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It’s here, folks, the biggest DIY Halloween contest there is! This year’s contest is sponsored by Microchip, and together we’ve got rad prizes to give to the best in microcontroller Halloween projects. Light up costumes, creepy decorations, candy-launching robots, we just can’t get enough of Halloween; it’s our all-time favorite holiday.

Before you get started be sure to pick up a copy of our MAKE DIY Halloween issue! DIY HALLOWEEN from the editors of MAKE and CRAFT brings you 40-plus DIY projects for the holiday that’s made for makers. From the craftiest costumes to amazing animated props and the latest in computer-controlled haunted house effects.

The skinny:

Microchip Technology Inc. and MAKE have teamed up to present to you the Make: Halloween Contest 2009! Show us your embedded microcontroller Halloween projects and win cool prizes! Use any microcontroller to make anything from themed lawn decorations to creative costumes. The Make: Halloween Contest will run for 8 weeks, and winners will be announced on Friday, November 6th. Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. PDT November 3, 2009. The MAKE team will choose one (1) grand prize winner and three (3) runners-up.

Prizes:

Grand Prize: Starter Kit Bundle, Retail Value $600, which includes the following:

  • PIC18 Starter Kit
  • PIC24F Starter Ki
  • dsPIC® DSC Starter Kit
  • PIC32 Starter Kit
  • Memory Starter Kit
  • FI Evaluation Platform
  • PICkitTM 3

Runner-Up Prizes: PICDEMTM Lab, PICkitTM 3, OR F1 Starter Kit. Each runner-up will receive one of the three prizes mentioned as well as a $50 Maker Shed gift certificate!

Enter as many times as you like, but you can only win one prize. To submit a project, you can either submit photos to the Make: Halloween Contest Flickr pool or upload a video and add it to the Make: Halloween Contest YouTube group. Please include a short description when you post images/videos. In addition to this, our zombie skeleton judges require you fill out or contest entry form. Open source projects encouraged, so post up those schematics and parts lists!

For complete rules, please visit the Make: Halloween Contest guidelines page.

A few Halloween projects to get you excited:

The Magic Mirror – Arduino Powered (and other winners from last year)

DIY Halloween – amazing costumes, scary tech, pumpkins and gross food – officially awesome

Build: Mechamo Crab & Halloween Hack

Weekend Project: Cylon Jack O’ Lantern

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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