DIY Haunts is our contest where you can win fabulous Jameco Electronics and MAKE/Maker Shed prizes by building the coolest and scariest Halloween animatronic prop around. Check out the contest landing page for complete rules, an archive of our weekly contest newsletters, as well as links to tons of inspiring, spine-tingling projects.

Newsletter subscribers will have already received Dispatch #4. In it, we’ve detailed our progress through the Spooky Fun Tombstone Project, discussed laying out the LED array and connecting the servo to the Arduino. This project uses hardware from the Jameco Electronics Parts Kit, everything you need to add motion, light, and a microcontroller to your project.

These are critical requirements of our contest, because eligible entries must utilize both light as well as motion. And, there is a third component: sound. In Dispatch #5, we’ll be discussing three ways to add audio to an Arduino-based project. It’s gonna be awesome! However, in order to get the dispatch, you’ll have to sign up for our contest newsletter list. If you’d like to, here’s the form:





Conversely, you may be ready to submit your masterpiece. We’ve created a submission page where you can show us what you’ve made.

Good luck!

DIY Haunts Prizes

  • Grand Prize: The Grand Prize Winner will receive one Stingray Robot, one MAKE magazine Halloween Issue, $50 Gift Certificate redeemable at Maker Shed, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt. Total estimated retail value of Grand Prize is $374.94.
  • Second Prize: Second Prize Winner will receive one Lego Mindstorms kit, one MAKE Magazine Halloween issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-Shirt. Total estimated retail value of Second Prize is $304.94.
  • Third Prize: Third Prize Winner will receive one MAKE Circuit Breaker Leatherman ES4, one MAKE Magazine Halloween Issue, and a Jameco Electronics T-shirt. Total estimated retail value of Third Prize is $60.99.

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