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Makers and Crafters, it’s time to enter our ghoulishly fun Halloween contests! Anyone, anywhere can enter, and depending on what type of maker or crafter you are, you can enter all or just some of the contests. We’ll have lots of updates and posts regarding all these, but this is to get you started and planning.
THE CONTESTS!
Hack-o-Lantern contest: Decorate a pumpkin in any way you see fit, or unfit. It’s that easy. Then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we’re going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pools. We’ll also have a round up of ways to decorate a pumpkin as it gets closer to Halloween.
Costume contest: Dressing up? Making your own costume? As long as you “make” something you can enter. Any costume with homemade elements on it, in it, or used is OK. Take a photo of your costume(s) then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we’re going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pool. We’ll continue to post fun costumes and how-tos all this month as well.
Decorations, gadgets and more contest: Decorations at home, work, wherever, a haunted house, lawn gadgets, anything Halloweeny. If you’re one of those makers or crafters who goes all out and makes their surroundings spooky in some way, take a photo! Then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we’re going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pool. We will spotlight some of our favorite Halloween related projects all this month to inspire folks.
Treat-or-Treat contest: This is the easiest one. If you have a blog, a website, MySpace or anything online, just post a link to MAKE or CRAFT. We will pick 10 people we see linking to us. It works best if you have a blog-like site; we’ll be using the Technorati service to track who is linking to us (you can view it here). You can post a link to us in your sidebar, a link about this contest, anything really. Do a post about MAKE or CRAFT, it doesn’t matter to us, but we can see it best if it’s on a blog and making it fun always helps (extra credit if it’s a SPOOKY STORY!).
Prizes!
Besides the glory and fame of being a winner of the MAKE & CRAFT Halloween Contest, we’re going to give away some stuff.

  • Hack-o-Lantern: We’ll pick 3 pumpkins and the winner gets a MAKE limited edition Pocket Ref & Makers the book.
  • Costumes: We’ll pick 3 costumes and each winner gets MAKE year one (4 volumes of MAKE in a collector’s box) and the first issue of CRAFT.
  • Decorate/gadgets: We’ll pick 3 winners and each will receive a MAKE controller kit and a POV kit.
  • Treat-or-Treat: We’ll pick 10 people who linked to MAKE & CRAFT and send the latest issue of MAKE or CRAFT (your choice).
  • Grand prize: We’ll pick one of our winners as the grand prize – they’ll receive: A MAKE controller kit, MAKE year one (4 volumes collectors set), CRAFT, a POV kit AND a box of MAKE magazines to a classroom / school of their choice! You want to win this, do it for the children!

Deadline
Have your entries in before Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at 1:59 p.m. EST. We’re giving you a little time to take photos and get them up post-Halloween, but you can enter any time starting now. Contest is open to anyone on planet Earth or surrounding orbit.
Remember you can enter at any time just by tagging your photos on Flickr with “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” and adding them to the MAKE and/or CRAFT photo pools or just email them to us too. To enter trick-or-treat just post about MAKE/CRAFT or the contest on your blog. And lastly if you want to use MAKE and/or CRAFT logos in your projects or posts, get’em here (MAKE logosCRAFT logos).
SO! What are you waiting for? Scare us! Inspire us! Humor us!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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