Hey everyone! I had really high hopes for blogging this year since we have been stuck at home because of COVID-19, but that just didn’t happen. I lost my motivation for a while but it happens. I’m back and I’m really excited to share a Halloween project I accidentally came across, singing pumpkins. I decided I wanted to go all out for Halloween this year. I normally travel a ton during this time so it’s been a while since I got all of the decorations out but obviously this year, we are staying home. I was playing on Facebook when I came across these adorable singing pumpkins on a Facebook ad. I have been scammed by a Facebook ad before so before purchasing “3 singing pumpkins for $38”, I did some research. Yep, you guessed it, totally fake. There is one singing pumpkin you can buy called Jabberin’ Jack Talking Pumpkin for around $60 but you can’t change what it does and the pumpkins don’t interact with each other. The real thing requires pumpkins, digital files and a projector. Today I’m going to share with you where I got my supplies and how I did my set up. I will update this in a couple of weeks when we actually put this display outside because that will be another challenge in itself.
- Pumpkins (you can use real or fake. I used the foam pumpkins you get from Michaels. I used two 9″ pumpkins for the sides and one 13″ pumpkin for the middle. See set up below if you are only using AtmosFX files. You might want to use a round pumpkin in the middle)
- A projector (I used the Viewsonic M1 projector because that’s what I had. I believe that there is a Viewsonic M1+ that has bluetooth capabilities which might make some of this easier but you can use any projector)
- AtmosFX does provide a pack for $350 that includes a projector, 12 year round decorations, window projection material, a 2GB drive and a plush doll if you wanted all of that. I’m not sure if that includes the pumpkin files or not, but just throwing another option out there!
- Digital files:
- AtmosFX (I bought the Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree. There is a second one now but the voices aren’t the same which was disappointing)
- Singing Pumpkins (I want them all but they are a little pricey. If you do buy from here, please use my referral code KA3118 so I can get some free songs)
- A program to put all of your files in a loop. I used iTunes because I have a Mac. Atmos FX gives you directions their website of how to use VLC if you don’t have a video player.
- Optional: A bluetooth speaker (this depends on your set up and projector. The M1 projector does have loud speakers but I’m going to try to set it up in my car to keep it safe so I need a speaker to play outside. I bought this rock speaker from Amazon. AtmosFX also sells one that looks way cooler)
How to Put it Together
Making a Playlist
First things first, download the files you want. I downloaded the Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree which includes multiple files. You get some pumpkin jokes, funny faces, a buffer, stories and a couple of songs, all which will be separate. You will also get different versions with a solo pumpkin if you just want to project on one pumpkin, a trio for all three pumpkins and one with a background so you could just project the whole thing on a wall or a sheet. I also bought, “This is Halloween” from Singing Pumpkins. I plan on adding a lot more songs but I haven’t bought them yet (I NEED Sexy and I know it, The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Bohemian Rhapsody. They are hilarious).
After the files are downloaded, select the trio, pumpkin face only file and drag and drop into iTunes (singing pumpkins will just give you one file with three faces). Now it’s time to create your playlist. I had my pumpkins sing a song, tell some jokes, tell a story, then make some funny faces. Then I put two buffer files in there since they are 15 seconds each and I don’t want people standing in front of them forever. I did a mix of that with songs, stories and faces with either funny faces or buffers thrown in multiple times. Just drag and drop the duplicate files where you want them. iTunes will ask if you really want to add a duplicate, just click yes and keep making your list.
Once the list is complete, make sure you select Control –> Repeat–> All to make sure your playlist is on a loop (see my example list below).
Ta da! Now you have a playlist. You can either save your playlist to a USB drive (though I’m not sure how the loop saves, it wasn’t working for me) or just hook up your computer to the projector, which I have to do anyway because the projector itself will not connect to the bluetooth speaker.
Setting up the Pumpkins
This is the easy part, set up three pumpkins with the largest in the middle and set up the projector so it plays on the pumpkins, that’s it! Now you have singing pumpkins and they are the cutest. I will say that the faces are a little different between the two files. The Singing Pumpkins look great with a tall pumpkin in the middle and the two medium ones on the side. The Atmos FX files would look better with a large, fatter pumpkin in the middle. I ended up putting a plastic bowl under my two small pumpkins and positioning it so it didn’t look as awkward in the middle for the AtmosFX files (see picture).
The M1 projector does play sound through the speakers so you can just use those speakers or connect your device to your bluetooth speaker and play the sounds through there.
Setting the Pumpkins up Outdoors
This is where things get a little tricky. I am going to try to set this up in a couple of weeks and put it in my car and project the image through the window. I figure that will prevent theft and also weather damage since I live in Michigan and we get lots of rain, wind and possibly even snow. The tricky part will be getting the set up just right so you can still see it clearly without the car blocking it. It will require work because I will have to bring in the projector and computer to re-charge every night but that also ensures these items stay safe since I don’t like leaving things like that in my car. I’m attempting this in a couple of weeks (when the grass stops growing and it gets closer to Halloween). I will update this post with pictures and results when I figure it out!
I want to see your Halloween decorations! Please let me know how it goes. These pumpkins are the cutest and I can’t wait to put the outside.