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Let's face it, when it comes to Halloween decorations, sometimes you want more than just cardboard cut outs of bats and ghosts and a porch full of flickering jack-o'-lanterns. We're all about hyping up our Halloween decorations, and believe that bringing a bit of shock factor to your home setting is a fun way to celebrate the true spirit of fright night. Here are our picks for the most fantastically freaky gadgets, gizmos and animatronics for all those that dare enter your yard in search of a treat...
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8 ghoulish gadgets for a superbly scary Halloween:
1. Amazing jumping spiders
Pop these jumping spiders by your front porch or doorway and give your guests a friendly scare. Powered by motion and sound, these spiders quietly sit in their webs and wait to pounce. With their LED eyes, spooky sounds, and sudden jumping action, these are the arachnids you'll never want to squash.
Animated Jumping Spiders, $60, The Home Depot
2. Eerie bat trees
These pre-lit batty trees are the perfect way to brighten up your front door on Halloween night. Each sculptural branch is filled with mini orange lights and a flutter of baby bats. It's easy to create a spooky forest filled with little bats by combining several of these trees in various sizes. They each come with a stand and a 36' cord that plugs into any standard outlet, making decorating your porch a snap.
3' Eerie Bat Trees, $79, Grandinroad
3. Animatronic pumpkin door knocker
Only the bravest of trick-or-treaters will dare knock on your door with this fully animatronic witch there to greet them. Hers eyes light up and her creepy toothed-mouth moves realistically as she speaks her scary sayings like "darkness wraps you in its sleep, you shall have eternal sleep…bwahh ha ha".
Witch Door Knocker, $37, Spirit Halloween
4. Window FX spooky animation kit
Be the most tech-savvy and scariest house on the block with the Window FX Projector Display Kit. This kit makes it easier than ever to project spooky animated scenes for all to see. Simply place the screen provided onto the inside of your window, point the projector at it, and play one of the 12 digitally animated videos included. A remote control is included as well, making it easy to manipulate as guests arrive.
Seasonal Window FX Projector Animated Window Display Kit, $69, The Home Depot
5. Fogging gaseous ghoul
Nothing says spooky like a little fog machine action. Kick it up this year with this gaseous ghoul that easily hooks up to any fog machine. Once connected, watch this guy spew fog from his gnarled teeth. He'll be your greeter of guests for years to come (Fog fluid, $19.99, and machine $79.99, are sold separately).
Fogging Gaseous Ghoul, $40, Spirit Halloween
6. 5' skeleton figure
This super realistic skeleton figure will be the master of the house on Halloween night. He's got flexible limbs and a hinged jaw that allow you to pose him anyway you see fit. He's made of durable plastic and has an antique bone finish making him almost too real.
5’ Skeleton Figure, $69, Grandinroad
7. Skeleton animals
One of the trendiest decorations of the season are these "PET-rified" skeletons. Pop a stick or newspaper into one of Grandin Road's pooches mouths to create your own zombie dog, or display a collection of skeletal critters like these from both Grandin Road and Home Depot. They'll amuse kids of all ages.
Shadow The Skeleton Dog on Leash, $59, Grandinroad
8. 6' animatronic swinging scarecrow
The most creepy and playful scarecrow you've ever seen will entertain your visitors with his evil laugh and ghoulishly humorous sayings. Hang him on your porch or other sheltered area around your home. He's fully animatronic and step pad compatible.
6 Ft Swinging Scarecrow Animatronics, $200, Spirit Halloween