It's hard to believe, but Halloween is just over a month away. Want to bring things up a notch, decoration-wise? I've got you. It's time to go digital on this holiday. See, AtmosFX makes a whole bunch of fantastic Halloween-themed animations. I've loaded up my windows with them the past couple years, and neighbors tell me they go out of their way to come by and see them.
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Just make sure to follow the instructions below:
- Go to the AtmosFX site here
- Click Add to cart.
- Click the shopping cart in the top right corner, and on the following page click Checkout.
- Enter code CHEAPSKATEFAMILYUNIT2 on the right, click Apply, then complete the checkout process.
Remember, this code works only for the Family Unit 2 animation.
When you're done, you'll be able to download your MP4 video files, which consist of two scenes: The "waltzing dead" and "startle scare." These can be displayed on a TV or computer screen, 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.
If you like the animation and decide to go back for more, you can also get a free Gourdy Plushie with any additional (meaning separate) purchase. Just add it to your cart along with any other item, then apply promo code CHEAPSKATEGOURDY. If you're making a digital purchase, you will need to pay a couple bucks for shipping.
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.
Here's one option: This Xiaoya T8 720p-native mini projector is just $49.99 when you clip the on-page $50-off coupon.
The only wrinkle: I don't know for certain that this model has an 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. If you want to be absolutely certain, AtmostFX does have a projector kit -- one that includes 14 animations -- on sale for a reasonable $103.99.
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.
Originally published last year. Updated to reflect new options and availability.
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