since I've opened up the Halloween Blog on September 28th the last couple of years, let do it again this year. I actually spent some time today pulling stuff out of the basement crawl space, but it takes a while to get everything setup so it will be at least a week before the webcams go live. Until then, feel free to chime in ... plus here's a few pictures of the Halloween Display from last year.
4 - United Kingdom - Guildford Surrey 51.2167°N 0.5667°W"Elliott" from 086.176.070.134 (host86-176-70-134.range86-176.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/09/29 10:21:09 Anything new this year Alek? Also is anyone else having issues with the background midi music and QuickTime 7.7.4 not liking embedded midi files? (Had to downgrade to 7.7.3)
Alek replies at 11:37 - Nothing too major is new this year, but I'll put together a post in a few days outlining that. Yea, I too see some sort of issue with the browser plugin handling a MIDI file ... thought it was just me ... so I'll have to look into it.
6 - United States - Minot North Dakota 48.2325°N 101.2963°W"IT God of the north" from 024.220.026.017 (host-17-26-220-24.midco.net) wrote at 2013/09/29 19:39:30 i hoping you able to stream hd video this year even if only from 6pm to 12am and then go back to non stream cams or something like that be so cool i know there is bandwidth issues doing streaming but*** so much better.
12 - United States - Northampton Pennsylvania 40.7137°N 75.4793°W"Anonymous" from 108.036.139.112 (pool-108-36-139-112.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/09/30 22:34:55 I've noticed if you click on the text that says Spooky Halloween Music, you can play the midi file manually... for those that really miss it. No offense Alek, but after the first visit or two to the webcam I usually mute that anyway. :?
Alek replies at 09:38 - No sweat - please see the Holiday FAQ that shows how to fire up the website with the music not auto-started or even loaded - Q&A D-14.
13 - Hungary - City N/A 47.0000°N 20.0000°E"Roland" from 089.134.164.017 (catv-89-134-164-17.catv.broadband.hu) wrote at 2013/10/01 01:20:28 Hy Again, im here every year, lets go party! :) happy october for everyone! Alek more pictures please about setup moment, i like this feeling :) And Take care of your roof! :)) Greetings from HUNGARY, Roland
15 - United Kingdom - Crawley West Sussex 51.1167°N 0.1833°W"Elliott" from 086.176.068.155 (host86-176-68-155.range86-176.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/01 09:11:54 Alek I am guessing your working on the site and it's the cause___ but for me on chrome and IE everything seems to be aligned in really weird way and the circuit layout section is all out of alignment as well. Any ideas why?
Alek replies at 09:36 - Ooops ... had closing center/div tag a bit early - fixed - thannks!
18 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Tim" from 002.100.067.159 (host-2-100-67-159.as13285.net) wrote at 2013/10/01 13:49:12 Do you have any idea what Linux codecs are required for the embedded music on your website to play? I'm using Ubuntu 13 with Firefox and Chrome, but I don't get sound. Ubuntu sometimes searches for missing codecs for the totem player, but can't find them.
Alek replies at 07:56 - Sorry Tim, no ideas ... but the embedded music is a simple MIDI file
19 - United States - Minot North Dakota 48.2325°N 101.2963°W"IT God of the north" from 024.220.026.017 (host-17-26-220-24.midco.net) wrote at 2013/10/01 14:37:30 im feeling the Halloween season starting now start watching one best Halloween movie's when good ghouls go bad. i look forward to pics of the setup please post some.
22 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Bob the builder" from 207.081.177.083 (d207-81-177-83.bchsia.telus.net) wrote at 2013/10/03 17:15:16 Alek, when will the decorations get put out?
Alek replies at 19:16 - First, if I had "Bob the Builder" helping me, they'd be up in a jiffy! ;-)
I hope to start putting some stuff up next week - typically the first thing is the icicle lights along the roof line. But before putting 'em up, I test 'em ... and since these do double-duty at Halloween & Christmas, there's always a bunch that are burned out. Below is how many I had to replace in 10 strands of 150 each lights ... plus the LightKeeper Pro - aka the "Magic Gun" which does an amazing job re-lighting dead strands.
