Dad creates amazing interactive Zoom Halloween costume for his daughter

October 22, 2020
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Halloween may look a little different this year, but one father wanted to make sure the holiday was memorable for his daughter by creating an outstanding costume.

According to Mashable, Greg Dietzenbach, a 42-year-old creative director in Iowa, designed a “killer” Zoom meeting costume for his 12-year-old, Ava.

The homemade costume shows a virtual meeting with nine people on the call. The father was able to program the screen, so eight of the “attendees” are actually his daughter. In seven of the squares, she's decked out in monster outfits depicting classic characters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy.

If you’re looking at the costume, the center square has a hole for her head. Dietzenbach took some photos of his daughter and edited them to make the scary Zoom squares.

“Fortunately, I work for a company that builds corporate environments and museums so I had a large format printer at my disposal. I recreated the Zoom interface (adding subtle jokes like 666 Participants and instead of “End Meeting for All” it says “End Life”) in Adobe Illustrator and transformed photos of my daughter into monsters using an iPad drawing app called Procreate,” Dietzenbach said in an email. And instead of “Share Screen,” the button reads “Share Scream.”

The creative father shared that it took an hour and a half to create each monster costume for each square. He says the best part of the process was the monster face photoshoot he had with his daughter.

All of the costumes were found by the father searching through his child’s closet and dress-up box.

To make the costume completely interactive, he "taped an iPad with a front-facing camera to the back of the board and enabled a mirror app" so that the top middle square, which is labled "Next Victim," is always whoever is looking at the Zoom costume. Genius!

"Due to COVID-19 we didn't even know if our town would have trick-or-treating this year," Dietzenbech told the outlet. "Social distancing has made my kids Zoom experts, it's how they attended school and see family and friends. It felt like it was a costume idea worth exploring."

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