October 31, 2012
| by Grant Clauser
Seattle folks who were up for a little scare this Halloween season were in luck this past weekend. For the past three years, two families, the Petries and the Griffins, team to create an unforgettable haunting experience they call Nightmare on My Street. Aside from being a spooky treat for Halloween fans, the event raises money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Because this is Electronic House, you can bet we’re interested in the tech parts as much as the creepy parts. One of the creators, Brett Griffin, is the owner electronics integration company Architechtronics and provided the tech know-how for this creep show. In addition to spiders, zombies and things with axes, this haunted house includes Control4, Sony projectors, several flat screen TVs, Buttkicker bass transducers, Panasonic network cameras, automated lighting control and more.
On October 27th the event raised $2,210 for the Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care. That’s the most the event has raised in the three years it’s been held. On Halloween night the families plan a “lights on” walk through for neighborhood kids.
Check out the slide show to enter the Nightmare from a safe distance.
You can also follow the fun on the event’s Facebook page.
Equipment, installation, and programming provided by Brett Griffin and Architechtronics
HC500 running Control4 OS 2.2.4
2 Outlet Dimmers
1 Outlet Switch
8 lights controlled by triggers and timing
Sound and video controlled by triggers and timing
AtmosFearFX special effect DVD’s
Sony DVD player
Vidikron 61” Plasma TV
Samsung 42” LCD TV
Samsung 24” Monitor connected to an Apple iPad
2 Channel 100 Watt amp
2 Pairs of speakers
Airport Express for wireless connection to the internet
10 triggers using magnetic switches, toggle switches and motions.
Panasonic Wireless Pan/Tilt MPEG-4 Network Camera BL-C131A
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.