23 - United States - Sanford Florida 28.8006°N 81.2731°W"DANIEL" from 098.085.110.024 (adsl-98-85-110-24.mco.bellsouth.net) wrote at 2013/10/04 08:29:53 HURRY AND GET UP THE STUFF DO IT NOW :(
Alek replies at 08:48 - I'm going to wait for it to warm up a bit - a bit chilly putting Halloween stuff out in the snow! ;-)
25 - United Kingdom - Peterborough 52.5833°N 0.2500°W"alan eason" from 086.155.004.022 (host86-155-4-22.range86-155.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/04 09:47:00 hi alek dont blame you for waiting its to cold to be putting them up and the roof will be to risky to go on
26 - United States - Rutland Vermont 43.6445°N 72.9005°W"Noah" from 071.234.162.031 (c-71-234-162-31.hsd1.ct.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/05 07:01:19 I cant wait for the webcams to go online but i have a question im on the webpage with my samsung galaxy note 10.1 but the music wont play or load
Alek replies at 19:31 - Some devices (especially mobile ones) have issues with MIDI files ... no easy solution on this one - sorry.
32 - United States - Las Vegas Nevada 36.0625°N 115.3192°W"Anonymous" from 068.227.056.036 (ip68-227-56-36.lv.lv.cox.net) wrote at 2013/10/06 21:15:27 What was I missing all year long? Komar! There is something missing in my life without your site! I sat lonely in my dark living room with the lights off all year long waiting so I could switch the Komar lights on! Hurry please! :)
36 - United States - Encino California 34.1592°N 118.5012°W"HALOWNR" from 172.251.043.061 (cpe-172-251-43-61.socal.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/08 16:58:25 Got our inflatables and lights up already (here in Encino, CA). Easy to do with the weather such as it is here. Waiting patiently for you to go live, so we can watch and control as we do every year!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! HALOWNR
41 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.4839°N 113.5227°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.097.172 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/10/09 12:49:16 I don't think that's possible. We want to control the lights! X10 Controls are what make this site fun
42 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/09 13:44:39 For those that missed the action this morning, here's the time-lapse of me up on the roof doing the lights and pumpkins. I hope to do the balcony/garage roof area Thursday morning and will turn on the webcam for that.
43 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W"Anonymous" from 086.185.175.152 (host86-185-175-152.range86-185.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/09 14:07:06 For the earlier comment I meant can you keep the webcams live 24/7 and just turn he x10 controls off or on at the usual time?
51 - United States - Oradell New Jersey 40.9558°N 74.0268°W"Anonymous" from 024.228.142.205 (ool-18e48ecd.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2013/10/10 11:11:12 alek, all the time lapse video links say file is corrupt.
Alek replies at 11:15 - Not sure what to say - works fine for me using Quicktime and VLC ... but Windows Media Player has an issue on Windows 7 ... so maybe try another video player?
53 - United Kingdom - Southampton 50.9000°N 1.4000°W"Elliott" from 086.179.109.221 (host86-179-109-221.range86-179.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/11 11:41:55 Alek___ Any chance of activating the X10 controls tonight, even though a lot of thus stuff is likley not set up yet? Also like the idea of post 43 and having the cams live 24/7.
Alek replies at 19:34 - Sorry things won't be ready for a couple of days - still working on getting stuff configured/tested behind the scenes. For instance, here's a picture of the X10 modules along with some transceivers, USB transmitters, wireless remote, and the totally awesome XTB-IIR Signal Booster from JV Digital Engineering. Note there are also a bunch of SR227 X10 Super Sockets not pictured.
