Raise your Halloween game with a free AtmosFX digital decoration
Cheapskate exclusive! Thrill the neighbors by projecting this awesome spooky animation in a window.
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This year's sure-to-be-social-distanced Halloween is the perfect time to raise your decoration game. One of my favorite options: Halloween-themed animations from AtmosFX. You use a projector to cast them into a window, onto a garage door or the like. I've done exactly that (and written about it here) the past few years -- my neighbors love them.
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When you're done, you'll be able to download your MP4 video files, which consist of three different scenes. These can be projected on a wall or window or even used to create a holographic effect (known here as "hollusion") on a translucent sheet. AtmosFX provides excellent how-to videos for all these options.
Don't have a projector? Good news: You don't need a fancy high-end model for this -- pretty much any inexpensive LED projector should do the trick. Just copy the video to a memory card or flash drive, pop it in and set the projector to repeat.
The only wrinkle: I don't know for certain that this model has the all-important autorepeat option. That's a common feature in most of the cheapie projectors I've tried, but there's always the possibility this one won't have it.
Even if you just end up showing the animation on your TV, though, this is a really cool addition to your Halloween festivities. I remain a huge fan of this AtmosFX stuff.