Severed heads and disembodied souls are all fine and well, but when night falls, the coolest Halloween house is always the one with the best lighting effects. Lasers, fog, strobes and washes can work separately or together to invoke the spirit world. Here are some recommendations for individual products and packages that will make your Halloween party come alive.
Start with a Wash
One of the most popular all-in-one lighting fixtures is the Chauvet DJ SWARM5FX 3-in-1 Stage Lighting Effect. The SWARM5FX combines red and green lasers, white strobe effects and RGBAW rotating derby effects into a single piece of equipment. You can match the look of any event by creating customized effects with separate color and program control, and you can use built-in automated and sound-activated programs or Master/Slave and DMX mode to tailor your lighting experience even further.
An inexpensive overall solution to your lighting requirements for proper homage to the undead is the VEI House Party Kit , which includes the LED Moonflower, the Mini Laser, Xenon Strobe and Li'l Nebula. Between these four lighting effects in this one affordable package, you can run an entertaining Halloween event.
For a multi-color wash across an entire room, the Chauvet DJ SlimPAR Q12 BT LED Wash Light with Bluetooth is an excellent choice. You can control the Q12 from a smart phone or tablet without additional hardware, generating a broad spectrum of colors and natural-looking color temperatures with punchy amber LEDs. A single Q12 can cover one side of a large room in a house.
Another strategy is to get a pair of smaller washes for broader coverage. Proline offers a specially priced pair of six-LED PARs that do a great job covering a good-sized room. The Proline Pair of ThinTri38 PAR Wash Lights feature six 3-watt tri-color LEDs per fixture, all housed in a robust chassis with a clear protective lens. Plus, it boasts four operating modes (Stand-alone, Sound Active, DMX, and Master/Slave), seven static colors, 236 color macros, four preset color programs, strobe, dimming and manual color mixing.
An enthusiastically recommended second piece of lighting effects equipment is fog. Indoors or outdoors on a calm night, a bank of fog creeping across a wash of brightly colored light is a beautiful effect. The American DJ VF1300 1300W Fog Machine is an affordable and indispensable part of your ghoul fest, supplying an impressive 12,000 cubic feet of fog per minute. It is equipped with a high-efficiency heater that quickly burns through the fog liquid so it leaves very little residue and is easy to maintain.
Customize Your Fog
It might surprise you to know that there are a wide variety of fog juice types that work in conventional fog machines. For a low-lying fog that lets you and your guests wade through hip-deep banks of gothic mist, try Black Label Low-Lying Ground Fog Juice. For a more general fog environment, many of our professional DJ customers prefer Black Label Thick Myst High Density Fog Juice. It is formulated to provide a thick, long-lasting wall of fog that spreads into a haze effect for accenting lights.
If you prefer a lighter wash of fog, choose the Black Label Ray Tracer Low Density Fog Juice. It provides a light cloud with long hang time that accentuates effects lighting and lasers, and embellishes stage washes. Another fog technique is to get fluid that fades fast, like Black Label Steam Quick-Dissipating Fog Juice, which produces a thick white burst of fog that quickly dissipates into the background.
Complement with Lasers
There is no better friend to fog than lasers. One laser effect that has proven to be reliable and effective is the VEI G300RGB Mini Laser. The G300RGB projects thousands of powerful red, green and blue beams onto the ceiling and walls, and can run auto programs or respond to the pulse of the music. Comes with mounting bracket and hardware.
Add a Strobe
The next logical ingredient in your lighting stew is a strobe effect. Added to a wash, lasers and fog, the occasional deployment of a strobe effect adds an unworldly distortion of time and light to your visual presentation. Incredibly affordable and surprisingly effective, the VEI LED Battery OPP DJ Mini Strobe is just the added dash any lighting effects scheme needs.
The Finishing Touch
The mirror ball is an iconic piece of party trimming that is more affordable than you might think and serves as an excellent companion to either strobes or lasers. The American DJ MB-8 8" Mirror Ball Package includes an 8” mirror ball, mountable motorized base, pin spot and four colored lenses; everything you need for a great mirror ball effect.
You don’t have to dig your own financial grave to throw a Halloween event with great lighting effects this year. Call or click today to get the party started.