55 - United Kingdom - Sandhurst Hampshire 51.3333°N 0.8000°W"Elliott" from 086.179.160.137 (host86-179-160-137.range86-179.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/12 09:09:04 Thats ok Alek, I know there likely a lot of technical stuff to do yet. Also what's with all the things that are wrapped in duct tape?
Alek replies at 19:18 - Those are X10 appliance modules wrapped in duct tape to semi-weather-proof them ... as they are scattered all over the front yard! ;-)
56 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/12 17:42:17 Ok. Now I understand why the webcam isn't working! I hope you can do it soon before Halloween! :)
57 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/12 17:49:01 Ok. Now I understand why the webcam isn't online yet! I hope you can do it soon before Halloween! :) I said the one before this one wrong, but I fixed it! LOL
58 - Italy - Taranto Puglia 40.4761°N 17.2297°E"Niko Bari Italy" from 151.026.075.108 (ppp-108-75.26-151.libero.it) wrote at 2013/10/13 03:49:29 HI! Alek! every years since 2005 I, and recently with my 2 little sons, follow you for halloween decoration. See you soon, and good job !
66 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/13 20:07:23 Wellll ... last year I turned things ON the 13th ... but it's not quite ready (plus that is an unlucky date!)... but hope to do so tomorrow on the 14th. The front yard was mostly setup this afternoon as seen in the time-lapse video.
67 - United States - Collinsville Oklahoma 36.3887°N 95.8301°W"Sawyer" from 070.189.119.083 (ip70-189-119-83.ok.ok.cox.net) wrote at 2013/10/13 22:18:59 Just want to thank you Alek. Because of you I decided to take my Christmas display and go back to my days of learning programming and program the display for kids in my city and everyone around. So I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything that you do.
Alek replies at 20:40 - Cool - let me know how it turns out!
71 - United States - Rutland Vermont 43.6445°N 72.9005°W"Noah" from 071.234.162.031 (c-71-234-162-31.hsd1.ct.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/14 07:09:47 What do the lights come on every night eastern time i dont know where you live alek so i dont know if theres a time difference
Alek replies at 08:14 - I live in Colorado, so we are on Mountain Time which is 2 hours earlier than the East Coast. There is also a "X10 CONTROLS ON" count-down timer in the webcam window.
82 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/14 17:08:08 Less than 1 hour to go!
Alek replies at 17:15 - Start time pushed back an hour to 7:00PM MDT ... sorry but I still have some stuff to setup/configure.
90 - United States - Watertown Massachusetts 42.3722°N 71.1787°W"Anonymous" from 098.216.184.166 (c-98-216-184-166.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/14 19:08:29 Using chrome, webcams not working.
Alek replies at 19:39 - Just tested with Chrome - worked fine for me - try reloading and/or clearing your cache.
91 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/14 22:36:18 Had a decent opening night ... still a bunch of stuff to put out ... and a few minor adjustments ... but nice to see that after dusting off the technology, it all worked well. One "bummer" is I didn't get a loaner webcam, so the haunted office is an older one with so-so image quality.
93 - United Kingdom - Catford Lewisham 51.4500°N 0.0167°W"Anonymous" from 086.173.152.122 (host86-173-152-122.range86-173.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/15 08:53:19 I can see you in the haunted office!!
Alek replies at 09:01 - Ooops ... that webcam is only supposed to be operational at night when the display is active/live.
100 - United Kingdom - Reading 51.4333°N 1.0000°W"Anonymous" from 086.183.133.110 (host86-183-133-110.range86-183.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/15 16:51:08 Post 97___ Cam 2 is on 24/7. It is the one that is on watching grass grow . com
112 - United States - Belleville Michigan 42.1759°N 83.4807°W"me" from 024.011.196.174 (c-24-11-196-174.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/15 18:01:41 What software do you use to make the timelapses?
Alek replies at 19:30 - Using FFMPEG running as a shell program on Linux to combine all the JPEG's into an MP4.
