There’s more to Halloween than just winning people’s approval with a clever costume that nobody else is wearing. (Ahhh, a “Bag of Eminems!” That’s so funny.) There’s also winning people’s approval with scary haunted houses, terrifying front-yard decorations, and intricately detailed Jack O’Lanters. Here are 9 pieces of fright-night gear to help you do just that.
Pumpkin Gutter Carving Tool
One mixing beater you’re definitely not going to want to lick, the Pumpkin Gutter attaches to your power drill and uses stainless steel blades to wreak havoc on the inside of your Halloween gourd. In minutes, it cuts out the flesh, strings, and guts while leaving the seeds unblemished and ready for roasting.
Pumpkin Gutter Carving Tool ($12)
Animatronic 3-Headed Dog
Harry Potter fans the neighborhood over will appreciate this animatronic three-headed “Hound of Hades” as they approach your front porch in search of the Philosopher’s Stone and/or miniature Snickers bars. Not only does this Cerberus snarl, shake, and growl, but its eyes beam as red as Ron Weasley’s hair when it senses motion or sound.
Animatronic 3-Headed Dog ($180)
The WebCaster Gun
As the odds of being bitten by an irradiated spider before Halloween are low, consider the WebCaster Gun the next easiest way to spray your “haunted” house with realistic-looking spider webs. It comes in 2 models, both of which look like glue guns from the local arts and craft store, use the same glue cartridges, and are designed to produce professional “movie quality cobweb effects” in the comfort of your own living room. The only difference is that one attaches to an air compressor and the other to your vacuum cleaner.
The WebCaster Gun ($38, WebCaster Gun II $30)
Gemmy Outdoor Fire And Ice Lightshow
What better way to ‘trick’ your neighbors and the local fire department on Halloween then by making it look like your house is burning down (hilarious!). Simply stick this 3-LED rotating spotlight (red, orange, yellow) in the ground, plug it in, and watch your house ‘go up in flames.’ Or just enjoy the colorful light show, up to you.
Gemmy Outdoor Fire and Ice Lightshow ($25)
Chauvet Hurricane 700 Fog Machine
Who says you need to be in a Meatloaf tribute band to own your own fog machine? Also, who knew fog machines were so cheap? For only $34, the handheld Hurricane 700 comes with a wired remote control and will fill any haunted house and/or living room with “thick bursts of water-based fog.” For an extra $40, they’ll even throw in a strobe light in case you want to perform a special rendition of “Bat Out Of Hell” for the neighborhood kids.
Chauvet Hurricane 700 Fog Machine ($34)
Dremel 7000 Pumpkin Carving Kit
For those who aspire to move beyond recreational Jack O’Lantern carving and/or impress the neighbors with a pumpkin that looks like Benedict Cumberbatch, the 6V cordless Dremel 7000 lets you apply a crazy intricate level of detail to your designs. The 1/8-inch diameter high-speed cutter rotates at two speeds (6,000 rpm or 12,000 rpm) and comes with 10 templates including a witch, scary cat, and vampire. Best part, you can pretty much use the thing like a real Dremel tool the rest of the year, and it only cost you $17.
Dremel 7000 Pumpkin Carving Kit ($17)
KegWorks Pumpkin Tap Kit
Regardless of your affinity for pumpkin beer (it’s delicious, but no judgement), you have to admit that serving it to guests out of a real pumpkin is solid party move. The tap’s made out of chrome-plated brass, requires little more than drilling a hole to install, and can also be used to turn a watermelon into a keg come summer cookout season.
KegWorks Pumpkin Tap Kit ($30)
Skull Drone Case
When it comes to this crash-tested decorative case for your Micro Drone 3.0 (by Extreme Fliers), get ready to let the skull and drone jokes fly. It’s 3D printed out of matte-finished white nylon plastic, easily snaps on, and doesn’t even need to be removed when you change the battery or camera.
Skull Drone Case ($29)
Inflatable Jabba The Hutt
Seeing as your kid’s trick-or-treating as Chewy and your dog’s currently dressed as an At-At Imperial Walker, you may as well go all-in on the Star Wars Halloween with this inflatable lawn Jabba. It stands 6 feet tall by 8 feet long, lights up, and even comes with its own fan (although, thankfully, not this guy). Sexy Princess Leia costume not included.
Inflatable Jabba The Hutt ($124)