Happy Halloween Google Earth

Pumpkin Google EarthIt’s that time of year again. Last year I got whimsical and decided to turn the Earth into a pumpkin for halloween. To check it out, simply download this pumpkin KML file. Make sure you turn off the “View->Atmosphere” menu toggle and zoom out for the full effect. Look at the bottom of the pumpkin for some credits. To get your Earth back, simply turn off the PumpkinEarth placemark.
I had planned to do a new variation, but since I’ve just returned from a trip I’ll just mention a few tips on how to do this kind of thing yourself. Start by creating an image with a 2 to 1 ratio (2048 x 1024 in this case) and paint the pumpkin using a paint program (Gimp is what I used). Then select “Add->Image Overlay” in GE and give it the location of the image. Select the “Location” tab and set North, South, East, West to 90, -90, 180, -180 respectively (this overlays the image so it covers the Earth). The finishing touch in this case was to create a 3D model of the stem – the free Google SketchUp is the quickest way to do that.
By the way, Google got whimsical this year for Halloween with Google Maps StreetMaps. Check out the story at GoogleMapsMania.
Happy Halloween!
[UPDATE: Google has posted a bunch of halloween maps to look at on their Lat Long blog.]

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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