117 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/16 10:41:53 We had a morning frost this morning so after getting the newspapers, I took a picture of my Big Green Buddies. HULK #2 was deflated (he has a small leak) and HULK #1 doesn't look too happy about the cold weather! ;-)
119 - United States - Sanford Florida 28.8006°N 81.2731°W"Daniel" from 098.085.110.024 (adsl-98-85-110-24.mco.bellsouth.net) wrote at 2013/10/16 11:27:07 Alek can you turn on the other webcams
Alek replies at 11:30 - As mentioned, the other two cams only come online when the X10 controls are active in the evening.
123 - United Kingdom - Staplehurst Kent 51.1500°N 0.5500°E"Hannah" from 086.159.003.254 (host86-159-3-254.range86-159.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/16 16:27:58 Cannot wait for the clocks to change in the uk so I will actually be able to watch the lights a bit earlier than 1am!
124 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/16 17:17:28 I can't wait for my area to change too. I live in NY and it usually starts at 8:00PM for me, which is when I go to bed! lol
127 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/16 17:38:04 I still can't believe all the overloads last night! (30,300 overloads) I won't be on tonight but I hope you guys have better luck this time!
128 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/16 17:43:22 ok, change of plan! I will be on for 15 minutes tonight! 18 minutes until X10 CONTROLS ON at 6:00 PM MDT!
129 - United States - Grapevine Texas 32.9234°N 97.0810°W"Justin H" from 096.226.033.032 (pool-96-226-33-32.dllstx.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/10/16 20:30:36 Alek, love the site and am a Linux user myself. What distro do you use? Also, are you needing a new cam for the office?
Alek replies at 20:32 - Running RedHat ... and heck 'ya, I'm always looking for a better IP camera - that's a D-Link DCS-6620G in the Haunted Office right now ... it was a decent cam ... almost 10 years ago - D'OH! ;-)
132 - United Kingdom - Caerphilly 51.5833°N 3.2167°W"Centauress" from 109.150.012.206 (host109-150-12-206.range109-150.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/17 11:30:06 Just Seen You on The Web Cam, Were You Fixing Something?
Alek replies at 11:37 - Just doing a little bit of "Skull Adjusting" ;-)
134 - Canada - Sherwood Park Alberta 53.5167°N 113.3167°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.093.080 (goa93-80.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2013/10/17 14:13:55 what are you the Inflatable Police?? it shouldn't be Why are they on!, it should be HEY look there are Two Inflatables on!! yay!!!!
139 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W"Anonymous" from 108.036.142.166 (pool-108-36-142-166.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/10/18 05:20:00 The skull twins have a new doo! Hehehe!
Alek replies at 09:02 - The HULK's also have a new doo ... more pictures of the snow to follow
141 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/18 09:51:18 And here's the picture as taken by the camera - which one is better? I like the composition of the first one more, but it was shot at F/4 so less depth of field .. whereas the second is taken at F/8, so more is in focus.
143 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.084.109 (goa84-109.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2013/10/18 12:14:41 the Skulls got a new hair do!
Alek replies at 13:28 - Here's a time-lapse of the Skulls growing a Snow Afro ... note the melting snow falling - D'OH! ;-).
144 - United States - Rutland Vermont 43.6445°N 72.9005°W"Janet" from 071.234.162.031 (c-71-234-162-31.hsd1.ct.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/18 17:28:16 Hey Alek i really like your skeleton stakes. Where did you get them?
Alek replies at 17:31 - A Garage Sale ... for a buck! ;-)
147 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/18 18:01:41 I will be on much, much later now that a weekend! YAY! I don't know why it starred that! :(
154 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Gill (Luke's mum)" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2013/10/19 20:06:48 Wow Alek. It all looks amazing this year. The office looks really busy. Thanks for a great display. If your thinking of retiring from doing this, your sons will have to carry on and do a great job :-)
155 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W"Anonymous" from 081.159.085.162 (host81-159-85-162.range81-159.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/20 06:58:55 The zombie person on the lawn has fallen over! The apocalypse must have ended lol.
