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How-To: World’s scariest Halloween prop

Forget cheesy yard tombstones, evil cackling pop-up witches, or ghosts that fly down from on top of the porch. Todd Harrison has put dual 110-decibel automobile horns inside his jack-‘o-lantern, which features a cute red button nose and buck-toothed smile to throw people off from how diabolical it truly is. And here’s the really wicked part: The horn is on a delay. Pushing the button causes the eyes to light up immediately, so the little tykes think, “Hey, neat, a pumpkin with light-up eyes,” and then go on about their tyke-y business, at least for a few seconds before the dual 110-decibel automobile horns go off and leave them traumatized for life. Genius! There’s video on Todd’s site. [via Hack a Day]

Update: Turns out this whole idea originated right here at Make: Online with one of Marc’s 2008 How-to Tuesday columns. So the evil genius has been in our midst all this time and I didn’t even know it. Sorry, Marc, and thanks for tossing me a clue!

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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