Could I be more obsessed with AtmosFX? This projector is really the unsung hero of The Rose Table. It first appeared at the 12 Months of Disney Dinners finale to project fireworks on my ceiling at my Snow White dinner party. Then it popped up at my Cinderella Ball to project fireworks on my clock. A year later, I used AtmosFX to project dancing skeletons in my dining room at my Haunted Mansion party and now here we are a year later using it to project singing pumpkins at the Quarantine Halloween finale. It’s just such a cool machine. Once you have the projector, you can download all sorts of new effects for it for quite cheap. They recently came out with singing pumpkins and it’s my favorite effect yet!
AtmosFX is so easy to use! I am not what one would consider tech savvy and even I can set it up in mere minutes. For the pumpkin effect, I simply downloaded the pumpkin songs digital decoration ($12.99) in the Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree collection, dragged the download to my AtmosFX file on my SD card, then popped the card out of the computer and back into my machine. From there all you have to do is plug in and turn on the machine, select the effect (I put mine in the Halloween folder), point it at some pumpkins, and hit play. It’s that easy!
The only learning curve is knowing how far away to place the projector. This was the easiest one I set up yet, much easier than figuring out how to get fireworks on my ceiling! For this effect, I had the pumpkins on my dining room table and I put the projector on a step ladder at equal height about four or five feet back from the table. I placed AtmosFX on the step ladder and adjusted the sharpness with the wheel on the machine until I was happy with the effect.
Many decorators use AtmosFX for outdoor effects but I’ve really only used it indoors. I used three real, uncarved pumpkins (a classic jack-o-lantern, a fairytale pumpkin, and a short Jarrahdale grey pumpkin in that order. At first I worried that the Jarrahdale was too short for the effect – I didn’t originally buy it with the jamboree in mind – but it worked out great! The face on the right is smaller than the other two so I thought it looked quite cute. Here in the setup in daylight:
And here it is at night:
Having different pumpkins is a fun way to enhance this effect since each singing pumpkin has its own voice and personality. The one on the right sounds young so a small pumpkin worked great and the one on the left has a deep voice and crinkled mouth, perfect for a classic Jack-o-Lantern. You can of course use fake pumpkins too if you prefer.
I should note that this effect looks amazing in person and quite sharp on camera. I took these pictures on my iPhone, which struggled to capture the sharpness of the effect while the pumpkins were singing.
There are four songs in AtmosFX’s pumpkin jamboree collection but only one was featured in my Quarantine Halloween finale. (Be warned: this song WILL get stuck in your head. I’ve been humming it for two weeks.) There’s also a download for if you want the pumpkins to tell trick-or-treaters scary stories and one if you want them more funny than scary. I hope that helps you set up your display this Halloween!
See a quick video tutorial:
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