Bring your Pumpkins to Life this Halloween with a Simple Projector Setup!


Halloween is a time to bring your creativity alive and it’s simple to do now more than ever!  With a few supplies you can bring the spirit of Halloween to life, and we would like to share some great tips and ideas to make this Halloween a memorable one for you and anyone who may make their way to your house for some tricks or treats!

In this article, we will explain all the steps to bring your pumpkins to life with only a few supplies.

Step 1: Choose your projector

You may have read that line and thought “Projectors are expensive!” but they have come a long way in recent years and are very affordable these days.  In this tutorial, we are using an AAXA LED Pico Projector, which we were able to obtain for under $90.  You don’t need anything too fancy, just something capable of reading content and projecting a good image – something small that can be hidden is also a plus for this set-up!  Brightness should be at least 25 lumens or more, for best results.

w1AAXA LED Pico Pocket Projector – you can use any projector that works for you!

Step 2: Choose your content

There are many different pumpkin and jack-o’-lantern videos that can be used to bring your pumpkins to life.  Some of our favorite holiday content can be purchased through AtmosFX or can be obtained through torrent sites.  Our favorite is “Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree” from AtmoxFX.


Atmos FX Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree projected on pumpkins

Step 3: Putting the content on your projector

Most projectors include inputs that allow you to easily connect to other devices.  We highly recommend finding a projector that has an HDMI port to connect to devices such as DVD players, and/or a USB Port or SD Card port as this usually means the projector is capable of reading files from the two devices.  For our LED Pico, we load content onto a USB thumb drive and set the video on a loop to play repeatedly.

w3AAXA LED Pico Projector with USB thumb drive containing content attached

Step 4: Setting up your Pumpkins and Projector

Depending on the media clip you will be projecting onto your pumpkins and the projector you will be using, you will need to set up your pumpkins and projector in the correct place and at the correct distance.  This means that you will be taking the projector’s throw distance into account.  A projector’s throw distance is essentially the calculation of the image size being projected based on how far or close the projector is to whatever it is being projected on.  There are several throw distance calculators online so you can quickly figure out how far you may need the projector to be from the surface you are projecting onto.  Once your projector is set up in the correct place, it should only take some fine-tuning to get your projection to line up with your pumpkins!


4 ft. was the perfect distance for us to project from using the LED Pico

Step 5: Connect some External Speakers

In order to really bring your pumpkins to life, we highly recommend connecting some external speakers to your projector to make it loud and clear that your house has some good Halloween entertainment!  We use an Anker portable speaker and connect it to our LED Pico with an auxiliary cord.

w5We connected a portable Anker speaker to our LED Pico for some bigger sound!

Step 6: Enjoy your Halloween Entertainment!

Now that you have your projector set up to bring your pumpkins to life this Halloween, don’t be surprised if people flock over to your house to see what all the fuss is about!


Check out this video to see a step by step tutorial and demo!