Alek replies at 07:31 - LOL - it's a little breezy this morning.
159 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Luke Giles" from 089.241.114.159 (host-89-241-114-159.as13285.net) wrote at 2013/10/21 16:31:07 Hi Alek, Great to see another year of festive fun from the whole family again! I have been trying to watch your Halloween Video's, however when i open the link it says that the file is corrupt and cannot play! Any ideas?? All the best!
162 - United States - Shelby North Carolina 35.3625°N 81.5741°W"Anonymous" from 174.108.049.148 (cpe-174-108-049-148.carolina.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/22 18:12:22 Just a suggestion but since the cameras update every two seconds or so, if you all give a wave or thumbs up, if you hold the position for a second we can see more than just a blur. Thanks!
163 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 080.229.228.084 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2013/10/22 18:25:00 How comes you have never told us what you as a profession Alek? I am guessing you work in IT/Programming?
167 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W"Anonymous" from 108.036.142.166 (pool-108-36-142-166.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/10/23 17:46:28 Ooooh Alek! Google image search Inflatable Grim Reaper Driving Pumpkin Carriage! You need this!
Alek replies at 20:03 - Yea, I've seen that - pretty awesome!
168 - United States - Portland Oregon 45.5234°N 122.6762°W"Anonymous" from 024.022.001.185 (c-24-22-1-185.hsd1.or.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/23 18:35:44 Its pretty sweet that you have these all connected to your server, however I wish it would have been designed better.
169 - United States - Oradell New Jersey 40.9558°N 74.0268°W"Clark Griswold" from 024.228.142.205 (ool-18e48ecd.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2013/10/24 10:24:29 Christmas is 2 months away! This has been a great warmup alek! When will the christmas blog be up?
Alek replies at 12:53 - I usually turn that on a few days before Halloween ... and love your name ... Clark! ;-)
171 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Elliott" from 080.229.228.084 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2013/10/24 18:22:10 Re: 165: Of course; as you said the charity, raising awareness of celiac disease and the charity's donations are the important bit. I am just curious to what Alek does in a general sense as a day to day job as he has never told us. His skills on the site leads me to believe that he is or has in the past worked in IT, although I could be wrong. Anyway I'm sure if he wanted to share what he does; he would. For now; I am just loving the site with everyone else.
Alek replies at 18:25 - Yep, I'm a computer jock! ;-)
174 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/25 16:00:57 If you wonder what the Halloween Display looks like after it is turned off, here's a time-lapse video of the full moon a few days ago - thanks poster #149 for pointing out. BTW, it's pretty funny when I upload to YouTube because with the lights flickering on & off, it says the video is shaking and do you want them to try to stabilize! ;-)
175 - United States - Escondido California 33.1192°N 117.0864°W"Anonymous" from 076.212.144.221 (adsl-76-212-144-221.dsl.sndg02.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2013/10/25 17:43:59 Checkin' in Mr Grassmas. Things are looking pretty darn awesome this year. Always got to one up yourself don't ya. Hope all is well with you and your family. Happy Holidays! Mr H
177 - United States - Myrtle Beach South Carolina 33.6359°N 79.0280°W"teds49ghost ___Ted and Heidi___" from 024.168.252.068 (cpe-024-168-252-068.sc.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/26 16:59:43 Hey Alek, Ted in Myrtle Beach,it looks great again.taking a break this year,but have picked up some new items for next year.Hope all is well and your family is doing fine.God Bless
179 - Italy - Mapello Lombardia 45.7000°N 9.5333°E"Luca" from 087.005.076.226 (host226-76-dynamic.5-87-r.retail.telecomitalia.it) wrote at 2013/10/27 08:46:32 Every year...it's a pleasure to come back to visit your website!
