After the popularity of Butterscotch I seem to have got a reputation for adding fire to things (even though it was FireTim that did the pyro half of Butterscotch).Â So when the Mythbusters posted a link to a fire breathing pumpkin I was bombarded with questions about when I would be building one.Â Not being the type to do what others expect me to do I rejected the idea of doing a pyro pumpkin outright.
Though I was set on not building a fire breathing pumpkin it did make me think about building other things inside of a pumpkin.Â Â Then it hit me just two days before Halloween. I needed to build a pumpkin that would forcefully deliver candy to Trick-or-Treaters much in the same way they would deliver eggs to my house if I did not provide candy to them.Â From that point on I had a mission. Throwing sleep and other responsibilities to the wind I went to the bowels of the LVL1Â bone yardÂ to hack together a candy launching pumpkin.
After design concessions due to time and help from fellow LVL1ers (thanks FireTim and Jon the Kilted) I was able to defend my house this year.Â Although I never saw the pumpkin Mythbusters link and I am sure it is cool I considered this a spite project similar to JAC 101 Micro-Laser Cutter.Â I just hope everyoneÂ enjoysÂ it as much as IÂ enjoyedÂ making it.
I have posted anÂ instructable for this project to help others defend themselves next All Hallows' Eveâ€¦ but really, why wait.Â Go to that instructable and start defending yourself for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas.Â There is nothing like a fruitcake chucking Santa to keep those damn carolers at bay.