Scary stuff including light-up body parts, ghost detectors and an 'Exorcist' bed
Halloween is about fun, candy and costumes — but it is also about
crippling, blood-curdling fear. If you have forgotten about the true
meaning of Halloween, the following gadgets should be scary enough,
creepy enough and just plain weird enough to remind you.
Electronic serial killer shower curtain
Showers are invigorating, but after showering with the electronic
serial killer curtain, you'll never feel more alive. Seriously — because
after the "Psycho" theme music plays and the screaming starts, you'll
feel lucky to be alive.
The audio clips are activated by both sound and motion, so there's
also the added benefit of water conservation and short bathroom trips.
Anyone in there will want to get out as fast as possible. $19.98 (Things You Never Knew Existed via Nerd Approved)
If you feel your house is haunted by a Japanese-speaking poltergeist,
you'll want to pick up one of these ghost-detecting cell phone straps.
It claims to have the ability to detect ghosts in your area at the push
of a button. When a spirit is detected, the light on the strap turns red
— indicating danger.
It also includes a mysterious device called a Kotodama tuner that
supposedly uses "algorithms" to translate the spiritual energy around
you into human speech. What kind of messages you will hear is unknown,
but unless you speak the language I would get Rosetta Stone so you can
communicate effectively with the Great Beyond. $23.20 (Strapya)
Animatronic vortex tunnel
If money is no object on the haunted house this year, consider using
this vortex tunnel as an entrance. The tunnel rotates around the walking
platform, complete with trippy blacklights and illuminated artwork.
There's even a version that employs 3-D-printed fabric that can be
viewed with glasses. Of course, if you use something this extreme as an
entrance, you had better deliver with the haunted house itself. This
thing can't just open up to you sitting in your living room eating a
pizza and watching "30 Rock" — although that would be hilarious. $7,877 (Haunted Props via Nerd Approved)
Haunted toilet paper roller
This motion-activated toilet paper roller emits spooky howling,
screaming and moaning sounds — which could lead others to believe that
you have a serious problem going on in there. Naturally, you don't want
people coming in while you do your business (or for a while thereafter),
so you can use it to tell others that the bathroom is haunted and that
they should not enter if they value their souls. $6.49 (The Design Town via Nerd Approved)
This isn't an actual skull, it's a 4-port USB hub and knick knack
holder designed to look like a skull. But your co-workers don't know
that. You just keep telling them it's the last guy who stole your Diet
Coke out of the break-room fridge. Then tell them you've been thinking
about making a new chair. $24.99 (Think Geek via CubicleBot)
DIY spirit radio
You know if something was creepy enough to spook out an already
creepy Nikola Tesla, it has to be like clown-level creepy. That was the
case with the Spirit Radio. This updated version is basically a crystal
radio circuit connected to a computer sound-in jack that generates
bizarre sounds from various electromagnetic sources.
In 1901, Tesla wrote about the device saying: "My first observations
positively terrified me as there was present in them something
mysterious, not to say supernatural, and I was alone in my laboratory at
night." Check out the following link to build one — if you dare.
Materials about $30. (Instructables)
Maybe the reason you can't sleep at night is because your mattress
isn't comfortable. Instead of spending lots of money on the latest fad,
why not spend lots money on a bed where you don't use the mattress at
all? With the Exorcist Bed, you'll be lying on a cushion of air —
literally — as you float up to five feet off the surface. Obviously, the
effect is an illusion created with pneumatics, but it sure looks like
you've become possessed. The bed even thrashes around wildly to enhance
the effect. $3,999 (Carnage Complex via Nerd Approved)
Fogging jack o' lantern
You don't need a poorly carved, poorly lit pumpkin bursting into
flames on your front porch in front of a bunch of kids and engulfing
your doorway like it’s the portal to hell … again. So keep it safe with
this 3-foot-tall fogging jack o' lantern. The eyes, nose and mouth light
up and it will produce fog from a 6-gallon tank of water for hours.
$499.95 (Hammacher Schlemmer)