182 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/27 17:18:38 The BOO is fixed! :)
Alek replies at 18:28 - Sometimes the wind blows it down ... plus I had to move it anyway so the wife could leave from the garage ... but easy enough to put back for the show! ;-)
183 - United States - Elma New York 42.8306°N 78.6262°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/27 17:32:44 Looks like sponge bob is fixed too!
Alek replies at 18:11 - Yea, sometimes the power plug falls out of the extension cord, so he doesn't light up - here's what he should look like ... plus what the other webcams look when everything is turned ON.
186 - United States - Watertown Massachusetts 42.3722°N 71.1787°W"Anonymous" from 098.216.184.166 (c-98-216-184-166.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/10/28 14:32:17 Alek, it appears you've finally gotten to your neighbors. That video with the full moon is eerie especially with the man character standing in the yard.
188 - United States - Daphne Alabama 30.6061°N 87.8580°W"Anonymous" from 098.090.073.066 (adsl-98-90-73-66.mob.bellsouth.net) wrote at 2013/10/28 21:15:29 Hi Alek! Checking in for the first time this year. As always, your display is amazing. I have been checking in here for over 4 years and I even bought the light cube one year that you have in your office.I have it on right now and still love it.
Alek replies at 22:41 - That's cool ... and yea, it's a pretty awesome light cube - thanks for writing.
191 - Hungary - Budapest 47.5000°N 19.0833°E"Anonymous" from 078.092.143.209 (4E5C8FD1.catv.pool.telekom.hu) wrote at 2013/10/29 12:35:59 Hi Alek, maybe you could use your Canon 7D as a hi-res webcam in office.
196 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Jamie" from 089.168.025.212 (89-168-25-212.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 04:00:43 Wouldn't a Raspberry Pi and the 1080p camera accessory make a good webcam Alek?
Alek replies at 10:20 - I'm not familier with that, but for decent low light performance, you need a good-sized image sensor - size matters! ;-)
200 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 16:24:58 Looks like Alek is having problems with one of his inflatables - bummer! :(
Alek replies at 16:31 - The Rotating Pumpkin is always a bit of a pain as he gets tangled and then won't fully inflate.
201 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Jennie" from 090.217.144.248 (5ad990f8.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 16:27:27 wow you had snow already this year, can't believe how much work you put into it each year,, first time here for Halloween as I am normally here tweaking your christmas lights. Love the 3 ghosties lol. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
203 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W"Anonymous" from 072.078.084.089 (pool-72-78-84-89.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/10/30 17:16:05 I can't believe we're at Halloween Eve already! Man this time flew! Thanks Alek for all of your hard work and awesome displays! I hope you raise lots of money for Celiac Research this year!
204 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/30 19:46:47 Here's a picture of the "treats" for tomorrow ... something for the little ones and also the big ones! The three 150-count bags of candy ... I give out at least two to each kid ... so I'm guessing I'll have to break into the 3rd pack. I had the EggNog last year - it's awesome. While the "Chocolate Shop Wine" and "Adult Chocolate Milk" look/sounds cool, I can't say they are my favorite.
205 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 086.183.198.005 (host86-183-198-5.range86-183.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 06:29:33 Is there any possibility a webcam could be placed by/near or zoomed into the door tonight?
Alek replies at 08:16 - Webcams will be at the same locations, but I've got some flood lights to help illuminate the driveway.
209 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/31 09:00:19 Here's what the trick-or-treaters will see coming up to the house tonight ... minus the snow! That has all melted and will be mid-50's and mild tonight for the kids - usually see around 200 with most of 'em coming between 6:00 and 8:00.
212 - Canada - North Battleford Saskatchewan 52.7667°N 108.2833°W"Anonymous" from 069.011.056.206 (69-11-56-206.regn.hsdb.sasknet.sk.ca) wrote at 2013/10/31 12:14:51 What is your favorite candy alek?
