Modern technology just gets better and better! Now you can just turn on a small machine and stand back as it zips around your house and vacuums. What more can a clean-freak ask for? Roombas and similar machines are small yet effective. They glide around the room, and as they bump into things like end table legs or baseboards, they simply turn around and go another direction, all the while keeping carpets and floors spotless. Wouldn’t it be fun to borrow that little machine to create a monster that does the same? When you make the ghoul of your choice, and hook him up to your Roomba, you’ll have a monster like no one has ever seen before!
First and foremost, it’s important that you choose very lightweight materials to make the ghoul. It can be something as simple as a Styrofoam ball on a wooden dowel. Throw a piece of a white sheet over it to make a ghost. Or, create a simplistic scarecrow in a similar manner. Whatever ghoul or monster you make he will need a way to stand up on the Roomba.
Cut a large Styrofoam ball in half and attach glue strips or strong, double-sided tape to the cut side. Turn the ball over and attach it to the top of the Roomba. Poke a hole in the top, center of the ball to allow for the dowel that holds the monster. Make the hole go nearly to the bottom of the ball but not all the way to the Roomba. Add a little hot glue to the inside of the hole and position the wooden dowel.
You don’t necessarily have to make your own ghoul. You’ll find many monster-on-a-stick creations at places that sell Halloween decorations. Or, go with a different design. Borrow the head from an old baby doll or use a monster mask to create a head that floats around the room. With head design you need to create a large collar that surrounds the neck of the doll and hangs over the sides to hide the Roomba.
Make something completely different by creating a fake broom. Paint a long wooden dowel, position it in the half-ball that you’ve attached to the Roomba, then gather sticks, twigs, raffia or other material around the bottom to create the broom straws. For this version, drape a black cloth over the Roomba and Styrofoam ball, and make a hole in the center so you can slide the dowel into the ball.
Your guests will simply flip out as they watch a ghoul, monster, broom, head or other object floating around the room. And the best part is, after everyone leaves, you won’t have to vacuum!