For those savvy to digital decorating it is a common sight. But for those who are not so savvy, the sight is decidedly uncommon – three cheery pumpkins, chatting away telling stories and singing songs. How could it be that three real pumpkins appear to be glowing brightly and behaving as if they were alive?!
Ever since AtmosFX released Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree Digital Decoration Collection in 2013, the “Pumpkin Prop Mode” has become an essential centerpiece for so many Halloween displays. And for good reason – young or old, people love it!
With the release of Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 2 Digital Decoration Collection, there's a lot more to love. For starters, the decorations are longer than those in Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree. But perhaps more importantly, the decorations in Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 blend seamlessly together, so you can mix-and-match the stories and songs any way you like. (Pro tip: Halloween Moon Digital Decoration Collection also has a mode for projecting onto a pumpkin, and it too seamlessly blends with Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 – extending your display even further. More on that below.)
Don't forget there are tons of other ways you can also use Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 to really wow a crowd. When displayed on a TV, screen or garage door, kids seem to be engrossed by the antics of the pumpkins – sometimes even singing along with them. Given that trick-or-treating might look very different this year, a large-scale projection of scenes from Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 might be the perfect way to celebrate Halloween and entertain the neighborhood children while still protecting their health. We have a few more ideas on this below!
Pumpkin Prop Mode, and Then Some
First things first: If you have never projected onto pumpkins, you should. The hardest thing about it: not carving the pumpkins. We have some handy how-to videos here which will show you all the steps, but all you need is three pumpkins, a projector and Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 or 2. Simply set up the three pumpkins wherever the most people will see them, and then train your projector onto the gourds. You'll probably have to make a few simple adjustments, but soon you'll be making magic as three chatty pumpkins come alive.
Of course, this is only the beginning – there's so much more you can do! For example, remember that there is no reason Pumpkin Prop Mode needs to be utilized inside. We've seen terrific (and convincing) displays on countertops, bookshelves – even dining room centerpieces!
We've also seen really clever displays where the three Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree pumpkins are surrounded by multiple carved pumpkins – as if in a patch. That some of the pumpkins in the patch have come alive, while others have not? It really is a powerful effect, and it keeps people coming back to the display over and over again.
Remember, it Also Works Elsewhere
We touched on this above, but this might be the thing that most people forget – both Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 can also be displayed on windows, walls, Hollusion Projection Material, and on TVs. No matter where you want to display it, either digital decoration is sure to captivate others.
Many people like to project the pumpkins onto their garage door, giving the digital decoration a larger-that-life display that it deserves. Paired with AtmosFX's Sonic Stone (or another Bluetooth speaker) creates a drive-in theater effect, allowing many people to see and hear the pumpkins' playful banter. And, just as is the case when you are projecting on pumpkins, the scenes from Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 seamlessly blend together on-screen too, allowing you to mix a lot of content together.
Similarly, we've seen fans build a small stage or screen with Window Projection Material – think backyard movie night – and then back-projecting Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 1 & 2 onto it. Kids tend to congregate around it, watching and laughing over and over again. We’ve seen setups like these work well as part of huge Halloween displays, mixed in with other props, animatronics and digital decorations. We’ve also seen them used indoors, as part of smaller kid-friendly Halloween gatherings. Although nobody knows what Halloween will look like this year, something flexible like this still allows you to celebrate Halloween no matter what the circumstances may be.
Oh! And, of course, you can do the same on a TV without any pre-planning at all!
Solo Pumpkin Display, too
We love the give-and-take of the three gourds talking to each other, but some people want to project on a single pumpkin. You can do that, too. The Pumpkin Prop Mode offers a "solo" feature, perfect for adding a little surprise wherever you display needs it.
Another great thing about projecting on a pumpkin in "solo" mode – you can also mix-in projections from our Halloween Moon Digital Decoration Collection. Halloween Moon also has a mode that was created for projecting onto a pumpkin, so it is easy to seamlessly mix-in some of those decorations, too, extending your display even longer.
Or, Ditch the Pumpkins Altogether
You don't have to project onto just pumpkins. Anything round will work – and better if it is orange. Balloons? Beach balls? Or, you can do what Nova Halloween did, a longtime friend of AtmosFX, and project onto other fruits and vegetables. Why not? The world is your … pumpkin!
We know this is only the beginning of the possibilities for displaying Jack-O'-Lantern Jamboree 2. How will you display it? Make sure to send us your photos and videos using this easy submission form!