Alek replies at 12:22 - Here's the treats/libations for tonight ... except there was some selective picking out of the candy bowls for my personal consumption ... care to guess what my favorite candy bar is?!? ;-)
215 - United States - Debary Florida 28.8939°N 81.3194°W"Daniel" from 098.085.106.064 (adsl-98-85-106-64.mco.bellsouth.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 14:03:40 alek why do you put wood under the inflatables
Alek replies at 15:20 - So they don't move and/or blow away! ;-)
216 - United States - Minot North Dakota 48.2325°N 101.2963°W"IT God of the North" from 024.220.026.017 (host-17-26-220-24.midco.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 16:33:00 Happy Halloween to all it's going to be fun night already spotted a few witches and superman out there but best one i saw today was zombie police officer keeping the peace at the mall.
219 - United Kingdom - Elgin Moray 57.6500°N 3.3333°W"craig from scotland" from 22.214.171.124 (host109-148-243-193.range109-148.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 17:37:11 Hey from SCOTLAND ! What time do the kids come to your house
Alek replies at 17:40 - Kids will start coming in waves as it gets dark around 6:00
220 - United States - Dallas Texas 32.7528°N 96.8383°W"Anonymous" from 076.183.004.245 (cpe-76-183-4-245.tx.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 18:12:12 I am badly terrified by your Frankenstein monster murdering Homer Simpson. I shall have nightmares now. you are a wicked person.
Alek replies at 18:18 - They like each other - have been out there togather since 2005 ! ;-)
222 - United States - Shelby North Carolina 35.3625°N 81.5741°W"Anonymous" from 174.108.049.148 (cpe-174-108-049-148.carolina.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 18:52:12 Alek I think the pumpkins on the roof are dead. It's the last night. The Great Pumpkin must rise!
Alek replies at 19:08 - Good spot - the breezy weather earlier today knocked the fan loose - fixed - thanks ... and Great Pumpkins are rising! ;-)
225 - United States - Shelby North Carolina 35.3625°N 81.5741°W"Anonymous" from 174.108.049.148 (cpe-174-108-049-148.carolina.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 19:25:12 Pumpkins down again. Maybe your patch just isn't sincere enough for them? Major wind huh? Well, your place is great anyway. God bless what you do!
Alek replies at 19:58 - The winds are now gusting to over 40 50MPH - giant lawn pumpkin broke free and went down the street ... Skull was just about to do the same ... so brought 'em inside. The Roof Pumpkins are OK, but wind bashing has knocked out most of the lights - can't fix that tonight.
226 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Luke's mum uk" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 20:01:54 Wow Alek! Looks like your battling with quite a wind there. We've enjoyed yet another great Halloween display, please don't ever stop. Thank you. Don't forget your picture of the thanksgiving turkey, yum! Yum!
227 - United States - Minot North Dakota 48.2325°N 101.2963°W"IT God of the North" from 024.220.026.017 (host-17-26-220-24.midco.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 20:17:25 windy night on all Halloween alex is doing great job keeping everything going. think of donating to Celiac Disease Research.
228 - United Kingdom - Newcastle Upon Tyne 54.9881°N 1.6194°W"Larry" from 176.025.034.059 (b019223b.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 20:21:25 Well Halloween was great here in the U.K. plenty of trick and treaters, now I just have to wait until Thanksgiving for your Christmas display Alek, I can't wait! Have a great day and an enjoyable Thanksgiving Larry
229 - United Kingdom - Maidstone Kent 51.2667°N 0.5167°E"ThorpePark98" from 082.045.079.122 (cpc29-maid5-2-0-cust121.20-1.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 20:24:45 Inflating and deflating your decorations is the best fun I've had in ages! Sad, I know! Lol! Happy Halloween from Ma***tone, UK!
232 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/31 20:47:40 OK, so far in these 50MPH winds, the Giant Lawn Pumpkin and Skull broke loose and went down the street - yes, I do really stake things down. The Great Pumpkin Patch on the roof started to slide off - it is bolted to a wood base with concrete pavers. So three down ... and Homer swaying in the wind looks like he drank too much Eggnog! Give me rain, sleet or snow ... but not wind - that is the greatest enemy of holiday decorations ...
