Announcing: The MAKE and CRAFT Halloween Contest for 2011!

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Announcing: The MAKE and CRAFT Halloween Contest for 2011!

We’re always excited by Halloween here at MAKE, but we’re especially jazzed this year with the contest we’ve put together to celebrate our favorite maker holiday. This year, we’re doing things a little differently. For one, we’re doing the contest across both of our sites, MAKE and CRAFT, and we’re hosting the whole hoodoo bash over on Make: Projects. Here are the gory details:

Starting now, and running through Nov 8th at 11:59pm any Halloween content on Make: Projects (tagged with “halloween2011”) will be eligible for entry in the contest. See the Halloween Landing Page for full contest details. If you’re not already signed up on Make: Projects, it’s easy to set up and fun to document projects in. Here to get started. Anything Halloweeny is eligible as long as it fits into one of these four categories:

Costume – Anything you wear on your body, including makeup
Prop – Things you carry with you, costume accessories like weapons
Decor – Porch decorations, pumpkins, party decor, and animatronics and haunted house spectacles
Food – Edible favors, candy, and any creations made of food

You don’t have to submit them in these subcategories. This will be left to the discretion of the judges. Just make sure entries are tagged with “halloween2011” and get them into Make: Projects by 11:59 PST on Tuesday, Nov 8th. You can enter as many times as you like, but are only eligible for one prize.

Entries will be judged on Creativity of Idea: 25%; Project Execution: 40%; Quality of Documentation: 25%; and Presentation: 10%. The two final Grand Prize categories will be “Craft” and “Tech.” Judges will divide the projects into these two categories before judging begins and the entry in each Grand Prize category with the highest total score among all judging criteria will be the Grand Prize winner. Prizes will also be given in each content category for the highest overall scores after the Grand Prize awards are determined.

The prizes are amazing (if we do say so ourselves). Here are some of the companies that generously contributed, followed by the six prize packages (after the jump):

Grand Prize in Tech

Grand Prize in Craft

1st Place in Costume

1st Place in Props

1st Place in Decor

1st Place in Food

[Note: As usual, contest is only eligible for entry in the US. We apologize for this limitation.]

So what are you waiting for? It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great Halloween. We look forward to seeing what costumes, props, decor, and food you come up with.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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