Greg Dietzenbach is known for building wild, outside-the-box costumes for his children. He’s constructed elaborate creations like this “Rock ’em Sock ’em Transformer”:
And this Piranha Feeding Frenzy costume:
This year, Dietzenbach tried something a little simpler but just as spooky as his past work.
He recreated the Zoom interface with some familiar faces: Dracula, the “Blair” Witch, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, and Frankenstein.
The ninth person on the Zoom call was his daughter Ada, masked up and ready for the spooky season. “My kids challenge me every year to make a unique costume,” Dietzenbach told CNN, “Building a ‘Transformers’ sock robot for my son almost broke my brain… another year [my daughter] went as our neighbors’ doors. So, this year I wanted to make it a lot simpler.”
He also made some noticeable changes on the interface that, if you are a frequent user of the app, you’d notice right away. Instead of “Share Screen,” he changed that to “Share Screams,” then the “End Meeting for All” button was changed to “End Life.” Also, there were “666 Participants” in the chat.
In order to create the monsters/attendees, he and his daughter had a photoshoot, which he said was the best part.
“We were laughing the whole time as we tried to make all the monster faces,” Dietzenbach said.
One of the spots is for the “Next Victim” and that’s reserved for any person that comes close enough and will be pictured on the “interface,” all thanks to a front-facing camera.
Greg said, “Halloween was one of my favorite holidays when I was a kid and I’m happy to share my love of Halloween with my kids. 2020 has been tough, it’s nice to know we’ll be giving some joy to others (at a safe distance of course).”