234 - United States - Minden Louisiana 32.7081°N 93.2779°W"Anonymous" from 126.96.36.199 (173-217-104-105-mndn.mid.dyn.suddenlink.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 21:10:15 sorry for the wind alex seems like my homer and franken cursor is still performing as it should happy Halloween alex and everyone else all the best Chris :-)
235 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 090.217.144.248 (5ad990f8.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 21:43:18 thanks Alek from here in UK. Loved the lights, can't wait to see the Christmas ones again
238 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/10/31 22:07:29 I'd estimate close to 200 trick-or-treaters as I had to open the 3rd bag of 150-count candy bars ... and I was passing out two bars per kids. The adults finished off the Chocolate Wine and "Adult Chocolate Milk" ... with just a little big of Eggnog left.
241 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/01 00:09:59 Yep ... Halloween/2013 is a wrap ... but come back next year ... or next month for Christmas ... HO-HO-HO! I'll be doing the takedown Friday and turn the webcams on for those that want to see. And I'll upload some time-lapse videos of the evening. The blog will be open for comments for a couple more days. Thanks everyone for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the show.
247 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W"Anonymous" from 072.078.084.089 (pool-72-78-84-89.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/01 10:00:09 Wow! You work fast, Alek! Thanks Again for your awesome displays! I hope you raised alot of money for Celiac Research.
248 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/01 10:03:47 Yea, it comes down pretty quick and below is the time-lapse video of it along with a few still frames. Taking a break for a few hours and then this afternoon I'll do the front yard. So I'm shutting down webcam1 for the Halloween season ... will be back for Christmas.
249 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.099.199 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/11/01 10:28:16 So Alek, does that mean the Pumpkin Quartet has to be retired from service?
Alek replies at 10:30 - The bulbs are replaceable and it appears to be in decent shape ... so I would say that come 2014, there is a very good chance that the Great Pumpkin Patch will Rise Again! ;-)
255 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Ryan" from 207.081.177.083 (d207-81-177-83.bchsia.telus.net) wrote at 2013/11/01 16:49:36 Thank you alek for putting this display together it makes me smile every time i go on this website!
256 - United States - Fort Smith Arkansas 35.3859°N 94.3986°W"n10cities" from 070.178.150.051 (ip70-178-150-51.ks.ks.cox.net) wrote at 2013/11/01 18:24:37 FYI....you need to update the Halloween Webcam page to "Decorations, Webcams, & X10 Controls back for Halloween 2014!" LOL Great show once again. Will be watching for Christmas lights!
Alek replies at 18:51 - Good spot - I had gotten all of 'em (I think) except that one - thanks!
258 - United States - Reading Pennsylvania 40.3357°N 75.9269°W"Anonymous" from 072.078.084.089 (pool-72-78-84-89.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/02 02:58:24 Will we see videos of Halloween night this year?
Alek replies at 09:18 - First video is up ... this is webcam3 in the Haunted Office - the laptop shows all the IM's from Internet Surfers. Below that is the takedown video of the Haunted Office ... be sure to watch past the halfway point! I hope to upload webcam1 and webcam2 (where you'll see the trick-or-treaters) in a little bit.
259 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Elliott" from 080.229.228.084 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2013/11/02 08:00:40 Just been to watching-grass-grow - can see the marks on the ground where the ON and OFF signs were. Thanks for the display this year - Alek
260 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/02 10:16:46 The other two time-lapse videos are are now uploaded - webcam1 shows the front of the house. The winds were gusting up to 50MPH after 8:00 ... Homer & Frank look like they drank too much Eggnog! You'll also see me go out several times on the ladder and on the roof to make emergency fixes. Webcam2 shows the front yard and you'll see trick-or-treaters walk up the driveway ... plus as the winds pick up, the Giant Pumpkin and Skull actually pull out of their stakes! All of the videos are collected here.