Halloween Spider

Halloween-Spider

"...and this platform allows me to drop anything I'd like on unsuspecting visitors, with complete Arduino-controlled customization!"
Year
2008

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We were running a special series of custom Instructables for Ace Hardware, an advertiser on Instructables. This is the first of three awesome projects we created in-house using parts from our local Ace store.

I wanted to create a motion-activated spider to put on my door for Halloween. It drops down when visitors approach the entryway, activates a spot light to draw their attention to the spider, gives them a scare, then automatically retracts and resets itself, waiting to prey upon its next victim.

I used a basic motion sensor light from Ace Hardware to activate my spider. Of course, I could have just bought a commercial product from the store, but this is a great excuse to learn about some basic electronics and programming procedures, and this platform allows me to drop anything I'd like on unsuspecting visitors, with complete Arduino-controlled customization!