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Crisp, clean air and color changing leaves signal my favorite season, Fall. And with Fall, comes my favorite holiday, Halloween. Take a moment to consider just how awesome Halloween really is. We dress up in costumes like monsters; cut oversized gourds into gruesome, head-shaped laterns; and go door-to-door demanding candy as bribes not to cause mischief- trick or treat! We build elaborate displays to cause a fright; stay out all night dancing surrounded by ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, zombies, and ghouls; and with the lights turned down low, nothing is as it seems. You can buy a costume, but everybody knows that the best costumes are always homemade - our kind of holiday!
Whether it's a realistic alien costume complete with articulated wings, a flame-throwing jack-o-lantern built with powertools, or the best pumpkin seed recipe, everyone appreciates the DIY-er on Halloween. Halloween is the best time of year to be the friend who can sew and decipher patterns, weld, glue, tape, or find stuff in dumpsters.
So, to celebrate autumn, Halloween, and do-it-yourself, Instructables is sponsoring a Halloween project contest! We'll give prizes to the best Halloween-related projects documented and published during the month of October.
Need some inspiration? Check out the Halloween keyword. There's some great stuff already here including fake wounds and lacerations, costumes, melon and pumpkin carving, and even thoughts on candy.
The best three projects will win Make controller kits. Beyond being just plain cool, these controller kits would make great brains for computer controlled haunted houses.
Five projects will win Wild Planet Toys Digital Spy Cameras.
10 projects will win one year magazine subscriptions to your choice of Make (digital or print version), Craft (digital or print version), or ReadyMade.
25 Projects will be selected for honorable mention and will win an Instructables patch to sew onto your bag, jacket, or wherever.
To enter, publish your project during October and add it to the Halloween Group. Extended deadline! Knowing that everyone will probably be building their projects right up until they go trick-or-treating, we've extended the deadline. You now have the whole weekend after Halloween to publish your project. So, projects must be published by Nov. 6, 12:00 AM ET (midnight Sunday).