Interactive Haunted Hallway

This Halloween I was tasked with designing a few themed interactives.

CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL OF FEAR

I came up with a couple of ideas, one being a choose your own adventure style interactive where participants can select a level of fear they are comfortable with. On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest), participants are unknowingly selecting a possibly creepy halloween themed gif to be projected on a scrim in the hallway they will walk through.

SETUP

Using foam board, I constructed a basic control box to house all the electronic components.

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The arduino is connected to breadboard with LEDs, potentiometer, and servo motor.

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The arduino is also connected to a macbook with long HDMI cable connected to pico pocket projector mounted in the hall.

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MOTORIZED SPIDERS

I planned to have spiders drop down from the ceiling when movement is detected. I started prototyping with servo motors but in order to wind up the spider in both directions, I then moved onto a couple DC toy hobby motors from Adafruit. However, working with DC motors was quite the challenge. There was so much troubleshooting involved and the hobby motors I got turned out not to be ideal. I had purchased a few different sized halloween spiders, but the motors torque and size could not handle the weight of any of the spiders. Due to this issue, I constructed some spiders out of pipe cleaners. Eventually, everything worked.

SETUP

Again, I constructed another foam board box to be mounted to the ceiling/wall and house all the electronic components.

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A PING sensor is long enough to be mounted to the side of the wall. This will be triggered when participants walk by.

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Watch this video to see the interactives in action.

For further documentation of the Haunted Hallway project, feel free to download this PDF.