DIY HALLOWEEN CONTEST
Go to the 2009 Halloween contest and enter to win one of dozens of prizes in six categories!
In honor of the best holiday ever, we're having a party -- and everyone's invited!

Elaborate costumes for the whole family, gadgets that go "zzzZAP!," gross-looking foods, creepy decorations that turn your house into a forbidding castle, and spooky jack-o-lanterns guarding your front door: these are the things we look forward to all year.

Instructables has teamed up with BoingBoing , Core77 , CRAFT , Etsy , Hack n Mod , IndyMogul , Lion Brand Yarn , MAKE , Toolmonger , Plaid , Ponoko , PopSci , Singer , ThinkGeek , and Threadbanger to bring you a contest worthy of your creations!

We want to see what delightfully frightful items you've made and we have dozens of awesome prizes to give away! You can enter an Instructable, photos, or video, just make it amazing and it will be eligible to win in one of our six categories: Hack-o-Lantern, Costume, Gadgets and Gizmos, Decorations, Food, and Green, or our Photo and Video categories!

(Official Rules)
PRIZES

Grand Prize - Tech & Craft

Tech: $250 Shopping spree at the Maker Shed Store, $250 gift certificate to Plaid Craft Express, and a $100 gift certificate to Hack N Mod (Store)

Craft: $250 Shopping spree in the craft kits section of the Maker Shed Store, $250 gift certificate to Plaid Craft Express, and a 8763 Curvy sewing machine from Singer

First Prize<br />(1 winner per category)

Category prizes include: EL-wire packages from Cool Neon, "Make: Open Sourcerer" Leatherman Juice CS4 Tool, jewelry and paint supplies from Plaid, MAKE Controller Kit, Ponoko vouchers, The Best of instructables Volume 1, DNA Kit, knife set, Fuel Cell Car & Experiment Kit, Instructables Robot t-shirts, patches, and stickers.

Second Prize<br />(3 winners per category)

Collection of spooky and fun books from Quirk Books. Also an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Third Prize<br />(5 winners per category)

Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

First Prize - Photo<br />(1 winner)

EL-wire kit from Cool Neon and an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Second Prize - Photo<br />(5 winners)

Sound activated El-wire kit from Cool Neon.

First Prize - Video<br />(1 winner)

EL-wire kit from Cool Neon and an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Second Prize - Video<br />(5 winners)

Sound activated El-wire kit from Cool Neon.
HOW IT WORKS

Create

Create a new Step By Step, Photo, or Video Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the right-hand column. Instructables must be published between Nov 5, 2007 and Nov 9, 2008 (11:59pm PT) to be eligible.

Enter

Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select DIY Halloween Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.}

Accepting

Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.

Voting

Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.

Judging

A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.

Winners

When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.

OFFICIAL RULES