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This Toy Designer Created a Massive Crawling Spider and It’s the Most Terrifying Halloween Decoration Ever

published Oct 16, 2020
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Most people’s outdoor Halloween decorations range from cute to mildly creepy, depending on whether you’re more of an inflatable smiling pumpkin kinda person or prefer to add some spooks by way of a faux graveyard. But one toy designer has just blown every single inflatable Halloween prop out of the water, and it’s all thanks to his absolutely massive spider, which appears to descend down the front of his house by way of some incredible Halloween magic.

David Moomaw, a mechanical engineer and retired toy designer for Fisher-Price from East Aurora, New York, has designed his front yard to include an eight- to ten-foot-long inflatable tarantula that appears to walk down the equally giant spider web he’s created.

According to The East Aurora Advertiser, Moomaw installed an electric motor to the creepy, crawly spider, suspending it to a metal crane mounted on the roof of his front porch, about 35 feet from the ground. Aside from the inflatable tarantula, which he gave a DIY paint job, he built everything else himself, attaching the pulley and wires to the crane, in turn synchronizing the spider’s movements. The legs each move independently of each other, and if you look closely, you’ll even notice the group of baby spiders that also descend and ascend next to the mother spider herself—a process that takes around 30 seconds to complete.

Moomaw even mounted two 1,500-watt lights into his lawn so that his creepy creation would glow in the dark, making it an equally chilling sight both in broad daylight and after dusk.

A nearby resident, Joe Dubois, outfitted his lawn with a similarly terrifying setup featuring items both homemade and store-bought: a tarantula which he’s also rigged so it gives the appearance of movement, along with a slew of ghouls, goblins, zombies, and skeletons, and three eerily lifelike witches who stir a lighted cauldron and chant a spell. Most of his creations are lit by solar light, which allows them to glow through the night. As he told The Examiner, “So much has been taken away from kids already this year. I really want them to have a fun Halloween.”

The pair’s intricate creations surely make for tricks and treats galore for local residents, with Dubois sharing that he begins planning the following year’s design scheme in the days after Halloween. “I started this year’s display last November as soon as Halloween was over,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that they can expect a little more each year at my house.”