Sorry Charlie, but I think this one is actually the Great Pumpkin. The flamethrowing Jack O' Latern by Randy Sarafan couldn't be more awesome, could it? I so want to use this for a Headless Horseman costume!
Check the bottom of the post for an animated movie of the Jack O' Lantern in action. Keep in mind, these instructions have been abbreviated so make sure to check out Instructables for the full set. You can see more of his awesome projects here.
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For carving the jack-o'-lantern
- A really big pumpkin, around 18″ in diameter - An assortment of serrated cutting knives - A marker - Paper and pencil - Scissors - A spoon - Other scraping implements. I found a chisel worked very well.
For the remote controlled flamethrower
- Door lock actuator - Arduino/Xbee transmitter and receiver - Small can of WD-40 - 12″ x 12″ x 1/8″ sheet of black acrylic - SPST 5V relay - Perfboard - 5″ x 2.5″ x 2″ project box.
- SPST momentary pushbutton switch - 10K resistor - (x2) 9V battery snap - (x2) M-type plug adapters - Misc. long zip ties - 16″ x 2″ x 1/4″ aluminum extrusion - 3-1/2″ x 1/4 bolts - (x6) 1/4 nuts - Tea light - Matches 1. Carve and gut the pumpkin. You'll want to start by hand but eventually use a metal spoon to get it all. Remember, save the seeds and toast them. They are way yummy!